From the NFL Combine back February…
Question: Why did you transfer from Tennessee?
B.J. Coleman: “I got recruited by David Cutcliffe to UT, and when Coach Fulmer and Coach Cutcllffe left, I transferred to Chattanooga and everything was great in terms of the offense and the setup. I really enjoyed it.”
Q: How was your performance at the East-West Shrine Game?
Coleman: “It was a great week. I got to go out there and throw to some guys that could really move. The experience beyond football was great too. In terms of football, to have a chance to go out and do some good things, it helped. But it was just a start. I know I haven’t done anything yet.”
Q: What happened to your right pinkie finger (in a cast at the time of the Combine)?
Coleman: “I would have loved to have been able to throw the football here, no doubt. It happened as a training accident, I didn’t go out and get myself in any kind of trouble. The ground was wet and my feet came out from under me and landed on the pinkie with all the weight. Doc said it won’t require surgery. I just have to let it heal.”
Q: Can you reflect on your time at Tennessee?
Coleman: “Being a part of the Volunteer Nation, it helped me. I didn’t see that type of journey, but I always saw myself trying to get to the big stage. I didn’t know the path was going to go up, go back down, and then have a chance to go up again, but that is all in the Good Lord’s plan.”
Q: What went into your choice to transfer to Tennessee-Chattanooga?
Coleman: “I said I have three years to play and I needed to get on the field, and I think Chattanooga gave me the best chance to do that. I loved Tennessee, and I still do. I was born in the state of Tennessee and love the school, but I love to play football and I wanted to play.”
Q: Do you feel overshadowed by the likes of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III?
Coleman: “I am not a huge fan of comparisons. I know there have been some greats. The biggest thing is to continue to work hard and study and be a student of the game and be humble. I am not a big fan of comparisons or projections.”