Andre Cureton Interview
Sr. / Cincinnati / OG
Updated - 3-28-14
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Andre Cureton: 6’5, 322 and I run a 5.3.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Andre Cureton: At the University of Cincinnati.
Alex Khvatov: Were you happy with your results from your Pro Day?
Andre Cureton: For the most part, I wish that I could have my bench press results back. I had 19 reps, but there were a couple of reps that didn’t count. Overall, I felt comfortable with the times on the field. I ran a 4.7 in the 20-yard shuttle. I felt comfortable with my technique in the L-drill although I don’t know my exact time.
Alex Khvatov: Will you be attending a Regional Combine?
Andre Cureton: Yes. I will attend one in Indy this Sunday.
Alex Khvatov: What schools showed interest in you when you were coming out of high school?
Andre Cureton: Cincinnati, Louisville and Western Michigan showed interest. I committed to Cincinnati because they took a chance on me. Then some other schools came like Kentucky, Notre Dame and Purdue.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you choose Cincinnati?
Andre Cureton: Coach Kerry Coombs was one of the reasons that I went there. I appreciated his honesty. I came up to UC and I felt like it was a great camp for me. Brian Kelly called me on the phone and offered me a scholarship. They were willing to take a chance on a kid from Indiana.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your career with the Bearcats.
Andre Cureton: Perseverance. I went through a lot of stuff behind closed doors. If you didn’t love the game of football, you probably wouldn’t keep going. I kept my head on my shoulders. I came to work and wanted to convince the coaches that I can play. I had fun my senior year. I wish that I could have more years on the field, but I enjoyed the ride.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Andre Cureton: To me, the game is mental more anything. I watch film. I am a student of the game. I know what will happen before the defense can disguise it. I am a leader.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Andre Cureton: I need to be able to snap and clear. I always felt like I needed to be perfect in order to get on the field. If I made a mistake, I will have it in the back of my mind. It affected me. I would get down on myself. I don’t like making mistakes.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?
Andre Cureton: When the coaches voted me captain for the Memphis game. It was great to be honored by my coaches.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Andre Cureton: The Baltimore Ravens.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Andre Cureton: It would have to be Andre Smith from Alabama. He had the tenacity on the field. He had his struggles with the Bengals during the first year, but he overcame it.
Alex Khvatov: What separates you from all of the other players at your position?
Andre Cureton: My feet. A lot of people at my position are big, but my feet set me apart. I played soccer growing up and then basketball up until college. I am able to move at this weight.
Alex Khvatov: Which underclassmen on your team should we keep an eye on next season?
Andre Cureton: Deyshawn Bond from Indianapolis. He stepped in when our senior center went down with a torn ACL in camp. He studied film. He really grew up. He was making line calls and telling us where the blitzes were coming from. Other guys are slot WR Shaq Washington, LB Nick Temple and DE Silverberry Mouhon.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about playing football?
Andre Cureton: It is being able to push this guy in front of me backwards. My job is to overpower my man and to push him back. It is the greatest feeling in the world.
Alex Khvatov: What will you miss the most about Cincinnati?
Andre Cureton: The locker room, going through the workouts and getting through the turmoil. I will also miss the summer conditioning the most. There is no one on campus, and you find out what you are made off.
Alex Khvatov: What is the most important quality that an OL should have?
Andre Cureton: Communication. You have to be able to talk. Everyone has to be on the same page and know what is going on. You have to talk to one another. You have to carry your voice and help each other out.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Andre Cureton: Away from football, I am a normal guy. I watch TV and play video games. I like to write.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?
Andre Cureton: I have a lot of thoughts. My dad is a doctor. I wanted to help my dad open up his own practice. If I get the chance to play at the next level, I would be able to help him out financially. I also live in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is basketball country. We have a lot of guys that go to the gym, which charges $15 per visit. We have an abandoned YMCA in the area. It would be a great location for kids to do their homework and play basketball. It would be great to repair that place and open up the door for a much lower price.
Alex Khvatov: What is your definition of a leader?
Andre Cureton: It is someone that leads by example. Last year, we had Walter Stewart. He was the epitome of example. He was the last one to leave and he went hard during every drill. If it weren’t for that freak accident, he would be in the NFL.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Andre Cureton is….
Andre Cureton: I am a tenacious player on the field. I am smart. I will help in any way whether it is being on the sidelines or on the field. I have the work ethic. I am a college graduate. I took care of things off the field. I have never been in any trouble. I am a student of the game. I am ready for work.
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