Brian Winters Interview
OT / Kent State / Sr.

Updated - 10-27-12

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Brian Winters:  I am about 6’4 , 317 right now and I run a fast 4.9 to a 5.0 flat.     


Alex Khvatov:  What schools recruited you when you were coming out of high school?

Brian Winters:  There were a couple of Big 10 schools like Indiana and Illinois.  Syracuse, Cincinnati and most of the MAC also showed interest.    


Alex Khvatov:  Why did you eventually choose Kent State? 

Brian Winters:  I figured that it was a good thing for me.  It is right in my backyard.  I am a family person, so I wanted to stay close to home.  It is nice having my family always come to the games.  My dad always says that it doesn’t matter where you go, they will find you wherever.       


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your career at Kent State to us.   

Brian Winters:  It has been a long ride.  I started as a true freshman at right tackle.  My sophomore year, I started at left tackle.  I made the All-MAC team as a sophomore.  Then coming into my junior year, I also started at LT.  I got All-MAC as a junior as well.  I am a LT right now as a senior.  It has been a long ride, but I have had a chance to start every game since I have been here.        


Alex Khvatov:  Your team has a 6-1 overall record right now, how great does that feel?   

Brian Winters:  It’s awesome.  It is a lot different than what we have had in the past.  We usually start out slow.  We have never broken the five win mark since I have been here.  We are already over that, so it is awesome.      


Alex Khvatov:  What are your expectations for the rest of the senior season from a team and individual standpoint? 

Brian Winters:  I want us to be MAC champions.  I think that it is totally possible.  We are looking to get into the bowl game which we haven’t done in a long time.  I also think that it is possible.  My goal is to be All-MAC again and to do everything that I can to help the team get to the next level.       


Alex Khvatov:  You have a tough game coming up against Rutgers, how have you prepared this week and what can we expect from Kent State? 

Brian Winters:  They have a really good defense.  They have good linebackers.  We are preparing.  Our motto is to be great.  Right now we are good, but coach wants us to be great.  It is obviously a big game for us.  It can make us or it can break us.  But we are confident going into this game.              


Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths on the football field?

Brian Winters:  I am a physical player.  I am football smart.  I know the game really well.  I feel that I bring both of those things to the table which is definitely something you need for the position that I play.       


Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?

Brian Winters:  I need to improve on the little things.  I overset sometimes and it takes awhile for me to recover.  It happens sometimes.       


Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?

Brian Winters:  It is definitely this season.  This is the best year since I have been here.  It is absolutely awesome.  I am so happy to be a part of it.  We are doing so well.       


Alex Khvatov:  What separates you from all of the other players at your position?

Brian Winters:  I finish blocks really well.  It is the one thing that my coach always told me.  He told me that you need to finish blocks.  That is my biggest thing.  I do that really well.  I am a really aggressive player.       


Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team?

Brian Winters:  I am a Browns fan.  I am from this area. 


Alex Khvatov:  Are you tired of the Browns’ losing ways? 

Brian Winters:  It is not always the best.  I am used to it.  But I have been around it for awhile.  It is not always easy to be a Browns’ fan.  I got to stick with them.     


Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player?

Brian Winters:  I like watching Joe Thomas.  I always watch the offensive line.  I watch what Joe Thomas does and learn from him. 


Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy most about playing college football?

Brian Winters:  It’s just awesome being in the atmosphere.  The atmosphere of the games is just so awesome.  You get to travel everywhere.  You get to play against the best competition.  It is just great. 


Alex Khvatov:  What does it take to be a leader?

Brian Winters:  I am not much of a talker.  I am the kind of guy that leads by example for the offense.  I do things the right way.  I always finish plays.  I always run a little extra to show everyone that I am the type of leader by example. 


Alex Khvatov:  What is the greatest lesson that you have learned in life so far?

Brian Winters:  Never to give up.  My dad always told me that no matter what you do, you have to be successful at it.  It is what he told me from day one.  Be the best that you can be at whatever you do. 


Alex Khvatov:  What makes you a unique individual?

Brian Winters:  I am really young if that counts.  I am about two years younger than everyone else that is my grade.            


Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?  

Brian Winters:  I like fishing and hunting.  I like hanging out with family and friends. 


Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to do with your life after football?

Brian Winters:  I haven’t really decided on that yet.  Maybe I will open a gym to help offensive linemen in high school or college to get better.


Alex Khvatov:  Is the NFL a dream or a reality at this point?

Brian Winters:  It has been a dream of mine for a long time.  I always wanted to be a football player.  It is more of a reality at this point.  It is something that I want to do.                


Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Brian Winters is….   

Brian Winters:  I am a hard-working kid.  I grew up always having to work for what I want.  I am a family person.  I care about a lot of people.  I always want to do the right thing.   



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