Overview: Kolby Griffin is a senior who played cornerback and safety for Kentucky State University; he can also play on special teams. He started off his college career at Texas Christian University, where he got his degree in sociology, before transferring to Kentucky State University. He is a physical defensive back who has great speed and is a thumper on the field.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Kolby, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
Christa: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Kentucky State University?
KG: I started my career at TCU. Redshirted my freshman year and played the next 3 mostly contributing on special teams. I had one year of eligibility left and TCU decided to go a different direction with my scholarship. So I needed to find a new school to play my last year at. One of my former tutors grew up with an assistant coach at KSU. He sent my contact info . I sent some film and committed about a week later . I jumped at the first school that showed interest.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by scouts?
KG: I’m tall for a corner I’m right at 6’0 and I’m very fast . Plus my film is very physical which isn’t common for all defensive backs and I’m willing to play any position in the secondary as well as special teams. My knowledge of the game and work ethic is what I believe will set me apart along with running a fast 40.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
KG: Strengths: physical nature. height, speed, competiveness. Weaknesses: size
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
KG: I believe what sets me apart from most corners is my willingness to tackle as well as take on blocks of bigger players and make plays. I’m also a big hitter. I try to be the most physical player on the field every play.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
KG: Cortland Finnegan. He plays for the Panthers and used to play for the Rams and Titans . We are about the same size and he plays with a chip on his shoulder and is very physical for his size just like me. He plays fearless just like me.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
KG: Gary Patterson once told me “everyday you get better or worse, but you never stay the same” that’s always stuck with me which is why I try to do at least one thing a day to improve myself as a football player even on my off days.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
KG: I still believe the best players I ever competed against would either be Tyler Lockett or Tavon Austin. Both are incredibly quick and tough competitors.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
KG: The night before a game I call my father and we talk about the scouting report and my responsibilities. Then I pray and go to sleep. The next morning I wake up take a shower, pray and call my father once I get to the locker room.
C: If could be any superhero who would it be and why?
KG: Batman. Because he doesn’t have any super powers. His generosity and willingness to change the world are what makes him a hero.
C: What was your favorite moment/play at Kentucky State University?
KG: My favorite play at KSU would have to be in the Circle City Classic against Central State University. I blocked a punt and scooped it and returned it for a touchdown. It was the first points of the game and set the tone for the game plus we played in Lucas Oil Stadium and it’s always been a dream to score in an NFL stadium.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Kolby Griffin for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2016 draft prospect.
You can check out his senior highlights here
Follow him on Twitter: @KG12_TCB