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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Terrance Knighten, OL, University of North Alabama

Terrance Knighten is a very solid interior lineman. After spending three years at UAPB he is finishing off his career at North Alabama.

Terrance Knighten is a very solid interior lineman. After spending three years at UAPB he is finishing off his career at North Alabama.

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?

Terrance Knighten

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3 315

What is your position?

C/G

Where do you play college football?

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (3 years) University of North Alabama ( Sr. Year)

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

The coolest thing I have done to give back was ref the special Olympics basketball tournament in Arkansas . It was a very fun time getting to react to the kids and actually converse with some of them before and after games , it was truly a great experience .

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

The hardest class I have taken is Microeconomics

Where are you from?

Van Nuys, California

Who is your role model, and why?

My role models are my father , mother and my uncle . They work extremely hard and have never quit in almost anything I’ve seen them take on . It inspires me to do the same and make them proud .

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played basketball before football and thought I was really good. I had decided to pursue football because I always fouled out while playing basketball .

Did you play any other positions in football?

No

At your position, what separates you from others?

I think my technique is my best attribute , I try my best to break down my game into fundamentals and improve each one at a time.

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

I’m looking for tendencies when I look at film , how the tackles is lined up in front of me , does his hand and foot placement guide him to one gap , does he always line up in the same stance on every play

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest player I have ever faced has to be Antwan Woods currently on the Tennessee Titans back in high school. It was my first year in varsity and it was his senior year already committed to USC at the time.

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

I’m not really sure who I would base my game around , I really just try to mimic some of my favorite players such as  Jahri Evans and Larry Allen. I haven’t seen much film as I would like to on him but John Hannah is someone I really enjoyed watching clips of him on youtube.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

My mom has a bottle of holy oil she prays over for me before each season and I usually pour some into my hand each game and I pray over myself .

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-2-06-10-pmAs a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have
to overcome?

I feel like two of the biggest obstacles are being overshadowed and the feeling of not making it out because of recognition. A lot of praying and pep talks are needed in order to boost belief in one self and drizzle the opportunity if presented and create one if not.

What is your biggest strength?

I think my biggest strength is my pass pro . After a few snaps and breakdown of film I’m able to slow the game and the lineman ahead of me down .

What is your biggest weakness?

I think my biggest weakness is my pad level . Have to improve to be able to play in this game that requires you to be low.

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

I feel like there is something that I can always work on and I am willing to put my maximum effort in to do so . With opportunity comes great responsibility and you can count on me to be that person .  I have great potential that can push me into becoming something great in your organization.

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

My favorite player is Shaun Alexander and team the Seahawks. I also loved Big Walt on the team as well. I just loved the way he ran the ball and just caught an interest in their team from the start .

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

Larry Allen, Jahri Evans , John Hannah

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

With my first NFL paycheck I’d put half of it away and after necessities I’d invest the rest .

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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 nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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