The Philadelphia Eagles signed Shepherd defensive back Tre’ Sullivan as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2017 NFL Draft. In order to learn more about the new Eagles safety, I reached out to The Journal sports editor Rick Kozlowski. It wasn’t easy finding someone with knowledge about the Division II Shepherd Rams. Thankfully, Rick was kind enough to answer my questions.
1) Can you sum up what his college career was like?
You can sum up his college career by saying he's a hitter. He had a couple targeting calls, one in the regional championship game last year that was overturned on appeal via video. Totally legal, but the concussion was such that, well, the official threw a flag. He's a good cover man, but his biggest attribute is his hitting. It should serve him, if he hangs on, on special teams, where he will have to make his mark in the early going.
2) What are his strengths?
He's a real team guy. When he got ejected from the national semifinal in 2014, he spent the whole second half watching through the locker room door - when he wasn't nervously pacing.His respect among his teammates is such that he was chosen as a captain last season.
3) What are his weaknesses? Are you surprised he went undrafted? How do you see his NFL career playing out?
I really can't speak to his weaknesses. I was not surprised, nor do I think he was, that he went undrafted. He's one of those guys who needs to reveal himself to his coaches. I think he has a chance in the right situation. He reminds me a lot of Dewey McDonald, a local guy from Jefferson County, W.Va., where Shepherd is located, who has made his mark on special teams in the NFL. That could be Sullivan.
4) What’s your impression of him off the field?
As for my impression of him off the field, first off, he's got great hair. That's kind of a joke. I used to tell him that his hair always looked good. He's a personable young man, easy to like. At last year's Mountain East Conference media day, we talked about the targeting thing and how he handled it during that game. He was forthcoming. On a personal note, I took along my 10-year-old grandson that day, and Tre gladly posed for a picture with my grandson. I appreciated that.
Watch some of Sullivan’s highlights below.
THE HARDEST HITTING SAFETY IN THE NATION put some RESPECT on his name @_TreFIVE pic.twitter.com/1VM7yunyNw— James Gupton (@SS_Dondada) October 24, 2016