Scott Porter: What is the hardest part about playing college football?
Brian Lainhart: I feel one of the hardest part about playing college football is the speed of the game at first. Going from High School to college it takes some time to adjust at first. I picked that up pretty quickly in my career and adapted well. Also, the complexity of the defense. In High School we always played cover 3, but at Kent State you learn cover 2, 3, 4, 8, whatever it is, you have to learn much more.
Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence throughout your college career?
Brian Lainhart: Jack Williams and Julian Edelman have been major influences for me. I roomed with Edelman and I learned the process that he went though. I saw the way these two guys practices, they worked harder and prepared better than anyone else, and that is probably why they are where they are today. I still talk to them every week and stay in touch. Living with Julian and seeing the process and knowing what to expect was very worthwhile to me.
Scott Porter: What are your biggest strengths?
Brian Lainhart: I feel as if my instincts and my ability to react quick are among my greatest instincts. I study a lot of film, and then combine that with my natural talent and it all comes together well between the two.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Brian Lainhart: I want to become a starter and be one of the best safeties in the NFL. Those are my ultimate goals of myself.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Brian Lainhart?
Brian Lainhart: They will be getting a very hard worker, an overall leader. I was a team captain my final two seasons at Kent State. I am a warrior on the field. I go out to battle every week and in every practice. No what the situation is, on every single play. I play well no matter what the score is.
Scott Porter: What will you miss most about college football?
Brian Lainhart: I will miss the atmosphere. All of the tailgating the fans do before the game. I will miss knowing so many people watching me play the game from the stands.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Brian Lainhart: I love to fish. I also play a lot of golf.
Scott Porter: Can you describe your style of play for us?
Brian Lainhart: I would describe my style as one of those great playmakers. I produced over 24 turnovers while playing here. I am the NCAA active leader in interceptions. I make big plays and am always dependable on the field. My style of play isn’t limited. I can play in the box when called upon as well as play the pass well. I am a do it all safety in terms of coverage and run support. I do want to work on my man to man coverage as I did not do a lot of that in college, but I feel I can be a solid man to man coverage safety.