Curtis Cuillard | Southwest Baptist University | WR
Twitter: @curtiscuillard5 | @Curtis_cuillard05
Q: Tell us about your college (or pro) career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose Southwest Baptist?
A: My recruitment wasn’t anything crazy. I was getting a lot of D2 and NAIA offers with only a few D1 interests. When Coach Loddy from SBU hit me up on twitter it just felt right. Him and all of the other coaches at SBU made me feel like a priority and not just another recruit. I chose SBU because of the culture and the family atmosphere inside the football program.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment in my sports career would have to be getting out of JUCO. The JUCO life is tough and I feel a great sense of pride now that I can say I made it out of there.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at (Enter school name)?
A: The most important thing that I was taught at SBU has nothing to do with football. It was always taught by the coaching staff to control what you can control but don’t stress over what you can’t control. This has helped me out in not only football but also in my personal life as well.
Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A: Not having a Fall season this past Fall was definitely bittersweet. It sucked not being able to have a season and play with my teammates but at the same time, I had more time to get better and I have more of an opportunity to be the best player I can be.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: My major is Business Management and my goals after football is to start and own my own company.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: I believe that all of the teammates I’ve had would say that I am a leader and that I joke around a lot whether I’m on the field or in the locker room.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: The most memorable play to me has been my one handed catch in the back of the endzone against Central State.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge is trying to constantly beat myself. It’s easy for me to get down on myself when I feel like I’m not producing the way I should.
Not having a Fall season this past Fall was definitely bittersweet. It sucked not being able to have a season and play with my teammates but at the same time, I had more time to get better and I have more of an opportunity to be the best player I can be.
~ Curtis Cuillard
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: If I had to compare myself to any pro athlete I would compare myself to Jarvis Landry. We both aren’t the fastest on the field, but I feel he is a top 5 route runner in the league and has one of the best hands in the league.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: I believe my biggest strength is my work ethic. I feel like I’ve gone through too much in my personal life to have any adversity take me away from my game. I feel nothing can stop me because I’ve gotten past way too many things that should have stopped me. Scouts should definitely consider me because there’s nothing I won’t do to prove that I can compete.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: During season, some teammates and I go to the local elementary school in Bolivar, MO and hangout with the kids, read them books and play with them at recess. I feel that it is a very important thing to do because it really gives us a good look with the community and gets away with some stereotypes about football players.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I am preparing for this combine by getting stronger, faster and eating right to be able to get in the best shape of my life so I can get myself noticed. I’ve always been overlooked in my football career and this is a big opportunity for me to finally get some eyes on me and my skill set. My goals are to blow away all scouts that are at the combine and make them feel as if they can’t pass up on a player like myself.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement would be to get signed to an NFL roster but at the moment I’m just focusing on getting my school a championship.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: When I’m not playing football, I like to play madden and call of duty with my boys.
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: If I could make any positive impact on society, it would have to do with children and pushing the younger generations to never quit and to just keep working. If you put your head down and just work, good things happen.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: I have had a lot of influential people in my life but one person that stands out is my father. My dad is my hero and he really instilled into me at an early age that no matter what happens, never quit and just keep going.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: Something unique about me is that I hate tomatoes. Ever since I was a kid I’ve never liked tomatoes and I still don’t to this day.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job after football is to own a company and run it how I want to run it. I feel like I have all of the skills and the mindset needed in order to do that and now it’s all about learning.