are your measurements (height, weight and forty
I am 6’0”, 208 pounds and I ran a 4.58 and a 4.56 at
the Pro Day.
out of high school, what programs showed interest in
All of the Big 12 schools, Vanderbilt from SEC and
Rice. The first offer was from Texas, and I committed right away.
did you eventually choose the University of Texas?
I am a Texas boy. 80% of the people that live in
orange. I was a huge Texas fan when I was a little boy. It was my
dream to play for the Longhorns. It was an easy
decision for me.
started 52 consecutive games during your four-year
career at Texas, how proud are you
It is a source of pride. It shows toughness both
mentally and physically. There is so much
competition at Texas. I was competing
for my job every week. It shapes the person that I
am today. It shows my competitive nature. I am
proud that I was able to hang in for four years.
Describe your senior season to us.
Any time you don’t win 10 games or don’t go to a
BCS Bowl, people start to ask questions because you
play at Texas. During my junior
year, we had a losing year. This year we bounced
back. This year was a success. We got the program
back on track. Now Texas can get back to elite status.
Khvatov: How have you
been training for the NFL Draft?
I was training at Redondo Beach
Angeles for two and a half
months. Since March 20th, I have been
training back on campus at Texas or at my high
Describe your East-West Shrine Game experience to
It was a great experience. I had a chance to talk
with NFL personnel. I got a chance to see what life
and career will be like in a few years. I talked
with several scouts and upper management from NFL
teams. I have never been through a process like
this before. I understood what is expected out of
me and how I can make a long career out of it.
Were you satisfied with your performance at the Pro
I was for the most part. I am always going to be
critical on myself. I came in and ran what I needed
to. I wish that I had more time to prepare for the
bench press coming off a broken hand in the last
game of the season. I did well in positional
is the coolest thing that you have done during this
NFL draft process?
I think that the Pro Day was pretty cool. We had a
few NFL coaches there. I talked to Lovie Smith. He
talked to me and my dad. They both hail from
East Texas. You get to see these people
on TV, and now you get to see them in person. I am
excited that I will be joining that fraternity
What is the highlight of your
football career up to this point?
I will never forget winning the Big 12 Championship
Game on a last second field goal and going to the
National Championship. We beat the boys from Oklahoma. Every game is special. But any Big
12 game where we were victorious is a highlight.
are your strengths on the football field?
I am a physical player. It is my main motivation to
play this game. I am able to be physical and hit
people. I excel in the physical nature of the
game. I have the instincts for the game. I take
pride for being prepared on the field. I am
prepared for all situations.
areas of your game do you still need to improve
I am critical of myself. I need to get better at
making plays in space whether it is in the passing
game or the run game.
is your favorite NFL team?
I have been neutral the past four years. I am a
Texas boy and
I was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys. I was a big
fan of Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith.
Who is the one NFL player that
you would compare your game to?
I would like to think that I have a little bit of Ed
Reed in me because of my preparation. He has a
photographic memory. He knows what the reads are,
and I take a little bit of that from his game. I
take physicality from Troy Polamalu. But my job is
to create my own name for myself. I want to be
Which underclassmen on your
team should we keep an eye on in the future?
Honestly I believe that Kenny Vaccaro has special
ability. He understands the game. He makes plays.
Kenny should be the top safety next year. CB
Carrington Byndom is going into his junior year and
should be good.
are the best opposing players that you have faced
during your career?
We played Ingram and Richardson during the National
Championship Game my sophomore year. You could see
why they had the numbers that they did.
Bradford can also put the ball where he
wanted to. He won the Heisman. Dez Bryant, Justin
Blackmon and Michael Crabtree had a niche separating
from the DB’s.
Khvatov: What do you
enjoy most about football?
I play to win. Nothing else matters. If you don’t
win, it is a failure otherwise. This game is not
for everybody. There is a lot of work that goes
into it. There is a lot of dedication, preparation
and sacrifice that goes into it. I take great pride
Khvatov: What are
I love to hunt and fish. It is probably a common
answer from Texas guys. I go to a
family ranch and get away from the city. I am not a
big city boy. I like to get my hands dirty. I like
to be outside doing something.
is the greatest lesson that you have learned in life
I rely heavily on my faith. I think the greatest
lesson that I always carry is I am not the one who
is in control of my life. I am a follower of
Christ. He is the one calling the shots, and I am
okay with it. He will protect me and put me in the
right situations, so I can be successful.
will you spend your NFL Draft weekend?
I am definitely going to be doing anything, but
watching the draft. It is nerve- wrecking watching
the draft. I will let things happen and make the
best out of the situation. I might have to go
outside and go to the farm. Do some fishing or
Finish the sentence, Blake
Gideon is …
I think that I take the right approach to the game.
I try to be the most prepared person on the field.
I do everything necessary on and off-the-field.