Chad Nkang Speaks About Being Drafted

When the Jaguars made Elon College senior linebacker Chad Nkang their seventh round selection on Sunday, he was overcome with excitement. "This is an incredible feeling," Nkang said, "It was definitely a nail-biter, coming down to the last several picks.

"However, it worked out for the best as Jacksonville is one of the teams I have always been the most interested in. In the first few minutes after the announcement, it seemed like I was congratulated by everybody I have ever met in my life.",stated Chad Nkang.

Elon College is certainly no hotbed for NFL talent, as Nkang became the first Phoenix football player to be drafted since wide receiver Joe Randolph in 1992. Minnesota drafted Randolph as the 322nd pick during the 12th round. Prior to Randolph, running back Jimmy Smith was the most recent NFL Draft pick from Elon. Smith was drafted by Washington as the 102nd pick during the fourth round of the 1984 Draft. With Nkang becoming just the third player drafted in the last 23 years from Elon, the Jaguars scouts certainly did their homework.

"We were hopeful that things would work out and Chad would get an opportunity to fulfill his dream," Elon coach Pete Lembo said. "He came one step closer today. It looks like Jacksonville will be a good fit for him, both with their defensive scheme and the size of their linebackers. I continue to believe that Chad's ability to fit in on special teams as well as the defensive side of the ball will enhance his chances of making the Jaguars' roster this summer."

Nkang played all 45 games during his career at Elon, the first 12 at fullback and the last 33 at linebacker. In those 33 defensive starts, he amassed 414 tackles for an average of 12.5 stops per contest.

Nkang also collected 54 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two interceptions, three pass deflections, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his last three seasons. He also scored two touchdowns during his college days - one as a starting fullback in his first collegiate game and one on a 47-yard interception return in his 44th career contest.

CHAD NKANG'S FOOTBALL HONORS SINCE COMING TO ELON:
2007 NFL Draft Pick - Jacksonville Jaguars
2007 NFL Scouting Combine
2007 Hula Bowl All-Star Classic Kai Team MVP
2006 CollegeSportsReport.com National Defensive Player of the Year
2006 CollegeSportsReport.com 1st Team All-FCS
2006 Football Gazette 1st Team All-America
2006 The Sports Network 2nd Team All-America
2006 The Associated Press 2nd Team All-America
2006 Buck Buchanan Award Finalist - 8th Place
2006 Football Gazette National Linebacker of the Year
2006 Football Gazette South Region Linebacker of the Year
2006 Football Gazette 1st Team All-South Region
2006 SoCon Defensive Player of the Year (Media)
2006 1st Team All-SoCon (Coaches)
2006 1st Team All-SoCon (Media)
2006 SoCon Tackles Champion (T-4th NCAA FCS)
2006 SoCon Defensive Player of the Month - November
2006 SoCon Defensive Player of the Month - October
2006 SoCon Defensive Player of the Month - September
2006 Verizon Wireless Elon Performer of the Month - November
2006 Football Gazette National Def. Player of the Week - Nov. 17
2006 Football Gazette National Def. Player of the Week - Nov. 10
2006 SoCon Defensive Player of the Week - Nov. 13
2006 SoCon Defensive Player of the Week - Nov. 6
2006 SoCon Defensive Player of the Week - Sept. 4
2005 CollegeSportsReport.com 1st Team All-Division I-AA
2005 Walter Camp Football Foundation 1st Team All-America
2005 The Sports Network 1st Team All-America
2005 Football Gazette 1st Team All-America
2005 The Associated Press 2nd Team All-America
2005 Buck Buchanan Award Finalist - 5th place
2005 Football Gazette National Linebacker of the Year
2005 Football Gazette Southeast Region Linebacker of the Year
2005 Football Gazette 1st Team All-Southeast Region
2005 SoCon Co-Defensive Player of the Year (Coaches)
2005 SoCon Defensive Player of the Year (Media)
2005 1st Team All-SoCon (Coaches)
2005 1st Team All-SoCon (Media)
2005 SoCon & NCAA-IAA Tackles Champion
2005 Elon Most Valuable Player
2005 Elon Outstanding Linebacker
2005 SoCon Defensive Player of the Month - November
2005 SoCon Defensive Player of the Month - October
2005 SoCon Defensive Player of the Month - September
2005 The Sports Network National Def. Player of the Week - Oct. 17
2005 Football Gazette National Def. Player of the Week - Oct. 17
2005 SoCon Defensive Player of the Week - Oct. 17
2004 Football Gazette 2nd Team All-Southeast Region
2004 2nd Team All-SoCon (Coaches)
2004 1st Team All-SoCon (Media)
2004 SoCon Tackles Champion (T-4th NCAA-IAA)
2004 Elon Outstanding Linebacker
2004 SoCon Defensive Player of the Month - November
2003 SoCon Freshman of the Week - Sept. 1

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