Insider Exclusive: Q&A with DL Keith Shologan

SDBoltReport.com's Michael Kranzler continues his interview with rookie defensive lineman Keith Shologan, this time for Insiders only. Shologan talks about being the No. 4 overall pick in the CFL draft, winning four heavyweight wrestling championships, and improving enough to stick in San Diego.

Michael Kranzler: You were the No. 4 overall pick in the CFL Draft to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. What does it mean to you to have that waiting for you in case you don't find a spot on an NFL roster?

Keith Shologan: I'm not really thinking about that right now. I'm just focused in on this, and if it doesn't work out, then I'll go up there. I'm pretty much just focused on trying to make this team right now.

MK: What did it mean to you to get enough recognition as a high school football player in Canada to get a shot at playing Div. I football?

KS: It was pretty awesome. When I got the chance to play college football, obviously I knew that it was much higher competition and a different game altogether. It was a pretty big honor. To have an opportunity down here [with the Chargers] and a chance up there [with the Roughriders], it's pretty nice just knowing that guys from high school and guys who are on the team now who I don't even know are calling me to see how I'm doing. It's kind of nice and it makes me feel good.

MK: You were a four-time Canadian heavyweight wrestling champion. How do the skills you learned while wrestling help you on the football field?

KS: I guess a lot of it goes hand-in-hand because in wrestling and on the defensive line you've got to use your hands a lot, and you've got to stay low. But I haven't wrestled since high school, so I think I've lost most of my knowledge from my wrestling days.

MK: What do you feel is your biggest strength on the field?

KS: Well right now, I've just got to work hard because I don't really know. Just looking at these veterans and seeing all the strengths they have, all the strengths that I thought I had are rough to compare. We'll see what my strengths are when we actually get the pads on.

MK: What do you need to improve upon most in order to make this team?

KS: I just need to work on my feet and showing that I can play football.

MK: Is there anything that you want to say to all the Chargers fans out there or that you would want them to know about you?

KS: Nothing much. That will come as we see how camp goes.

Click here to read the rest of this interview, where Shologan talks about the turnaround at UCF, the First-Team honors he earned from ESPN and the players who've taken him under their wings.


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