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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Ladarius Townsend, NT, University of West Georgia

Ladarius Townsend the defensive lineman from West Georgia is a dawg in the middle of the defensive line.

•       Name: Ladarius Townsend 
        •       Height: 6’2 
        •       Weight: 285 
        •       Position: Nose Guard 
        •       College: University of West Georgia 
        •       Twitter: Thereallt08 
 
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

I’m from a small town named Forest, MS; what I love most about it is that it made me who I am. You have to grind for what you want to make it out of my town. It can either break you or it can make you become a man and be successful. Plus, who don’t love the country. 

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice? 

 -Film study is key to me because sometimes you don’t even have to go above and beyond on your opponent if you know them. Instead of working a complicated move and wondering if it’s going to work, you can know your opponent’s weaknesses and read him like a book. 

-Strength is important but not always of course. When it comes to double teams, hard nose football, or who will be the better person, you have an advantage. 

-Everyone knows conditioning and practice makes you unstoppable. If you take those two serious along with film, you will be rewarded. 

What do you worry about, and why?

I really only worry about one thing and that is failing. That is for everything in life. I want to give my best at everything I do, but at the same time, I try not to worry. I try my best to put it in God’s hands and let him be the amazing person He is. 

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

An example of when I felt like I failed before was when I tried to stay healthy my junior year but ended up breaking my forearm. It was my first time having something broken. I was so upset and didn’t know what to do. So, I did the only thing I knew to do. I prayed about my failure and thanked Him in advance. My senior year I came back; stronger than ever. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My teammates always have told me that my best qualities are recognizing plays and my strength. I’m strong as an ox, and it seems as if I know when it is about to be a run or pass play. 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

The best player I’ve ever played against was the superstar Isiah Wright, when he played for EMCC. He is everything you see on Last Chance U. 

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?

I’ve been thinking strongly on my backup plan, and as of right now, my career would be nursing if I couldn’t play football.   

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first? 

Out of the three, I would clean my room first. It’s the first thing we are taught to keep clean. Plus, that’s where I lay my head at. 

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

It is a tough answer, but the first thing that comes to mind is that one family member. Family comes first over a stranger. I’m sorry. 

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

I would have to say I would want to be Batman. Even though he doesn’t have any powers he has the best gadgets, best fighting skills, most intelligent, and has all the money. He is way too cool. 

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

I think this all adds up to me being from a small town. I’ve come this far off of my faith and hard work. I know hard work pays off, and if it is for me then it is. Not Many make it out where I’m from, and I am willing to change that. 

What is your most embarrassing moment? 

Haha! When I was really young, I went on a small vacation to the coast in MS, but I have never seen a beach. I only thought beaches where in states like Florida. Someone asked me “where you from?”. I told them I was from MS; they were so confused. I didn’t get why they were looking like they were until a cousin of mine told me we are still in MS. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

I remember like it was yesterday. We were worn out, but we were giving it all we had. We were playing against a fast and shifty running back. He ran outside all the way to the sideline shaking people, and I ran from sideline to sideline meeting up with him one vs one. I was saying in my head if I don’t make this open field tackle it will be embarrassing, it will be a first down, and you want get no water. I ended up making the play, which was one of the biggest hustles plays of the game.  

What song best describes your work ethic? 

I don’t get tired by Kevin Gates 

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

Strength and a heart that has a motor 

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why? 

My great granddad because I don’t remember him but everyone says we favor and act alike and loved me to death. 

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

Cash’n Out 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

Chris Jones 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why? 

Respected because I don’t care who likes me, but respect can say a lot and go a long way. 

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why? 

Isiah Wright because this guy was amazing and had it all laid out for him. He is a real cool person to hang with and seems like he would have your back. He loved the sport of football. 

 Do you love to win, or hate to lose? 

I hate to lose! 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why? 

My family because without them all by my side, my head would be spinning and have a lot of negative remarks in it. They have reminded me all the hard work I’ve put in. They remind me it’s not many who train in the middle of the day, get another workout in, work a night shift job, and have a couple hours of sleep to do it all again because I have a dream. I’m going to give it all I have to say I gave it my best. Family is needed.

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