Overview: Nick Ferrer is a senior who played quarterback for the University of Saint Francis. In 2017, he was named NAIA National Player of the Year. He also played a key role to leading his team to back to back NAIA National titles. In 2017, he threw for 4,195 yards, had 39 touchdowns, and four interceptions. He is a great leader, who has good arm strength, and posses good size at the quarterback position.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Nick, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing University of Saint Francis?
NF: I was a late bloomer and didn’t grow into my body until I was really a senior in high school. Started two years varsity in high school and did not really hit the camp circuit. Went under the radar and my goal was to always use football to pay for my education. Got the opportunity to play on scholarship at USF (IN) as well as a few other small schools. Accepted the scholarship to USF as I wanted to play for hall of fame coach Kevin Donley.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
NF: Continue to grow athletically with strength training and speed work, work on footwork and accuracy for pro day at Indiana State and Ball State, and continue to utilize my size and arm strength.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
NF: Strengths: Leadership, decision making, arm strength, size, etc.
Weaknesses: Speed and played at NAIA/D2 level.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
NF: I am able to process information quickly and have a naturally strong arm along with great decision making.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
NF: I currently believe I best resemble Matt Ryan as he is a smart, strong, and accurate pocket passer who has a knack for getting his playmakers the ball in space.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
NF: Darius Price, CB, Sienna Heights.
C: What pressures are there during games to complete plays/succeed? How do you deal with these pressures?
NF: For a small school, there was major pressure at USF to win and succeed as it was the standard set there for the program. We had won a national championship last year so my senior year there was incredible pressure to win it again. In dealing with those pressures, I made sure I was prepared physically and mentally for every single game.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
NF: I started playing flag football when I was 5. I really fell in love with the game when I got in middle school. Around that time I started playing quarterback and relished the pressure and expectations as I saw them as opportunities.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
NF: I usually run through my checks and read through my scouting report while I eat breakfast. Other than that I don’t have any other game day rituals.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
NF: My teammates and I were able to accomplish everything there is to accomplish at the NAIA level. We were able to win back to back National titles (2016 & 2017) and I was blessed to be honored as the NAIA National Player of the Year this past season. I am a proven winner, leader, and I am driven to succeed at anything I do. I have learned a great deal about the game of football and life from head coach Kevin Donley in my past 4 years playing for him. I am excited for the road ahead and understand that every obstacle is an opportunity to grow as a player and person.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Nick Ferrer for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a professional football player.
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.