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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Harry Trotter, RB, Kansas State University

Harry Trotter Kansas State 2021 NFL Draft Prospect
Harry Trotter is a gritty hard-nosed runner out of Kansas State. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Harry Trotter
  • Height: 5’9”
  • Weight: 207 lbs
  • Position: RB
  • College: Kansas State University
  • Twitter: @HTrotter_2
  • Instagram: Harry_Trotter_2

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
Out of high school, I attended Fort Scott Community College. From there, I moved on to Louisville and then Kansas State. I was able to obtain my degree in Kinesiology in May of 2020. I was named to All Academic Conference Teams at both Louisville and Kansas State.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
They would say that I’m hard-working. I’m serious about my job and work my tail off. I remained focused on my goals.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
The role of a leader is something that I’ve grown into over the years. When you work very hard, people notice and tend to follow you. I’ve also helped as a leader in the film room helping younger players learn the playbook, schemes and how to pick up tendencies of our opponents.

I’ve played the RB position my whole life. I’ve also been fled out in the slot as a receiver. I’m often counted on for 3rd downs to pick up blitzes in pass situations. I’m keen on seeing pressures and putting up sound blocking techniques. As a runner, I’m comfortable running inside and outside of the tackles. I feel that separates me because I can do it all. I’ve also played on special teams as the up-back on kick returns. It’s important to be flexible at the next level in order to see playing time, and that’s what I am.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
During my sophomore year at Louisville, I played against Bradley Chubb when he was at NC State. He had great size as well as great athleticism.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
While I was at Louisville, it was amazing to watch Lamar Jackson at work. He’s such a dynamic player, but he’s also extremely humble.

When I came over to Kansas State, I was able to see Dalton Risner dominate the line of scrimmage. He’s a really hard worker that does everything well. I love watching him play. He’s made a great impact on the league for the Denver Broncos.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
My recruiting process wasn’t a walk in the park. I played very well in high school, yet I was out at a 3A school in Kansas where colleges don’t always look for talent. Out of high school, the only offers I had were from NAIA and JUCO schools. I decided to go the JUCO route. There is a lot of D1 talent that begins in JUCO, so that decision was easy. At Fort Scott, I worked hard, earned respect, became the starter and earned all-conference as a true freshman.

After my first year in JUCO, I visited Louisville who later offered me an opportunity after they watched me play. I had a great time at Louisville and grew as a player, but felt that I could have more of an impact elsewhere, so I decided to transfer. After I put my name in the transfer portal, I had several offers, but Kansas State was the best fit for me. They were looking for a running back to use in their system, and the school was close to my family in Kansas. It was too perfect to pass up. After sitting a year due to my transfer, I was later able to contribute on the field.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
Baseball. I played baseball all the way through high school. We went to state my senior year, and I was named an All-State selection.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I’m most proud of having a successful career at the D1 level. Not everyone can say that they played and started at a Power 5 school. That is very rewarding. I’m also proud that I was able to get my degree.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
Kansas is one of our biggest rivals. My junior year, we were playing at KU. They had a sold-out crowd with a lot of hype on the season because they just recently had hired a new head coach. We were able to play well and come away with a victory. That was one of my better games with 92 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was on a speed option with our QB Skylar Thompson. He pitched it to me, and I ran it around the edge for the score. The offensive line blocked It up perfectly. 

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
Growing up near Kansas City, I’ve always been a fan of the Chiefs. My favorite player to watch is Christian McCaffrey. He does so many things well. He’s practically unstoppable. He was also one of those guys in college who was doubted, and he’s gone on to be one of the best.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
Some of my favorite music artists are Drake and Lil Baby. I like to listen to NBA YoungBoy before games.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Chicken Strips

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
Breaking Bad is my favorite TV show.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
I am a licensed real estate agent in Kansas and Missouri for commercial and residential properties. In my spare time, I like to go fishing. I’m also a bit of a gamer, and like to play Call of Duty.

Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
I play the game because I love it. I’ve been playing since I was 5 or 6 years old. The game is really engraved in me. Football became my main focus in high school and college. I enjoy every aspect of the game, and I want to play it as long as I can.

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