Pre-Draft Interviews

2016 NFL Draft: James Cowser, Southern Utah University

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Justin David Kish: Thank you James for taking time out of your busy schedule. How are things going for you today?

James Cowser: Things are good. I just got done with a way busy week at the East West Shrine game.

Justin David Kish: Now for the fans who do not know much about you can you please tell them a little bit about yourself?

James Cowser: I’m a DE/OLB from Southern Utah.

Justin David Kish: Please tell us how football was first brought to you growing up? 

James Cowser: My mom asked if I wanted to play football with my friends and I said yes. Simple as that.

Justin David Kish: You are a natural defensive lineman, but did you experiment with any other position’s during your Youth Football days?

James Cowser: A little tight end linebacker and O-line but never much more. 

Justin David Kish: What was your favorite NFL and College Football teams growing up along with favorite players and why?

James Cowser: I liked the Eagles growing up because of all the Utah ties that they had when I was young. I liked Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook a ton.

Justin David Kish: Lets get into your High School football days. You attended Davis High School in Utah. Tell us about your High School football career?

James Cowser: I played interior offensive and defensive line for most of my time. Then my senior year I bumped out to end. It was a really good time playing with my friends.

Justin David Kish: During your High School football career you squared up against some of Utah’s best football teams like Viewmont, Fremont and Taylorsville. To you what is one team you faced that really took you to your limits?

James Cowser: Viewmont was always a tough one because of the rivalry and Bingham was just a great team so they pushed me as well.

Justin David Kish: You were quite the impact player on your team’s defense as you are regarded as one of the best if not the best defensive player coming out of Davis High School. Your defensive success earned you a number of awards such as Region One Defensive MVP and along with other all-state honors. How does it feel to you to be honored with these prestigious awards, having your named inked in Utah High School football history?

James Cowser: It’s a cool thought but at the same time I know there’s players who came before and went after me that have been just as and more impressive than me. 

Justin David Kish: Some of my past interviews I asked the defensive players that I interviewed what was their reaction like when they got their first sack. What was your reaction when you got your first QB sack?

James Cowser: Utter elation. Getting a sack is an amazing feeling. Especially that first. 

Justin David Kish: What was some of your favorite memories during your time at Davis High School? 

James Cowser: Good friends. Basketball was a great time for me as well.

Justin David Kish: After High School comes the recruiting process. What was your recruiting process like? What colleges were interested and what made you settle on Southern Utah?

James Cowser: Mainly was dealing with walk on offers and FCS schools. My final 3 were Air Force, Weber State, and SUU. 

Justin David Kish: Before heading to Southern Utah what advice did your High School coaches give you?

James Cowser: Just trust your heart and do what feels right.

Justin David Kish: The big question is, what was your college years like at Southern Utah?

James Cowser: Some of my favorite I’ve ever had. Cedar city is full of amazing people and I was lucky to be there when I was.

Justin David Kish: What are some of your finest memories at Southern Utah?

James Cowser: Winning the conference championship, setting all time sack and TFL record, and just friends that I made.

Justin David Kish: Out of all of the games which game really took you to your limits?

James Cowser: Maybe the last one cause we played like 120 plays and I was sick.

Justin David Kish: Being a defensive player what was one player you opposed was really tough?

James Cowser: Keenan Allen for Cal was unbelievable. Just shows why he’s killing it in the NFL.

Justin David Kish: You won awards like Big Sky 1st Team Defense All-Conference, Walter Camp Award and AP First-Team All-Defense. What was it like being honored by those awards?

James Cowser: It’s a cool feeling and you know that it’s just a reflection of your defense around you.

Justin David Kish: How are you preparing yourself for the 2016 NFL Draft?

James Cowser: Just training hard and trying to get better.

Justin David Kish: Have you spoke to any NFL Teams yet? 

James Cowser: Yeah they have had some contact.

Justin David Kish: Would consider switching positions when you get to the next level?

James Cowser: Yeah I’ll do a lot more linebacker work in the next level.

Justin David Kish: If you could compare yourself to any current NFL talent who would you compare yourself to and why?

James Cowser: I like Clay Mathews game a lot. Maybe it’s the hair.

Justin David Kish: Is there any advice you can give to any upcoming High School stars wanting to play College Football?

James Cowser: Work hard, stay out of trouble, and play every snap.

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