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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jimmy Owens III, RB, University of New Hampshire

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What is your name?

Jimmy Owens III

Where do you play college football?

University of New Hampshire

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

I was recruited by six teams out of high school: University of Maine, Albany University, University of New Hampshire, Monmouth University, Stony Brook University, and University of Rhode Island,

How did you choose your school?

The success of the school and how comfortable I felt

Where are you from?

West Deptford, New Jersey

Who is your role model, and why?

My Father: he is the hardest working person I know, self made entrepreneur he breaks his back to give us every last dime he has, even if it means he cant eat or sleep some nights, and he still finds a way to come support us.

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

No scouts have met with me yet

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Football, Wrestling, Track, Baseball,

 Did you play any other positions in football?

No

At your position, what separates you from others?

My ability to run with the ball, when I have the ball in my hands I make things happen, I have great vision for finding holes to make plays and also seeing blitzes as well as being a great blocker.

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

First keys I look for are tendencies in the defense, how fast they react to the plays, how long it takes them to read the play before they react, how hard they come when they blitz, whether they are looking to make a move around the running back or run threw him. I also watch how well the watch defenders tackle, and how they alignments to find indicators that will tell if they are about to bring pressure. Afterwards, I watch to see where the holes should hit for the run game, while watching how the backers play the run, if they are down hill or if they sit and wait for you to come to them. I watch for cracks in the defense that cause big plays to occur.

jimmy owensWho was the toughest player you ever faced?

Paul Worrilow from the University of Delaware

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

Marshawn Lynch. He is a Problem in the run game, he is a down hill runner. He doesn’t make a lot of people miss but he will run you over with no hesitation, he blocks good, catches well out the backfield, and never goes down by one defender. I see myself as a spitting image of him.

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

Biggest obstacle in my life was when I injured my knee causing me to miss half the season. I over came this obstacle with prayer, family and friends by my side helping me mentally and physically finding the hunger again.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I listen to Jersey club music

What is your biggest strength?

Running the ball

What is your biggest weakness?

Catching the ball, I wouldn’t say it’s a weakness but an its an area that could improve

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

I’m about that action, a play maker! I don’t talk about what I’m going to do I just do it; I lead by example. If I am fortunate enough to be on our team I will demand the best out of our teammates at all times, from practice to workouts and we will be victorious, no one will out shine us because no one will out work us. Ill do my individual part to make the team better by doing damage on the field, setting the tone, and taking pressure off the defense.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Favorite player is Barry Sanders and team Carolina panthers

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

Bernie Mac, Barry Sanders, Michael Jordan

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