Keith Wenning Interview
QB / Ball State / Jr.

Updated - 7-1-12

By: Alex Khvatov

 

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

Keith Wenning:  I am 6’4”, 220 currently and my last forty time was a 4.75 as a senior in high school.  I am much faster now.  I can run somewhere in the mid 4.6’s.

 

Alex Khvatov:  How did you get into football in the first place?

Keith Wenning:  I have been playing football ever since I was young.  I was playing with my friends in junior high and elementary school.  I started seriously playing in 7th grade and all through high school.

 

Alex Khvatov:  Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?

Keith WenningAcademy of Air Force offered me first.  Then Ball State showed a lot of interest in me with Stan Parish and his staff.  A lot of other MAC schools talked to me and showed interest.

 

Alex Khvatov:  What made you choose Ball State?

Keith Wenning:  I felt like they had the best overall outlook for me.  They told me that I can play right away.  It was not too far away from home.  I loved the campus and the stadium.  Everything felt right.      

 

Alex Khvatov:  Tell me about your sophomore campaign

Keith Wenning:  As a team, it was a first year under the new coaches.  We bought into their system.  We took a step forward by posting a 6-6 overall mark.  We were bowl eligible.  I was happy with the year.  Individually, I lost over 25 pounds.  I became a more athletic quarterback.  I worked hard in the weight room, in the film room and with my diet.

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your early impressions about your team after spring practice?

Keith Wenning:  I see that our guys are a lot more comfortable with the system that we are running after spring practice.  We picked up right where we left off last year.  We are farther along on offense.  We are a team that is playing with confidence and swagger.  We are not timid.  All of the credit should go to our coaching staff including our strength coach.  We are making better strides this year. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your expectations for your upcoming junior season?

Keith Wenning:  We want to win more games than we won last year.  We want to make it to a Bowl game.  The ultimate goal is to win the MAC conference.

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths?

Keith Wenning:  I was voted as one of the captains on the team.  My biggest strength is leadership.  I know when I need to be vocal as a leader and I know when to lead by example on the field.  Everyone looks at me on the field.  My teammates see how I carry myself.  I feel like I am the guy that can step up and make that play.  As a QB, you have to be able to do it.

 

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

Keith Wenning:  One thing that I tried changing last year is the turnover margin.  I worked hard watching film.  Last year I improved as a sophomore, but my interception numbers were still high.  I need to get my turnovers and interceptions down.  It is my main focus.

 

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

Keith Wenning:  Our game against IU.  It was the first game of the season for us and our new coaching staff.  We believed in our coaches.  We showed that we can compete with whomever after beating Indiana.  Beating them was a great way to start the season.  It was a new beginning for us.

 

Alex Khvatov:  Which players on your team are ready for a breakout season?

Keith Wenning:  I feel like one player is WR Willie Snead.  He was a freshman last year.  He has worked hard in the weight room.  He changed his body.  He got bigger and stronger.  He made plays in the spring.  He could become a big time receiver.  WR Connor Ryan’s hands are great.  He can be a deep threat as well as the possession receiver.  Jamill Smith and Jack Tomlinson can make people miss.  I feel good about our receivers this year. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy most about football?

Keith Wenning:  Saturdays is the best time.  Gamedays is the greatest feeling in the world.  I love playing football.  I love everything about football.  I love the workouts, practices, working with my teammates and competition.  I wouldn’t pass it up for anything.

 

Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team?

Keith Wenning:  I don’t have a favorite team.  I love to watch any NFL game and any team.  I love watching football.  I love watching both sides of the ball. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player?

Keith Wenning:  I like watching a couple of players.  I watch the QB’s - Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.  They are perfectionist.  I can get tips and hints from them while watching them play.  

 

Alex Khvatov:  How do you think Peyton Manning will perform for the Broncos this upcoming season?

Keith Wenning:  He is a veteran guy and a very successful player.  He has enough years under his belt to win that locker room over and be successful.  He can be just as successful as in the past. 

 

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

Keith Wenning:  Someone who is vocal and someone who can lead by example.  Not everyone is going to like you, but they will respect you.  I push people’s buttons sometimes as a QB.  I have to push them in practice or in games.  You also have to do the right stuff all the time as a leader.

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?

Keith Wenning:  Away from football, I am a huge sports fan.  I love competition.  I love hanging out with my friends, listening to music and video games.  I like being with my family.  They support me more than anybody else. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Keith Wenning is… 

Keith Wenning:  I am a good friend.  I am fun to be around.  I love to have a good time.  I love to carry on conversations with people.  I am a good athlete.  I am a smart individual.  I am a playmaker.  I try to make other people successful.  

 

 


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