“Yes, coaches asked me to play linebacking drills and getting out there as a linebacker and a defensive lineman.” Coples said, “it’s been a great job, and it’s been a true blessing.”
Asked if he has anything left to prove, Coples responded, “Just that I’m gonna compete, that I can get out there and continue to grind and continue to work hard and stay humble and just continue to do what I’m best at.”
Coples was also questioned about whether it would be a bad deal if the Carolina Panthers selected him in the draft, Coples agreed: “Nah it wouldn’t be a bad deal for anybody to take me. You know if Carolina took me or anybody. I’ll be truly blessed and, thanking God every day.”
It is hard not to make the comparison between Coples and the last great North Carolina Defensive End Julius Peppers. Coples appreciates the comparison, but wants to pave his own path as well.
“[Julius] definitely did great things in the league; he definitely did great things as an individual, as a collegiate player. It’s a great comparison, but I’ll set my own milestone, and set my own legacy.”
Julius is a player who possesses a lot of faith, and it will be rewarded on the day of the NFL draft.
“I still have to continue to grind. Continue to work on football things. Continue to work on my craft. Continue to work hands and feet and technique, and things of that nature. It’s always a daily grind and getting after it, but you know like I said I’m truly blessed by this opportunity, and I’m just gonna take advantage of my blessing. The opportunity’s almost here. So I’m continue to hold on to my faith in God, and continue to walk that path.”