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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jake Kennedy, QB, Wittenberg University

2017 Accolades & Statistics

  • 2017 All-NCAC Football Honorable Mention.
  • 186-314 – 2,674 yards – 24 TDs – 14.38 YPC – 59.24%

What is your name?

  • Jake Kennedy.

Where do you play College Football?

  • Wittenberg University, in Springfield, Ohio.

What position do you play?

  • Quarterback.

What is your height/weight?

  • 6’1” 208lbs.

Did you play any other sports growing up? If so, what were they?

  • Yes, I did. I played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track.

Who is the toughest player you have competed against in College?

  • Todd Jeter (CB Westminster College).

Are you listening to music before a game? If so, what?

  • 100% of the time! My music varies week to week, for whatever I’m feeling that week.

Do you have any superstitions before a game? If so, what are they?

  • Not really, I like to stay loose and refresh myself on the game plan/playbook for that week.

Who is your role model & why?

  • Kobe Bryant, he’s a guy I’ve modeled myself after in all sports throughout my life. His drive and work ethic surpass any athlete ever, in my opinion.

While in College, what has been your favorite & least favorite class?

  • Favorite would be Nutrition, and my least favorite would be Economic Statistics.

Outside of Football, what has been your favorite experience while in College?

  • I would say getting involved on campus in general. Being in a student body of around 2,000 students has allowed me to really get to know a lot of great people throughout my time at Wittenberg.

Growing up, who was your favorite NFL Team & NFL player, & why?

  • Pittsburgh Steelers/Jerome Bettis. My Dad has always liked the Steelers, and after my first experience at Heinz field when I was about 11, I’ve been hooked. Jerome Bettis because of the way he plays the game. Being the 6th leading rusher in NFL history is astonishing for a guy that size.

If you could be in any movie of your choice, what would it be & what character would you play?

  • Johnny Moxon in Varsity Blues.

If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who are they?

  1. Kobe Bryant.
  2. Peyton Manning.
  3. Rob Dyrdek.

If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose & why?

  • I would have to say Baker Mayfield. We have very similar play styles, and he’s a Quarterback I like to model myself after.

Who is your favorite superhero & why?

  • Superman, his ability is unlike any others. If I needed a superhero to have my back, I’d choose him without question.

What is your definition of hard work?

  • Doing anything and everything in your power to be the best “you”, you can be; when someone is and isn’t looking.

What is the most unexpected lesson you learned while in College?

  • Time management is the key to success after High School.

What is something you wish you could go back & tell yourself as a High School Freshman?

  • “Don’t ever think you have arrived; you can be better.”

Why do you wear #6?

  • It has always been my favorite number. I wore it in High School, and it was a pretty unpopular number for a Quarterback when I first started wearing it. I wanted to make a name for myself.

What is the best part of your hometown, Bellefontaine, OH?

  • The love for football throughout the city.

Who do you choose, Jordan or LeBron?

  • Jordan.

Are you a PS4 or Xbox One guy? What games are you playing right now?

  • Xbox One. Fortnite has been my go-to recently but I also enjoy playing Madden against my friends.

What has been your most memorable moment as a student-athlete?

  • Winning back to back conference titles in my first 2 years as a starter.

If you could have three wishes granted, what would they be?

  1. To be the best football player on the planet.
  2. To have a superpower of my choice.
  3. For there to be world peace.

What is your hidden talent?

  • I make a mean breakfast!

If there is a book written about Jake Kennedy, what is the title?

  • “Overlooked.”

What are three things on your “Bucket List?”

  1. Sky diving.
  2. Visit Australia.
  3. Go to a Laker’s game in the Staples Center.

Are you binge watching anything on Netflix or Hulu right now?

  • I’m currently watching The Punisher, and am waiting for the next season of Ozark.

If you had one free hour each day, how would you choose to use it?

  • I would spend it with Family.

If you could throw a TD to any NFL WR/TE, past or present, who would it be & why?

  • Antonio Brown. He’s the best Receiver in the league and it would be hard to overthrow him.

What are the goals for 2018, both individually & for the Wittenberg University football team?

  • To be the best player I can be, while not losing a single game while under center. I have high hopes for my Senior season and will be leaving no doubt in hopes to win each and every week.

If you could give NFL scouts three words to describe the type of man they are getting in Jake Kennedy, what would they be?

  1. Leader.
  2. Competitor.
  3. Team-First.
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