Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
We first look for great people. No matter the sport, times will get tough and a persons character/belief in themselves and true commitment to the rest of the team will be tested – we want great people who will respond the right way in these situations.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
A runningback at Drake played as a true freshmen and every other year. As a senior, he got beat out by underclassmen. His response was amazing – he continued to pursue being his best but he encouraged and supported the others along the way. He won one of our most prized awards at the end of the year – the Team Player Award. He is an absolute stud and even though he didn’t start, he led us to a back to back championship.