Player Profile: Mark Csoros

What's your favorite UT Rugby memory?

Jumping in at flanker (a brand new position) for a scrimmage and realizing I loved it.

Why did you start playing rugby? What are your favorite rugby memories before you started playing for UT?

I started playing within 2 weeks of getting to UT. Prior to college, I played lacrosse, earned a black belt in karate, wrestled, grappled, shot competitively, played on a chess team, ran track, and debated at a national level (it's a blood sport, I promise) all at various times in my athletic career. I don't have any pre-college rugby memories, but with 20/20 hindsight, I can see how all my past competitive endeavors led me to and prepared me for rugby.

What do you like the most about our program? How does it shape up to other programs you have been involved with?

I love the chill. The coaches go by their first names. Older players help new players. We go hard on the field, but we don't take ourselves too seriously.

Favorite memory from UT in general?

Having a three-hour long philosophical conversation in a stairwell, on the topic of whether the existence of the past can be verified. I had deadlines to meet, and the conversation was good enough that I couldn't have cared less.

How has rugby shaped your Longhorn experience?

First off, it's given me an outlet for stress relief. I'm dual majoring, so I take about 17 hours per semester, and all the academics can make me a little stir-crazy. Rugby helps relieve that. Second, it's given me a close group of friends. It's hard to explain the camaraderie that results from a group of brothers that go to war for each other every Saturday, it has to be experienced.

What do you plan to do once you're out of college?

Be President of the United States. But, since I can't run for 14 more years, I plan to pursue a career in business, ideally in marketing or management.

Advice for new players or any rugby player in general?

Go hard, and stick with it. It doesn't matter if you have no clue what you're doing, if you compete with a chip on your shoulder, play at 100 miles an hour, and don't quit, you'll be fine.

Favorite food? Weird fact about you?

Steak and eggs. Lots of protein, and the combination of red meat and future white meat is delicious.

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