“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey.” – Winnie the Pooh
Pooh Stricklin’s sweet, honey-like skills make him a constant friend to Baylor quarterbacks. One game into his redshirt sophomore season, the Baylor receiver has shown that he can be a dangerous downfield threat in the Bears’ passing game. He had 60 yards receiving in Baylor’s opener, including a long of 49, and seems to be in line for a breakout season.
Stricklin, whose given name is Devontre, should be familiar with Central Texas football fans, given his exploits at Midway prior to signing with Baylor. Stricklin amassed more than 2,300 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns over his junior and senior seasons with the Panthers. He also excelled as a standout jumper on the Midway track and field team.
Stricklin spent a few minutes with the Trib this week to talk about the origins of his nickname, his hidden talents and more.
Does anyone call you Devontre or does everyone call you Pooh?
(Laughing) Everyone calls me Pooh.
Where did that come from?
My great-grandmother. She used to always call me Pooh Baby. As I started to get older, the baby part just kind of rolled off. I stuck with Pooh, and when she passed away, I was like, you know, just in remembrance of her I wanted everyone to call me Pooh.
Was the Pooh Baby a Winnie the Pooh reference? Did you watch those movies?
Yes, it was. All the time. I used to carry this Pooh bear everywhere, even to football practice.
OK — America’s Got Talent, American Idol or Survivor, which one would suit you best?
Definitely America’s Got Talent.
What would your talent be? What’s something that people might be surprised to learn that you can do?
That’s a good question. I can flip, sorta-kinda. That’s about it. I can sing a little bit, here and there.
What kind of music do you like?
I like rap.
Can you rap at all?
Yeah, a little bit. I love country, too.
A lot of people go off to college far from home. You stayed closer. Was that a hard decision?
It was real easy. Family is right down the road. I can go home, get a good, home-cooked meal, come back to school like nothing ever happened.
When you go home for a meal, what’s the favorite? What does Mom cook up that you can’t beat?
I’m going to have to go with fried pork chops, greens with the bacon bits in it, mac and cheese and sweet cornbread. You’ve got to have the cornbread.
What about dessert?
Dessert … my favorite is the pecan pie.