It’s all about work ethic for one former Colorado Football player.
A little over a year and a half ago, Buff defensive end Nick Kasa went to his head coach Jon Embree at the time in search of ways he could be more help to his beloved Buffaloes football team.
“I told Coach Embree that I wanted to more useful to the team,” Kasa told media Saturday after being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round Saturday of the NFL Draft. “I told him to move me where ever he needed me, he saw that we had some need at the tight end position, it ended up turning out pretty good.”
Pretty good might be an understatement for Kasa, who played the position just a year and a half before being drafted in the NFL.
“It was something i definitely was hoping for when I made the switch,” Kasa said. Of course it’s really surreal on the strides I have made in the last year and a half.”
Before Kasa’s meeting with Embree, he wasn’t playing much at defensive end, finding himself battling between a third and second string position. He also wasn’t playing a lot on special teams.
Apparently Kasa’s attitude and work ethic proved to his coach, changed that the last year and a half of his Colorado career.
“I played on almost every special team after that,” Kasa said. “It turned out being a very good decision for me to move from DE to TE.”
Kasa is apparently not satisfied with just being drafted.
“I’m definitely not where I want to be, I can make a ton more progress,” Kasa said. “I have to get better at something every single day. I want to keep it going.”
The Raiders got a chance to get to know the hard working Kasa during the senior bowl, apparently he left a lasting impression.
“I love the coaches out at Oakland,” Kasa said. “I loved working with them during the senior bowl. They showed me how to work out like they do in the NFL, it definitely helped me and now I get to play for them.”
Kasa is also aware of the fact that the Raiders don’t have a solid starter at the position and it’s definitely a position of need for Oakland.
“Yes I’m aware of it,” Kasa said. “I have to be ready to compete and earn a spot. I’m going to work my butt off and see who comes out with the starting role.”
Kasa also wants the Raiders to know that he will do anything to help his chances of making the squad of 53.
“I will do anything I can do to get out on the football field,” Kasa said. “I’m a football player, not just a tight end. I’m going to give it everything I have on every special team unit they will give me the opportunity to be on.”
Kasa does have high expectations.
“I want to be one of the best tight ends in the league one day, that’s my goal,” Kasa said. “Now it’s up to me to go out and earn it.”
Audio from Saturday’s press conference was used in this story.