Colts Draft Target Q&A: Cornell Brockington

University of Connecticut running back Cornell Brockington visited the Colts and met both Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning during his visit. Learn more about this exciting back who could be wearing the horseshoe this season in Indianapolis.

Despite making only 12 starts during his three-year stint at Connecticut, running back Cornell Brockington ended his career the fifth leading rusher in school history. This off-season he has worked vigorously in an attempt to become the first Connecticut tailback to be selected in the NFL draft in more than two decades.

Darin Morgan, of Rose Professional Management, represents Brockington and believes there are plenty of teams interested in his services. "He combines speed and power, he's a very versatile running back. He can get you the tough couple yards at the goal line or break a long run." 

Brockington is an excellent pass blocker and a good receiver out of the backfield, evidenced by his 34 receptions in 2004. For these reasons Morgan noted that many NFL teams believe he can "fit into their system quite well." 

Although he didn't receive an invitation to the NFL combine, Brockington participated in both Villanova's and Connecticut's Pro Days. Many teams are showing interest as a result, and he had pre-draft visits with Indianapolis and Philadelphia . 

Brockington chatted with ColtPower's Ed Thompson about his football career to date, his skills and his visit with the Colts.

Question: Tell us about your football background, how old you were when you started playing and a little about your high school career leading up to your college days…

Cornell Brockington: My cousin, (former Packers running back) John Brockington, played in the NFL and then my dad got a full ride to East Carolina University and played football there. I always wanted to play football when I was little, but my dad decided to wait until I was 12, when my bones were fully developed. I started playing football ever since then on All-Star teams and I've been MVP on offense and defense.

Q: How much influence did your cousin have on you interest in being a running back?

CB: He didn't press the issue. They [his father and cousin] asked me what I would rather play...running back or defense, where I can deliver the blows. I told them I could deliver the blows at running back too. There was no pressure; they let me make my decision. They stressed that whatever I do, be the best at it.

Q: How did you end up at Connecticut?

CB: During the recruiting process, I felt Connecticut was an up and coming program and I could help out and make a difference. And it was a very good academic school and I wanted to further my education.

Q: Have academics been something that was always important to you?

CB: Yes, my parents really stressed it when I was a kid. I couldn't go outside until I had my homework done.

Q: Have you given any thought to what you would like to do when your football career has ended?

CB: Either go off to law school or work with law enforcement, maybe the FBI.

Q: What did you study at Connecticut?

CB: Political science.

Q: You got some playing time your freshman year. Tell me what it was like to being a true freshman expected to contribute? 

CB: It was a little different; you had to learn real fast and you are pretty much thrown in the fire. I had to learn the system, learn the blocking schemes, when to stay in and pick up the pressures, when to release and run a screen or flat route. It was tough at first, but you get used to it. It is totally different from high school; the game is a lot faster.

Q: You had your big season your sophomore year in 2004 with 1,218 yards, tops in the Big East. What was that year like for you?

CB: It was fun. Going out there and competing against the best just made me want to go out there and work extra hard to be successful.

Q: If I were to talk to some of your teammates, what do you think they would say about you as a player and a person?

CB: He is a great athlete and person who is fun to be around. He takes care of business on the football field and you can count on him.

Q: Describe your running style for those who have never had the opportunity to see you run. Do you consider yourself more of a power or finesse back?

CB: I try to be versatile and do it all. If it comes to tough fighting yardage, I'll stick my nose down in there; if I have to make a defender miss, I can do that as well. I can also outrun a defender to get to the corner.

ColtPower Insiders can read the rest of our exclusive interview with Cornell Brockington where he talks about meeting Peyton Manning, Tony Dungy, his Pro Days, and much more!

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