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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Garek Stuart, C, Eastern Oregon University

garekEvery year, NFL Draft Diamonds brings our readers the best in depth interviews on the internet. We specialize in giving players an opportunity to showcase their talents on our website. We conducted interviews last year with over 300 plus players. We want you to enjoy our interviews, because when these young men are in the league, we will not be surprised, and neither should you. 

What is your name?

Garek Stuart

Where do you play college football?

I play at Eastern Oregon University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Not very many school were recruiting me out of high school. Teams included; Eastern Oregon, Montana Tech, Carroll College and Pacific

Lutheran University

How did you choose your school?

I chose Eastern Oregon because of the coaching staff and the relatively close location to back home.

Where are you from?

Lake Stevens, Washington

Who is your role model, and why?

Both my mother and my father because of their work ethic and the amount they have sacrificed in order to make it to my collegiate career and the support that they have given me since I left for college.

Have any scouts met with you yet, and if so what are they saying?

As of now I have not met with any other scouts.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played baseball, soccer, and basketball

Did you play any other positions in football?

I played defensive line, all positions on offensive line, and fullback

At your position, what separates you from others?

My knowledge of the game, work ethic, strength, and footwork.

YOU CAN CHECK OUT GAREK’S HIGHLIGHTS HERE

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

As an offensive lineman I look at each individual match up that I will have against all the players in the box. Their tendencies based on down and distance, any tip offs that they may give away in regards to a defensive line stunt or a blitzing linebacker. I also look at the safeties and if they roll down if a blitz is coming.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Some of the toughest players I have faced would be in the national bowl this year, Happy Iona in high school, and Parker Lawson and Kyle Lanoue during practice at Eastern Oregon University.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

I would say Jeff Saturday because we are about the same size and his ability to use his technique and knowledge of the game and not just be successful based off of god given talent.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

The biggest obstacle I have overcame in my career would be when I tore my ACL, MCL, and Meniscus in high school and thought my football career was coming to an end. Instead of giving up and determined myself to 4 hours of physical therapy a day in order to come back better than I was before. Continuing to weight lift and gain my speed and footwork back after sitting out was difficult but just put my head down and went to work.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

No I just live in the moment and play football.

What is your biggest strength?

Knowledge of the game, work ethic, footwork, speed, strength

What is your biggest weakness?

Size but can gain weight.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I am a young man with a passion to play the game of football, with a great work ethic, and a high football IQ. I love the game!

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Favorite player growing up was Ray Lewis and favorite NFL team is the Oakland Raiders.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

Napoleon Kaufman, Shaquille O’Neal, and Ken Griffey Jr

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