Scott Porter: What do you feel are your biggest strengths?
Austen Arnaud: My biggest strength is my strength; I have a strong arm and being 230 lbs. I am a durable QB. Always am elusive and strong as a runner.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Austen Arnaud: First of all make a camp and go from there but I would like earn my way up a depth chart and eventually get a chance to start in the NFL this day and age in the NFL, only a couple kids each year get a chance to be rookie starter at QB, hope I have that opportunity but I am fine with working harder to pay my dues and earn my keep.
Scott Porter: What NFL player reminds you of yourself and why?
Austen Arnaud: I’d compare myself to a Daunte Culpepper, not as heavy (weight) or as strong of an arm but have good escapability and am a big physical quarterback. Also from a coach I recently had who coached Jason Campbell at Auburn, he drew comparisons from him to me.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your biggest football accomplishments?
Austen Arnaud: First of all being elected a two time captain by my teammates, for them to trust and have confidence in me to lead two years in a row means a lot. Also only the 3rd QB in Iowa State history to win a bowl game (2009 Insight win vs. Minnesota). Also big wins at Texas (2010) and Nebraska (2009) as well as a big home win against Texas Tech(2010). Finished 2nd in almost every passing category, hold record for most passing yards in a game (440), total yards in a game (500+) and most accurate passer in Iowa State history (60% completion career).
Scott Porter: What kind of a person is an NFL team getting in you?
Austen Arnaud: A leader with a contagious personality, someone who will do everything right and be very coachable.
Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence?
Austen Arnaud: My mother, she basically raised me by herself and still plays a major role in my life. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs as a family but that has made us closer.
Scott Porter: What will you miss most about college football?
Austen Arnuad: The buildup of game week, preparation all week long and competing on Saturdays. Also will miss the comraderey of a close knit team who care about each other.
Scott Porter: What do you feel will be the toughest transition from the college level to the pro level?
Austen Arnuad: The speed of the game being even faster, especially as QB things will be speed up and I will face even better athletes than I have faced in the big 12 the past four years.
Scott Porter: What will you be doing from now until the draft to prepare yourself for your shot at the NFL?
Austen Arnuad: Lifting and throwing along with some speed work. Watching cut-ups of NFL defenses and deciphering what defenses are being played and what pass combinations would be good against the different coverage’s.
Scott Porter: What are your hobbies off the field?
Austen Arnuad: Off the field I enjoy watching all sports on TV, catching a movie every now and then. I also enjoy to travel and from time to time as well as playing video games.
Scott Porter: How is rehab going with your injury? Where do you feel you stand with that?
Austen Arnaud: Injury is healing very fast, had surgery 10 weeks ago and am back to full mobility in stretches. I have been doing squats and many leg lifts on the left leg with light weight. Scheduled to be full go mid-April.