Overview: Juwan Brescacin was a red shirt senior who played wide receiver for Northern Illinois University. In 2012, he had the 3rd highest per catch rate with 20.3. In 2013, he had the third highest receptions and yards on his team with 33 receptions for 499 yards. He also had the second highest amount of touchdowns with 6. He had his best game against Toledo with 8 catches for 121 yards. In 2014, he tied for highest amount of touchdowns on his team with 6. He is a physical, athletic wide receiver who has great hands. He had a career total of 99 catches for 1,465 yards and 13 touchdowns.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Juwan, 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 Northern Illinois University?
JB: I had gone to a military academy in Indiana for my junior and senior year of high school, after most teams didn’t want to offer me because they thought I was too raw, NIU offered me the day before the spring game. I was a very late offer but I was grateful. I only had one offer and I wasn’t going to turn it down.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by scouts?
JB: I plan on making myself standout to scouts by simply being myself, I work hard and only need a shot to prove to people what I am capable of. At my pro day I think I proved that and now it’s just a waiting game. Whoever takes a chance on me won’t be disappointed.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
JB: My strengths are my size and my hands, I have strong hands and I know how to use my body when the ball is in the air. I’d say my weaknesses are my speed, but I can still run for my size. I also want to continue to perfect my routes.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
JB: A lot of the people at my position are very athletic and great players, but I think that my size seperates me from them. Although they have speed, I believe I can be more of a mismatch on the field.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
JB: I think I resemble Brandon Marshall, we both have big frames and aren’t the fastest people but we both give maximum effort and have strong hands.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
JB: The toughest player I faced in my college career was a cornerback at my school named Paris Logan, we went up against each other everyday in practice and he consistently pushed me since freshman year to be a better player. He showed me every look possible so when it came to game time it was easier.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
JB: I first fell in love with football when I watched Randy Moss play. My dad used to throw me the ball and I’d dive on the bed catching it with one hand pretending to be him. My dad didn’t like that I wanted to be Randy Moss because he is a Cowboys fan, but he saw that I had a love for the game at a young age.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
JB: Before games I like to be by myself and listen to music, I try and relax because the nervous excitement is something that can impact your performance if you can’t control it. Before I step out on the field I say a prayer and then it’s time to go.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
JB: The most inspirational thing a coach has told me was “don’t believe the hype”, I continue to remember that quote till this day. Going to a smaller school we’d play bigger schools or well known players and my coach always told our group of receivers that. We always believed that if you put in the work the results should show for themselves.
C: What was your favorite moment/play at Northern Illinois University?
JB: My favorite moment while playing was winning the MAC Championship my junior year, I had the chance to contribute in a big way in that game and we won, I won’t ever forget that.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Juwan Brescacin 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 highlights here
Follow him on Twitter: @JBrescacin11