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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jonah Hodges, RB, University of San Diego


USD running back Jonah Hodges is a beast. He can play as a scat back in the NFL

USD running back Jonah Hodges is a beast. He can play as a scat back in the NFL

NFL Draft Diamonds has been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the player. We hope to bring you more than 350 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 to the right.  Now let’s meet the prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Jonah Hodges

What is your Height/Weight?

5’9 192

What is your position?

Running Back/ Kick Returner

Where do you play college football?

University of San Diego

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

Every year our team takes part in the Autism Tree Project spending time with kids with Autism.

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

A lower division political science course

Where are you from?

Santa Cruz, California

Who is your role model, and why?

My parents because they are the best people I know and would do anything for anybody.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Played basketball and ran track in high school. 

Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

My ability to catch the ball out of the back field creates mismatches, and my vision.

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

I look for weaknesses in the defense and tips to show when they are bringing pressure. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Probably Zach Wagenmann, Montana defensive end who we played against in playoffs 2 years ago.

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

Danny Woodhead, an elusive smaller guy whose strength is catching the ball, and he’s also a small school guy

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Praying is my ritual

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

Not as much recognition, having to fight harder to get seen on national level.

What is your biggest strength?

Making defenders miss in open field

What is your biggest weakness?

Others would say it is being on the smaller side, but I see it as an advantage.

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

You’re getting a guy who truly loves the game and will always work to improve. Never will be complacent and will get the job done.

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

49ers, Barry Sanders

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

My grandma, MLK, Jesus

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

Something nice for my Mom

Rapid Answers:

  • Who will win the Super Bowl? Patriots
  • Whose better Peyton Manning or Tom Brady?
  • Better Running Back Adrian Peterson or Barry Sanders?
  • Better safety Eric Weddle or Ed Reed?
  • Better linebacker Ray Lewis or Luke Kuechly?


NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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