Exclusive Interview: DL Keith Shologan

DL Keith Shologan (Al Messerschmidt/Getty)

SDBoltReport.com's Michael Kranzler keeps running through his interviews with the Chargers rookie class. His latest installment is a Q&A with former UCF defensive lineman Keith Shologan. Shologan talks about the turnaround at UCF, the First-Team honors he earned from ESPN and the players who've taken him under their wings.

Click here to read the "Insiders only" portion of this interview, where Shologan talks about being the No. 4 overall pick in the CFL draft, winning four heavyweight wrestling championships, and improving his game in a quest to stick in San Diego.

Michael Kranzler: What led you to choose to go to UCF?

Keith Shologan: I got down there on my recruiting trip and I really liked the coaching staff and the school. It was just a good atmosphere and a good fit for me.

MK: How much did it mean to you to be a part of such a huge turnaround process for UCF?

KS: It was pretty impressive. Just being a part of it and being a captain, just knowing where we came from -- in my first year, we were 0-11 and then we ended up winning the conference in my last year -- looking back on it, it made going through practice and cramping up and all that all worth it.

MK: You were an ESPN First-Team Academic All-American this past season. What does it mean to you to get recognized for your work in the classroom along with your work on the field?

KS: It was a pretty big honor. My parents were pretty impressed. That was the biggest thing, how impressed they were with my education, because football doesn't last forever.

MK: What do you like to do in your free time?

KS: I like to hang out with the boys, hang out with my girlfriend, play video games, go to the beach and things like that. I also like to read the newspaper and learn about what's going on in the world.

MK: Do you have any favorite video games?

KS: Not really. Actually, I'm one of the old Nintendo guys who likes to play an N64 and likes to play all the old games. I've never really gotten into the new ones, but I like all the old, classic games.

MK: Have any of the Chargers veterans started to mentor you on the field?

KS: Oh yeah, they're all really helpful, like Igor Olshansky and Luis Castillo and Ryon Bingham. If we're doing something wrong, they're right there to tell you how to do it right and what things to look for. It's a great learning experience to learn from these guys who've been here and have all performed at the highest level and have so much experience. Just learning from them is a great opportunity.

Click here to read the "Insiders only" portion of this interview, where Shologan talks about being the No. 4 overall pick in the CFL draft, winning four heavyweight wrestling championships, and improving his game in a quest to stick in San Diego.

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