Sa’Quan Hicks is a cornerback that just signed with the Triangle Torch, a professional arena organization in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to being signed this year, he played in four games, allowing a total of four catches on 20 targets — opposing signal-caller had a mere 39.5 QBR when passing against him in the secondary. With the Triangle Torch this year, Hicks will look to provide the same shutdown coverage that he has continued to display throughout his professional career.
Sa’Quan recently took the time to speak with Locker Room Update, during which time he shared his experiences and aspirations in professional football.
When did you first fall in love with playing football?
I fell in love with football as a young kid. Once I realized I could catch and run faster then most, it just kind of took over from that point on.
Who was your role model in football when you were growing up, and who was your role model outside of the sport during your childhood?
I would have to say defensively Deion Sanders and offensively Barry Sanders. Those guys just got the job done in exciting fashion. Outside of football , it was definitely my parents. They always supported my skill set and dreams. I still learn valuable things from them up to this day.
What’s the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you?
The most powerful thing a coach has ever said to me was to never disrespect the game that you love. Treat the game with proper respect, study film/tendencies, train hard and leave it all on the field.
Your tape showcases that you have great closing speed and can stick to receivers very well on longer routes. You also play with phenomenal anticipation. What would you say is your biggest strength, and why?
My patience at the line of scrimmage and athleticism. Patience at the line of scrimmage is a very difficult technique to master but it is a must when covering any highly skilled wide receiver. My athleticism (4.38, 40 Inch Vertical Leap) comes in handy against receivers of all sizes and skill sets.
You were just signed by the Triangle Torch in Raleigh, North Carolina. What are you most looking forward to with this new opportunity?
I want to win a professional arena league championship. I love and welcome the challenge of playing against great arena teams and players.
Who in the NFL do you see as a role model for what you want to accomplish in football, and why?
Darrelle Revis. His legacy is shadowing and taking #1 wide receivers out of entire football games. That is my goal every game. I love his technique, skill set and mindset from when he was in his prime.
If an NFL scout were to walk up to you and give you ten seconds to sell yourself, what would you say?
If you let me shadow any Top 5 or Top 10 NFL Receiver all game long, then you will offer me a $50 Million dollar contract.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In 5 years I see myself as a varsity high school defensive coordinator some where. I can see myself still playing arena football and progressing as a Certified Personal Trainer.
And to close, what’s the most important thing about you off the field that makes you a better player on the field?
My love of the game of football. I say that because that almost forces me to study film to sharpen my football mind daily. I normally watch a single game 10-12 times in prep for an upcoming game and receiver(s).