One-on-One with Shawn Poindexter

We go one-on-one with Shawn Poindexter to discuss his initial thoughts on camp, his role in the offense, and more. How did camp go for you?

Shawn Poindexter: It’s been tough. It’s been long, but it has been good. The hours are difficult. Seven to seven is a long day.

WA: Are you adjusted to the speed of everything yet?

Poindexter: I am learning the pace of the offense. I have never been in an offense this fast. You don’t have a lot of time to think. You just have to know it and get ready to go. I am getting used to it, but I can’t say I have it all down yet.

WA: Your recruitment was an interesting one. Can you kind of take me through it?

Poindexter: Going into the spring semester I didn’t have any offers and it was a tough time for me. I was able to pull an offer from South Dakota State and Marshall and when I took my visits, I felt it wasn’t home for me and I didn’t commit right away. 

I got a call the day before Signing Day and Coach Rodriguez said he wanted me to come here and play and take an unofficial visit. As soon as I got out here, I fell in love with the place. 

It was mind-blowing. My dad was taking me to school and I got the phone call and we just stopped in the middle of the road and I was at a loss for words. It was something that was awesome and I was hoping for myself and praying and it finally came true.

WA: You add something to this offense that it wouldn’t have had, which is size in its receiving core. What do you bring to the field?

Poindexter: If they ever get in trouble, they have an outlet. They can just put it up and if I don’t get it then they can throw it away. The deep ball, I can be a threat and take the top off the defense.

WA: First impressions of Tony Dews?

Poindexter: He is a cool dude. He is big on correcting mistakes and he coaches a different way than I have ever been around, but he really wants the best for you. He gets on you and the first couple of weeks I was trying to get a feel for him. He is my coach and I always need to respect him no matter what, but once we started to develop a relationship, I understood what his goal was.

WA: As a wide receiver, what’s the biggest difference between the quarterbacks?

Poindexter: Anu is a thrower. Any chance he can get he will throw the ball. There have been times during camp that he will scramble and it looks like he is going to run, so I turn and block, but he will do a look away and toss the ball. When Brandon gets running, he really gets going. He can run in open space and make plays with his legs and there’s nothing wrong with that.

WA: Excited that your first game is close to home?

Poindexter: It is seven minutes from my house. The Cardinals stadium is right by my house. It is something I have been looking forward. I will have a ton of family there for sure. I’m already getting the ticket requests.

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