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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: James Kenner, RB, Stony Brook University

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What is your name?

James Kenner

What is your Height/Weight?


What is your position?

RB and Specialist

Where do you play college football?

Stony Brook University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Over 10. From Division 1A Division1AA Division2

How did you choose your school?

Visiting university, scouting program, watching film, and how I would fit with my style of game and work ethic. Communication and Connection with coaches and team players

Where are you from?

Pennsauken, New Jersey

Who is your role model, and why?

My mother, because she’s a single mother with 7 children me being the oldest boy. She shows ambition, passion, and determination with physical strength and mind strength dealing with sleep apnea, high blood pressure,  and sugar diabetes but still lives life with joy and takes care of her responsibilities all the time always working very hard at no matter what she does. She always does it for her children and people that matter most to her.

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

None yet

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Track- 100/200/110 hurdles, Wrestling, and Karate

Did you play any other positions in football?

Strong Rover-DB and Linebacker

At your position, what separates you from others?

My heart and passion for the game. Offensive side- agility, feet work, quickness, allusiveness, vision,power, and hunger to gain yards and score a touchdown. Defensive side- full speed to attacking the ball, agility, quickness, feet work, getting pass blocks, and good open field tackling

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

Depth and alignment of linebackers and safeties relative to coverages and blitz tendencies

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Each Game Was A Challenge. So Every Player Was Tuff Not knowing if we were going to come out with a victory

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

Adrian Peterson, because I’m a work horse, I run very hard, good at breaking tackles, I have agility, vision, balance,speed, and I always show appreciation to my offensive line whether we win or not.

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

Having to attend Junior college knowing I was academically achiever and skillfully talented.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Pray to God, keep my family on mind remembering why I do it and listen to my music

What is your biggest strength?

My passion, heart, and work ethic. I don’t like being out worked and even when my body needs a rest I tend to still push my body to the highest limits. But I will be smart and let my body rest when absolutely needed

What is your biggest weakness?

My fear to fail

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

By picking me up you will get a man who not only will be the hardest worker on and off the field but also a leader who wants nothing but success for this organization

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Barry Sanders and Philadelphia Eagles

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

God, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barry Sanders

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