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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Durrell Wood, OL, Ohio University

Durrell Wood the Second Team All-American from Ohio University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot

•Name: Durrell Wood

•Height: 6’2.4

•Weight: 297

•Position: Offensive Guard/Center

•College: Ohio University 

•Twitter: @relly71rell

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

• I’m from Columbus Ohio and I enjoy the amount of diversity it has. It’s such a big city that And has so many different personalities that it makes your social skills with people that may be different than you, much better

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

• 1. Practice

2. Film Study

3. Strength and Conditioning

I put these in this order because it’s pretty obvious you must be strong to play the game but if you don’t know your plays and if you can’t watch the film to correct yourself the correct way, then you will just be strong. It takes much more than strength to be good at this sport and practicing your craft is key.

What do you worry about, and why?

• I worry about making a better way for my family and making a better life for myself with the game of football. This is all I’ve wanted to do since I was little and it’s coming to the moment where all these years of hard work could either pay off or not. Very nerve racking. 

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

• I have had shoulder surgery and was forced to miss games because of it. When this happens to a lot of athletes, they can start feeling sorry for themselves and start losing focus on their goals. I just look at setbacks and lessons. Once adversity hits you have to keep going. I trained and treated my shoulder and in no time I was back playing.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• Leadership

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

• Khalil Mack

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

• Is like to go into Mental Health

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

• Room

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

• My family member because I don’t know what kind of people the strangers are or if they would save you if the situation was flipped. They could be evil or they’ve can be good but you know exactly what type of person your family member is and that they care for you.

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

• Probably Batman because he is really an ordinary guy who username what he knows in order to help people and save lives. He was never really blessed with a super power.

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

• My biggest adversity in life was when I hurt my shoulders my senior year and I didn’t know if my football career was over due to that injury. I overcame it by staying focused and putting my trust in my coaches. They were able to get me another year and it was the best year I had.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• My most embarrassing moment is falling off the stage in the talent show when I was in the 5th grade 😂

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• Honestly losing to Miami my senior year. It still makes me sick

What song best describes your work ethic?

• My moment – 2 chains

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

• Heart

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

• One of my closest friends Brian. He was a great person and just had so much going on in his life he couldn’t take it anymore. And I think what he went through before he commuted suicide would enlighten many people on the issue

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

• Vibes

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Marshal Yanda

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• Respected because someone can like you and still not respect you but It’s rare to respect someone you don’t like. Respect is more important to me than being liked.

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

• Sean Taylor because his issues weren’t really under his control. It was an unfortunate situation that ended a great career 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• I love to win

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

• The biggest influence on my life is probably my best friend Kolaiah because he has been through more than most people and he still tries to keep it all together and he looks out for other people more than himself even though he doesn’t have much.

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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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