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Exclusive Interview With Fins Rookie Cornerback Nolan Carroll

The draft is long gone. Free agency is still going, but the hype is long over. Heck, minicamps and the rest of the OTA’s have even come to a halt in the past week. So what else is there to do in the football world for now? Well, there is looking forward to the season, and better yet, training camp, which if you concentrate really, really hard, you can convince yourself that it is just around the corner!   

For now we will try and quench your thirst for football with this in-depth interview with Dolphins rookie cornerback, Nolan Carroll. Carroll was picked in the 5th round of the draft, and should be in the race for one of the top roles at the cornerback position, and on special teams. Nolan graciously spoke with Playoff Bound Sports own Brant Houghton for this interview.  

Nolan Carroll is looking to be a physical player for the Fins this year in his rookie season.

PBS: Growing up in Florida, were you a Dolphins fan?  

NC: Yes definitely my dad was a big fan, and I just copied him.

PBS: Since both your parents were involved in the military, did you ever want to go in that direction instead of football?

NC: No never, and my parents told me they didn’t want me to go that route, rightfully so they wanted me to experience different aspects of life besides military life.

PBS: What was your influence in getting into football during your childhood?

NC: All of my friends had been playing besides me, I was a soccer guy for a long time, finally one day I asked my mom if I could play because all my friends were playing and I wasn’t.

PBS: Down in Florida, the competition on the gridiron is known as being very good. Can you tell us what your high school career was like, playing with such good players on your team, and against such quality opponents?

NC: My high school career was a good one, I got numerous awards my junior season and senior season.I played with a lot of very talented people, my friend Cliff Avril (Detroit Lions) me and him are the only two to get drafted,but many of my other teammates got scholarships to Division 1 schools. Competition was even greater! I’ve played against some good players, notably: Tim Tebow, Antonio Cromartie, Devin Hester, those are just a few so there is definitely a lot of talent in the state of Florida.

PBS: You transitioned from a wide receiver to cornerback in college, what were some of the difficulties that you experienced during the move?

NC: It was actually a pretty easy move for me because I always thought I was a defensive back, even in high school that was the first position I played, so that mindset to be tough and physical helped me a lot when I made the move from WR to DB. Since I had played the position in college it made me know little secrets about how WR think and move, and how to understand an offense.

PBS: During the later end of your college career you suffered an injury that ended your senior season. What was rehab like, knowing that you would have to prepare to impress pro scouts on top of recovering from your injury?

NC: I worked hard to have a great senior season at Maryland, and it was cut short. Rehab was grueling and rewarding. It was grueling because I had a set timetable as to when I needed to get back, so my rehab and workouts had to be accelerated farther then the average timetable for recovery. Rewarding because I told myself if I rehab hard everyday things were going to look bright for me. I relished everyday because I heard scouts were interested into seeing how I was going to recover, I knew I was going to get back to my old self and show them how well I recovered.

PBS: What was the draft process like for you?

NC: It seemed long for me, all the anticipation and build-up for months it was intense, not knowing who wanted you, or who did, hearing you may go in this round or this round, it definitely was a lot.

PBS: Did the Dolphins come to any of your workouts, or interview you at all prior to the draft?

NC: Yes they did first they were going to fly me down to Miami for a visit, then a week before the visit they decided to work me out also.

PBS: What niche are you trying to find on the team?

NC: I am just trying to find my place on the team, I want to know my role and work hard to successfully do my job.

PBS: In your rookie season, what kind of message do you want to send to your coaches and the fans on what kind of a player you are?

NC: I want everyone to know that I am a physical player, sometimes you don’t find that at the corner position. I want people to know when they hear my name the first thing that pops up in there mind is that he is a good, tough, physical, cornerback.

PBS: What are some of your goals for your rookie season?

NC: I just want to be able to contribute anyway that I can.

PBS: What do you think are some of your strengths and weaknesses are?

NC: Some of my strengths is that I’m tough, big, fast and physical.I don’t consider a weakness is that I have only played the position a couple of years so I have to get a better mindset of how to be a better defender.

PBS: What are some of your interests off the field?

NC: I like to listen to music, and if I am close to the beach go and just relax, I love the water.

PBS: Now that you are on the Dolphins, and playing in your home state, what does that mean for you, and what will some of the thoughts going through your head be on gameday when you suit up in that Fins uniform, and play in front of your home fans?

NC: It will be cool, I never thought I would be a Dolphin, the fact I get to play in my home state is special in itself. It will be really fun because I am playing on my dad’s favorite team since he was a little boy.

PBS: Thanks for the interview Nolan, is there anyone you would like to thank, fans, friends, family?

NC: I would like to thank my High School coach Ron Riddle, without him convincing my mother to let me play football I would not be here right now talking with you.

We would like to again thank Nolan Carroll for the interview, and taking some time to answer our questions!


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