Kain Colter working to make Vikings roster as wide receiver

Kain Colter working to make Vikings roster as wide receiver
July 26, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

When Kain Colter isn't trying to start unions in college football or advocating for the fairer treatment of college athletes, he's busy trying to make the Minnesota Vikings' roster.

Yes, the former Northwestern quarterback is more well-known for his efforts in leading the push for improving the lives of student athletes since he departed the Wildcats, but he's also trying to use the athleticism that made him a dangerous offensive weapon in the Big Ten to try and get to the NFL as a wide receiver.

Vikings blog Daily Norseman caught up with Colter as the Vikings begin training camp and asked him what it was like to give up quarterbacking and move to receiving.

"I'm just trying to help the team, and right now I think my best opportunity is at receiver," Colter said. "I think I offer a skill set that maybe down the line (offensive coordinator Norv) Turner could get creative with, maybe use my arm a little bit, we'll see. Right now, I'm just doing whatever they want me to do.

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"Being a receiver, you have to be an expert at your craft. All the defensive backs are good, and there's really not much room for error. You have to run great routes, have strong hands, and for me only playing receiver it's going to take some time. In college, I was never doing receiver individual drills, because I was playing quarterback and in the quarterback room, so that been the biggest difference."

Colter played mainly quarterback for the Wildcats, but he did rack up 63 receptions (43 in 2011) and 683 yards (466 in 2011) in his four-year college career.

Unsurprisingly, Colter is confident he has what it takes to make the switch and make the roster.

"I think I'll be all right," he said. "I have to work hard, show that I can make plays, and help this team out. For me, I love competition because it brings the best out of everybody. For me, I need that, and I need somebody pushing me, because it makes me better."

Check out the entire interview at Daily Norseman.