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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Trevon Gauno, DB, William Penn University

William Penn University defensive back Trevon Gauno sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Trevon Gauno
  • Height: 6000
  • Weight: 182
  • Position: DB
  • College: William Penn University
  • Twitter: @TrevonGauno

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

• My hometown Houma Louisiana Its like 35 minutes outside of Louisiana it’s as down south as you can get! Right on the edge of the bayou ! They call it Bayou Country down here. A lot of great athletes came from the area. It’s a tough place just like New Orleans. It’s a everyday struggle just to survive and be successful. Not to many people make it out. But I wouldn’t change being from that place for anything in the world because that place made me the man I am today.

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

• Strength and conditioning number 1 because your body is your money. Your body is your tool. Your body is what’s going to be looked at first before anything. Number 2 is film study because i feel like Everything starts with film study. Learning players tendencies and what they like to do best. Learning coaches tendencies and what they like to call the most. Watching something 100 times and picking up on something a player does and he doesn’t even know he does it. Learning tells players have is a big reason I’m successful at the position I play. And practice number 3 because I feel like the look you get at practice directly correlates to the game

What do you worry about, and why?

• I only worry about the things i could control if I can’t control it I’m not going to worry about it I’ll just leave it in Gods hands pray about it and move on. The things I worry about on the daily would be my daughter and my moms. Those two people are the two I want to make sure are good for life.

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

• I’ve had a lot of failures but I cherish my failures more than my successes because my failures are what made me who I am today. I always tell myself if you can pull positive things out of any negative situations then you’ll learn from every failure and become a better man because of it. For example in Junior College as a Freshman at 18 years old I moved to Cali and expected a smooth ride. I expected to start for 2 years and then go D-1 and play 2 years D-1 and then make it to the NFL. But it wasn’t that easy. I went to Cali and they had like 20-25 other CBs I made huge plays consistently but I was told that from me being to young and small yet very skilled that I’ll never be good enough to start for them are to play at a D-1 level. Well I transferred schools that spring and went to work in the weight room and gained 20 pounds and that spring I gained 11 D-1 Offers. That moment showed me that the only person who controls your destiny is the man in mirror.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• My teammates say my best quality is my Sense of humor and my heart. I’m always trying to make sure other people are good in there life’s even if I’m not feeling the best myself.

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

• Rakeem Boyd when I was at Dodge City and I was featured on Last Chance U season 3, I had to play my old Team Independence CC and I actually played one of the best games I ever played. But he was a handful. The best back I’ve played forsure.

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

• If I didn’t play football I’d be a business owner/Tattoo Artist/Motivational Speaker. All things that I actually know how to do now.

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

• Car because that’s the first thing somebody sees when they see you. Can’t have a dirty car hahaha.

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

• I would choose my family. Family means everything to me

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

• I would probably be the Black Panther because that’s my favorite movie I love what it stands for.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• My most embarrassing moment is when I was 11 years old and I was playing recreational basketball and I accidentally shot the ball in the wrong goal and made the 3 hahaha I’ll never forget that moment.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• This is why this is my most memorable play. I played at 3 different JUCOs before I even got the opportunity to play in the regular season. So my first actual JUCO game at Dodge City I was guarding a South Carolina Commit and arguably the best JC WR at the time. Well I was playing man to man and the QB looked my way and checked to a hot route so I knew it was coming my way. I played my technique went up and caught the pick. It was a moment I’d never forget because that made me understand that I’m special nobody could stop me but myself. And I ended up being one of the top CB in the nation that year.

What song best describes your work ethic?

• Hustle Hard Ace Hood

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

• Knowing how to handle Adversity is the trait I think would help you succeed the most at the next level.

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

• If I could bring anyone back to life it would be my grandmother. She raised me and i always stayed with her throughout my whole life. She was like my mom. She taught my everything. She made me a man. She established morals and goals in me that men where I’m from don’t have.

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

• My dance club would be named “Catch the Beat”

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• I think the most underrated player is Michael Thomas for the Saints just the things he do day in and day out in the league is amazing! And how he is never mentioned as one of the top WR in the league is crazy to me.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• I’d rather be respected than like because respect is earned. Respect is something that comes from the soul. There’s plenty of people who don’t like somebody but still respects them.

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

• Johnny Manziel because he wasted his God Given Talent and he took all of his blessings for granted. I feel he thought he was entitled to certain things. But he forgot to keep God First and what God gives he can take away. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• I hate to lose more than I love to win. Losing just does something to me I’ve always been that way as a kid I hated to lose. Now even as a adult nothing change. I have to be the winner at anything I do.

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

• My biggest influence is my mother.  Raising 2 African American boys on her own. Having to show them how to be a man in today’s society is a tough task. And still having to make sure we had everything we need and wanted. Making sure your kids don’t fall victim to the streets are other bad things a environment like Louisiana has. She’s my biggest influence. Moms like that don’t get enough credit in todays world.

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