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The Drill: Bluejays’ Reginald Colson III always focused on improving

WORTHINGTON -- Reginald Colson III says he's been playing sports since he was 3 years old. And now, as a sophomore at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, he says sports is his life.

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WORTHINGTON -- Reginald Colson III says he’s been playing sports since he was 3 years old. And now, as a sophomore at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, he says sports is his life.

Football is at the top.

What does he like to do in his spare time? He thinks a lot, he says. He contemplates football, and how he can become better at it.

Truly special athletes are like that. Colson, if he were any less devoted to his sport, might consider coasting a little bit in his sophomore year after leading the nation in receiving yards per game as a freshman. But Colson is focused, always focused, on becoming better so that he can achieve his lifelong dream of playing at a Division I college. Today a lean 6-3, 210-pounds who burns defensive backs with his seemingly effortless speed and cuts, he catches passes with his fingertips, firing past defenders in third gear -- making it look easy, at times. He’s a threat to score from anywhere on the field.

Colson grew up in Hollywood, Fla., and never had a father figure in his life. His mother raised him and encouraged him along the way -- encouraged him to succeed, encouraged him to take his practices seriously, and cheered his accomplishments.

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“Eleventh grade was my breakout year,” he said. “Twelfth grade, just capping everything off.”

After high school, he planned to go to Oregon State, but his grades didn’t let that happen. So he began to look at junior colleges.

“I didn’t waste no time. I just came right here,” he recalled.

The Globe spent some time with Reggie recently, getting to know him better as a person while shooting some video footage of him on the practice field. You can see the video online at www.dglobe.com . Here’s a sample of the interview:

QUESTION: How much was it a surprise to you when you led the nation in yards per game in your first year at Minnesota West?

ANSWER: “It really didn’t come too much as a surprise to me. Why? Because I knew I had it in me. I had a lot of built-up stuff in me. I went through a lot in my childhood. But it also did surprise me a little bit, that I did it as a freshman. But I always knew I had it in me.”

QUESTION: How would you describe your game? Is it your hands, your speed, your route-running? Anything else?

ANSWER: “It’s a little bit of everything. A little bit of speed, a little bit of hands. It’s my route-running. But mostly it’s just being focused. I got that chip on my shoulder. I had one ever since my grandma died when I was 3.”

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QUESTION: What’s the best thing about being a Minnesota West Bluejay?

ANSWER: “Best thing about being a Bluejay is that everybody’s family. It makes me feel like I’m home. Coach (Jeff) Linder, he’s like a father figure to me -- while I’m up here, a thousand, maybe thousands of miles from home. So he just makes me feel comfortable.”

 

Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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