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Chat Reel: Cosey Coleman

'I'm hoping to just join a good program'

Posted: Saturday April 15, 2000 05:52 PM

  Cosey Coleman hopes to take his game to an NFL arena. Andy Lyons/Allsport

CNNSI Host: Welcome to today's chat with Tennessee Volunteer Cosey Coleman. Thanks for joining us on this big day.
Cosey Coleman: Thanks for inviting me.

From Guest: Cosey, What was it like running through infamous the "T" in Neyland Stadium?
Cosey Coleman: It was fantastic... I really enjoyed it. I'm kind of sad hearing my name being called out for the last time. I have a lot of great memories of it.

From Guest: Are you hoping to join a winning franchise or an up-and-coming one?
Cosey Coleman: Actually, I'm hoping to just join a good program, mainly, with a good coaching staff where I can go in and fit with the coaches and be around some veteran players who can pull me up to their speed. I'm not really concerned with winning and losing, not yet anyway. Just concerned with the type of program I get involved with.

From Guest: Who would you like to to drafted by and do you think you're up to taking on the NFL's top defensive linemen?
Cosey Coleman: Again, I really don't have a preference as far as who. If I could choose, I'd rather be in a southeastern area, that's kind of my home territory. It's going to be the same as college was when I first arrived. It's going to be a challenge, but I'm eager to get started.

From Erick Ramos: I am a Miami Dolphins fan, and I thought that if "I would ever get drafted" I would like to get drafted by my favorite team. Who was your favorite team growing up, and how did you feel about the possibility of being drafted by them on draft day?
Cosey Coleman: I'm a native of New Orleans, so I grew up a New Orleans fan. They've never been a great team or anything, but if there was a team I idolized, it was the Saints. Saints and the Broncos... was a big fan of Elway. I've just been anxious lately, with workouts, the combine, interviews... Once the draft is over and I know where I'm actually going to go, I can settle down and get excited about the uniform I'll be wearing and the program I'll be a part of.

From Guest: Which former Tennessee teammates do you keep in touch with who are now in the NFL? What advice have they given you?
Cosey Coleman: None in particular. When I was in the process of making my decision, I talked to Peyton and he gave me some good advice, but there's no one in particular that I've been communicating with about it.

From Guest: Who did you face in college that you think will be good in the pros that's in this year's draft?
Cosey Coleman: Good question... I'm a very critical person, both of myself and my opponents. My teammate, Walker, will be someone to watch this year. Of course, I faced Corey Simon... they're probably two of the best that I've faced in this year's draft.

From Guest: Where are you spending your time today?
Cosey Coleman: I'm at my mom's house in Stone Mountain, Ga., with some family and close friends. Enjoying my Mom's cooking and sitting back and relaxing.

From Guest: I'm a big Vols fan and am going to miss seeing you play next year. Have you thought about what it's going to be like to come back and watch a game next year as an NFL player?
Cosey Coleman: I've thought about it. I already miss the atmosphere. I still have my apartment in Knoxville, and I'm back and forth between here and there. When I am there, I'm watching them go through spring workouts and I've already started to miss the process of being on the college scene, in the college atmosphere.

From Guest: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Cosey Coleman: No one. I like to watch, since I've been moved to guard, Randall McDaniel, who is now with Tampa Bay. I've started to learn from, because he's one of the best at that position, so I try to keep up with him.

From Guest: Have you visited any teams' training complex? If so, which ones?
Cosey Coleman: Only one I've visited was Atlanta, but I've had several teams come to Tennessee to work me out individually... Tampa Bay, Cincinnatti, KC, Philadelphia and Jacksonville.

From Guest: I am a kid who has been playing football all my life. Someday, I would like to become a profesional football player. What advice do you have for someone like me?
Cosey Coleman: My advice would be to stay focused on your dreams and to keep in mind that in trying to be the best that you can be at your position, that you're not only competing with your teammates and guys in your conference, but guys across the US. When you're working out, sweating and practicing, you've got to remember that you're competing with a guy in California or somewhere else. You're competing with people across the globe.

From Guest: Who has had the biggest influence on your career? What was it like working with Coach Fulmer?
Cosey Coleman: It was great working with Coach Fulmer. As far as biggest influence, it would be my two offensive line coaches that I worked with at UT. Coach Garner gave me the opportunity to play as a true freshman. Coach Barry moved me from tackle to guard and helped me work around my rough edges and get me ready for the next level.

CNNSI Host: That's all the time we have today to chat with Cosey. Thanks for spending some time with us.
Cosey Coleman: Thank you.

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