USFNation Class of '07 Q&A: Calvin Sutton

School is now over, and its time to find out about the rest of the Bulls class of '07. Today's feature is three star linebacker Calvin Sutton of Deland HS. In this exclusive interview find out what type of a player he is, what his strength are, and much more. Only on!

Calvin Sutton 6'0, 215 pounds.

USFNation: What have you been doing the last several months?
Calvin Sutton: Besides school, I've just been running and working out, trying to stay in shape. I've been using the program that coach McKeefery sent me.

USFNation: Do you find the USF conditioning program much different then you're used to?
Sutton:  Yes it's very different, a lot harder and more intense.

USFN: Why did you choose USF?
Sutton: I chose USF because there're close to home, they're right there in my back yard. They got a great program and I'll get a chance to play early.  Also I really like the coaches; they made me feel like I'm one of their own all ready.

What was it like attending the USF spring game and one of the teams scrimmage?
Sutton:  It was awesome, very intense. I got to watch how the linebackers ran and moved. I really liked it.

USFN: Did you learn anything about how the linebackers play?
Sutton:  Yes, when they hit you they wrap up. They scheme is similar to what I ran in my junior year so its familiar. They get to the ball, and hit, and take pride in doing it. I liked that.

USFN: This past year you had 164 tackles and one sack compared to your junior year where you had 19 sacks and 116 tackles why the big difference?
Sutton: Last season we had a bunch of linebackers so I was mostly used for the blitz, and this past season we didn't have as many so they would have me sit back more and read.

Do you know any of the current players on the Bulls?
Sutton: I met a lot of them but don't really know themNo, not personally, but I read a lot about the middle linebacker Nicholas.

USFN: What style of a linebacker back are you?
Sutton: What style? I'm not sure what style, I can run sideline to sideline, make the hit and make plays.

USFN: What style of defense do you like to run in?
Sutton: I'll play in any defense that lets me make tackles.

USFN: Do you like to play inside or outside linebacker, and what are the Bulls recruiting you as?
Sutton: I play inside or outside linebacker, I play all three positions. I think they're looking at outside, but it doesn't matter to me.

USFN: What are some of your strengths as a linebacker?
Sutton: I guess my strengths are my tackling, and making plays.

USFN: Is there anything that you would like to work on?
Sutton: I want to keep getting better in all areas of my game, my tackling, my catching, everything.

USFN: What is your favorite thing to do on the football field?
Sutton: My favorite thing to do is to hit whoever has the ball.

USFN: What are your current height, weight and 40 time?
Sutton: I'm 6'0, and 215 lbs. The last time I ran a 40 was in Georgia, and I ran a 4.6

USFN: Do you feel that you're running faster now?
Sutton: Probably, I think I have, but I got more weight on now. I think I'm in better condition though and have more wind.

USFN: What gains have you made in the weight room?
Sutton: I'm not sure exactly, I bench around 315, and squat 450, and I power clean around 300. Last year I power cleaned like 290, squatted 400, and benched 285 lbs.

USFN: Is there a player on another level, college or pro that you model your game after?
Sutton: Yeah, Derrick Brooks, I really like the way he plays the game.

USFN: How do you feel about playing on special teams?
Sutton: I played on kick-off and punt return unit, I like playing on kick

USFN: How do you feel if the team decides to redshirt you your first year?
Sutton: I have no problems with it if that's what they decide.

USFN: How are your grades?
Sutton: Grade wise I'm fine, I got a 2.6 GPA, but I'm still working on my test score. They told me with the score I have now, I'll have to retake a science class, but I took the test a few weeks ago and am waiting for my results, if there good then I won't have to take the class. I'm also signed up for the test again next month just in case.

USFN: What do you want to work on before you get to campus?
Sutton: First thing is make sure I get the right test score and getting into school, and I think I will.  In the meantime I want to keep working on my wind. I know they do a lot of running there.

USFN: What teams are you most looking forward to playing against once you get to USF?
Sutton: I'm looking forward to Louisville and West Virginia. With Louisville that's where Johnny Touchen is at and I played against him in my junior year, and West Virginia has a running back that I played against my freshman year.

USFN: When I say USF what three things come to your mind?
Sutton: New home, new team, and winning, that's about it.

USFN: What do you want to accomplish once you get to USF?
Sutton: I' want to keep up with my grades and enjoy football, and the college life. On the field I want to keep my tackles in the 100's and keep the team on a winning streak.


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