Artavius Nixon | Minnesota State University | RB

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Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose Minnesota State University?

A: I was a walk-on that tried out for MSU, made it but didn’t officially get on the team until Spring 2017, because of Roster space issues. I chose this School because I felt that I would make an impact. I also thought that I would bring more excitement on the field with my play making abilities. Having the ability to hit a home run from anywhere on the field was one of my specialties, and being able to play in 3 different positions I felt added more value to me.

Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?

A: Becoming a track and field All American in Junior college, also being one of the top sprinters in the conference at MSU. The biggest accomplishment was being able to show athletes whenever there’s an obstacle in front of them, to always believe they can get through it, and to always believe in themselves, and to always work harder than the man on their left and the man in their right.

Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Minnesota State University?

A: I can control the out come, and to understand I can only control what I can control, and as long as I put the work in I will be successful one way or another.

Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?

A: My degree was in the Bachelor or Science category in Interdisciplinary studies with a focus in graphic design, Film, and Human performance. I don’t think about if my plan doesn’t work, but if I had to choose another route it would be coaching Football and mentoring kids

Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?

A: My teammates would say I have a unbelievable drive and motivation. I’m very inspirational and can weather any storm, also knows how to stay positive in any situation of life. I’m a leader and want to help others become better Individuals. They would say my worth ethic is on a different level. I’m also very coachable and can adapt to any situation. I always put the team before me as well.

Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?

A: when I was in college and in the spring game I took a hand off to the left out of the spread offense and our All American Line backer came up to fill the C gap and I made a cut to the inside and made the defender miss and do the splits

Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?

A: My biggest challenge is just staying ready mentally for this combine and to help with that I just listen to motivational videos daily from Kobe Bryant, Eric Thomas, Les brown, Denzel Washington, Will Smith

Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?

A: Saquon Barkley because not only he can run the football but he can also catch out the back field, play slot receiver if he wanted and can return kicks just like how I can. Also his drive to be the best player he can be

Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?

A: I have the hunger to not only be great but to also drive others to be great as well. I’m also very coachable and a sponge to the game itself, and willing to do whatever it takes to help my team win ball games. 

Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?

A: I give back by going to my former college helping athletes mentally and physically. Giving advise not just about the sport but about life and giving them advise about what they can do physically to set them selves apart from the rest.

Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?

A: I workout 3 times a week, I do speed training 3 times a week and mentally preparing by watching film and also getting good sleep, and having proper recovery

Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?

A: To be in the top 5 of every category at the combine if not the very best

Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?

A: Resting,helping My former track team with advice and tips, just assisting my former coach at practice. I also work as a caregiver working with high functioning clients

Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?

A: My Family, and the motivational speakers I listen to on the daily

Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?

A: I’m an Artist I paint, draw, sing, dance, can imitate some comedians and a 4 sport athlete