Found February 26, 2013 on NFL Draft Zone:
Draft Zone Spotlight: Tim Sauer, OT, University of Northern Iowa Northern Iowa is famous for putting hogs into the NFL.  Tim Sauer is the next big hog that could make the NFL.  Last year, no one was talking about L.J. Fort and he ended starting week one for the Cleveland Browns. Sauer is by far one of the biggest men I have watched on film, at 6’8, 304 pounds, he led the UNI team to 1637 rushing yards, and the line itself only allowed 11 sacks last year.  That is amazing.  If you look in the NFL, you probably don’t realize how many NFL players came from little ole UNI, but let me help you refresh your mind.  Brad Meester, Chad Rinehart and Austin Howard all started for their prospective teams last year.  Could Tim Sauer be next? We shall see…. How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision? I had about 6 FCS schools, and 4 FBS schools recruiting me coming out of high school. The decision was quite easy when it came down to who was offering what. UNI, was the clear cut winner. They had the best major program that I was interested in, their program had a strong tradition of winning, and the facilities and coaching staff were amazing. Who was your favorite NFL team growing up, and did you have a player you rooted for? I have always been a Minnesota Vikings fan. My favorite players to watch were either Randy Moss or John Randle. At your position, how do you break down film, please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film? When I would be watching film, I would watch teams that had a similar offense to what we ran. I would typically try to have at least 3 different teams film to watch. From there I would then have the clips broken down into the popular formations that we would be running that week.  From there, I would watch to see what formations they would stunt or twist out of. After that I would have the clips broken down into how many times they blitz/pressured out of 3rd and short, 3rd and medium, and 3rd and long.  In our film room we have a section of film called “Big Plays.” This is the opposing teams big plays against the team we are playing that week. I love seeing what others teams did to score, and I love seeing how the defense reacts after they let up a score. When analyzing film, I’m really looking to see if the defense has any “tells” or tips anything off by the way the lineup. Finally when watching film I get the depth chart of the opposing teams defense and I learn the starters and back up numbers. By doing this I can see if the defense end rotate series or if the defensive end likes to swim, bull rush, or try to beat a tackle outside with speed rush. Do you consider yourself a quiet leader or an outspoken role model? I consider myself a quiet leader. If you could take one day back and erase it from your past what day would you erase? I would erase the day I failed my driver’s test for the first time. I got the cone stuck between the wheel and the car while I was doing my parallel parking. I told all my friends that I would pass it the first time, and I failed, it was embarrassing. Do you have any hobbies, if so tell the world what it is? I love random sport facts, I am a sports junkie. I love looking up information on professional and college sports and teams. My favorite information is learning how teams got their names. Who was the toughest player you have ever played against? Brendan Kelly from Wisconsin was the toughest player I ever played against. He is so  athletic and lanky, he has longer arms then I do and that made it a challenge to play against him. What is the best accolade/award you have ever received from playing football? In high school I received the teams “ Pat Tillman award”. This is awarded by the football program to the player who best exemplifies Tillman’s willingness to help the team on the field and out in the community. If it was your last meal, what would you eat? I would have a big glass of sweet tea, sweet potatoes fries, steamed asparagus, beef brisket, and for dessert I would have strawberry cheese cake. Before the game, what song might I hear on your ipod? I can’t pick one song, but Ill listen to anything by the artist Machine Gun Kelly. Do you have any pre game rituals? I don’t have that many pre game rituals. After I get all my gear on I’ll sit and listen to music and ill go through the notes and game plan that we have gotten throughout the week. Other than that I make sure that I have the same athletic trainer tape my ankles and tape my wrist for game days If you could pick out your biggest weakness what would it be? My biggest weakness would be changing center of gravity when I get a bull rush from  a defensive end. Have you talked to any NFL scouts throughout this process, and what feedback are you getting? I have not talked to any NFL scouts throughout this process yet. If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be? I would like to say Nate Solder, the offensive tackle for the New England Patriots. What is the most tragic event in your life that has happened and how did you bounce back? The most tragic event in my life was in a 6 month span, I tore my labrum, got mono, lost my starting spot in the opening weeks and my grandmother died.  After being hurt physically, mental, and emotionally, I had the support of my family and teammates and I just keep busting my butt and eventually earned by starting spot back for the last half of the season. Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check? The first pay check will go to a new car for my parents. They have helped me so much to get me to where I am a today. If you could meet one person, dead or alive who would it be and why? I would love to talk to former UCLA Bruins basketball coach John Wooden. I have read two of his books and I think how he coached, influence people and how he lived his life is amazing.

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