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2019 NFL Draft Prospect Spotlight Interview: Theo Blackston, Fullback, Mercyhurst

Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Theophilus, please tell us about yourself?

Theo Blackston: Theophilus Blackston III, 6’0”/235lbs, Fullback, Mercyhurst University.

Justin David Kish: You played college football at Mercyhurst University. Please tell us about your time at Mercyhurst?

Theo Blackston: My time at Mercyhurst was a blessing in disguise. I had my ups and downs with adjusting to a new atmosphere, but once I was settled in it was clear that Mercyhurst made me a better man and prepared me for life after college and football.

Justin David Kish: During your tenure at Mercyhurst you were coached by head coach Marty Schaetzle. How did the coaching staff at Mercyhurst improve you as a player?

Theo Blackston: Coach Schaetzle is an old-fashioned coach he likes things done his way and isn’t afraid to tell you how it is during the good or bad times. He turns boys into men at the end of the day. The rest of the coaching staff is really dedicated to improving our abilities as well as the overall team unity and do so by just being committed to us players on and off the field.

Justin David Kish: Playing in the Great Midwest of division-II you played against schools like Tiffin, Slippery Rock, and Seton Hill University. When you look back on your college career what is one game that really took you to your limits and how did you fair?

Theo Blackston: I believe the Seton Hill game this season took me to my limits. Their record wasn’t the best, but they had some good players that loved to compete and never gave up and the outcome of that game showed in their favor, but I fared well against them. When my team needed me to make plays, I made them, in the run and pass game.

Justin David Kish: Playing both fullback and defensive line you got the best of both worlds by playing against some of the top talents in division-II football. Who was the toughest player you ever played against in college?

Theo Blackston: There were a bunch of guys who could get this recognition, but I have to give credit to Marcus Jones the running back from Gannon. He’s a very dynamic player whose numbers speak for themselves.

Justin David Kish: What goals did you accomplish in your final season of college eligibility?

Theo Blackston: The main goal was for me to become a complete player, someone who can help the team in any facet of the game and I feel with the opportunities I got that I did that.

Justin David Kish: You are now focusing on professional football. How are you currently preparing yourself for your upcoming pro day and other pro opportunities?

Theo Blackston: I’ve been working with my trainer Josh Pyles who specializes in combine training and we’ve come up with a plan for everything leading up to combine day.

Justin David Kish: What are your pre-draft measurements?

Theo Blackston: 6’0”/235lbs My other measurements are unknown at this time.

Justin David Kish: You play both fullback and at defensive line like I mentioned before. What position are you going to be focusing on more during your pre-draft workout’s?

Theo Blackston: I will be focusing more on Fullback because I believe it will give me the best chance to play professionally, yet I believe I can play anywhere on the field. I’ll take it as far as shedding some pounds and playing safety.

Justin David Kish: What would your coaches say the type of player you are?

Theo Blackston: I believe they would say that I’m passionate, dedicated, and not afraid of confrontation especially when it comes to the betterment of the team.

Justin David Kish: What are some of your biggest strength’s and what is one area of your game you are improving on?

Theo Blackston: My biggest strength is my ability to run routes and catch the ball out of the backfield. I believe that separates me from most Fullbacks in the league currently. I could definitely improve on my blocking and approach to certain blocks. I’m still learning at Fullback, but that is the biggest thing to get used to and improve.

Justin David Kish: Name a point in your career where you overcame adversity and what did you learn from the experience?

Theo Blackston: During the California of Pennsylvania game, I got two back to back stingers that took me out of the game, as well as, the next one against IUP. When I went into the locker room, all I wanted to do was to get back out there. Deep down I knew I couldn’t at that point in time and so did my coach. He said to me “I rather you be able to see your future kids grow up one day than to see you really hurt yourself out there”. That was my first realization that one-day football is going to end. Not only was it a physical type of adversity but a mental one too, and what I learned was 1. Strengthen my neck more in the offseason to reduce the possibility of a stinger and 2. Never take this game for granted because it can be taken away quicker than you think.

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

Theo Blackston: Yes, I am a natural born leader. Of course, there are some dues that must be paid and respect given and earned before you can do such a thing but I’m the guy willing to take that extra mile.

Justin David Kish: How do you stand out from the rest of the eligible players in your position heading into the 2019 draft?

Theo Blackston: As a Fullback people expect you to be a crash dummy, someone that opens holes and leads for the running back and yes that is the majority of the job, but I provide a more elusive skill set with my hands and feet I have the ability to expand an offense and even be used as a power back in certain instances.

Justin David Kish: If you could compare yourself to any current pro football fullback and defensive lineman who would you compare yourself to?

Theo Blackston: Roosevelt Nix for sure, we are similar in size and stature, and he has the ability to be used in multiple positions and down and distances. He’s a guy that I watch to improve my game.

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

Theo Blackston: I’m a guy that will take advantage of every opportunity, not get complacent, won’t come with outside headaches, and will put the team before myself any day of the week. I come with a lot of passion, commitment, and love for the game, and any organization that takes a chance on me will get everything I got.

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