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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Ucambre Williams, OL, University of South Alabama

ucambre 1Every 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?

Ucambre Williams

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3″ 300 

What is your position?

Offensive Line (Center, Tackle)

Where do you play college football?

University of South Alabama

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

15 teams recruited me out of high school

How did you choose your school?

The South Alabama football program was fairly new at the time that I signed my scholarship and I wanted to be apart of history. And also I was able to pay five years without sitting out which was great for my maturation.

Where are you from?

Phenix City, Alabama

Who is your role model, and why?

My parents because they always found a way to get me the better things in life even though they might not have had the funds. They always showed me how to respect people and also how to be a great young man.

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

Yes, I have met with scouts and they’re saying I have great feet, bend, and I use my hands well. Also, my athleticism is great to be an offensive lineman. Only cons they brought up were my size and injuries.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Yes, I played baseball, basketball, and track.

Did you play any other positions in football?

Yes, tight end and defensive line.

ucambreAt your position, what separates you from others?

My passion about the game especially in games is what I believe separates me from others. Also, my knowledge of the game, which includes my preparation skills getting ready for football games.

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

First, I look at the offensive line and try to determine what scheme they are running and if they are successful in their blocking. Next, I look at my opponent for tendencies and giveaways to help me have the advantage in the game. When looking at film on my self I critique the film as if I am my own worst enemy looking at feet, hat & hand placement, finishing blocks, and especially effort.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

2013, Jacques Smith – Defensive End, Tennessee Volunteers

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

Kelvin Beachum #68 of the Pittsburgh Steelers…The reason is because he is one of the smallest offensive tackles in the NFL, but he doesn’t use that as an excuse for not getting the job done. His feet and hands fight against defensive lineman are great which mirrors my game.

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

I’ve had some horrible injuries in my collegiate career that would have made most guys hang up the cleats a long time ago, but I believe in my hard work and determination to get me back on the field. Another reason I did not give up is because playing football in the NFL is my dream; it is what I believe God put me on earth to do. My faith has been tested over the years, but I stand firm in what I believe in.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I always take at least two showers on game day. And also I try not to talk to anyone before the game I believe that your focus for a game has to be at 100 percent, so I stay away from distractions. And of course I pray!

What is your biggest strength?

Athleticism

What is your biggest weakness?

Questioning my ability

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

Ucambre Williams is a smart, intelligent young man with great up side and ability. As a football player I may not have the ideal size, but what I lack in size I make up for it in hard work and heart. I have made some mistakes in life and had some obstacles to overcome but those mistakes and obstacles have shaped me into a great football player and person.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Donovan McNabb & Philadelphia Eagles

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

Stuart Scott, Will Smith, Mike Tyson

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