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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Ugonna Awuruonye, DE, Campbell University

Ugonna Awuruonye is one of the most athletic defensive ends in the 2016 NFL Draft

Ugonna Awuruonye is one of the most athletic defensive ends in the 2016 NFL Draft

NFL Draft Diamonds and our staff have been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 2 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers.  We have tons of NFL staff that read our interviews, and we actually received several of the questions from NFL scouts we speak too.  This gives them a little bit more information regarding your character.  We hope to bring you more than 300 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season.  You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner.

What is your name? 

Ugonna Awuruonye

What is your Height/Weight?

6’5 260

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Campbell University

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field? 

The coolest thing I’ve ever done off the field was visiting a nearby elementary school to play various games with the special need kids.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Computer Science

Where are you from?

Charlotte, NC

Who is your role model, and why?

My role model has to be my father, he been with me through the ups and downs and also helped me out a lot in school and football. 

Did you play any other sports growing up? 


Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

I feel like I can definitely shed blocks well and set the edge good.

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

When breaking down I look to see how athletic, or in the run game is he physical and stay on blocks well. Is he patient with the hands, are they high or low? His reaction to different pass rush moves.

ugonna 2Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

The tackle from App St. He had very good footwork and was aggressive . It definitely was a good competition and got me better.

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

 Julius Peppers and because I love his style of play when it came to football so I try to mock my game the same way

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I would go to a quiet spot in the field house and vision the plays I would make and relax. 

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

The obstacles you would have to overcome are proving you can play with Big school guys. You have to dominate your competition of play since we’re from a smaller school. 

What is your biggest strength?

Fast learner and well discipline

What is your biggest weakness?

Being able to take criticism better 

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

I won’t ever fall short of expectations on and off the field

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up? 

 Julius Peppers and because I love his style of play when it came to football so I try to mock my game the same way

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

Lawrence Taylor, Reggie White, Floyd Mayweather

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

A nice car

Rapid Answers:

  • Spongebob or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Backstreet Boys or One Direction?
  • One direction
  • Lifetime Channel or HGTV?
  • Lifetime
  • Waffles or Pancakes?
  • Waffles
  • Snakes or Spiders?
  • snakes
  • Madden or Mario?
  • Madden

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