What are your
measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
6’3”, 215, last forty time was a 4.45.
How did you get into football in the first place?
I started playing backyard football when I was 10 or
11 years old. My minister at the church told me
that I should try out for high school football. So
my first organized football started in 10th
What schools were interested in you when you were
coming out of high school?
I received letters from UNC,
and ECU. Those were some of the bigger schools that
interested me. Elon and Marshall used to send me
different letters. Elon and North Carolina A&T were
the schools that offered me a scholarship.
Why did you eventually choose Elon University?
I liked the school and the atmosphere when I came
here for a visit. It was smaller type of
classrooms. I thought that it would be best for me
instead of being in classrooms with over 200
people. The small classrooms made the difference
and also the opportunity to be close to home.
Describe your junior campaign to us (79 receptions,
1202 receiving yards and 11 TD’s).
From a team perspective, it was kind of
disappointing. I wanted to get back to the playoffs
like with the 2009 team. I wanted to have a winning
season as well. Individually, it was spectacular.
I didn’t expect to put up the stats like that week
in and week out.
What are your early impressions about your team
coming out of spring practice?
I think that the defense is farther ahead than they
were last year. We have 9 starters coming back on
defense. Therefore the learning curve is not as
drastic. They are moving around and playing a lot
faster. Their spring was great. The defensive
players were flying around and making tons of plays
from the young guys to the veterans. Offensively, I
still feel that we are getting to where we need to
be come September 1st. We had a running
back situation this spring where our guys went down
with injuries. I feel that our offense will be
ready come September 1st.
What are your expectations for your senior campaign
from a team and individual standpoint?
From a team standpoint, we want to have a winning
season. I like to win and I hate to lose. I want
our team to make the playoffs and make a run for the
National Championship. Every game is its own
entity, and we shouldn’t take it for granted. Every
game is important. Individually, I am not even sure
yet. I want to get around the same numbers that I
had last year. I don’t know the likelihood of that
happening. But I will go out there and play as hard
as I can each and every game. I will try to help my
team get some wins.
Teams will be designing game plans to stop you each
and every week during your senior campaign, how are
you dealing with this pressure because the
expectations are very high?
I am doing things pretty much the same as I have
always done. I workout all the time, make sure that
I am healthy, in shape and ready to go. I try not
to let the pressure get to me. I try not to read the
media articles that are written about me. I am just
going to go out there and have fun. Once the first
quarter starts, it doesn’t matter what anyone else
thinks. The pressure goes away. I am just having
fun out there with my teammates. I will just enjoy
this last season.
What was the highlight play for you last year?
My second touchdown versus Furman. It was one of
the key plays in the game that helped us solidify
the win. We were going through a tough spell of
losses before that game. The coaches came to me and
said that they wanted me to lead our team to
victory. I took that to heart. I gave everything
that I had to lead us to victory on that day.
What are your strengths on the football field?
I feel like my route running which is one of my best
assets that I do have. In the course of the game, I
can also adjust my game based on how the defenses
are playing me.
What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Definitely run blocking. I will make sure that I
will improve upon this one aspect of my game this
year. I want to create opportunities for our
running backs to get to the second level, pass me
and make those game breaking plays that we need to
Who are some of the toughest players that you have
faced during your career?
Definitely Ryan Steed from Furman and CB Casey Hayward from Vanderbilt. I have faced Ryan for
a couple of seasons. Casey was an All-SEC corner,
and I wanted to see how I will do against him.
Those were two fun matchups.
players on your team are ready for a breakout
WR Rasaun Rorie. He will line up on the other side
of me. He will take some of the pressure off me.
We will be a great 1-2 punch not only in the
conference, but in the country. Also look out for
our slot receiver Kierre Brown. He can break
What do you enjoy most about playing football?
I would mostly say the gameday feeling. Once the
game starts, nothing else matters. Anything else
that you have going on in your life at that time is
blocked out during the game. You can escape from
any pressures of the world and have fun with guys
who love playing the game.
What is your favorite NFL team?
I am a Dallas Cowboys fan. My father is a Cowboys’
fan. I wanted to be like my father.
Who is your favorite NFL player?
Right now it is Calvin Johnson. I have been
following him since he was at Georgia Tech.
What is your definition of a leader?
A player that handles his business on and
off-the-field. He does that no one else sees him
doing. He doesn’t have to be liked, but he has to
be respected. Younger guys will look at him for
What are your hobbies?
I like to go to the basketball gym. I go and shoot
hoops with my high school teammates. I also kick
back and play my Xbox 360. It helps me stay focused
and sane especially during the summer.
What makes you a unique individual?
I am a big jokester. Once I get to know somebody, I
like to joke around a lot. I am a humble kid. I
like to make people smile.
Finish the sentence, Aaron Mellette is….
On the field, I am the ultimate competitor. I
want to win. I don’t like people telling me
that I can’t win and telling what I can’t do in
regards to football. Away from the football
field, I am just a regular kid. I can walk
around campus without people knowing who I am. I
usually walk around with my head down or I have
a hat on. I am not a showboat or a prima donna.