Overview: Kavoderic McIntyre is a three-year starter and a two-year captain who played cornerback for McPherson College. He is a smart football player with a good football I.Q.. He is also a great athlete who started off playing wide receiver before making the transition to cornerback. He has great ball skills and has good speed. He was one of the players who got invited to participate in the NFL Regional Combine in New Orleans.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Kavoderic, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing McPherson College?
KM: Throughout high school I mostly played basketball for Dallas Roosevelt High School. My senior year I decided to play football and turned out to be a great experience. I started all five of our district games as wide receiver and helped my team reach the playoffs for the first time in four years. One day during the spring after a morning basketball practice, I sat down with my high school head football coach and the wide receiver coach from McPherson. We talked about attending college in Kansas. It seemed far and I was skeptical but my parents supported me and told me I should take the opportunity. During the summer, McPherson College got an entire new coaching staff so the coaches that recruited me were no longer there. I got a call from the new head coach asking me if I wanted to play cornerback. Although I never played the position, I said yes and haven’t looked back since. I give a lot of credit to my high school coaches for getting seniors recruited. Our school had one of the top five largest recruiting class in the Dallas Independent School District in 2012.
C: You have mentioned that you will be participating in a NFL Regional Combine in New Orleans. For you to have the opportunity to show your talent in front of scouts and executives, what does that mean for you?
KM: It means more to me than words can explain. I have a great deal of respect for the NFL and the players, coaches, and owners. To be given this opportunity is truly a gift and I am very thankful. Not many players from smaller programs get a lot of recognition like D1 athletes. I believe if you dedicate yourself to the game and put in the work to develop your skills, someone will notice you and see how much it actually means to you. Football means so much to me because it helped me become a first generation college graduate and a better man. Now I have 2 year old twin daughters that I raised while finishing college. They are all the motivation I need to keep pushing myself to reach heights I have never reached. Every job opportunity presented before me is an opportunity to provide for my family.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
KM: My strengths include my speed and quick hips, my ball skills and ability to play the jump ball, good hands, my size and length for my position, and my aggressive press coverage. I’m very coachable and I encourage my teammates by working hard and being a leader. My weaknesses include my weight and becoming a more explosive tackler.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
KM: I’m not the best tackler but I’m not afraid to get in the box and battle it out with the big bodies. I play with passion and fearless aggression as a cornerback. I focus on not giving up big plays. My feet and hips help me react quickly when the ball is thrown and I attack the ball when it’s in the air.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
KM: Chris Harris Jr. He may not receive the exposure he deserves or have the most impressive stats but he does his job very well every Sunday. He doesn’t allow catches and that’s the same mentality I have every game.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
KM: Jake Curran, QB (Kansas Wesleyan)
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
KM: As a little kid I played peewee football as receiver and fell in love with the excitement that comes with every play and the potential to score a touchdown. Once I started playing defense in college, my love for football grew to another level. I take pride in stopping the man across from me.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
KM: I like to wake up, say my prayers, and eat a good breakfast. I listen to music all day before the game to help me emotional become more furious and passionate. No smiles or joking or cell phone communication two hours before the game. I pray again before I go out to warm up. I come back in and sit at my locker, visualizing myself making plays, catching interceptions off pass concepts, and scoring defensive touchdowns to get the crowd hype. When the national anthem starts playing the only thing on my mind is winning every battle every time I line up.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
KM: My first year as a starter my defensive backs coach would always say, “Find a way!” I took that and applied it to my everyday life with anything I do. There’s always excuses to not do something but how many people are willing to find a way. My most recent college head coach would tell us when our minds say no, our body has to say keep going. When our body says no, our mind has to say keep going. When our mind and body says no, our teammates have to say keep going and help you get through it.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
KM: Growing up I didn’t have a perfect life or football career. I didn’t have crazy athletic abilities as a child. Everything I have now is because I worked hard to get it. Nothing was ever given to me. Although McPherson College hasn’t had a winning season in years, I stayed dedicated to my football program, my teammates, and my position for five consecutive years. I wanted to be the best on the field even if I didn’t receive the recognition. I wanted to be the one to stand out. I encourage everyone passionate about their craft to never stop pursuing your dream because nothing is impossible. My mom always taught me that what you get out of something is what you put into it, meaning hard work does pay off.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Kavoderic McIntyre for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a 2017 professional football player.
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Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.