When Caleb Huntley comes operating at you, good luck. It’s going to be fairly a problem to convey him down.
With two 1,000-yard seasons to his title and a couple of,902 yards in 33 video games for Ball State, Huntley hopes to hold on his manufacturing to the NFL stage. He can challenge as a short-yardage again on the NFL stage resulting from his highly effective operating type and decisiveness in between the tackles, however he has flashed sufficient juice to tackle a much bigger position if crucial.
Draft Wire had the possibility to talk with Huntley on his preparation for the NFL Draft, his expertise on the School Gridiron Showcase, how fatherhood has molded him as an individual, and extra.
JI: You’re a robust runner, however you’re nonetheless an excellent athlete popping out of the backfield. How do you’re employed on persevering with so as to add muscle onto your body with out sacrificing your velocity?
CH: Truthfully, I don’t know. I couldn’t reply that as a result of I’ve all the time been capable of run fairly properly, so even once I gained weight – once I bought to 230 [pounds] this previous season – my velocity didn’t actually lower from the 12 months earlier than, and my coaches might see that. I actually don’t know what level my velocity would lower if I gained weight.
JI: You made the robust choice to decide out of the MAC title recreation this 12 months. What went into that call?
CH: In the end, I needed to sit again and do some pondering, however lots of people don’t know that within the second recreation of the season that we had at Jap Michigan, I took a success, really catching a go. Nevertheless it was tremendous delayed, so it was arrange [easily] for the defender to make his hit on me. He hit me in a clumsy place, and my rib fractured. I didn’t actually know till after the sport, however after the sport, I used to be strolling dwelling from the stadium, and it was tremendous chilly, and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I knew one thing was happening, like my rib was fractured or damaged as a result of I had damage my ribs at camp that 12 months, and it didn’t really feel something like that.
Quick ahead, I performed one other recreation at NIU, and it was simply depressing taking part in in that recreation. I imply, I had a fairly first rate recreation, however I simply felt prefer it was a nasty recreation as a result of I wasn’t capable of do the issues I might usually do operating the ball, and I felt like each time I used to be hitting the turf, my ribs had been coming out. It was simply dangerous, so I made a decision to get a second opinion. The primary opinion I bought, the docs mentioned they didn’t see something. Then, I went once more and bought a second one, and that’s after they discovered a fracture. I saved attempting to battle via it for a pair weeks. I attempted to apply, I even bought a ribcage made for myself, however nothing was working. I simply made the choice to decide out. I needed to weigh my choices. I’ve a son, as properly, so I had to ensure I used to be doing the most effective factor for me.
JI: How is the progress along with your ribs coming alongside?
CH: Yeah, I really feel prefer it’s fully healed now. It actually took about two weeks after I bought [treatment] to really feel fairly good. Now, I really feel higher than I did taking part in soccer in the beginning of the season.
JI: You talked about your son, and he had surgical procedure throughout your 2020 season. How did you stability such an important time as a father or mother with such an necessary season in your journey to the professionals?
CH: When he was born, he had a situation the place his tender spot in his head, it closed up prematurely. [The surgery was to] recreate tender spots in his head so when he bought older, his mind would have room to develop. That’s what they did, and it’s a typical process. I wasn’t tremendous frightened, however as a father, you by no means wish to see your little man undergo ache of any sort, in order that was one thing I used to be frightened about throughout preparation for video games. He really bought surgical procedure earlier than my first recreation at Miami of Ohio, so I simply needed to ensure I had an excellent recreation on his behalf, and I ended up having a fairly good recreation.
However caring for him, it was robust, as a result of there was stuff we couldn’t do. We couldn’t wash his head, and he needed to put on a shawl round his head for some time, however now he’s doing an entire lot higher. He’s again to regular. I really feel like he’s superior for his age; he’s doing a number of stuff on his personal proper now that I’ve by no means seen a 7-month-old child do, so I’m simply ready for him to develop.
JI: How has fatherhood molded you as an individual?
CH: As an individual, it made me develop up sooner. I used to be already mature for my age, however having him has made me develop much more. Earlier than I had him, I used to exit sometimes. I used to relax and kick it with my teammates or pals, however as soon as he was born, I shut all that down as a result of I knew that what I had needed to do didn’t actually matter no extra, and it was all about him. It shifted my focus to being a supplier and to place him in a greater place than I used to be once I was rising up.
JI: You latterly had the possibility to take part within the School Gridiron Showcase. How was that have?
CH: It was only a good expertise, speaking to scouts and with the ability to showcase some skills that folks didn’t suppose I had. I really feel prefer it was a great feeling for me as a participant, and studying concerning the course of and the sport on the subsequent stage.
JI: Between the Showcase and your collegiate play, who’s the hardest defender you’ve gone up towards?
CH: There was a defensive sort out that performed for Illinois my freshman 12 months, he smacked me fairly good, I ain’t gonna lie [laughs]. He broke my facemask, and that was like my “welcome to school” second. That was most likely the hardest defender I confronted.
JI: You talked about that you just have a tendency to remain in now that you’ve got a son. How else do you prefer to spend your free time outdoors of soccer?
CH: Exterior of soccer, I’m an actual large household particular person. Truthfully, I identical to to prepare dinner or watch TV or go fishing. Just a few laid-back stuff. I’m a fairly laid-back particular person.
JI: Let’s say I’m an NFL basic supervisor. What would I be getting if I drafted you to my staff?
CH: Simply an all-around good dude. A very good teammate, an individual who’s going to problem each particular person on the staff I’m going towards due to the way in which that I apply. I apply the identical approach that I play in a recreation. All I do know is full velocity, for actual. They are saying iron sharpens iron, so that you convey the identical apply habits to the sport, that creates successful soccer. I can convey that to the staff and likewise contribute wherever they want me to contribute and simply be a staff participant man.