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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Hussam Ouri, C, Shepherd University

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What is your name?

Hussam Ouri

Where do you play college football?

Shepherd University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

I’d have to say roughly 5-6 teams from both the FBS, and FCS level. Shepherd was the only D2 that contacted me.

How did you choose your school?

I sat down with my parents and decided what was best for me and which school would give me the best opportunity to play football and get a good education.

Where are you from?

I am from Annapolis, MD, but I was born in Brazil.

Who is your role model, and why?

My mom and dad both share that role. They’ve always been there to guide me through life and have always set a good example for my siblings and I.

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

No, not yet.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Yes, I grew up playing basketball.

Did you play any other positions in football?

My R/Freshman year I played right guard.

At your position, what separates you from others?

I believe that my knowledge of the game and my willingness to learn helps separate me from others. My work ethic in the weight room and on the field also plays a big role in separating me from others.

ouri 2When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

The first thing I look at is the defenses front, and their tendencies against certain formations. The next thing I look at is each specific players overall ability and their own individual tendencies on certain downs.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

A former teammate of mine Mike Franklin. He had/has it all when you talk about defensive tackles. He was big, fast, strong, and very smart.

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

It’s hard for me to compare myself to someone who’s probably going to end up in the Hall of Fame, but if I had to pick it would be Jeff Saturday. I say that because we both use our hands well and we both approach the game with a great deal of respect.

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

Moving to the US at the age of 5. I only knew how to speak Portuguese, which made it very difficult to get around or get anything done. My parents enrolled me into school and from there I just went to work. Less than a year later I was speaking English and doing well in school.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I try to do the exact same thing every week. I eat the same food, I wear the same game day shorts that Coach Cater hates, and I even listen to the same songs.

What is your biggest strength?

I think my biggest strength is my work ethic. I do my best to be the hardest worker in the room.

What is your biggest weakness?

I wish I could say math, but I don’t think that’s what you mean by weakness. I think my attention to detail sometimes gets in the way of moving forward with certain tasks.

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

Hi, my name is Hussam Ouri. I am willing to do anything, or play any position to make your team. I will work my butt off to get the job done!

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

My favorite player growing up was Emmitt Smith, and my favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys.

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

Reggie White, Steve Jobs, and my grandmother who passed away before I was born.

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