Sean Cattouse Interview
Safety / California

Updated - 4-25-12

By: Alex Khvatov


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

Sean Cattouse:  6’2” , 212, 4.65.

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

Sean Cattouse:  Mostly Big 10 schools, Mississippi State and Cal.  I had 25 scholarship offers.  There was at least one scholarship offer from each major DI conference.

Alex Khvatov:  Why did you choose the University of California?  

Sean Cattouse:  Five years ago, the school really established itself as an up and coming program under coach Tedford.  It is a very good public institution in terms of academics.  Academics played a big part in my decision.  It seemed like a good fit.

Alex Khvatov:  Describe your senior season to us. 

Sean Cattouse:  This past season we went to a Bowl Game.  We had a strong defense.  Our offense was young and had a lot of growing to do.  We had a lot of young guys and we grew as a team when the season progressed.  We came together.  I had a solid season individually.  We had a new defensive scheme this year.  They had me doing a lot of things.  I did the job that the coach asked me to do.  Overall, I was happy with it.

Alex Khvatov:  Tell us about your Scouting Combine experience.    

Sean Cattouse:  The Combine was great.  It was an experience.  It was good to see so many top prospects from across the nation come together on one field.  It was eye opening, intense and long.  I would never pass it up.  I was satisfied with my Combine performance.  I had a top three shuttle time out of all of the safeties.  I did well in the positional drills.  I was disappointed with my forty time.  I wasn’t satisfied with a 4.7.  But overall, I would do it again in a heartbeat. 

Alex Khvatov:  Were you satisfied with your performance at the Pro Day? 

Sean Cattouse:  Yeah, I was satisfied with my Pro Day.  I improved in every category.  I improved my forty time to a 4.6.

Alex Khvatov:  How have you been training for the NFL Draft?

Sean Cattouse:  I stayed at Cal.  I worked with my strength coach.  I have been using the facilities here at Cal to get ready for the draft.  It has been great.  It has been very comfortable.

Alex Khvatov:  Have you had any private workouts with NFL teams? 

Sean Cattouse:  Yeah, the Atlanta Falcons.  It was great.  Thomas Dimitroff shook my hand.  It was exciting to work out for them.

Alex Khvatov:  What is the coolest thing that you did during this NFL draft process? 

Sean Cattouse:  Definitely the Combine.

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

Sean Cattouse:  I have a few.  My sophomore year, I had a big hit against Minnesota which was featured on ESPN.  It was a big hit, but the receiver held on to it and scored a touchdown.  I had a big game during my junior year against Arizona State.  It seemed like I was making every play during that game.

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

Sean Cattouse:  I run the defense.  I make calls and adjustments.  I lead the defense.  I am a smart player and a leader.  I play the ball in the air well.  I play the pass well.

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

Sean Cattouse:  Open field tackling.   

Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team? 

Sean Cattouse:  I don’t have one.  I watch everyone.  I like to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers in particular.

Alex Khvatov:  Who is the one NFL player that you would compare your game to?

Sean Cattouse:  Adrian Wilson and Polamalu.  I try to pattern my game after them.

Alex Khvatov:  Tell me about your former team LB Mychal Kendricks. 

Sean Cattouse:  Mychal is a different guy.  He is tenacious.  He has a great nose for the ball.  It is hard to block him.  He is fast.  As long as he gets that playbook down, he will get on the field and make an impact on it.   

Alex Khvatov:  Which underclassmen on your team should we keep an eye on in the future?

Sean Cattouse:  DB Marc Anthony, DB Josh Hill, DB Steve Williams, WR Maurice Harris, WR Keenan Allen, and Jason Gibson is a linebacker that will be good.

Alex Khvatov:  Is WR Keenan Allen the star in the making?

Sean Cattouse:  Yeah, Keenan is the real deal.  It is impossible to guard him in the slot.  He is really good.  He is a superstar in the making. 

Alex Khvatov:  Who is the best opposing player that you have faced during your career? 

Sean Cattouse:  TE Coby Fleener from Stanford is really good.

Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy most about football?

Sean Cattouse:  Being there with the guys.  I enjoy the commodore. 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies? 

Sean Cattouse:  Listening to music and making little mixings.  

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

Sean Cattouse:  Life is short.  You always have to prove yourself in life.  Be genuine to people.  Those are some of the things that I live by.   

Alex Khvatov:  How will you spend your NFL Draft weekend? 

Sean Cattouse:  I will watch the Draft in Chicago with my family. 

Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Sean Cattouse is …

Sean Cattouse:  As a player, I am a leader.  I am hard working.  I work for everything that I get.  Off the field, I am a mellow guy from Midwest.  I am laid back.  I am just kind to people.



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