2017 NFL Draft: Glen Antoine, Idaho Vandals
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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Glen. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself for the fans who are not familiar with you?
Glen Antoine: I am from Round Rock, TX and I graduated from the University of Idaho in December 2016. In my spare time I like to work out, spend time with my family go to church and watch TV.
Justin David Kish: You played your college career with the Idaho Vandals but also spent time at Highland Community College in Kansas. What was your transition like from CC to FBS-level competition?
Glen Antoine: It was definitely a big improvement, as far as competition is concerned, moving from Junior College to FBS. However, I welcomed the change and was able to adapt well.
Justin David Kish: Tell us about your time with the Idaho Vandals?
Glen Antoine: I joined the Vandals in January 2014. My position is Nose Guard. In the 2016 season my stats were 33 tackles, 21 solo, 2 TFLs and 1 sack. We finished this past season with a record of 9-4 after winning the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. This was the best season of the Vandals history since 2009. I enjoyed my time at Idaho and it was a great learning experience. I was able to receive a great education and finished my career as a Vandal with 2 degrees.
Justin David Kish: During your tenure you were coached by defensive coordinator Mike Breske and defensive line coach Kenny Holmes. How did the coaching staff at Idaho improve you as a player during your time with the team?
Glen Antoine: They were both really great coaches and the defense that we ran was a 3-4, which was really suited to my skill set. Coach Holmes really helped me improve on my technique and taught me more about the game during film study. He was a great mentor and kept the defensive line as one unit.
Justin David Kish: Idaho plays in the Sun Belt Conference. The Sun Belt Conference has great competition and when you go back during your time with Idaho what was game that really took you to your limits and brought out the best in you?
Glen Antoine: I had lots of good competition in the Sun Belt Conference. However, the game that stands out the most to me was a non-conference game against UNLV. This was my best game right before our conference play. The game went into overtime and we won.
Justin David Kish: During your college career you have squared up with some of college football’s elite offensive lineman. What offensive lineman was a tough challenge for you?
Glen Antoine: The toughest opponent I faced was the Colorado State guard #56. I successfully stopped the run the entire game and I also made a big time play on fourth and one. However, he was a worthy opponent.
Justin David Kish: While with the Vandals you created numerous memories with your brothers on the field. What is one memory that really sticks out from the rest in your career?
Glen Antoine: I have 2 memories that really stick out to me. Of course winning the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will never be forgotten. My other great memory was in 2015 when we played Troy. We were stuck at the airport all night and only had 2 hours of sleep. However, we traveled half way across the country and beat Troy 19-16.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a Idaho Vandal?
Glen Antoine: Toughness, brotherhood, working hard and giving your all.
Justin David Kish: You are now focusing on the draft. How are you currently preparing yourself for upcoming draft workouts and who are you working with in preparation?
Glen Antoine: I am training every day and focusing on speed and explosion. I work out at the HIT Center Austin with Coaches Brett Johnson and Clemente Valdez.
Justin David Kish: When you look at the 2017 NFL Draft the defensive line position is filled with great talent including yourself. How do you separate yourself from the rest of the pack?
Glen Antoine: The NFL is all about specialty. I am an elite run-stuffer. If an NFL team is looking for someone to take up double teams and free the linebackers, then I am the perfect fit.
Justin David Kish: What aspect of your game do you consider your strength?
Glen Antoine: That would definitely be stopping the run.
Justin David Kish: What part of your game are you improving on a daily basis?
Glen Antoine: I am working to improve my pass rushing skills.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the line. My first question. If you could compare yourself to any current professional football defensive lineman who would it be and why?
Glen Antoine: Coach Holmes always told me that he would compare me to Vince Wolfork of the Houston Texans because of his great run-stopping ability.
Justin David Kish: My final question. If I was an NFL GM why should I draft Glen Antoine?
Glen Antoine: I am good character guy, hard working and selfless. I possess a skill that a lot of NFL teams need…being very physical at the point of attack. I can command doubles and not get moved. Once engaged in double teams, I can shed the double and consistently make tackles. On passing downs, I can create push up the middle and put linemen in the lap of the quarterback, which quarterbacks hate getting pressure up the middle.
Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Glen where can fans get in contact with you?
Glen Antoine: Thanks for the interview. Fans can reach out to me on Twitter at @BigG_Antoine.
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