2018 NFL Draft: Dorian Cowart Jr., South Dakota School of Mines

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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Dorian, please tell us a little bit about yourself?

Dorian Cowart Jr.: My name Dorian Cowart Jr, I’m from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, im 23 years old, and the oldest of five children. some things about me is that im an energetic person I like to get involved in the community. I have a sort of laid back, go with the flow personality but im really funny outspoken side to me. I’m Christian, with m helpful, I enjoy going to the beach during my off time and spending time with my family.

Justin David Kish: During your college career you played for South Dakota Mines, tell us about your time with South Dakota Mines?

Dorian Cowart Jr.: During my time at South Dakota Mines it was great for me on and off the field. Everyone from the coaches to the players and athletic office are all caring people who welcomed me in and treated me like family since transferring into the program. the home games at Dunham Field in O’Harra stadium were always full of energy that made it hard not to get excited to play with the tailgating and all the pre-game festivities.the community was heavily involved with the program from the youth camps we would do for young athletes to run around with the kids and let them get to know us and the football program.

Justin David Kish: During your tenure, you played under head coach Zach Tinker/Stacy Collins and offensive coordinator Justin Udy. What did you learn from your coaching staff and how have they impacted your performance today?

Dorian Cowart Jr.: What I learned from Coach Tinker and coach Udy during my time there is paying attention to detail matters, playing with a lot of energy or juice, attacking every play and, Next play mentality. these had me improved my performance because it help me locked into the mental aspect of the games, playing with a lot juice it helps me get into the zone to create big plays that I can feed off of as well as the other guys on the team. attacking every play and next play mentality helps me stay locked in when adversity happens and not to dwell on a bad play and move on to the next one.

Justin David Kish: Playing running back you took on some of the best defensive players in Division II. Who were some of the toughest defenses/players you competed against and how did you favor?

Dorian Cowart Jr.: Dome of the toughest teams I have played this year was Colorado Mesa and Colorado Mines. these two teams are both at the top of the conference who have a lot of talented players and guys who are physical and plays ball all the way through the whistle against these I was able to show my versatility because during these games I was able to affect them with my hands and catching routes out of the backfield.

Justin David Kish: Playing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, you played against tough teams like New Mexico Highlands, Colorado State-Pueblo, and Chadron State. What was one team that really took you to your limits?

Dorian Cowart Jr.: Colorado Mines was a game that pushed me because in that game to come away with a way to win I had to pull a double duty in both the rushing and passing game to give them an opportunity to win.

Justin David Kish: When you look back at your college career you created many great moments with brothers on the field. What is one memory that stands out from the rest? 

Dorian Cowart Jr.: One moment that stands out was our first ever win against our rival school Colorado school of mines and the energy of the players and the fan around us as they chanted our fight song.

Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a South Dakota Mines Hardrocker?

Dorian Cowart Jr.: Being a Hardrocker means being a blue collared, headstrong person who perseveres, accountable, trustworthy and gives service when needed and also a role model on and off the field to other guys in the program.

Justin David Kish: Let’s shift our focus to draft-related questions, how are you currently preparing yourself for the draft and other future opportunities? 

Dorian Cowart Jr.: I’m currently in the process of finding an agency to sign with but as far as training I will be prepping speed trainer Tony Sands in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and possibly with Bommarito Performance or other prep facilities.

Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game do you consider to be your biggest strength?

Dorian Cowart Jr.: One of my biggest strengths is my versatility because I can hurt teams the receiving and returning phases of the game from the different positions that I can play in.

Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game you are currently working on improving?

Dorian Cowart Jr.: One of the things im working on to improving more on is getting my hands more engaged in the point of attack in pass protection.

Justin David Kish: Do you have the ability to command the players around you? 

Dorian Cowart Jr.: I do have the ability to command around to help them to stay focus and positive because of my humbleness and personality it made people gravitate towards me.

Justin David Kish: How was your chemistry with your team in college?

Dorian Cowart Jr.: The chemistry with our team was great all the guys were very close with one another and very welcoming, it was like a family whenever we need guidance or a pick me up we would always help each other out and it carried over to the football aspect of things.

Justin David Kish: What were you’re on the field responsibilities in college?

Dorian Cowart Jr.: My responsibility on the field was to play the game with a lot of energy, a lot of juice and create big plays that the other guys can feed off of and be a factor for the outcome of the game.

Justin David Kish: What does a typical day look like when you have time off of football?

Dorian Cowart Jr.: A typical off day of football for me consists a balance of Epsom salt baths, homework and playing video games to help me get my mind away from things for a little bit.

Justin David Kish: How do you stand out from the rest of the other running back draft prospects?

Dorian Cowart Jr.: I stand out for the other RB prospects because of my versatility to be able to play receiver and returns punts and kick returns and my home ability to be able to take it the distance on any part of the football field.

Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the spot. My first question, if you could compare yourself to any current NFL running back who would it be and why?

Dorian Cowart Jr.: I would compare myself to Giovani Bernard because of his ability to make people miss, and his ability to affect the game in the receiving and returning phases as well as his ability to take it the distance when he has a seam to run through.

Justin David Kish: My final question, if I was an NFL GM why should I draft Dorian Cowart Jr.? 

Dorian Cowart Jr.: I believe A NFL GM should because that im a true play-maker who is dual threat RB in the running and receiving game, Also because of my character on and off the field they wouldn’t have a question if im a type a person that could be cancer to their team.

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