Donovan Glave | McMaster University | DL

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Donovan Gave – DL – McMaster University

​Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose McMaster University?

A: I have played in University Sports Canada (U Sports) throughout my college career. I began with Mount Allison University of Atlantic University Sports (AUS) and finished with McMaster University of Ontario University Athletics (OUA). As a Mount Allison Mountie, I earned both the AUS Rookie of the Year Award in 2015 and the AUS Defensive All-Star Award in 2016. After a year of absence, I played as a McMaster Marauder and won the 119th Yates Cup Championship. I have started every game at Mount Allison and earned my starting position for McMaster shortly upon my arrival. In total, I have played every game of my college career.

Initially, Mount Allison University recruited me to fill in a hole on the defensive line, and I answered the problem as an opportunity to leave my mark.

After a year away from school and into the workforce, I contacted Universities within driving distance to complete my degree and continue my football career. McMaster responded quickly and with confidence in what I had to offer the program, so I chose them.


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

A: I consider winning the OUA Yates Cup Championship in 2019 to be the greatest accomplishment in my sports career so far.


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

A: One of the more important things I learned from the coaching staff while playing at McMaster is, not every successful man is a devoted father, but every devoted father is a successful man.


Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?

A: The 2020 pandemic has granted my football career an opportunity for better performance in situations that suddenly change. From this adversity, I have learned to identify life’s lessons on a new level and appreciate the small steps towards success.


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

A: I major in Sociology, and I am planning for football to work out. However, I am preparing to enter the world of entrepreneurship with my Business Studies Certificate and developing experience.


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

A: I can not be sure of what my current/past teammates would say about me and my qualities, but I have heard many good things.


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

A: The most memorable plays of my career at any level are a championship game sack fumble for a change of possession in the heart of the game, a forced incompletion on a wide receiver screen for a turnover on downs, and every goal-line stop made.


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

A: My biggest challenge is being the fastest player on the field. I manage this by putting my best foot forward every time.


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

A: I would compare myself to Aaron Donald because of my playing style, stature, and determination to raise the bar for the defensive lineman position.


Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you? A: My biggest strength that I bring to a professional team is the ability to influence healthy competition and my will to win. Pro scouts should consider me because of my relentless drive to be the best player on the field at all times


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

A: I offer free amateur consulting for young Black aspiring business professionals in my community with the time I have available.


Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?

A: I am preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine with speed and agility drills while combining strength and conditioning training. I am using a gym put together in my garage and any area legal to put on my cleats. I have also been eating healthy and working on my body’s elasticity and recovery time. My goal is to have the best performance at the combine.


Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?

A: My ultimate achievement would be becoming a contribution to a Super Bowl victory and then doing so as many times possible.


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

A: When not playing football I enjoy, spending time with family, working on my strength and ability to move, and learning and applying my best understandings in life.


Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?

A: I would systematically address the hunger pandemic because without the basic needs all else fails in human development.


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

A: My mom has been the most influential person in my life


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

A: I am a Candian University student-athlete aiming directly for the NFL.


Q: What is your dream job?

A: To have an NFL career of multiple Super Bowl victories.