Xavier Lofton Interview
Sr. / Arkansas Pine-Bluff / LB-S
Updated - 4-7-14
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Xavier Lofton: I am 5’11, 205 and I run a 4.6.
Alex Khvatov: What schools showed interest in you when you were coming out of high school?
Xavier Lofton: Mississippi Valley and a private college in Mississippi.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your career with the Golden Lions.
Xavier Lofton: I came to Arkansas-Pine Bluff as a student. But I wanted to play football for them. I worked out for the team. They realized that I could play. I got my chance. Two years after that, I am making history. We won the SWAC Championship during my junior season. It was the first Championship for the school. During my senior year, we went through a rough season. I had a good amount of tackles last year.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Xavier Lofton: At Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Alex Khvatov: You have your pro day on April 14th, what are some of the goals that you have set for yourself?
Xavier Lofton: I think very highly of myself. I have to put up consistent numbers. I am shooting for 20 reps on the bench press and trying to get my forty time down to a 4.4. I am trying to get my shuttle time down to a 4.1. I also wanted to jump at least a 38-inch vertical.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Xavier Lofton: I am football savvy and I find the ball.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Xavier Lofton: I need to improve my hips and cover a wide range of area better.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?
Xavier Lofton: Got to be the hit in the Championship that changed the game. There was six seconds left on the clock before halftime, and they were on the 30-yard line. We called the blitz, and I hit the QB. I came off the edge and caused a fumble. My teammate returned the fumble for a touchdown. We won the Championship Game by a final score of 24-21.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Xavier Lofton: Baltimore Ravens
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Xavier Lofton: Ray Lewis. I met him in person. I met him in Little Rock, Arkansas at a Christian convention. He was a spiritual speaker. He talked about his trials and tribulations.
Alex Khvatov: What separates you from all of the other players at your position?
Xavier Lofton: My ability to play in the box, tackle and engage with offensive linemen.
Alex Khvatov: Do you plan to make the switch from LB to safety at the next level because of your size?
Xavier Lofton: I know that I am undersized, but it has helped me in my quest to get to this point. I am working on my drops and safety drills. I am working on my cuts and breaks. I am working out from a DB standpoint.
Alex Khvatov: Who was the toughest player that you have faced during your career?
Xavier Lofton: Alabama State RB Isaiah Crowell. He came from Georgia.
Alex Khvatov: Which underclassman on your team should we keep an eye on next season?
Xavier Lofton: Our QB Benjamin Anderson. He is a natural leader. He has all of the physical gifts and he can run. He is talented.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about playing football?
Xavier Lofton: I enjoy all of the aspects. I like making plays, the discipline aspect and the hard hits. I truly have a love for the game and this sport.
Alex Khvatov: What does it feel like to be a small fish in a large pond?
Xavier Lofton: It is a humbling experience. I have been humble all of my life. You have to be really thankful for the breaks that you get.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Xavier Lofton: I am a country boy. I like to go fishing. I go horse riding. I like to read and play video games.
Alex Khvatov: What is the biggest lesson that you have learned in life so far?
Xavier Lofton: If you want to get far in life, you have to be disciplined. You have to be on time. You have to dress a certain way and act a certain way. That is what life has taught me.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Xavier Lofton is….
Xavier Lofton: I am a humble playmaker.
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