Name: Keenan Black
School: Delaware State
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
One goal that I set at the beginning of the season was to have a great heathy season, and to show that I am versatile with playing all types of positions. From playing both sides of the ball throughout my college career, getting on special teams, and doing whatever I can to help my team have a successful season.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I believe my teammates and coaches would say that I am a technique sound type of player, a guy that plays within the system. Someone that has a passion for the sport of football. A player that is a game changer, and someone that can spark the momentum within a game. A player that brings energy, fun, and excitement to the team.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
During the season I am one of the top guys who studies film on different opponents throughout the week. Being that I played QB most of my life its kind of been built in me to watch the most film and study everything that I need to know going into a football game. During the offseason, I study film on players that I mimic my game after. I study their techniques and I also watch myself a lot during the offseason to improve the things I need to work on.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
Something that separates me from others is my work ethic towards the sport of football. Football is a sport that I’ve been playing since I was a kid, its always been a fun sport to play. My love for the game is different from other athletes I would say. It’s not just a sport to me, football has taught me so many life lessons growing up, such as discipline, time management, and maturity. I would also say it’s given me all-around structure. Football provides plenty of ups and downs. Just as if you were to take a big hit during a game or practice, it’s the same thing when it comes to life. I don’t love football just because it makes athletes money, I love football because of the general outcomes that it provides for me, along with the youth and helping others.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
During the offseason I’ve been working on speed to get faster. Nowadays everybody is fast and can run. A lot of scouts want players to run the 40 at their pro days, and it can either make or break a player. So speed & agility work has been my primary focus during this offseason, alongside 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?
Something that I can bring to a team is my athletic ability and my knowledge of the game, considering I’ve played on both sides of the ball throughout my college career. I also believe I have an incredible work ethic. One quote that I believe in is, “If people don’t know you for your work ethic, then you’re not working at all,” and that is something teams don’t have to worry about. I am a versatile player I can play FS, CB, PR, and I love playing special teams. Off the field I am a fun guy that people like to be around, I feel like I bring laughter and positive energy in the room.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
My final pitch is to say that if a team decides to give me an opportunity, they will never regret it.