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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Ben Holmes, QB, Tarleton State University

Ben Holmes was just granted his fifth year and it is a huge deal. The Tarleton State QB is a gunslinger!
  • Name: Ben Holmes 
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 210
  • Position: QB
  • School: Tarleton State University 
  • Twitter: @Benholmes1006

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

  • I am from Orchard Park, New York. It’s a small blue collar town. Everyone knows everyone and there is always something to do. I always loved going back home and being able to get some great wings! 

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

What do you worry about, and why?

  • I am not one to really worry about anything, I am really laid back and believe that everything happens for a reason.

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

  • In Junior College I was unable to get the grades for a scholarship. So I took time and put more efforts into my school work and now I’m on a full ride ! 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

  • Leadership 

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

  • Kyzir White , he was a safety at Lackawanna Juco and now plays for the chargers 

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

  • I would probably be a Police Officer 

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

  1. Room 
  2. Desk 
  3. Car 

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

  • I would try and find a way to try and save all 4 of them. 

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

  • I would like to be Harry Potter, I always wanted to be a wizard! 

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

  • The death of my mother , she was my #1 fan and best friend. I could have crumbled and made excuses and felt sorry for myself….. but that isn’t me. I kept pushing on and kept living life the way she would have wanted me to! 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

  • In Kindergarten I pooped my pants at recess. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

  • Throwing the game winning touchdown pass in Double OT to JF Thomas to win the game and to clinch the conference championship! 

What song best describes your work ethic?

  • Don’t stop believin’ by Journey, Everyone gave up on me but I kept believing and it has worked out for me. 

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

  • You have to be coachable …… I see it all the time , players have these amazing skills but they can’t be coached! Such a waste ! 

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

  • My mother, I would do anything to just hear her voice again! 

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

  • The Birdcage

 Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

  • Phillip Rivers ! 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

  • I don’t care who likes me, so respected! 

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

  • Josh Gordon …… I love watching him play the game! I hope he can get the help he needs! 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

  •  Both! I am the ultimate competitor, in anything I do! Winning is a good feeling because all that hard work that you have put in paid off! 

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

  • My mother, she taught me what it means to show no pain, and to live everyday to the fullest! She is the reason why I am still playing football. I promised her I would do this until I couldn’t anymore! And I keep my promises! 

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