Overview: Nehemiah Coward is a senior who started off his college career at Mississippi Gulf Coast and Eastern Arizona before transferring to Central State University. He a versatile athlete who has the ability to play cornerback, free safety, strong safety and nickle cornerback. He is an explosive player who has a great football I.Q. He was one of the players selected to play in the FBS Tropical Bowl.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Nehemiah, 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 Central State University?
NC: How did I get to Central State University well a couple of My teammates and a coach that I went to junior college with (Eastern Arizona) told me about the school and asked me do I want to change the culture there and start a new tradition. And I had accept the challenge. I went to two junior colleges Mississippi Gulf Coast and Eastern Arizona I had a grade issues that didn’t allow me to accept division one offers, but I never stop trying and keep at it because it was my dream to successful in life.
C: You have mentioned that you have participated in the FCS Bowl. For you to be there in front of scouts and executives showing your talents, what did that mean for you?
NC: Yes, I did tell you about the Fcs Bowl and What it meant to me was that I could showcase my talent and skills that I have for NFL scouts and give them an image with what I can do against elite talent from division 1 AA to Division III school and that was a special moment because it opens opportunities for me to pursue my dreams to the NFL.
C: What was the process like?
NC: The process was great I wasn’t nervous or anything it made me feel like I was back at home it showed me what I can do and what I need to work on.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
NC: For me my strength are my speed, my explosion, my I.Q., my will-power, my athleticism and my versatility because I could play all three side of the ball and multiple positions. My weakness is my weight.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
NC: The thing that separate me from others players in my position as a defensive back is that I play CB., FS, SS and nickel back. I always put god first with what I do and will do and give him the thanks because without him I wouldn’t get the job done and also, I will do anything to get the job done I do not accept OK or great I want to be perfect and the best. I will always find something that I can work on or do better and will call my parents after the game and both will give me the most honest opinion. what I did wrong and right and what I can improve on to better myself as player.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
NC: A former player I resemble and try to steal some game from is Deion Primetime Sanders because he played all three side of the ball and was great at what he did and every time he touched the ball he tried in did scored. But I will say that I have my own style of play.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
NC: I do not see a player tough to handle but if I had to choose I would say Duke Williams he was A teammate I had to practice against when I was at my first junior college at Mississippi Gulf Coast. I was very young and wasn’t fully develop as a Db. He was very talented and experienced guy.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
NC: I like to prepare myself before the game by praying a lot and my ritual is to pray to the Lord and give him thanks and call my mother and let her know how She can find me by watch the game or radio and when she is there at the game or not there, I give her the thumbs up to let I know everything is OK and I’ve been doing that since I started football.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
NC: The most inspirational thing a coach told me was if I get an interception I will not cheer you on everybody else can but I won’t. I will find something you did wrong and that play. Then I asked the question why. He said he didn’t want me to think one play is good enough because he didn’t want me to stop working hard and be satisfied with what I did because when you are satisfied you will stop working hard because you will feel like you have done enough. “Coach from Mississippi Gulf Coast “
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
NC: What people should know about me is that I put the lord first in my life. whatever I do I am about family. I respect people how I want to be respect. I treat everybody equal and will do what I can if someone need help and if I can prove the help that is need but mainly I am a believer in the lord. I am a hard-working and love the game of football I have a deep passion for it and won’t let nobody set my goals and I would never be scared to be the best at what I do on and off the field and will attack any Challenge in front of me. I have been slow down but I have a been a stop.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Nehemiah Coward 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.
Follow him on Twitter: @mr_nukienuk