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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Darnell Holland, RB/RS, Kennesaw State University

Darnell Holland of Kennesaw State sat down with Jonathan Joyce
  • Darnell Holland
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Twitter: @Mr_Holland33

2018 Accolades & Statistics

  • 2018 Big South Football All-Conference First-Team.
  • 80 carries – 949 yards – 11.87 YPC – 9 TDs.
  • 13 KR – 437 yards – 33.62 YPR – 1 TD.

What is your name?

  • Darnell Holland.

Where do you play College Football?

  • Kennesaw State University.

What position do you play?

  • Running back/Slot back.

What is your height/weight?

  • 5’10″ 195lbs.

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

  • Basketball and track only.

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

  • Ahmad Gooden – Samford.

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

  • R&B slow Jams are what keep me calm before I go out to play.

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

  • Play my Slow Jams and pray over my team and the game.

Who is your role model & why?

  • LeBron James, He is a team player and plays for more than just himself. He also stands behind what he believes and helps those who cannot directly benefit him.

You are a Sociology major. What made you pursue that subject?

  • Sociology is the study of human society and that is something I can use professionally and personally in my life daily.

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

  • My first math class, algebra has been my favorite and my least favorite is history.

What made you choose Kennesaw State University?

  • Family oriented, wanted to be a part of start-up program and creating a winning culture.

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

  • Living on my own, having my own space to escape from family members, friends, and teammates. Spring break also because It taught me valuable lessons and learning experiences.

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

  • Pittsburgh Steelers & Michael Vick both were my favorite because my dad was and is a huge fan of the Steelers. Mike Vick was my favorite player because he did whatever it took to win and made huge plays for his teams.

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

  • Lion King, Simba.

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

  1. Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. Tupac Shakur.
  3. LeBron James.

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

  • Barack Obama because I would love to hear about his most proud moments and his hardest struggles of being the first African American POTUS.

Who is your favorite superhero & why?

  • Spider-Man. because I feel all of us can relate to him in how we all are normal, but Spider Man is selfless and is not the biggest nor strongest but uses his skill to save others.

What is your definition of hard work?

  • The constant effort to achieve a goal.

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

  • Punctuality is a way to show respect.

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

  • You are valued, you are loved, and you are blessed to go bless, value, and love others.

Why do you wear #33?

  • My dad helped me pick that number when I was seven years old and I wore that number majority of my sports career.

What is the best part of your hometown, Bowdon, GA?

  • The winning tradition.

Who do you choose: Jordan, LeBron, Steph or Kobe? Why?

  • LeBron, because he makes everyone around him better.

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

  • PS4, Call of Duty and Fortnite.

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

  1. End World Hunger.
  2. Bring my Aunt back into life.
  3. Find a cure to diabetes.

What is your hidden talent?

  • I can sort of dance.

If there is a book written about Darnell Holland, what is the title?

  • “The Chaotic Life Of Darnell Holland.”

What are three things on your “Bucket List?”

  1. Go to California.
  2. Go to a casino.
  3. Pay for one person’s college education.

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

  • Nap.

If you could run over any NFL LB, past or present, who would it be & why?

  • Ray Lewis, because he is the model of all LB’s!

What are three words to give NFL scouts that define Darnell Holland?

  1. Unique.
  2. Valuable.
  3. Fast.

What is your inspiration?

  • My Lord and Savior.

What current/former NFL player do you compare yourself to?

  • Tyreek Hill!

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