DraftSeason: What is your greatest strength as a quarterback?
Nick Stevens: I’d like to think my greatest strength is my mind. I believe I have the mental capacity to study my opponent and execute the game plan Coach Bobo and the coaching staff prepare for the offense. I have developed a deep understanding of the game as a whole, especially defensive schemes and the weaknesses of them. This has allowed me to anticipate what is going to happen and get the ball out early. Additionally, it slows the game down for me and keeps me in control of the game.
DraftSeason: You guys held your own against #1 ranked Alabama in your opener and put up 23 points, most by any team this year. While it resulted in a loss, you had to feel pretty good about yourself and your team. What was your biggest takeaway?
Nick Stevens: I think the biggest takeaway was the fact that if we lock in and execute, we can efficiently and effectively move the ball and put up points against anybody. That was an incredible defense and our guys had a great week of preparation leading up to the game and once we started executing our assignments and playing as a unit, we were able to move the ball down the field.
DraftSeason: You had some pretty hefty shoes to fill after Garrett Grayson, how much pressure did you feel taking over the reigns at quarterback?
Nick Stevens: I do think I had big shoes to fill after Garrett graduated, but I don’t think I felt that much pressure. I think the 2 years sitting behind him gave me great experience and insight on how to have success leading this team. I learned a lot from him and everything I was able to absorb in my time backing him up kept me confident and comfortable in my position so I didn’t feel all the pressure.
DraftSeason: Greatest moment on the field to date?
Nick Stevens: It’s hard to choose a single moment. Last year it was definitely the San Diego State game. Being from California, I had dozens of friends and family in that stands that day. It was a rainy evening and provided an amazing football atmosphere. We went in to the game as underdogs, facing the top defense in the conference that year and eventually the conference champions. We played a great game that night as a whole team and got the win! This year, I would say the opening game of the college football season and opening our new stadium against Oregon State was pretty awesome. The atmosphere was great and it was another great team win. Alabama was also really cool, playing in front of over 100,000 die-hard fans.
DraftSeason: Best quarterback to ever play the game?
Nick Stevens: I have to give it to Tom Brady. There are tons of incredible QBs out there but winning is the most important stat and that man knows how to win ball games! Can never count him out no matter what the score is.
DraftSeason: Your 1st career TD pass was to Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins, who happens to be one of my favorites. You carve out anytime on Sundays to watch him play for the Browns?
Nick Stevens: I try to watch his games whenever I can. It is tough sometimes because they aren’t on the local stations all that much out here in Colorado. When I can’t watch I look at the stats and highlights. It’s been great to see him do well and have success on Sundays.
DraftSeason: What do you see yourself doing when your playing days are done?
Nick Stevens: Having earned my degree in Finance last semester, I would like to think I am going to pursue a career in something like financial advising. I really enjoyed my finance classes and would eventually like to start my own company one day, but would most likely have to go into the financial world first.
DraftSeason: Using 1 word, describe your style of play.
Nick Stevens: Dependable. I hope to be a player that my teammates and coaches can depend on and be confident that I can get the job done.