KFFL Interview: Cameron Colvin, WR, Oregon Ducks

by Michael Egnak on April 9, 2008 @ 08:15:16 PDT


Coming out of high school, University of Oregon wide receiver Cameron Colvin was one of the top-rated recruits. Given the opportunity to play with one of his best friends, he chose the Oregon over most other schools. Unfortunately, his best friend, Terrance Kelly, was killed before he could join the Ducks. It would be just one other tragedy to befall Colvin.

At age 6, his dad passed away, and his mother would succumb to a stroke when he was in high school. After losing both of his parents, Colvin's godfather, Jay Lightner, would take him under his wing.

However, his poor fortunes wouldn't end there. In his junior year, a nagging hamstring injury would cause problems for Colvin. He would miss six games during the season, finishing with 18 receptions for just 121 yards. After a slow start to his 2007 season, Colvin would reach new heights starting in the fourth week of the season. Showing why he was so highly touted out of De La Salle (Calif.) high school, Colvin caught 15 passes for 210 yards with two touchdowns over his next two games. Misfortune would strike again in the sixth week of the season against Washington State. A broken ankle would end Colvin's potential breakout season early, forcing him to spend his most important offseason rehabilitating.

Agent Ken Rush recently set KFFL up for an interview with Colvin, who like many other draft prospects, has a very busy schedule over the next month. Not only has he been working to recover from a broken ankle while preparing to work out for interested scouts or teams, but he continues to work toward his political science degree to fulfill one of his mother's wishes.

Table: Cameron Colvin - University of Oregon - Career Statistics (2004-07)

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Mike Egnak: Have you met with many teams at this point?

Cameron Colvin: I've met with a lot of scouts and stuff at our Pro Day. I've talked to a lot of people that asked me about my injury. See where I'm at and how I feel at this point.

ME: Have any teams shown more interest in you than others?

CC: They're all pretty equal right now. They're all saying the same things. They just want to see me run and see if I'm healthy or not. I think after my Pro Day they'll be contacting more.

ME: Are there any areas of the country or any particular teams you would like to play for?

CC: At this point, no. I just want to get my shot in the NFL. Just play for whoever's interested and has a good plan for me.

ME: Where you pleased with your performance at your Pro Day?

CC: I was pleased with my overall performance. I wasn't pleased with my 40 [40-yard dash]. Just the fact that my foot is injured, it's hard for me to run the times I normally run. It kind of disturbed me, but overall I thought I did pretty good.

ME: How far away are you from being 100 percent healthy with your ankle?

CC: I'm not sure. Every week it just gets better. I get more range of motion it seems every week. It's kind of hard to tell. I thought at this point I would be closer, but the doctors are trying to keep me safe and keep me from injuring it more during workouts. At this point I'm not sure, but when it comes time for minicamp and training camp, I should be just fine.

ME: Have any teams invited you for a private workout later in April to see how your ankle is?

CC: I'm not sure at this point.

ME: Have teams questioned your durability after the past two seasons?

CC: I don't think so. With my first injury, it was a knick-knack hamstring injury. I didn't take precautions like I should have. I just started running around and doing things I wasn't supposed to do. I learned from those mistakes and then this one. I don't think there are any durability issues.

ME: Prior to breaking your ankle during the game against Washington State, you had two strong games where you played at a higher level than ever since your time at Oregon. How have you been proving to NFL teams that those two games are what you're capable of on a weekly basis?

CC: I just think coming out and working hard. Showing them in the workouts that that's the real deal what you saw. That's what I was capable of doing. From losing opportunities, I wasn't able to get out there and do that on a week-to-week basis. So I think teams look at the film over my career, I was doing those things. I was catching three or four balls a game, I was scoring on one and would have a long run on another and something else on the other. I've had that potential throughout my career, just the utilization wasn't there.

ME: How much of an impact did past tragedies in your life play when you first started at Oregon?

CC: A big deal. Just dealing with things that can derail you from your focus always helps you focus more. It helps you become a stronger person on and off the field. So I think that's the biggest thing.

ME: Who has helped you the most in staying along the course, keeping you in school and fulfilling all of your dreams?

CC: I think my godfather, Jay Lightner. He's helped me a lot. When my mother passed away, my whole family was there for me. But my godfather gave me a lot of options to work with. Just certain things I should be doing as a young man, giving me the right things and the right options.

ME: How did those tragedies help you grow as a person?

CC: Just learning life's lessons and not taking anything for granted. Living every day as your last one, because you never know what could possibly happen. Just being a truthful person, doing what you're supposed to do and making more friends than enemies.

ME: How have teammates or previous teammates helped you through the process of preparing for Pro Days and interviewing with NFL teams?

CC: We had [Baltimore Ravens] wide receiver Demetrius Williams and [Jacksonville Jaguars] running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Just those guys can tell you the little things to look for and the little things to do in a player to draft them. It's very helpful to have guys like that on my side to guide you through it so you don't have any shocks or anything you're not prepared for.

ME: How beneficial was it to you at Oregon starting out behind Demetrius Williams? Did you take things from his game and incorporate it into your own?

CC: You have to. Coming in, the game is so much different at the different levels. I was very fortunate to have a great receiver in from of me like that to learn from. I learned from him in high school, too. We were in De La Salle High School (Calif.), he was there before me and I learned from him there. It's kind of a blessing to have him. You always want to take what you see the other guys do to gain an advantage.

ME: Has he helped you through this process as well with Pro Days?

CC: Yeah, I talk to him a lot. He was saying it was kind of good with me not having the [NFL Scouting] Combine invite. It was kind of a good thing and kind of a bad thing. I wasn't able to go in front of that many coaches, but having the time to recuperate and heal was kind of a good thing.

ME: What have you been doing to recuperate with your ankle?

CC: Everything possible. I've been traveling back and forth from Florida, working with Olympic Gold medalist Dennis Mitchell. I've been trying to do everything possible to rehab and stabilize my ankle.

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About Michael Egnak

Michael Egnak is a Hot Off The Wire Analyst at KFFL and has been with the company since 2005. Covering both NFL and MLB, Egnak is also a key contributor to KFFL's fantasy services.

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