NFL Draft: Interview with Utah State QB Logan Bonner

Logan Bonner has an exceptional resume from the two schools he competed at. While at Arkansas State, he spent five seasons there and went 271-of-469 passes for 3,166 yards and 30 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. Upon transferring to Utah State, Bonner went 325-of-529 for 4,381 yards and 42 touchdowns. He is also a versatile player accruing two solo tackles while at Utah.

Along the way, he earned the Mountain West Championship Game Offensive MVP, Academic All-Mountain West Honor, Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Conference, Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week and the Earl Campbell Award Honorable Mention National Player of the Week. 

Bonner graduated from Arkansas State and Utah State with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Sports Management, respectively.

But his football career was inspired from the start growing up in Texas, where football is in his DNA. Growing up in football seemed a match made in heaven for Bonner to look forward to the NFL Draft.

“I started playing when I was four years old out here in Dallas and kind of just played ever since. Obviously, I played other sports too but football is always the main one,” Bonner said. 

He talked about his long, but rewarding, journey coming out of high school and playing for Arkansas and Utah State. The pandemic threw a wrench in his journey, but it didn’t deter him from the end goal. Now, he’s all in preparation to get that call.

“I got a dietitian, got a strength coach, got a QB coach, got a mental coach, and really taking care of my body. It’s really my full-time job now, so that’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I knew this process [would] be hard. It’s tough and it’s long, but I wouldn’t want to do it anywhere.” Bonner said. He also mentioned that his training facility trained some of the greats in the NFL, including the two recent Super Bowl QBs – Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts.

Something that Bonner thinks will give him that edge is his anticipation and ability to work with the field. As a QB in the NFL, you need to possess those skills as a lot of the teams will be hunting for younger, explosive defensive talent.

“I think that the way I throw the ball and the angles I can throw at and the type of balls I can throw are up there with the most elite of the draft class,” Bonner said.

In their prime, Bonner looked to a few legendary QBs for inspiration. 

“Yeah, I mean, I grew up being a Tom Brady fan. He’s the best ever and he still will continue to be,” Bonner said. I’m a big fan of his and then I really like how Aaron Rogers plays. I think he’s really savvy and he’s one of the best to ever do it.”

Bonner is remaining level-headed and balanced during an otherwise anxiety-inducing time. He’s grateful for either outcome, though getting his shot with the pros is something he’s longed for since he was little.

“I’m just trying to take it one day at a time and do my best, and whatever happens, happens. If it’s meant to be and it works out for me, then great, and if it doesn’t, this is on the road, then I’ll be okay too.” Bonner said. So I’ll just try to take it one day at a time and just try to live out the dream I was a little kid.”

And if he does get the opportunity, he knows he’s not the first or last to be an early playmaker in his professional career – but age is certainly not a factor to him.

“Yeah, it really just shows that you see an opportunity and if you can play, you can play. And it is. But it doesn’t matter how young you are, how old you are, it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what high school or college you went to. If you can play, you can play.” Bonner said.

This same thought process is the reassuring advice he has for anyone looking to get to the professional level. 

“Yeah, just keep going. I mean, everybody blooms differently. There’s some guys that get in the league at 21, 22 years old, and there’s some guys that get in the league at 24, 25. It doesn’t really matter when you get there how long it takes you,” Bonner said. “It just matters if you just keep working and pushing through it. And if you really want it, just keep going.”

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