Colin Jonov was at the center of one of this season’s most dramatic NCAA FCS Football plays. On Oct. 21 at Lafayette, the senior cornerback returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown, lifting Bucknell to a 13-7 overtime victory at Lafayette. Jonov’s pick 6, the longest in school history, was later featured on ESPN’s College Football Live. The Murrysville, Pa. native, who also returned an interception 64 yards for a touchdown against Marist, enters the Lehigh game as the only Bucknell student-athlete to twice capture the Bison Athlete of the Week award in 2017-18.
Q: Walk us through your 95-yard pick 6.
A: Initially, I saw a cutback, and I took it. And then, after I saw and took the cutback, I saw nothing but green. I was just thinking, ‘Do not go down no matter what. Just stay on your feet and score.’ And that’s what happened. It was just an indescribable feeling.
Q: Is that play the highlight of your career so far?
A: Definitely because of what it meant to the team and how it happened. It was a big play we needed, and it’s by far the most meaningful play of my career.
Q: It was featured on ESPN’s College Football Live. Were you able to watch it on television?
A: I was able to catch it, and it was pretty cool to be on College Football Live. It was definitely a dream of mine to see myself on ESPN, and now I can check that off the list. I’ll be able to tell my kids one day I was on ESPN; I’ll just leave out that they pronounced my name wrong because that doesn’t really matter (laughs).
Q: How did you spend this past summer?
A: I had an internship with Fort Pitt Capital, which is an investment company and financial advising group. I got to shadow a financial advisor for a couple of months, which was pretty cool. I also had a side job with my family’s gear shop. I helped with the payroll and stuff like that. But the coolest part of my summer was I got to work out with Terrelle Pryor. It was great to get to train with an NFL guy.
Q: What do you plan to do after graduation?
A: I think I may become a financial advisor or something like that. I’m still trying to piece all of that together right now. If an opportunity in football presents itself after college, of course I would jump at it. But I’m trying to have a couple different plans because I don’t want to put all of my eggs in one basket.
Q: When you were making your college decision, why did you choose Bucknell?
A: The Bucknell baseball team actually started recruiting me when I was a sophomore in high school. When I decided I wanted to play football, Bucknell was interested in me for football too. I came up for camp, and they made me an offer. They were the first school to give me a scholarship offer so it was Bucknell all the way. I felt loyalty to them.
Q: When did you start playing football, and how did you get involved in the sport?
A: I started football when I was in fourth grade. I’d been obsessed with it—I loved the Steelers growing up, and my family had Pitt football season tickets too. Going to those games sparked my interest, but my mom wouldn’t let me play at first. When I was in fourth grade, my stepdad said, ‘Let him play and see if he likes it.’ Sure enough, I liked it, and it kind of took off from there.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Lewisburg?
A: That’s a tough one. I guess I’d have to say The Towne Tavern because I love Wing Night. It’s a big thing for me to go every Tuesday night.
This Q&A originally ran in the program for Bucknell's game against Lehigh on Nov. 4, 2017.