Kolton Donovan: 2018 Draft Prospect Interview

Name: Kolton Donovan
School: University of Wyoming (2017), Southern Utah University (2012, 2014-2016)
Position: Long Snapper
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 250

Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?

Heading into last season I wanted to show I could compete and play the game with anyone. I wanted to perfect my snap and show a knowledge of the game on the field. However, due to injury, I was able to learn all of this and more. Being able to learn the game from the sideline and from the players/coaches around me was an opportunity I took advantage of. I learned a lot and believe I am a better player now because of it.

Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?

Controlled – I like to play physically, but controlled so I can make the blocks and plays that are being asked of me.
Smart – I have a strong understanding of the game of football and quick witted on the field.
Passionate – I have always had a love for the game. I’m committed to my coaches and teammates on and off the field.

Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?

I will be training at an athletic performance facility in Salt Lake City, Utah as well as continuing physical therapy and working with my snapping coach Ben Bernard (Arizona Elite Long Snapping).

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?

When studying film, I like to look for tendencies that players have. I like to see how they rush, how they block, which side is their strongest side, and how can I best win this battle. I want to give my team the best chance of winning and in doing so, I spend several hours watching film every week during the season.

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

I feel like my size is something that makes me stand out compared to other Long Snappers. I am 6’4”, 250 lbs and I know how to use my size to my advantage. I also know how to block after the snap and think that is a complementary tool with my size.

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 the strengths I bring to a team is my strong work ethic. I give complete effort in everything I do, whether it be lifting weights, studying film, practicing, or snapping a game winning field goal. An ability I have is being consistent and precise. On the field, my snaps always go where they need to go. While on and as well as off the field I aspire to thrive in anything that I set my mind to. I strive to be the best man and role model that I can be.

Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?

I have a burning passion for the game and a strong work ethic to support it. I am an honorable person on and off the field, but also have a strong desire to compete and win. My ACL injury may have physically ended my season, but I used it as an opportunity to learn more about the game of football and its inner workings. I’m ready for the next opportunity in my football career and I am excited to see what the future holds.

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