National Scouting Combine Presents DE Seth Ham

Position: EDGE (DE/LB)

School: Ottawa University – Arizona

HT/WT: 6’4”/230

X: @sethxham

Instagram: @sethxham

Achievements: 2020 NCCAA All-Conference Honorable Mention 2022 SAC 2nd Team All-Conference 2022 NCCAA 2nd Team All-Conference 2023 SAC 1st Team All-Conference 2023 NCCAA 1st Team All-Conference


How’d you end up at your current school? What was the recruiting process like? I started my college career on a wrestling scholarship at Iowa Western. Once I finished, I knew I still wanted to play football, so in 2020, I began shopping around my senior year highlight tape. Jesse Cartnal got in touch with me and really made me feel like Ottawa University was the perfect fit.

What gives you an advantage over other athletes at your position? What gives me an advantage over other athletes at my position is my athleticism and my consistency. I have the size of a Defensize End, yet I have the speed and coordination of a skill player. On top of that, being able to understand the game and pick apart tendencies puts me in a better position than other athletes at my position.

What does being a student of a game mean to you? To me, being a student of the game means not just understanding your job and understanding plays, but to truly understand the game and what may occur in real-time. The X’s and O’s only tell half of the story but being a real student of the game is understanding film and what certain things look like in game and in real-time.

How does being a DE reflect itself in your personal life? Being an EDGE shows in my personal life because I feel that a lot of the decisions I make may not have instant or direct impact, however, they wind up making a big difference in the grand scheme. This is similar to playing EDGE because me not setting the edge on a certain play may not disrupt a tackle for a negative gain, however it may get my safety or Rover killed because they aren’t able to do their assignment because of me not doing mine.

How would you describe your work ethic? I’d say my work ethic is honest. I’m my own worst critic and I know when I’m working hard and I know when I can go harder. I’d say it’s honest also because I’m going to work hard regardless of who is there and who is watching.

What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff? I’d say the biggest thing that I’ve learned from my coaches is that nobody cares. This world doesn’t care about how banged up you are or how tired you are, it’s about what is and what isn’t. At the end of the day, production is what matter. I love this lesson from them because not only was it accurate on the field, it’s accurate in every day of my life in the real world.

What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far? I honestly feel like I haven’t had a really big accomplishment in sports yet. I’ve always been taught “never too high, and never too low” so the things that I have done haven’t fully resonated with me I suppose because I’m still playing sports now. I never get too caught in the moment of my accomplishments because I’m always yearning to be better.

How did you hear about the National Scouting Combine? I heard about the National Scouting Combine through the Gridiron Crew. I’m super grateful and blessed that the Gridiron Crew reached out to me for their interview and made the connection.

Why did you choose the National Scouting Combine? I chose the National Scouting Combine because I really resonated with what it stands for. It’s really a great opportunity for the lesser known “diamonds in a rough” to be able to have those eyes on them and to be truly be evaluated as if they were at the NFL Combine with professional metrics.

What do you hope to show people at the combine? I hope to show people at the combine my athleticism. I have always prided myself on being a great athlete in anything that I do, and I feel that athleticism is so important in today’s game because of how fast and dynamic it’s become.

What was your Major? My Major is communications with a minor in business.

If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why? If I could make a positive impact on all of society, I would end homelessness. I feel like every person deserves at least a home, and it’s unfortunate that that’s still a big problem in this country.

What is something unique about you that people would find interesting? Something unique about me that people would find interesting is that I can sing. I’ve enjoyed music since I was 13/14 and it’s one of my favorite past times.

If you had the opportunity to play another sport professionally, what sport would you choose? If I had the opportunity to play another sport professionally, I would play soccer. I love how worldly the sport is and it was actually my very first sport. I’d love to be apart of it.

Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or “pay it forward” in your community? On my birthday, I have a tradition where I like to donate my time to any nonprofit in my area. It’s my own personal way of paying it forward, and being thankful for God’s mercy to have allowed me to make it to another year.