Andy Kwon – Center – Senior – Georgia Southern
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Andy Kwon: At the Tropical Bowl, I measured in at 6’1 ½, 304 pounds and I haven’t run a forty time. I am hoping to run a 5.2 or a 5.3.
Alex Khvatov: Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?
Andy Kwon: Basically, I only played football for two years. I had Georgia Southern, Mercer and Presbyterian. I was only 250 pounds coming out of high school. Georgia Southern signed a lot of guys from my high school before, and it helped me out a lot. I went to their camp and I did well. They offered me about a month after it. Georgia Southern announced that they were leaving the FCS and they were going to the Sun Belt.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you choose Georgia Southern?
Andy Kwon: Number one was their offense. I love run blocking. It is my strength. I also had two guys from my high school that were already there. I knew that they would show me the ropes and help me adjust to college life. But the main reason was the recruiting coordinator who did a great job selling me on the university.
Alex Khvatov: Tell me about your career at Georgia Southern.
Andy Kwon: As a team, we were able to win in Sun Belt in our first year in the FBS and the first to ever win the Bowl game. I had to wait for two years to get my start. I was behind an experienced center. I started as a junior. I made Second Team All-Conference. My senior year, I was First Team All-Conference. I blew up after my junior year. I was named to the All-Bowl team my junior year. I was named to the Rimington watch list before my senior season.
Alex Khvatov: How would you describe your overall experience at the Tropical Bowl?
Andy Kwon: Being around guys from different states. It was fun. I had an opportunity to sit down with the App State and Georgia State players who were our biggest rivals. I was able to meet scouts. It was just another opportunity to play the game of football. Hopefully, I have a chance to play on Sunday.
Alex Khvatov: What is the biggest thing you took away from that all-star weekend?
Andy Kwon: The competition level. I am good at run blocking, and I never gave up a sack in my career. I was recruited as an FCS player out of high school, I proved that I could compete with anybody.
Alex Khvatov: What type of feedback did you receive from scouts at the Tropical Bowl?
Andy Kwon: I am an undersized guy. They just wanted to see how I would compete with other guys. I saw some scouts that came to my school, and others that I haven’t seen before.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Andy Kwon: Run blocking. I am also a smart player. I always watch film. I want to understand defenses. I want to be a coach and understand the game of football.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game are you trying to improve upon?
Andy Kwon: Pass blocking. I can do pass blocking, but our offense was designed to run the ball. We passed only about 20% of the time. I am a strong guy. I squatted 600 pounds twice and my power clean was 365 pounds.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training?
Andy Kwon: I am training at the school, I am using my agent’s trainer who sends me workouts, and I do them at the school.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your career up to this point?
Andy Kwon: Being able to start for two years. I won All-Conference awards. I worked my tail off.
Alex Khvatov: You were born in Korea, what was it like to be born outside of the US?
Andy Kwon: It was a different experience. I spent five years in Korea and then I lived in Singapore. My dad worked at LG company. I lived in Mexico from second to fifth grade. I lived in Columbia in sixth grade. In junior high, I came to the US. We came to Atlanta because we had some family there. My dad started his own business.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Andy Kwon: I am a Falcons fan because I am from Atlanta.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Andy Kwon: Right now, it is A.Q. Shipley from the Cardinals. He is an undersized center, but he is tough, strong and he knows the game of football. I also liked Jeff Saturday. My coach who is at FIU now told me stories about Jeff Saturday. He was working as an insurance guy after college. He got a tryout. Now he is a legendary center. My old coach also told me that I could follow in his footsteps and I could play in the NFL.
Alex Khvatov: What is the most important trait for an OL?
Andy Kwon: In my opinion, it is leverage and feet. If you have good footwork, you are going to win. I have very quick feet and I play with good leverage.
Alex Khvatov: What players on your team should we keep an eye on for next season?
Andy Kwon: RB L.A. Ramsby should breakout next year. He is a great back. He runs hard in between the tackles and can pass protect. RB Wesley Fields will be a junior next year. He is a good player. He can catch and pass protect. He is smart and humble. LT Jeremiah Culbreth was hurt last season. He has the passion and the energy. He has the height and he is thick. They might kick him inside this year. He has a tackle body. He can play tackle because he is big and athletic.
Alex Khvatov: Who is the best player that you faced during your career?
Andy Kwon: NT D.J. Jones from Ole Miss. Leonard Floyd was making crazy plays against us. But I didn’t get a chance to block him.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about football?
Andy Kwon: Being a part of the team. I miss that already. It was a tough season for us last year. I miss being around the guys.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Andy Kwon: I like to go fishing. I like to work out, play video games and watch movies.
Alex Khvatov: What do you want to do with your life after your football career is over?
Andy Kwon: I want to go into coaching. I look at the game of football, there are not many Asian football players at the college level. I have an opportunity to play in the NFL. I want to spread the game of football in Asian countries. I want to be a college coach. My goal is to be an offensive coordinator in college. I like to draw up plays in my free time.
Alex Khvatov: What is the biggest life lesson that you have learned so far?
Andy Kwon: If you want something, go for it all. A few weeks ago, I had my doubts whether I want to pursue the NFL. The people around me said that you have to try it because you will regret it on down the line. If the opportunity and time comes, go all out.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Andy Kwon is….
Andy Kwon: A caring and loving guy that wants everyone around him to do well.