Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Terrence Fede, DE, Marist
Terrence Fede is one of the most polished small school defensive pass rushers in the NCAA. Fede is not getting the love he deserves, and it is getting on my nerves. The sound pass rusher is a force off the edge, and can really line up anywhere on the D-Line. Fede is a big kid, with a ton of heart. His coaching staff loved him and I cannot blame them, because the kid has a great personality and puts in a ton of effor.
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
Unfortunately not too many schools were recruiting me out of high school, it mostly consisted of D2, D3, and two D1-aa schools.
Where did you choose and why?
I Chose Marist College because it was a great fit for me. The coaches, players, and atmosphere around the program were what I envisioned in a college football program. On the academic side Marist College is a very good academically.
What were your goals for your senior year?
My main goal for my senior year was to win our conference and became Pioneer Football League Champions. We accomplished that and set the most wins in school history so it was a great way to go out.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
I met with a lot of scouts this year. They have all basically told me the same thing. Mainly that I have a great frame and a lot of potential.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
I am versatile. I can play anywhere on the defensive line and I can also play a stand-up rush linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. I tried to mold myself after guys like Demarcus Ware, JPP, Tamba Hali, and Aldon Smith. I can also play special teams. I started on our Kick Return and FG block units and played on our punt unit.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
I like to look at the tendencies that the offensive line is giving me. I look for any stance adjustments they make. Sometimes you can get a lot of information just from their stance. Is it pass or run? Is he staring at the DE or looking at the LB,etc.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
I cant say there was one specific person but Univ of Butler had a really good offensive line my JR year. They were all 6’4 and pushing 320 lbs. That’s not the norm in our conference so i had to get adjusted to that. I don’t remember exactly but I think I had one sack and a couple tackles for loss that game. More importantly, we won.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
I try not to compare myself to one specific person because I think it limits me. I try to take something from a bunch of different guys. I even look at guys in our conference and borrow techniques and moves from them. I’m always willing to add something new to my arsenal if it can help me get better.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
This past season my family tragically lost my aunt to sickle cell anemia leaving behind my two little cousins who love football. I missed practice the whole week preparing for our rival Jacksonville to be with family. But I was able to come back for the game and played my heart out for my aunt and family. It was a close game but we came out with a WIN and I had one of the best games of my career.
What system fits your style of play the best?
I’m game to play in any system. I just want an opportunity to prove myself against the best.
What is your biggest strength?
Power and Speed. I think I am equally an impact using either but I also believe I do a good job of combing the two when needed. I still have a lot of to get better in both areas.
What is your biggest weakness?
Experience facing top caliber offensive lineman is my biggest weakness. I understand that people say if I would have had to face OK ST offensive line I wouldn’t have lead the country in sacks. I respect that opinion but I also think it is wrong. I am extremely confident in my pass rush abilities. If you match me up one on one against anybody, I feel as though I have a big enough arsenal to get by them.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
Im a student of the game. To me I see how the game has evolvedand you have all of these superstar QBs who can run and pass.Im the type of guy who can negate that running ability and land those sacks.
Growing up, who was your role model?
My Parents are my role models because they are hard workers who never give up on anything.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
The New York Giants and my favorite player is Ray Lewis because of how passionately he played the game on every snap.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
Ray Lewis, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Strahan
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
I would get my close family members something nice, set up a fund to help find a cure for sickle cell anemia and then the rest of that is going to the bank.