Clay Shreve: 2020 Pro Prospect Interview

Name: Clay Shreve
School: Ashland
Position: ILB
Height:  6’0″
Weight: 235

Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?

At the beginning of every year I always sit down and write out a goal list, which I use to look at throughout the year and motivate me to do the best I can for my team. I always set personal goals as well as team goals. First, for the personal ones I wanted to be a captain which was the goal I wanted to achieve the most and was blessed enough to be elected as a captain by teammates. I wanted to be 1st team All-GLIAC, for the third year in a row and was blessed to be able to achieve that one. I wanted to be an All-American and I was elected as a 2nd team AFCA All American. All of these personal goals are nice, and they help push me to play to the best of my ability for my team. Team goals were to win the GLIAC, make the playoffs, and have a better record than last year. The first two we were unsuccessful in, but the last one we improved to 7-4 rather than 6-4 last year.

1st team D2 Academic All-American (2019) •First team (CoSIDA) Academic All-District: Super Region 3 •3x All-GLIAC Academic Excellence •Lee Owens Scholar Athlete Award •2019 GLIAC fall sports Commissioners Award •2nd Team AFCA D2 All-American •3x first time All-GLIAC •Cliff Harris Award Finalist •2019 Dan Hansen D2 All-Super Region 2nd team •2019 Dan Hansen D2 Honorable Mention All-American •2018 D2CCA Second team Super Region 3 Honors •AFCA Good Works Team Nominee •2019 NFF Campbell Trophy Semi-finalist •3x Ashland University Linebacker of the year •2019 True Grit Defensive player of the year

Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?

My coaches and teammates would say that I am a hardworking and dedicated football player who truly loves the game. My coaches and teammates can see my love for football through my dedication to film study, extra work put in during the offseason, and always going hard in practice. They would say that I am an old school player who plays the game the way it is supposed to be played.

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?

I believe that studying film is one of the most important aspects of the game, one must understand their opponent as well as their self to win football games. I would spend multiple hours a week watching film in preparation for game day both on myself and on the opponent. When watching film of myself I first look to make sure that I am doing the correct assignment, because you cant be on the field if you don’t know what you’re doing and if you are not doing what you are supposed to be doing then you are hurting the team. Next, I always looked to make sure I was using my hands effectively, and that my helmet is lower than the linemen’s when making contact with them. In the pass game I always look to make sure I am getting hands on receivers and that I am getting to the appropriate depth on my drops.

Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?

My understanding of the game, I am a very intelligent football player who understands the schemes of offenses. I also feel as if I have great instincts on the football field which allows me to play faster than I really am. Finally, my love of the game, I am very passionate about the game of football and have loved it ever since I can remember loving anything.

Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?

If I plan to pursue an opportunity, I will get involved with trainers who prepare athletes for pro football. Working on overall speed and agility, strength, and the mental aspect of football watching film of myself and finding areas where I need to improve and then working on these skills with field work.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

One of my greatest strengths is my ability to lead, at Ashland I was a three-time leader of the defense. I was play caller of the defense for those three years as well. On the field I also have a real strength in the run game, being a strong and sure tackler. Off the field I have demonstrated great character being both a nominee for the AFCA Good Works team and the Campbell trophy. At Ashland I am also a Christian leader on campus through the FCA. I genuinely care about my teammates and their success as much as my own. Academically I sport a 3.96 GPA and have been on the all-academic team for the GLIAC the last two years and anticipate a third this season. I also was an all-district academic performer.

Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?

Take a chance on me and I will give you all I have. I will be completely committed and contribute positively both on and off the field.