by Aaron Wilson
April 26, 02014
Hawai'i quarterback Sean Schroeder is making his bid for the NFL.
He completed 13 of 17 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl all-star game.
And the Duke transfer completed 233 of 376 passes last season for 2,960 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions despite not starting the first five games of the season.
The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder improved considerably from his first season as a starter as a junior when he passed for 1,889 yards, 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Last season, Schroeder passed for 499 yards and six touchdowns against Wyoming.
Schroeder initially walked on at Hawai'i before earning a scholarship.
Schroeder is known for his intelligence, character and intangibles.
"Sean's a very admirable young man," Hawai'i coach Norm Chow said in a telephone interview. "He came over from Duke and took a shot. He didn't have a scholarship for the first year, tried to change his style and stepped in and really showed some toughness. He took a beating. After the season was over, they operated on him.
"He missed the first couple weeks of fall camp who had a terrific last part of the season. I thought he played well in the NFLPA game. I thought he performed very well. He's not the prototypical size, but he's an admirable guy. He's really smart. He should do well in a camp."
National Football Post caught up with Schroeder for the following interview:
How is the draft process going?
Schroeder: "I've been training in California, working out in Irvine. It's going well. It's a unique process. A lot of times you're kind of in the dark and you can only control what you can control. First and foremost, you need to play well. Then, you go into the Pro Day and have a solid performance. At all those stages, you check all those boxes."
What did playing for Hawai'i coach Norm Chow and Duke coach David Cutcliffe do for your development?
Schroeder: "I feel like I'm extremely well-prepared having played for coach Cutcliffe and coach Chow. I've played in two pro-style offenses. My knowledge of the game is pretty high. I'm an accurate thrower of the football and I'm tough. I can take hits and stay in the pocket and deliver the football with accuracy."
What kind of leadership would you bring to an NFL team?
Schroeder: "You have to establish yourself as a leader by your actions. You want to be the first in the building and the last to leave. You have to establish good habits. People won't follow somebody unless they see they deserve respect through their actions. The best way to be a leader is to play well, take care of your business on and off the field and then you establish more vocal leadership."
How have your workouts been going with USC wide receiver Marqise Lee?
Schroeder: "I've thrown with him a handful of times over the past couple of months. He's a hell of a talent. He's extremely fast and explosive. He's a great route-runner. He's a guy with great character and has nothing but a bright future. He definitley makes you play faster with the kind of caliber of wideout he is. He's definitely a super talent."
What do you love about football?
Schroeder: "I love everything about the game. I love the challenges. They call it a chess game. You're trying to figure out what the other team is doing to exploit their weaknesses. I love throwing the football. Very few things give me as much joy ever since I was a young guy."
What's your plan for when you're done playing football?
Schroeder: "As an undergraduate, I was a political science major. I have a master's in human resource management. I interned last summer with a Morgan Stanley firm. I could do something in financial services.
"That could change, of course. All my focus is on trying to achieve this goal of playing in the NFL. I've put my other career goals on hold and I'm trying to see this dream through."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun