Nolan Carroll Interview
By: Scott Porter
March 15, 2010
Scott Porter: What are your current measurements?
Nolan Carroll: Just over 5'11", 204 lbs., and I was clocked at my pro day at 4.39 in the 40.

Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Nolan Carroll: My biggest goal is just to come in and compete right away. I want to compete for a spot and make the most of it. Also, to win. I have never won a championship at any level and I hope I can change that in the NFL.

Scott Porter: What are your biggest strengths?
Nolan Carroll: I am very physical and athletic. I am very intelligent and not many cornerbacks have the speed, athletic ability and intelligence that I have.

Scott Porter: Which NFL player reminds you of yourself?
Nolan Carroll: A lot of people say I remind them of Al Harris. His physical style and his dreadlocks draw those comparisons.

Scott Porter: What is your favorite memory while at Maryland?
Nolan Carroll: Just hanging out with my friends on the team. Terrell Skinner, Jamari McCullough and many more, being out with them all the time. Going out to eat with my teammates. Those memories with my teammates will always stay with me.

Scott Porter: What will you miss most about college football?
Nolan Carroll: The spirit of the game. Every week means something huge for the University. You want to meet your goals at the start of the season and work hard to go in the game each week for the University. The camaraderie with my teammates. You have different goals in college and they are two very different leagues.

Scott Porter: Who is the toughest player you have ever faced?
Nolan Carroll: Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Scott Porter: What is the toughest part about playing cornerback?
Nolan Carroll: Staying on top of things. At cornerback you have to be very alert and attentive. Opportunities can come up at anytime during the game for you. You have to play hard on every play and be sharp the entire game. You need to forget when you give up a big play because you have to get right back out there and defend your position again.

Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Nolan Carroll: I like car models. My dad got me into it. It gets my mind of the field and away from school and family it just relieves me from any stress or anything I need a break from.

Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in you?
Nolan Carroll: Off the field, a great character guy. I have never been in trouble. I always do the right things and follow the rules. On the field, they are getting a hard worker who gives 100 percent. I am always physical and never take a play off. I always compete and am not afraid to go against anyone.

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