Steven Forgette Interview
Sr. / Eastern Washington / OG
Updated - 1-11-14
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Steven Forgette: I am approximately 6’4. I weighed in this morning at 296 pounds. Hopefully I will increase my weight with more training. Roughly, I run a 5.2 forty.
Alex Khvatov: What schools showed interest in you when you were coming out of high school?
Steven Forgette: I had Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Eastern Washington. I was undersized coming out of high school. I was 6’4, 250 pounds. Eastern Washington was the only school that offered me. Washington wanted me to play center. They had coaching staff changes with Sarkisian coming in. It went down to the wire, but they decided to go with another offensive lineman.
Alex Khvatov: Are you happy with the decision that you made by coming to Eastern Washington?
Steven Forgette: I definitely made the right decision. They have a family atmosphere here. I really liked how hard guys worked here. Players had goals. They wanted to win, and this is the best place to do that. I knew that I would be able to compete for a starting job here.
Alex Khvatov: Tell us about your career.
Steven Forgette: I was very fortunate to play with top athletes. I learned from these guys. I started as a freshman. I suffered an injury my sophomore year. It doesn’t bother me now. I am 100 percent right now. It was awesome. I improved as a player. I won a lot of games and got a chance to win a Championship.
Alex Khvatov: What does it feel like to be a part of a winning program?
Steven Forgette: I learned from my head coach. He taught me that it is a 12- month process that starts all the way from January to the end of the season. I played well. We won three Big Sky titles and a National Championship my freshman year.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Steven Forgette: I have good footwork. Pass protection is my strength. I have football knowledge. I know offensive and defensive concepts.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Steven Forgette: Basically, I probably need to get better with my technique. I need to get faster and stronger which will help immensely. Obviously, it is tough coming from the FCS school, so I need to prove that I can compete.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?
Steven Forgette: Winning the National Championship my first year as the starter. It was definitely a moment that stands out.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Steven Forgette: I am from Washington. I have been a fan of the Seahawks my whole life.
Alex Khvatov: How far do you think the Seahawks can go this year?
Steven Forgette: They have the ability to go all the way to the Super Bowl.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Steven Forgette: I like J.R. Sweezy. He is the starting right guard for the Seahawks. H was drafted as a defensive lineman. Then they converted him to the OL. He is not as big or as strong as the other players. But I enjoy watching him play. He is a little undersized, but he plays well.
Alex Khvatov: Tell me about your teammate sophomore QB Vernon Adams.
Steven Forgette: He is pretty awesome. He grew up a lot this year. He is a confident guy. He really prepares hard. He is the leader of the team. It is fun to play with him. He is an explosive player and really energetic.
Alex Khvatov: Who was the toughest player that you have faced during your career?
Steven Forgette: Actually, we played Washington my sophomore year. I played against NT Alameda Ta’amu. He was a top 10 DL. He was great to compete against him. He was explosive and strong.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about playing football?
Steven Forgette: I love to win. I am very competitive. I am a sour loser. I work towards being the best. I enjoy this whole process. It is a culmination of a lot of things that add up.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Steven Forgette: It is called the U-District. It is located in Spokane, Washington. I have been training here for about a week and a half. It is a training and rehab facility. It is for pro athletes. It is a great facility. It has an indoor field. There is a lot of one-on-one training.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your regular training day.
Steven Forgette: I wake up in the morning. I eat breakfast. I do a quick work out before I go to my 11 o’clock class. I attend that class Monday through Thursday. I am one class away from getting my degree. Then I go to the weight room. I take an ice bath and stretch. I work on recovery and flexibility on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I work on my strength and stretching on Tuesday and Thursday. I do conditioning work on Saturday for about an hour.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Steven Forgette: In the offseason, I took up golf recently. I like to play ping-pong and chess with the guys in the locker room. I am pretty competitive.
Alex Khvatov: What does it feel like to be a small fish in a large pond?
Steven Forgette: I am excited for the opportunity. I can control how hard I work. I can also control how well I perform. I just need to do things correctly.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?
Steven Forgette: I would love to get into coaching at the collegiate level. My major is exercise science. I want to be a mentor and relate to these kids. I can transform them into men.
Alex Khvatov: What is the biggest lesson that you have learned in life thus far?
Steven Forgette: Don’t take anything for granted. Recently, a couple of guys on our team had people pass away unexpectedly. I saw what these guys had to go through up close. Don’t take people in your life for granted.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Steven Forgette is….
Steven Forgette: I am very competitive. I love the process. I love to work hard. I love to see the results. I am a fun person to be around. I played like I was having fun out there. I am not uptight. I am a hard worker. I am respectful of other people. I would do whatever it takes. I will work as hard as I possibly can.
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