Coach's Perspective: Carlton Medder

Dusty Wittig sits down with University of Florida's offensive line coach John Hevesy in the next segment of our coach's perspective series. Hevesy breaks down Carlton Medder's work ethic and leadership ability, as well as his favorite memories of the offensive lineman. Get to know how Medder became NFL ready in this AZRedReport.com exclusive.

Dusty Wittig: What kind of player is Carlton Medder?

John Hevesy: Carlton was the hardest working kid we had. He will work on everything he does and we asked him to do a lot. He played guard and tackle and became a hell of a player for us. He was a great leader on the offensive line. He is a very smart football player and he understood what we do. He can read a defense and obviously did a hell of a job for us.

DW: What is the strongest part of Medder's game?

JH: The strongest part of his game is intelligence. He understands defenses, schemes and just is an overall smart football player. His strength is that he is going work the hardest at techniques and everything else there is to become a good player.

DW: What is something that he needs to improve?

JH: The first thing he will have to get used to is the speed of the game, which is probably the biggest difference between college and NFL. He can always improve his techniques and fundamentals. The good thing is that he will be able to do anything he is asked because we have had him do everything here.

DW: What kind of guy is Carlton off of the field?

JH: He is a great individual, a kid everyone on the team loved. He has a great personality and is a happy-go-lucky guy. He was a college graduate and finished with around a 3.0 GPA. He started out a little rough but the last three years he picked it up and became a great student.

DW: How would you describe Medder's leadership ability?

JH: I think he bases his leadership on the fact that he works hard in the weight room, film room and on the field. He is a vocal guy that helps keep everybody relaxed. Carlton provides an excellent example for the younger guys.

DW: How was blocking in your system prepared him for the NFL?

JH: I don't think it is going to be a big transition for him to learn the NFL type scheme. At least offensive line wise because we ran the stretch zone and the inside zone plays. He has pulled for us and as far a O-line goes, our schemes are very similar.

DW: What is your favorite memory of Carlton?

JH: I don't know if there is just one. I remember just looking at his face after the national championship game. He wasn't slated to start for us in the pre-season that year. We had an injury and Carlton stepped in and started 14 games for us and wins a championship. I would have to say just watching him grow up, coming from where he started and becoming a great leader for us.

DW: Is there anything else that you would like to say about Carlton?

JH: I love the kid. He's a great individual and I wish him all of the best.


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