It was a roller coaster journey for Glen Antoine on his path to the NFL Draft. After a commitment with UTEP didn’t workout, the Round Rock, Texas native cycled through a pair of JUCO schools before settling down at the University of Idaho. Antoine was a key cog on defense for the Vandals during his 2 years with the program. Antoine helped lead them to 9 wins in 2016 – tying their win total from the previous 4 seasons. Their first bowl win since 2009 was “the icing on the cake”, as Antoine likes to say.
Despite flying under the radar during the 2016 season, Antoine has been gaining steam leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft. FOX Sports has even labeled him as one of the most underrated prospects in this year’s draft. In a league in demand of nose guards, Antoine will be a hot commodity in this year’s draft as he mans that position effectively.
Antoine is well-spoken, puts god first and has a great head on his shoulders. He understands that playing football in the NFL is a true blessing, and he won’t stop working until he’s the best in the business.
Q: What is your current height/weight?
A: 6’1″ / 329
Q: Originally you were committed to UTEP prior to going to Junior College, how exactly did that situation play out?
A: Yes, unfortunately things did not work out with UTEP and I went the JUCO route. However, I believe everything happens for a reason and it ended up working out for the best.
Q: You transferred from a Junior College to a Division I school, how was the transition and what was the toughest aspect about making the jump up?
A: The transition was pretty smooth. The only thing that was really different is that the speed was faster and the games were more physical.
Q: After winning just 9 games from 2011-2015, your team was able to win 9 games this season alone. What would you say was the most important aspect of the huge turnaround?
A: I feel like it was a different mindset that helped us turn it around. We also worked extremely hard in the offseason and focused on stopping the run and playing more physical.
Q: You were invited to the College Gridiron Showcase. What could you tell me about that event? In what ways do you think it helped you prepare for the NFL?
A: It was a great event. I was able to play with some guys that are also NFL prospects. I think the most helpful things to help prepare me for the NFL were the meetings. They discussed expectations and provided information about finances that really enlightened me.
Q: Did you talk to or build any relationships with team scouts/executives?
A: I did get the opportunity to speak to some teams. I spoke to the Raiders, Chiefs and Rams. Also, the Jets had me fill out some paperwork.
Q: Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
A: The toughest opponent I faced was the Colorado State guard #56. I successfully stopped the run the entire game and I also made a big time play on fourth and one. Also, the right guard for Appalachian State was a very worthy opponent.
Q: What would you consider to be the biggest strength of your game? What do you need to improve on?
A: My biggest strength is my ability to stop the run and my power. Also, I can split double teams, create pressure and make the play. I can also get pressure on the quarterback. I need to improve on my hands and pass rushing moves.
Q: What NFL player would you say you model your game after?
A: Vince Wilfork
Q: If you had a few sentences to sell yourself to an NFL General Manager, what would you tell him about yourself?
A: I will do anything in my power to succeed. I know that I have a lot to offer both on and off the field. My faith in God keeps me grounded and helps guide me in making better choices. I work extremely hard both on and off the field. At Idaho, I was very instrumental in helping to shave off more than 100 rushing yards allowed per game over the prior year. When scouts evaluate me, I want them to know that I will give my best and will continue to work hard and put forth a great effort in everything I do. I possess the physical and mental toughness that is required of the game. This is what I love!