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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Kyle Kettlehut, LB, Black Hills State University

Kyle Kettlehut
Black Hills State University linebacker Kyle Kettlehut recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Kyle Kettlehut
  • Position: LB
  • College: Black Hills State University 
  • Height:6′ 1
  • Weight: 225 lbs
  • Twitter: @kylekettlehut40

1.How has your experience as a Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets football player been?

My experience as yellow jacket at Black Hills State University has been nothing less than memorable, they gave me a chance to prove myself and that will forever have an impact on my life.

2.What is your favorite stadium that you have played in?

Definitely Lyle Hare Stadium and “The Buzz” Ostrom Football Stadium both have the most die hard fans.

3.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?

When I’m on the field my mindset consists of my family and the guy next to me, nothing else. It’s what gives me the drive each and every play and it’s never taken for granted.

4.If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

Man I would definitely hangout with Dick Butkus and ask what his “why” is for playing the game.

5.What has been your biggest challenge in life?

I would say the biggest challenge I faced in my life was going through the 2 years of JuCo having to support myself through it all but it was also an experience I’m grateful I went through and all the lessons I learned. I embrace struggle and trials that come with it and I will never be afraid to go through the trenches.

6.What do you hope to accomplish if you make it into the NFL?

I know my all will be spent each and every day and I don’t plan on going and backing anyone up, the top is my target.

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7. If your life was a tv show what would you call it and why?

Out The Mud, I’d call it that. To show and prove that any person can make it out and any battle can be beat but giving up is not an option. 

8.What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

I’ve always loved the sport and ever since I strapped up for the first time I knew I was destined to play the game to the best of my ability.

9.What is your favorite workout?

Man, my all time favorite workout was squats and coach Siekmann’s fun Friday’s. I promise you it will show who the weak minded are and have them hang up the cleats for good. 

10.What would a team get in a player like you?

A dog mentality, I will forever stress my mental toughness and push my limits and ability, know I’m not done yet. I enjoy going through the sweat, blood, and tears with my brothers for a W.

11.Rank focus,footwork and skill based on what is most important to you as a football player and explain why?

Focus, Footwork, Skill. I say this because I have always believed that the smartest person will see the field and it starts in the scouting report each week and the playbook and being a student of the game. Footwork is your dedication to your team and bettering yourself and then skill is the byproduct of all that. 

12.What are your favorite moments from your football life?

I have endless amount of memories with brothers that are in a fraternity that only a few are able to be in, but winning the 2018 NorCal Grizzly Bowl Game against Sac City was one game to remember. Having gone through all the adversity being on the best JuCo football team in California was a team I’ll never forget. 

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