Colton Jewell: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Colton Jewell
School: Aurora University
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
The goals that I set for myself was to repeat being an All American and to be a good captain for my teammates. Being selected 2nd All American was a huge accomplishment for me, but I wanted to be 1st Team. Although I did not make it, I had fun in my last season with my friends and teammates. I also wanted to be the leader that the younger guys could look up to and respect. The goal is to be the best team in the nation, but coach Beebe preached being a better man than player. I know I achieved this by growing my relationships with my teammates and coaches.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
I believe that this extra year of eligibility was extremely beneficial for me. This extra year gave me more time to work on my craft, play three top 10 teams in the nations, and learn more about the game of football. Working another year with Coach Beebe helped me develop myself into a better athlete and person. Learning small things like footwork and route running to growing stronger in my faith and become a better human. Then having the ability to play St Johns, North Central, and Wheaton College was a great experience, despite the outcome of the games. Playing those top teams gave my teammates and I the chance to see what it takes to be the best in the nation. Finally, coming back for the extra year I was able to really understand the game of football and dissect defenses, the offensive playbook, and special teams. Learning from coach Beebe was a blessing and an honor. This extra year has given me a great opportunity of going pro and playing at the next level.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I believe that my coaches and teammates would say that I am a good leader, great teammate, and someone who is always ready to play football. Being selected captain for two consecutive years was a great honor and I believe my coaches and teammates would say I was a great captain and leader. I always tried to do everything and anything I could to have my teammates succeed on and off the field. Whatever they needed or wanted I tried to help them by any means necessary.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When watching film I am constantly taking notes on myself, the play call, and my opponent. I am always critiquing myself and looking at every aspect of my game so I can improve. Coach Beebe always told us to be students of the game and not just study your position but everyone’s position. From knowing who the o line is blocking, the running backs job, all routes that everyone runs and who the QBs read are. Knowing what everyone is doing will not only help my position but help the whole team. I also take notes on my opponent’s scheme and the players I’m going up against. It’s important to know what to expect and what could work and what could not work when studying film on my opponent.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
Everyone always says how their own hard work, dedication, and love of the game separates them from others. For me, I believe me being an underdog and coming from a D3 school separates me. A lot of people do not expect someone like me to make it at the next level. Having a big dream like playing at the next level does not fit in today’s society. Thinking big in a world that wants you to think small is far too common. I believe that having this goal and being the underdog is what separates me from others. It is what drives me every day to be the best I can be.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
My off-season plan is to continue using my strength coaches off season workout program and grind my way into a professional opportunity. Coach Beebes and Coach Trudo’s workout program is, in my opinion, probably one of the best in the nation. The knowledge they provide me I will use for the rest of my career. I will try to go to as many camps and combines available to get my name out to everyone.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
My best strengths and abilities I will bring to the team are reliability, productivity, and energy. Coaches or upper management do not need to worry about me doing the wrong thing or not giving it my all. I will come to work every single day and give it my all. My productivity on and off the field will always be at an all time high. From playing football to helping the community, I will always be productive in every aspect of the game. Finally, no matter what I will always bring energy to everything I do. From winning by 30 or more to losing by 30 or more, I will always bring energy to the field, locker room, and any off field activities.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
My final pitch would be, if any team adds me to their team they will get my 110% effort no matter what. Starter, bench, practice squad, ball boy, or water boy, I will give it my all and do whatever I can to be the best! Any team that picks me up will not regret it.