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2019 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tre Honshtein, Kicker, Sam Houston State

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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for the time Tre. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Tre Honshtein: I am from Georgetown, Texas, went to East View high school, and come from a family of 5. 

Justin David Kish: You played college football at Sam Houston State University. Tell us about your time at Sam Houston State?

Tre Honshtein: Sam Houston was actually never my first option. I chose to walk on there after a very lengthy decision process and a bad decision of going to the University of Kansas. Once I was there, I made great friends and had a lot of fun. It also helped that one of my best friends from high school, Adrian Contreras, was also playing football there.

Justin David Kish: You wore the #39 in your college career. Is there a reason as to why you chose that number?

Tre Honshtein: Actually 39 was given to me the year I was supposed to redshirt and I hated the number. But once I played my freshman year I decided to keep it.

Justin David Kish: During your time at Sam Houston State you were coached by special teams coordinator John Lovett. What did you learn under Coach Lovett?

Tre Honshtein: Coach Lovett was only there for my last season and he was the third special teams coach I had over the four years. He was a good man but not too great when it came to coaching kickers. 

Justin David Kish: Sam Houston State plays in the Soutland Conference of the FCS. You played against some of the best teams in the FCS including Lamar, Nicholls and Incarnate Word. What is one game in your career that really took you to your limits?

Tre Honshtein: My toughest game I played in was most definitely against McNeese State my freshman year. During that game I had to make a tackle on kick off and I got hurt but I could not just stop playing. I played half a game with some bad back pain and it was freezing cold.

Justin David Kish: You played against some of the toughest players in the FCS. Who is the toughest player you played against in your career?

Tre Honshtein: Honestly there aren’t a lot of players I can call out by name but I do remember my junior year, Northwestern State had a returner that was phenomenal. Our coaches were so scared to kick it deep to him, we changed all of our plans to make sure he didn’t get the ball. On one kick off though he was able to return it and he gashed us for 35 yards.

Justin David Kish: During your time at Sam Houston State you created so many memories with your teammates. What is one memory that stands out from the rest?

Tre Honshtein: I have a lot of best memories with my teammates and almost all of them are in the locker room after a win, singing and dancing.

Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a Sam Houston Bearkat?

Tre Honshtein: To me, being a Sam Houston Bearkat is being gritty, hardworking, and doing the things that are not always glorious and fun but are necessary to succeed.

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Justin David Kish: You are now on your road to professional football. What are your measurables?

Tre Honshtein: My measurables are pretty much be better than the day before. I know that I am not where I need to be but I can very well be one of the best prospects in this coming draft class.

Justin David Kish: How are you currently preparing yourself for the upcoming NFL Draft and other pro opportunities? Who are you training with?

Tre Honshtein: I am working on explosion movements and learning how to use my body more when kick off. I do my weight training with my strength coaches at Sam and my kicking training with one-on-one kicking.

Justin David Kish: How was chemistry with your teammates at Sam Houston State?

Tre Honshtein: I never had any issues with my teammates, they were all very accepting of me and anyone that came into the program unless you gave the players a reason to not like you.

Justin David Kish: Outside of football, what does a typical day off look like for you?

Tre Honshtein: I play a lot of video games in my free time, and all types of games. 

Justin David Kish: When watching film what are you do you look for?

Tre Honshtein: Watching film as a kicker is very interesting because for the most part, I am only looking for the slightest changes to make. An inch one way or the other makes a huge difference as a kicker, but I also do not want to over correct and pick up bad habits.

Justin David Kish: What separates you from the rest of the draft-eligible kickers in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft?

Tre Honshtein: I do not know a whole lot of the other draft-eligible kickers but I do know that I am willing to outwork anyone. 

Justin David Kish: What do you consider your biggest strength and what is one area of your game you are always improving on?

Tre Honshtein: One of my biggest strengths is my mental approach to every kick is the same, I tell myself the same thing and have a level head going into every kick. One area I need to work on is pure leg strength and having a faster leg. That is what I am working on the most right now. 

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 NFL kicker who would you compare yourself to and why?

Tre Honshtein: The kicker I am like the most would be Will Lutz. We are about the same size, he went to a smaller school and was not considered a “top prospect”, but was given an opportunity and took advantage of it. Our kicking styles are the same and he is someone I that I think can ball out when it comes down to it. 

Justin David Kish: My final question, if I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Tre Honshtein?

Tre Honshtein: I am a game-time player. When it comes to snap, hold, kick, I am the guy you want back there. When kicking with a tripod on a practice field, I am not going to wow anyone. It will be good but it won’t be the best performance anyone has ever seen. I do best under pressure and with live operations. You do not want another practice player who can ball out there but misses kicks in the game.

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