Name: Derek Kumerow
School: University of Wisconsin Whitewater
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
Our goal was to get back to the Stagg Bowl and win it this time around, we lost in the Stagg Bowl last season and we were hungry to get back. We came up short losing in the semi finals.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
I hit the weight room extremely hard as well as studied plenty of film. Talking to my brother who plays on the Bills now and just picking his mind as much as I can really because he has had the chance to learn and run routes with some of the greats. I also took up boxing as a way of conditioning and cross training.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I definitely am a leader but not the type to give a speech or do most of the talking…I like to lead by example by just keeping my head down and working hard. Accountable and trustworthy are two more things I would hope my teammates would say about me.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
I watch a little bit of everything when I’m watching film… routes in general I like trying to pick up some new techniques by just watching, release steps, eyes, tempo, how and when you should attack leverage. I also like to pick up on DB tendencies leading up to a game…just trying to find any little tell that gives away a coverage or what the DB is trying to do. I also take into account hand placement on a lot of blocks.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
My blocking and my route running, blocking is very underrated at the receiver position and I take pride in my ability to block. I also think my change of tempo and ability to cut at full stride is what helps with my route running.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I am currently training with a bunch of other pro level players at Toca acceleration in naperville. Just trying to get stronger and ultimately faster that’s my main focus.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I am a relentless competitor that is willing to play any special teams/ position the team needs me to play. I can long snap as well as return punts and kicks along with playing receiver. Off the field I’m extremely easy going which works as a strength in a lot of situations.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
All I need is a chance, you won’t be disappointed.