Blue Light Specials: Ted Corwin

By: William Carroll

Teddy Corwin, has chosen to compare himself to players like: Jared Allen and J.J Watt, however the player I see most in his game is Kyle Vanden Bosch, “lunch pail guy” who makes his impact as much due to the force of his will as much as the accretion of his talent.  He has a career total of 173 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and four interceptions.  He played in the extremely competitive Missouri Valley Conference, in his career he faced Carson Wentz from North Dakota State and  David Johnson from Northern Iowa.  Teddy Corwin has enough power to set the edge against the run and he’s been a consistent and productive pass-rusher.


Corwin was one of the leaders of the the Redbirds defense and the team has enjoyed an impressive run of success.  Corwin has even had the chance to play for a National Championship and playing in the Quarterfinals the rest of his years in college.  Teddy Corwin has enough physical talent, but what makes him a true prospect is his great attitude and drive.



  1. I have had the pleasure of watching your career from your time at Illinois State University. What would you say are the 5 biggest and best lessons you’ve learned on your journey?

Ted Corwin:

  1. hard work pays off
  2. never stop working
  3. never give up
  4. have confidence in everything you do
  5. give thanks for everything you do


  1. The next question, you played for Pat Mahoney at Desmet Jesuit High School, what was that program like and what kind of coach was he?

Ted Corwin: The program was a power house and it was also a lot of fun, we put a lot of guys into college for football and had a lot of success on the field.


  1. Who were your major rivals?

Ted Corwin:

CBC High school

SLUH high school


  1. Your home area is loaded with talent Blaine Gabbert and Brandon Williams to name a few who are some of the best players you played with or against while you were in high school or growing up?


Ted Corwin: Durron Neal and Malcolm Agnew.


  1. What was your recruitment process like, who was interested and how did you choose your school?


Ted Corwin: I only received a few scholarships, Illinois State, Eastern Illinois, and Murray state. I chose ISU because it was a program on the rise and the coaches and players were all very welcoming.


  1. What was the best game and the biggest play you made as a high school player?


Ted Corwin: In the Semi-Finals senior year, we were down three and the other team had the ball with time running out and I made three tackles for loss in a row to force a punt.


  1. What was you big “Welcome to College Football” Moment?


Ted Corwin:  Without a doubt fall camp, three weeks straight of nothing but football will open your eyes really quickly.


  1. What is your current height/weight and what are your testing numbers?

Ted Corwin:

6’4 5/8” 268

4.83 40 with a 1.65 ten-yard split

4.4 Short-Shuttle

7.07 3-Cone

29” Vertical

9’1” Broad Jump


  1. How have the systems and staffs at your school impacted your development?

Ted Corwin: Coach Nowinsky our defensive line coach and defensive coordinator does a great job getting players ready for the next level; it seems like every year we have defensive linemen making it into the league, so I learned to trust and listen to everything he says because he knows what he is doing and I think that has helped me out


  1. Which coaches have had the greatest impact on you and why?

Ted Corwin: Once again I would say Coach Nowinsky because I was with him for 5 years and he taught me so much about the game and about life as well, if it weren’t for him I don’t think I would be in the position I am.


  1. How hard was to adjust to the verbiage, system and play-book and when did you feel 100% comfortable?

Ted Corwin: It was hard a first a lot of trial and error but once I got a grip on the playbook it was back to just playing football and letting my instincts take over.


  1. Who have been your favorite teammates, and why?

Ted Corwin: Pat Meehan, Joe Farmer, Alex Donnelly, and Adam Pittser because we were some of the few guys from our recruiting class who stuck it out for all 5 years and they have become some of my best friends.


  1. Who have been your favorite opponents and why?


Ted Corwin: Northern Iowa because those games are always a lot of fun to play in, especially when we beat them in the playoffs and they also have a lot of great talent up there so it is fun to play against teams like that.


  1. If you could put together a list of your favorite players to watch or emulate, who is on that list and why?

Ted Corwin: Jared Allen because I think we have a very similar playing style, and JJ Watt because his work ethic is second to none.  I also like watching the defensive lines of the Rams, Chiefs, and Broncos because of the way they work together and make plays.


  1. What NFL teams are your favorites and why?


Ted Corwin: I like the Rams because that was the team who I grew up watching and going to those games was always fun.


  1. Which NFL players do you think your game most closely resembles and why?


Ted Corwin: I would say Jared Allen because of his ability to do everything on the defensive line, he gets after the quarterback and just makes plays for his team which is what I try to do.


  1. When football is over what would you like to do with your education?


Ted Corwin: I would like to stick with football whether it be coaching or announcing or something like that because this sport has done so much for me I would like to give back and teach kids everything I have learned over the years.


  1. Finally if you could go back in time to talk to 17 year-old you, what would you tell him?


Ted Corwin: To keep working hard, and to never give up because a lot can happen in a few years


  1. And what would you do differently if you could do it all over again?

Ted Corwin: There’s not a whole lot I would do differently I have learned a lot of valuable lessons over my football career and had I not learned all these lessons whether it was the easy way or the hard way, i would not be the man I am today.


  1. What [if any] is/are your nickname[s] and how did you get it/them?

Ted Corwin: I don’t really have any nicknames.


William Carroll
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am now in my fourth decade as a published writer. The Answer Newspaper first carried my sports column over 30 years ago; additionally, I am a published poet, playwright, and military historian. I am a founding member of MPAACT. I have also written for Black Sports Online, Football Reporters Online, and oversaw HBCU Scouting for Consensus Draft Services. Currently, Consensus Draft Services is in a content providing relationship with My broadcasting career is also long established. I have co-hosted “Local Color” on WEFT, “The Draft-Tastic 4,” and the Sports Chronicles Radio Network. I hosted “Feeling A Draft” and CDS “Pro Prospects Radio.” I have also taught broadcasting at Kennedy-King College.

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