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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Austin Bonsall, WR, Frostburg State

What is your name?

Austin Bonsall

What is your Height/Weight?

5’9   180lb

What is your position?

WR/Return Specialist

Where do you play college football?

Frostburg State University

Where are you from?

Aberdeen Maryland

Who is your role model, and why?

Marshall Faulk because he was a Dual Threat running back, someone I inspired to be.

Who was your favorite teacher?

1st Grade teacher Mrs. Elliott

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Baseball up until High School. Track once I was in High School.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Salomon Riddell. One of the toughest guys I have met. Loved to compete!

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Our kicker Ike! He could have been a great Wr.

What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?

Wale: Ambition

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

Steve Smith/ Julian Edelman. I feel like I play physical.

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

It was always kind of hard as a kid growing up with a single mother because we didn’t have much but just being in each others presence got us through the hard times. But honestly, right now going through this process is probably the biggest obstacle because I have devoted all my time and money into my training and my football career and haven’t left much for myself to live off of.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

My cleat laces have to be perfect!

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

My first College Career touchdown. Was homecoming against a ranked opponent and it sent us to overtime with: 53 seconds left to play in the 4th quarter.

What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?

Went and spoke to a group of young men at my old Middle School to share some advice and insight on what is to come as a collegiate student-athlete.

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

St. Louis Rams because of Marshall Faulk

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

Both of my Mother’s parents because I never was able to meet them due to them passing before I was born. Steve Smith would be my third option because I would like to pick his brain on how he was so successful as a “shorter/smaller” receiver and how he used his size to an advantage.

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