Ready for his chance

CLEMSON - Even when others thought he wouldn't come anywhere close to playing in the NFL, Coty Sensabaugh always believed in himself.

From a lightly recruited, undersized two-star cornerback from Kingsport, Tenn. to a budding NFL hopeful, Sensabaugh never doubted that he would silence the critics.

"I never lost confidence in anything. I just had to put my mind to it," he said in an interview with The Roy Philpott Show on Wednesday afternoon. "I got a real good opportunity this year and I just tried to make the most of it whenever I was out there on the field."

Now, three days before he's scheduled to arrive in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine, Sensabaugh is wrapping up last-minute preparations for the biggest job interview of his life.

Since the Orange Bowl, the 6-foot, 185-pounder has been in Boca Raton, Fla. with the same training group that former Clemson defensive backs Marcus Gilchrist, Byron Maxwell, Crezdon Butler and Chris Chancellor worked with during their pre-draft preparation.

"Basically, everyday, day in and day out, I'm focusing on the small details," Sensabaugh said. "I'm down here training with a great group of guys... we're competing every day, just pushing each other, day in and day out."


Coty Sensabaugh led Clemson in total snaps a season ago with 993. (Roy Philpott)
He's wanted to improve on all phases during his pre-combine/pro-day training.

"That's running faster, jumping higher -- everything that involves being a better corner," Sensabaugh said.

During his first three years at Clemson, Sensabaugh recorded 47 tackles and three interceptions in 557 snaps.

As a redshirt senior, he led all Clemson defenders with 993 snaps and was one of three to start in all 14 games. He was in on 38 tackles and had one interception.

The interception, which was made at a crucial point during the Auburn game, helped put Sensabaugh on the map.

"I believe that play put me in front of a bigger audience," Sensabaugh said. "I believe it was an ESPN game, if I'm not mistaken. That was a big play, to kind of seal the game.

"I would say that put me in front of a bigger audience."

With the draft almost two months away, Sensabaugh doesn't spend much time worrying about when or if he'll be drafted.

"I don't really want to know where people are projecting me or anything. I just want to go out there and perform," Sensabaugh said. "Whatever happens -- happens. As long as I put my best foot forward, I can live with it."

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