Tennessee State's Steven Newbold is a superstar wide receiver. He possesses every trait you’d want in a receiver, and really as a football player period.
The Miami native started playing super Peewee football at four years old. He rode that to eventually become a 3-star recruit out of high school by 247Sports. He gained interest from a few big names D1 schools, and ranked as the 10th best receiver in the Miami-Dade area, following the likes of other renowned Miami wide receivers such as Antonio Brown and Ocho-Cinco.
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Newbold stormed on the FCS scene and had strong freshman and sophomore campaigns. He seemed to be very motivated and hungry for success.
“Self-motivated. It’s a grind mindset that I have," he told HERO Sports when asked what was his motivation. Newbold accumulated 75 catches, 1,411 yards to go along with 10 touchdowns in just 19 starts through his first two years.
“Stayed in the weight room. Made sure I made it a priority. Give me more size to take more hits," he replied when asked what he mostly attributes his boost in his numbers too.
Newbold’s junior year went slightly different. He finished the year with 28 catches, 300 yards and 2 touchdowns. In addition, he had six kickoff returns where he averaged 22 yards per return.
The main reason for the drop in his numbers was due to injuries and the Tigers season being cut short.
“Last year we had a short season due to weather delays and injuries. I was trying to play injured. Being too tough. Should’ve sat down. I was just so eager," he said.
Newbold has obviously held his own and remained healthy so far in his senior season and doesn’t look to be slowing down at all.
OVC teams know exactly who Steven Newbold is and more than likely have him on the scouting report week in and week out.
“Every week you have to come in with the mindset of winning. Ready to ball every week. You may not get the coverage you prepared for, just be ready regardless. Can’t have a weak mindset,” he told HERO Sports.
Newbold has received multiple accolades thus far. (2016 Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomer Team, 2016 HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-American, 2018 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference and 2018 Black College Football Player of the Year Watch List). He’s more than deserved every last accolade attached to his name.
“Anyone loves the accolades on their names. It’s a blessing to even be a part of something great like that. It’s unbelievable. People live for these type of moments,” he said.
Newbold has undoubtedly improved year in and year out for the Tigers! He’s definitely a guy football fans should keep their eye on.
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