ET: You're a pretty aggressive defender yourself though, right? You were credited with 22 passes broken up during your college career.
CH: Yes, sir. We played a lot of bump-and-run, and when we do that, I want to get my hands on the wide receiver and just try to take him out the game. And I was able to do that to a lot of wide receivers that I faced this year. I was assigned to the top receivers just about every game. It was real challenging, but it was fun, too.
ET: You did some outstanding work as a gunner on special teams and helped your team finish very high in net punting that one season largely due to the work you did. What's your secret to success as a gunner, and is that something you're looking forward to doing again at the NFL level?
|Chris Houston battling Louisiana-Monroe's LaGregory Sapp for the ball (AP Photo/David Quinn)|
ET: After an impressive college career paired up with your Combine performance, you had to have been a pretty popular guy in Indianapolis when they started up the formal interview process. Which teams gave you the opportunity to meet with head coaches or general managers during those 15-minute formal interviews?
CH: I got a chance to talk to 16 teams at the Combine. I got to talk to
Miami, Dallas, Houston, Carolina, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Denver, the New York Jets and Giants, San Francisco, Chicago, and a couple of others.
ET: When you were meeting with all these teams and had the chance to sit down with these coaches, what was it about you as a person you wanted them to know more then anything else?
CH: That I'm a Christian. I'm lucky to have both parents at home, and I was
raised in a Christian home. That's what's got me this far, and that's something I
wanted them to know.
ET: When you're not playing football and you're ready to just relax and have some fun, what would we find you doing?
CH: I'm hanging with family. My nephews and nieces, watching my little cousin play football out in the yard. Just sitting around talking to my grandma and how she cooks. Nothing too amazing, but that's what I like to do.
ET: Do you also have any visits lined up yet?
CH: Yes, sir. I'm visiting Washington Redskins, New York Jets, the Giants, and St. Louis Rams.If you missed the NFL Draft Buzz feature on Chris Houston that provided more details and analysis about his visits and workouts, click here to read it.
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