Get to know Garrett Gilkey of CSC

Get to know Garrett Gilkey, a senior football player from Sandwich, Ill., who is preparing for the NFL Draft in April.

Q: What was the NFL combine experience like? What are the things you did well?
A: The experience was great. It was awesome to have an opportunity such as the combine to showcase my talent and athleticism. I finished in the top charts in four out of the six drills: bench, vertical jump, broad jump, and ten yard split.

Q: Where was your pro-day? Did you meet your expectations?
A: I had my pro day at Northwestern last Tuesday, March, 5. Since I did everything at the combine I only needed to do position drills. I did some very basic football/lineman drills for the scouts to see my explosiveness, flexibility, and change of direction.

Q: As of now, you are projected as a guard by scout.com. What position do you think you will end up at and what have you been told by different teams?
A: One of the best things I have going for me is my versatility. Having played both tackles in college, primarily left, then moving to the interior during the Senior Bowl, both left and right guard. Teams are able to value my potential greater because I've proved to be able to showcase my talent at the interior positions.

Q: What does it mean to you to be an Eagle?
A: When I think of being an Eagle I think of the mindset and outlook that is developed by going through every step, every challenge, and every experience within the Chadron State football program. Being an Eagle means having a deep loyalty to those that you've played with and the greats that have come before you. Being an Eagle means you work at everything you do with a blue collar work ethic. Being an Eagle means you don't allow your opponent to intimidate you or any of the other 10 guys on the field. Being an Eagle means you battle bare knuckles through the heat, rain, sleet and snow never giving less than 110 percent. Being an Eagle doesn't stop after the last play of your last game.

Q: Tell us something that most people might not know about you?
A: I wanted to be a NFL kicker when I was younger. I idolized Paul Edinger from the Bears.

Q: Who was your favorite team growing up? Do you have a preference on where you play?
A: My dad has season tickets to the Chicago Bears. I grew up going to their games and constantly telling my dad that "I was going to play there someday." Through this journey to the NFL I've realized I don't have a favorite team. However, if I were to watch a game I'd root for the Bears.

Q: Any plans on cutting your hair?
A: I plan donating my hair to Locks of Love after this next season.

Q: How was your experience at CSC?
A: Every experience for me at Chadron has developed me into the person I am and has given me the mindset and work ethic I have. I love who I am and Chadron has been a huge part of that.

Q: What is it like working out at the IMG academy?
A: Being able to train at IMG Academy has been a blast. It was great to have every resource imaginable from active release therapy to trigger point to the hyperbaric chamber. They have everything an athlete needs to perform and recover at his best. Also, being able to work with the people at Gatorade in their sports science institute provided great information to peak our performance.
Q: How do you think CSC will be next season?
A: I think the Eagles will do great. I have every bit of confidence in them. They have a tough start to the season, but that only means that they'll have great momentum going into the conference.

Q: What was your senior bowl experience like?
A: The Senior Bowl was a great introduction to what it's going to be like in the NFL. The meetings, practices and walk through were all modeled exactly after what the Detroit Lions do as we (South Team) were coached by their entire coaching staff.

Q: Describe a typical day in your training regimen.
A: Wake up at 5:50, breakfast at 6:15 a.m.
Athletic training from 7 to 7:30 a.m.
Trigger point therapy from 7:30 to 8 a.m.
Movement from 8 till 9:30 a.m.

Q: Are you going to miss 20 hour bus trips with the team?
A: After our Durango trip I felt so good knowing I'll never have to make those trips again. I'm very excited to be able to make those long trips much shorter by taking a plane. It's a HUGE relief.

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