Jeron Caraway | Bethany College | Linebacker
Twitter: @sontediego | Instagram: @jcaraway17
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose Bethany College?
A: One of my former teammates that had just committed to Bethany College, and got me in touch with his recruiter at 2:30 that morning and approached me about joining him in a program overhaul. I was intrigued and Coach wasted no time getting me up there to see how things worked, and I liked the idea of being a part of the beginning of a complete program overhaul, bringing the Swedes back to their former glory under a new coaching staff.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment would be moving into a leadership role on defense my senior year playing at Bethany.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Bethany College?
A: I credit my defensive coordinator Barry Rave with this. I learned to take the initiative to inspire others, and to really adapt to unique situations. This was a very unique season in its self, one in which called for a lot of adapting, and the need for inspiration on the team, and I was really blessed to be placed into such a posItion to be able to do both by my coach.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: My major is marketing, and I plan to use my marketing degree to start my career in sales and transition into entrepreneurial endeavors.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: They would say i am a humble, hard working, honest and coachable player that leaves it on the line every time I step on the field.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: My most memorable plays of my career have to be my two blocked field goals in our upset against McPherson at their home field this last season.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: my biggest challenge I feel has been conquered already. Over my college career, I’ve had to play multiple positions that ranged from strong safety, to my final years at my previous school, defensive end. The challenge in that wasn’t adapting but keeping my faith in God steady, along with believing in myself no matter what. I managed it by stepping out on my own in total faith in God and myself without a clue on what was next, and ultimately that decision is what led to right now. Doing that was the second best thing(I’m married) I could’ve ever done for myself.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: Jerrell Freeman, LB for the Chicago bears. He was a small school prospect from a Division 3 who em went in to have an impact in the CFL and the NFL.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: I bring a strength that not many can say they have, which is experience. As I previously stated, I’ve been at all levels of the field for a significant amount of time, so my ability to adapt and my situational awareness is more heightened than some players, as well as it has enhanced my playmaking abilities. I was able to take valuable lessons I learned as a defensive end, outside linebacker and strong safety while at Fort Hays State, and was able to infuse it into my game and playing style as I finished out my senior year at Bethany College. I learned to read different keys of our opponents, from the way an offensive lineman sets his hands to a receivers’ first step, to the way a running back initially sets up. This aided in my preparation before games which gave me a huge advantage.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I currently work at a children’s behavioral healthcare treatment facility. My position is as a Behavioral health technician, and ways I give back to the children in these facilities are by mentoring, advising, and helping them learn new coping skills for unique situations. When doing this, I may need to tell them about my own situations to provide input, or even inspiration with the position I’ve been bless to be in at this moment.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: This off season, I will staying in Iowa for an amazing opportunity to get better with Iowa State strength and conditioning coach Ben Durbin at his facility Premier Athlete Training mentally and physically for any and all opportunities that may come my way. My goals I have for myself at this combine are to put up eye opening times, perform to the best of my ability, get positive attention from the scouts and if God willing, earn a few invites to private workouts and earn an opportunity to continue my football career professionally.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: Suiting up for an NFL game and having my entire immediate family in attendance. Also, showing people that no matter the hand we are dealt, it can be done.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I’ve started getting back in touch with Gods word quite often. I also like to do future business planning with my best friends. We spend quite a bit of time during our down time researching business efficiency, financial literacy, and creating residual and passive income.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: I would have to say it would have to be between my dad, brother or sister. My sister has been my voice of reason for so many years. I was inspired by my dads work ethic for a very long time. And my brother inspired me with how football could really change my life, as he played at the University of Wyoming and University of South Dakota.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I am passionate about cars! European, import, domestic, classics to modern super cars, I love them all!