Mount Union Wide Receiver Chris Denton

Chris Denton

Mount Union Wide Receiver Chris Denton

NFL Draft Series by PFC Blogger Chris Brown (@cbreezy2411)

As part of the NFL Draft Series on ProFootballCentral, we take a look at Mount Union Wide Receiver Chris Denton. If your not familiar with him yet, it’s about time to do so! Denton has been part of a winning tradition at Mount Union. His team recently won the Division III Championship in December. He played two years at the receiver position for the Raiders after transferring from Norwich University. During his time at Norwich, Chris put together a great sophomore season, he played in eleven games and tallied 737 yards and 10 touchdowns. Chris totaled 1,537 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons while at Mount Union. He has also served as the punt returner where he was recently named as a First Team Division III All-American selection.

CB: Good evening Chris, thanks for taking the time to speak with us. If you don’t mind let’s start off by having you give a brief background on yourself.

CD: Well I grew up in Plantation, Florida where I attended South Plantation high school. I wasn’t really known coming out of high school, in fact I didn’t start playing football until my sophomore year of high school where I was about 5’9” 155lbs. I also didn’t crack the starting lineup until my senior year. From there I went to attend college at NorwichUniversity in Vermont. I played there for two years and had a couple great years statistically but I wanted to take my talent to another level. I wasn’t happy with the competition I was playing against. So I decided to send my highlight tape to the coach at MountUnion to see if they were interested. Just my luck they were very interested in me playing for them. My initial thought was to try and transfer to a Division I school but I couldn’t afford to sit out a year and lose eligibility so I decided to stay within Division III. And since I was doing that I figured I might as well play against the best competition and MountUnion attracts just that.

CB: How does it feel as a college athlete to win a national championship and also to have a career day receiving on the same day?

CD: It was exciting because that’s the greatest achievement you could have at the college level. As far a my receiving day it was great, that day made me open my eyes to the coaching staff, because of them I became a better route runner and proved that attacking the ball at the highest point leads to great success. Throughout the process you could see that the transformation of talent was greater and it raised my level of determination. The players made it challenging for me and it gave me ambition to raise my level of play.

CB: How do you separate yourself from other receivers?

CD: One thing that I will say is that you have to take advantage of every single opportunity that comes by. You need to be able to grab it before it’s not there anymore. A perfect example of this was during my junior year here at MountUnion. Our star receiver had just suffered an injury, and I was challenged to step in and become a leader, and I did just that. I took the role very seriously and made big plays when they needed to be made.

CB: What does being name conference Special Teams Player of the Year, Second Team All Offense and D3 First Team All American mean to you?

CD: It’s a great feeling for me personally; it basically shows that my hard work and determination have paid off in a way. I tied the record for the most kick return for touchdowns with five. Special teams are very important for any football player. I enjoy playing on special teams and believe that you can gain success by playing on them. I want to continue to play on special teams at the next level. It’s something that can help separate me from other players who are looking to make the team.

CB: What’s the hardest part about being a receiver?

CD: Most definitely would have to be getting open, that’s the hardest thing. You need to be very focused in that particular play. I like to be physical off the line so that allows me to gain separation from the defender more easily. I enjoy playing in the slot position; it allows me to move more freely on the line of scrimmage and running my routes. The best part is shaking the defenders off their spot; once you do that then they are beat.

CB: What’s your favorite route to run?

CD: I enjoy running all the routes but if I had to choose one it would be the dig route. It’s the perfect route to gain separation.

CB: Where you currently training now?

CD: Currently I’m back in Florida working out at Bommarito Performance Systems. I’m focusing on working on my speed and agility. I would like to improve on running routes and making better breaks out of those routes.

CB: Well thank you for taking the time today to speak with ProFootballCentral, we look forward to speaking with you again soon.

CD: Sure thing, thank you very much!

For all those interested, be sure to check and follow Chris on twitter, his handle is @ChrisUNODenton. Please be sure to check back for more interviews with Chris as well as more NFL hopefuls on ProFootballCentral.