Name: ZAC CUNHA
School: MINOT STATE UNIVERSITY
Q: How did you get started playing football?
I started playing flag football in 4th grade. My dad has been a high school football coach my entire life so I have been around the game for as long as I can remember.
Q: Tell us about your college choice, career and what the recruiting process was like.
My dad was my head coach in high school. As a junior I changed positions and played tight end and special teams because of a very good senior quarterback. As a senior I played quarterback and set school records during that season. Since I had a limited résumé, I didn’t have many division 1 offers. I decided to go to Minot State because of head coach, Paul Rudolph, and the opportunity to play as a true freshman.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
My biggest individual accomplishment in my sports career is becoming the all-time leading passer in Minot State football history.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff?
I’ve learned to play in many different offenses (4) over my collegiate career.
Q: What is/was your biggest challenge and how do/did you manage it?
My biggest challenge was dealing with 4 different head coaches during my collegiate career. I got through these tough times by focusing on things that I could control- my attitude, effort, and being a good teammate.
Q: What is your biggest strength or X factor that you bring to a professional team?
My biggest strength is my ability to learn offensive and defensive schemes quickly. I am physically capable of playing and my football IQ will help me learn professional team’s offensive schemes quickly.
Q: What are your goals with football? If football does not work out, then what?
I want to keep playing football for as long as I can because I love this game. When my career eventually comes to an end I plan on coaching collegiately or at a high school.
Q: How did you prepare for the National Scouting Combine and what are your expectations?
I trained at Test Football Academy in New Jersey prior to the National Scouting Combine. While I was there I worked with quarterback coach, Tony Racciopi. I think I have prepared myself to the best of my ability and look forward to putting that on display at the combine.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
Winning the Super Bowl or the Grey Cup.
Q: If you have to compare yourself to a current pro player, who would it be and why?
I would compare myself to Derek Carr because of the way he throws the ball and how he maneuvers the pocket.