Overview: Keyjuan Selby is a senior who played for cornerback for Delaware State University. In 2018, he was one of the players selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team. In 2017, he was one of the players selected to the Phil Steele All-MEAC team. He had 13 passes defended, in which he tied having the 2nd most in his conference. He also had 59 tackles, which was the 4th highest on his team and he had 2 interceptions. He is a physical player, who displays good athleticism, who can also contribute on special teams.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Keyjuan, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality, his experience playing in the FCS Bowl, and his love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Delaware State University?
KS: I am from Delaware and I wanted to show the youth coming up behind me that it’s possible to make it out of Delaware, Delaware State offered my brother and I our sophomore year of high school right after we lost in the state championship which showed how much love they really had for us, it was also our first offer and that meant a lot to us.
C: I heard that you participated in the FCS Bowl in Florida and that you were also named MVP. For you to be there in front of scouts and executives showing your talents, what did that mean for you?
KS: Being nominated to play in that game meant a lot to me, that whole experience was great and to end the weekend off being named defensive MVP was very special.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
KS: My strengths are my athleticism and my work ethic, I’m a fast physical player, I always working hard and I’m willing to put extra work in. I would say my weakness would be I’m a little undersized for my position but I make up for it with my athleticism.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
KS: I have a nose for the ball, I’m always around it helping to make plays.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
KS: Tyrann Mathieu because he is a smaller DB but has great instincts and is always around the ball which makes him the play maker that he is.
C: If an NFL scout were to walk up to you and give you 10 seconds to sell yourself, what would you say?
KS: If you are looking for someone who can do whatever is needed of the team, I’m that guy. I’m a tough player with very good athletic abilities and has the ability to play special teams. All I need is one shot and I promise I will take full advantage of it.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
KS: When I started little league football at the age of 5, the game just came natural to me and I was having so much fun with it. I really realized I loved it once seasons were over and I would run track all summer just to stay in shape for the next season.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
KS: My head coach Rod Milstead told the team “The most important thing on a tombstone isn’t the dates or the name but it’s the dash in between… it’s all about what you do in between the dates and how others will remember how you spent the dash that matters.”
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
KS: I’ll typically just listen to music that relaxes me such as rapper J. Cole as I play the game in my head a few times and envision plays that I would make. Before I head out to the field I say a few prayers thanking God for the opportunity to play.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
KS: Football has given me so much, it shaped my character it taught me how to deal with success & failure, it strengthened my faith & brought me brothers that I will have forever… I spend early morning and late night perfecting my craft, everything I do is for my family so that they can see better days and not have a worry in the world.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Keyjuan Selby 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.