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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Michael Thomas, RB, William Penn University

 

William Penn back Michael Thomas is a solid runner with good burst

William Penn back Michael Thomas is a solid runner with good burst

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What is your name? 

Michael Thomas Jr

What is your Height/Weight? 

5’11 220

What is your position? 

Running Back/ Fullback

Where do you play college football? 

University Of Charleston/ William Penn University

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

I would say when I was a teacher aid at the local elementary helping first graders and interacting with the kids 

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

Math Statistic

Where are you from? 

I am from Los Angeles California raised there then moved to Visalia, CA in high school and went to school out there 

Who is your role model, and why?

My Mother because she’s had to be and was my mother as well as my father. Her being a single parent showed me that if she could raise me on her own then I could do anything I put my mind to, my mother is the strongest person I know and shes my biggest fan

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Yes, Basketball travel ball AAU all my life

Did you play any other positions in football? 

Yes, I played Fullback, slot Receiver, Linebacker, and Safety 

At your position, what separates you from others? 

My feet work, my Vision, Quickness and my power/strength.  I am a balanced running back I can break a long run at any moment or get a first down at anytime whether its first and long or 4th and 1 yard to go.

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

I look at the line the defense line and linebackers the way they move or react 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Ryan Matthews

Michael

Michael Thomas is 5’10 and 210 pounds, but plays like he is a lot bigger

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

Mike Tolbert, I feel as if we have the same running style which is down hill can get that extra yard or can turn it on and go can move like a small tail back

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

Not getting the exposure that i need and needed meaning getting my name out there with the other big named guys that play my position because theirs no difference them and I, they just had better opportunity. I overcame that by getting myself out there and making a name for myself. Putting in work grinding never stopping even if being told negative things basically networking and connecting with the right people reaching out not caring if i would be or get turned down as well as not letting nothing discourage me.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I call my mother before every game so we can and could pray together over the phone

What is your biggest strength? 

I am a hardworking, Great Blocker can and will block anyone, very Quick, My Vision, Power/Strength, High Football IQ, very athletic 

What is your biggest weakness? 

Break away speed 

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

If I was given a chance I promise you wouldn’t regret it, and ill give 110% in whatever it is asked of me to do. Coach-able, Loyal, Dedicated, Hard-worker, very Smart   

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

The Bus Jerome Bettis / favorite football team Falcons 

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

My Father, Mike Vick, And Emmitt Smith

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

My Mother and family a House

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie?
  • NFL Network or ESPN?
  • Coke or Pepsi?
  • Pizza or Burgers?
  • Dogs or Cats?

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