Greg Heban Interview
Sr. / Indiana / S
Updated - 2-25-14
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Greg Heban: Height is right around six feet, 208 and my forty time is a 4.54.
Alex Khvatov: What schools showed interest in you when you were coming out of high school?
Greg Heban: Only a couple of football schools expressed interest. They were mainly division III schools. I actually wanted to play baseball. I loved Indiana. I was willing to walk-on for baseball.
Alex Khvatov: Was baseball your first love?
Greg Heban: It was definitely my first love. I always played baseball, but football was a close second.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you choose Indiana?
Greg Heban: Both of my sisters went to Indiana. I have been there many times. I loved the atmosphere. The school has a great education. I wanted to major in exercise science, and they had a great program. It was the right place for me.
Alex Khvatov: When did you make the switch from baseball to football?
Greg Heban: During my freshman year, I played football in the intramural league. Our team wound up winning the whole tournament. It was a competitive league. My baseball coach actually suggested to me that I should try out for football. I set up a meeting with Coach Lynch (Indiana’s football head coach at that time). I asked him to allow me to walk-on for next camp. I played three sports my whole life. But once football camp started, I realized that I should just focus on one sport. I chose football. This was during my second year at IU, which was actually my redshirt freshman season.
Alex Khvatov: Tell us about your career with the Hoosiers.
Greg Heban: It was definitely a long journey. I met a lot of people and great friends. We had our ups and downs. We experienced the firing of Coach Lynch, and the hiring of Coach Wilson. Coach Wilson started to get rid of players that didn’t want to be there. There was a lot of controversy among coaches and players. Coach Wilson wanted players that were buying into the process. He stressed team leadership and accountability. He is continuing to improve every year.
Alex Khvatov: Can Coach Wilson turn things around at Indiana?
Greg Heban: The recruiting class has been extraordinary for IU the last two years. We will definitely have more experience coming back next year. The defense needs to improve for us. The defensive starters are back. I am confident that we can turn around Indiana’s program. The defense will lead the turn around next year.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Greg Heban: I am down in Florida. I am training at Fit Speed Athletic Performance. I am here with the other two IU players. It is great having them down here. It is going well so far.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to show scouts during your Pro Day?
Greg Heban: I talked to my agent Mr. Hernandez about it. I am under the radar. I have to put up good numbers. We will have a good amount of scouts at our pro day. They will be checking out Ted Bolser and Cody Latimer. I have to get my name out there. I have to prove to them what I can do with more training.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Greg Heban: One of the things that I have worked on is my leadership. I have good ball skills. I have the awareness. I understand the defensive and offensive tendencies.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Greg Heban: It is mainly my size. I was undersized this past year. I have to get stronger. I am working on it. I have to maintain my speed once I do get bigger.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?
Greg Heban: It is the rivalry against Purdue. We went 2-2 against them during my career. We beat them on our senior night this past year.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Greg Heban: I was born and raised as a Colts fan. I am biased towards them.
Alex Khvatov: Were you disappointed that Peyton Manning didn’t win the Super Bowl this year?
Greg Heban: I was rooting for the Broncos. It was hard to see Peyton not win the Super Bowl. He didn’t have the game that he was hoping for.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Greg Heban: It is kind of cliché, but it is Peyton Manning. He is a great leader. He controls the offense and the team. He goes to hospitals and talks to kids. He is a great role model for the NFL.
Alex Khvatov: Are the Colts in good hands with Andrew Luck?
Greg Heban: Yeah, his numbers prove it.
Alex Khvatov: What separates you from all of the other players at your position?
Greg Heban: I think that it is my work ethic. I came from the bottom. I was a walk-on as a baseball player. Then I became a football player. I had to earn a scholarship.
Alex Khvatov: Who was the toughest player that you have faced during your career?
Greg Heban: Quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor, Braxton Miller and Russell Wilson were athletic players. It was tough to prepare for them. They were great players.
Alex Khvatov: Which underclassman on your team should we keep an eye on next season?
Greg Heban: Defensive lineman Darius Latham did a great job for us last year. He was a freshman. Look out for him.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about playing football?
Greg Heban: It is the atmosphere. I love being around my teammates. It is like having a second family. I enjoyed being around the guys.
Alex Khvatov: You were named the team captain during your senior campaign, what did that mean to you?
Greg Heban: It meant a lot. I kind of talked about it earlier. No one knew who I was. I had to gain everyone’s respect on and off the field. It is a tremendous honor being named the captain of a Division I team.
Alex Khvatov: You started 38 games at Indiana, what was the coolest thing that you got to experience during your time there?
Greg Heban: A couple of things. I got play to play at FedEx Field and Gillette Stadium. We also played against Wisconsin and saw the fans “Jump Around” at the end of the third quarter. It is a tradition for them.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Greg Heban: I still play a little baseball. I toss the ball around with my roommates. I play golf. I am not the best golfer, but I like it.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?
Greg Heban: I got a degree in exercise science. I want to become a physical therapist. I also got a minor in business. I want to do something sports related.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Greg Heban is….
Greg Heban: I am definitely a developing player. I have developed into a pretty good player. I am an under the radar guy. I am not getting much attention. I work hard every day in order to achieve my dream. I am respectful, disciplined and accountable off the field. Character develops from being on the football field. It definitely goes hand in hand.
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