By: William Carroll
Obviously when you spend seven months of the year speaking with players agents and coaches, you hear every type of voice. That being said I have nor hears many voices like Skyler Suggs outside of the menacing tones of Lord Vader or the reassuring Basso-Baritone of Dennis Haysbert in an Allstate Insurance commercial. But there’s a great deal more to Skyler Suggs than his stentorian tones, he can play football. A MCL tear limited him to 11 tackles, 2 tackles for loss i hurry and 2 sacks, when he was healthy in 2014 he posted: 32 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 5 sacks.
If football ends for Skyler perhaps he can put his ultra-deep voice to work, but I think he should be making himself heard on the football field for some time to come.
- I have had the pleasure of watching your career from your time at Lindenwood. What would you say are the 5 biggest and best lessons you’ve learned on your journey?
Skyler Suggs: I finished at Lindenwood University (Northern Iowa and Arizona Western transfer) I’ve learned how to fight through adversity, how to adjust to different coaching styles, how to be a man, how to work hard and learned about my creator and savior Jesus Christ
- The next question, you played for Coach Schneider at Washington High School, what was that program like and what kind of coach was he?
Skyler Suggs: At, Washington High it was good, I enjoyed my time there. His style was up-tempo and he was a great coach and friend still to this day.
- Who were your major rivals?
Skyler Suggs: Timberland.
- Your home area is loaded with talent: Russell Evans, Lou Brock and Dan Alexander 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?
Skyler Suggs: Montee Ball and LJ Fort, both played in the NFL.
- What was your recruitment process like, who was interested and how did you choose your school?
Skyler Suggs: It was crazy I had a lot of schools looking at me but my grades were bad so most of the schools dropped off but I took visits to: Kansas State and Washington, but ultimately Northern Iowa was the only school to hold out for me as I didn’t become eligible until July
- What was the best game and the biggest play you made as a high school player?
Skyler Suggs: My best game was my last game against Rolla in the playoffs, I don’t remember the exact stats but I was unstoppable and my biggest play was against Holt when I knocked out the tight end on a hit when he went across the middle
- What was you big “Welcome to College Football” Moment?
Skyler Suggs: At Northern Iowa when I was on kickoff team at camp and LJ Fort came and blew me up!
8. What is your current height/weight and what are your testing numbers?
Skyler Suggs: 6’2 2270, I don’t have my exact testing numbers but my pro day is in March at Missouri Western. [His reported testing numbers]:
40 Yard Dash: 5.01
Broad Jump: 8’10”
Short Shuttle: 4.7
Arms: 35 ½”
- How have the systems and staffs at your school impacted your development?Skyler Suggs: They have helped me everywhere I’ve been, always showing me new moves and more ways to improve my game. Coach Schafferring from Lindenwood has been one of the biggest impacts.10. Which coaches have had the greatest impact on you and why?Skyler Suggs: My high school defensive coordinator Coach Kreotor because he was the first coach to start to trust me and believe in me and let me play my game.
11. How hard was to adjust to the verbiage, system and play-book and when did you feel 100% comfortable?
Skyler Suggs: It was very hard coming out of High School where we barely used that kind of talk, then it got even harder when I starting transferring and coaches used the same verbiage but it meant a different thing, but during my junior year it clicked and I finally., truly started to understand football in and out.
12. Who have been your favorite teammates, and why?
Skyler Suggs: There are lots, but my favorite teammate is Derrick “Dzuu” Nsubagua, he worked hard, always pushed me, was one of my funniest teammates and lead me to my faith in Jesus.
13. Who have been your favorite opponents and why?
Skyler Suggs: Montee Ball because he had so much hype around his name but he was the real deal.
- If you could put together a list of your favorite players to watch or emulate, who is on that list and why?Skyler Suggs: Cameron Jordan, Aldon Smith, and Michael Bennett. These are just some of my favorite pass rushers and I would love to just sit and watch these guys work and take a little something from each of them.15. What NFL teams are your favorites and why?
Skyler Suggs: I was a loyal St. Louis Rams fan but now that they have left St. Louis I’m looking for a new team.
- Which NFL player[s] do you think your game most closely resembles and why?Skyler Suggs: Cameron Jordan because we are both bigger D-ends but have quickness and a good first step, I also think the way we use our hands is similar.17. When football is over what would you like to do with your education?Skyler Suggs: I will have my degree in Physical Education in May and I would look to do some personal training or some coaching maybe.
18. Finally, if you could go back in time to talk to 17 year-old you, what would you tell him?
Skyler Suggs: To take school seriously, to start eating right and don’t make things hard on yourself, listen to what people are telling you.
19. And what would you do differently if you could do it all over again?
Skyler Suggs: I would have given my life to God sooner.
20. What [if any] is/are your nickname[s] and how did you get it/them?
Skyler Suggs: My nicknames were AllState at Arizona Western because of how deep my voice is and “Slim” at Lindenwood because when I first got to the school I was calling everybody ‘Slim’ and then everyone just started calling me ‘Slim’.