Name: Quinton Maxwell
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
The first goal that I set for myself in my final collegiate season was to regain my love for the game. The second goal was to earn all-conference honors followed by all-American Honors. I was able to succeed in achieving both goals as I was second team All-Conference and honorable mention All-American. My third and final goal was to compete for a national championship. Even though we fell short and lost in the first round, I believe that our team had the respect of others from around the conference, region, and country.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
Obviously, I can not speak for my teammates or coaches, but I would hope they would say that I was a team first guy. The motto at IUP was All In. I think my teammates and coaches would tell you that I am all in. whether it is being first into the facility during camp and the last one to leave, o in the weight room stretching early and doing extra reps, or staying after practice to work with a receiver on a route that we missed. My teammates and coaches would probably tell you that I am an infectious leader that cares about everyone in the program not only as a player, but also as a person.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
I am constantly looking at ways that I can individually improve my game. The three things that I look at the most when I am self-critiquing are decision making with the football, the relationship between my feet and my eyes, and lastly, my hustle plays (I will explain). Playing quarterback, our ultimate job is to get the offense into the right play and distribute the ball effectively, efficiently, and safely. Making good decisions in where I put the football is paramount to success. Keeping the football out of harm’s way is something that I try to pride myself on. Secondly, the foundation of a quarterback’s throw are his feet in relation with his eyes. Quieting my feet in the pocket is something that I am making a conscious effort to do over this offseason during training. Secondly, having your feet aligned to where you know you want to throw the ball while holding defenders with your eyes is something that I look at when examining film of myself. Lastly are hustle plays. Carrying out my fakes to make the running backs job and the offensive lines job easier are simple ways that I can help our offense be more effective. If there is a fumble or an interception, making sure I don’t give up on the play and trying to make the tackle is important to me and I believe is also important to your teammates.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
One thing that I know separates me from other pro prospects is that I wasn’t highly recruited out of high school. I went to a small school in a farm town in Richmond, Missouri where there hasn’t been a major college or professional athlete in over 20 years. I had to go to camps throughout the entire summer before my junior and senior year. And still with all of that, only one offer came about from it. And I am willing to outwork anyone to get to my goal. And if I work as hard as I possibly can, and have done all that I have done, I will be at peace with whatever the result is.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I have two Senior games coming up this month. The first is the Spiral Tropical Bowl in Daytona Florida, January 10-12 and The Dream Bowl in Roanoke, Virginia from January 17-19. After that I will be training at TEST Football Academy in New Jersey from January 27-March 7 with intentions of getting into 3 Pro-Days at the minimum.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I will bring a team first mindset. I will also bring silent leadership. I am a charismatic person at times but I believe the most in leading by example and just going about your business quietly and other members of the team will notice that. Also, I will bring a selfless attitude and the willingness to do whatever it is for the team to have success.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
My final pitch to NFL Teams and other teams would be this: If you feel me worthy of a shot to play for your organization, I will do everything in my power to make your investment worth the while. If I can get my foot in the door, I will make sure that whoever gave me the chance will not regret it. All I am asking for is a chance.