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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Je’Narus Hood, WR, Johnson C. Smith University

Johnson C. Smith University wide receiver Je’Narus Hood is and underdog player with great size and speed for the Golden Bulls.
  • Name: Je’Narus Hood aka Jay
  • Height: 6’4 
  • Weight: 190
  • Position: WR 
  • College: Johnson C. Smith University 
  • Twitter: @kasanova3x

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

•  I am from Lancaster, SC. The Red Rose City. I love my city because it molded me into the man I am today. A small town kid, with big dreams coming from Lancaster, I have a big chip on shoulder coming from Lancaster. 

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

•  Film Study, Strength and Conditioning, and Practice. You must learn about the game, not only my position but the defense and what every player is doing or could do in certain formations. Watching the safeties and corners and how they react and act on routes or ply action. Just learning the game. Strength and conditioning second so you can be in shape, you have to be in shape and healthy. Then practice is where you put everything together. The knowledge and grind to become better each and every day. 

What do you worry about, and why?

•  I wouldn’t say worry but I always think of injuries. They’re a big part of the game but you have to always be mentally and physically prepared to overcome. 

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

•  When I first came to college, I failed my first conditioning test because I really didn’t take it seriously. Though, it humbled because it showed me that you really have to be in shape in college and it’s not like high school. Two days later I passed in flying colors, but it really was an eye-opener I can say. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

•  My determination, my will to do and be better. I want to succeed as much as I want my teammates to succeed. 

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

•  Corner from TC out in Tennessee. Best corner I’ve ever faced.  

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

•  I would definitely be in culinary school and doing something in that nature. 

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

•  Room, you have to have a clean room. 

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

•  My mother, I would have to because that’s who I love the most. 

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

•  Naruto, he’s an inspiration, to be honest. That show and Naruto himself teaches valuable life lessons that you carry on forever. 

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

•  Tearing AC joint, in high school, I tore in a must-win game for the playoffs. It was in the second quarter, I played the whole game with it. I overcame the injury and helped clinch us a spot in the playoffs, though I didn’t play in the playoffs. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

•  It would have to be when I went into the wrong classroom in college thinking it was my class but the whole time it’s the class before my actual time.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

•  My game-winner while I was playing at Wingate University against UNC-Pembroke.  

What song best describes your work ethic?

•  Rich Homie Quan – Never Fold 

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

•  Adaptation, being able to whatever to help my team win, no matter the role. 

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

•  My little sister. Just to talk to her again because I never got to see her while I was in college. 

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

•  The Rodeo 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

•  Michael Thomas 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

•  Respected, everyone who respects doesn’t like you and that’s life. You can like someone and still not respect them. 

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

•  None, it’s a business and once you put yourself on that type of platform you have to know how to carry yourself. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

•  Love to win, it’s a standard when you’re winning that everyone has to hold. It’s a great feeling, and motivation to continuing winning, the sacrifices made and the way you carry yourself all play a part. 

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

• My mother, she’s my everything. Motivation at the highest measures, I’ve seen her go through it all and still stand tall. 

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