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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jared West, RB, Northwestern State University

Jared West the quick RB from Northwestern State University recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce of NFL Draft Diamonds

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Jared West
  • Northwestern State University
  • RB
  • 5’10”
  • 187 lbs.
  • Hometown: New Orleans, LA
  • Twitter: @21boomin

2018 Statistics:

  • GP: 11
  • GS: 10
  • Rushing Attempts: 158
  • Rushing Yards: 735
  • YPA: 4.65
  • TDs: 4
  • Receptions: 24
  • Receiving Yards: 176
  • YP/REC: 7.33
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As an athlete, what is your motivation?

As an athlete, I have always been self-motivated due to the fact that I always wanted to be the best in whatever I do. My parents instilled in me at a young age that I had to be a leader and not a follower and no one can lead from the back.

What defines success for you?

When I think of success, I think of when someone completes a task or goal at hand thoroughly, despite any trials or tribulations. Handling business and being completely focus will be instrumental in the path of finding success.

What would your teammates say about the type of teammate you are?

My teammates would say I am the “lead by example,” teammate and an uplifting teammate. A teammate that demands perfection.

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What are some of your personal “rules” that you never break?

The main personal rule that I will never break is that I can not eat without saying grace first. Secondly, I must always keep my locker very neat. Lastly, my favorite rule, I will never work out or practice without praying beforehand.

Who is the toughest player you’ve competed against during your collegiate career?

The toughest player I played in my collegiate career is either Tyrel Dodson from Texas A&M or Garrett Dolan from Houston Baptist.

Who is the best player in the NFL?

Aaron Donald or Drew Brees.

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What is your team of choice on Madden, why?

My Madden team of choice has to be the Saints. I would choose the Saints because that is the hometown team.

Failure is inevitable in life. How do you handle situations that don’t go in your favor?

Failure is indeed inevitable in life. Whenever failure comes my way, I greet it, learn from it, and attack whatever is next. To be successful in life, you have to have short term memory when failure is the outcome of that event.

Is there a current/former NFL player that you model your game after?

I have modeled my game after LaDainain Tomlinson.

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Knowing what you do now, what would you go back and tell yourself as a High-School Freshman?

Knowing what I know now, I would tell myself to be fully focused on my goal of becoming the best and to stay true to yourself. It is easy to lose yourself.

What is your go-to restaurant near campus?

My go-to restaurant near campus is definitely Mamas/Papas.

If your life was a book, what would its title be?

If my life were a book, the title would be “The Trials and Tribulations.”

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What song or artist do you like but rarely admit to liking?

One artist that I seldom admit to liking is Lil Durk.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

If I could have dinner with anyone in the world, living or deceased, it would have to be LaDainian Tomlinson. I would love to grab different tips and pointers on how he become such a successful professional.

Forty-years from now, what do you want to be remembered for?

In forty years, I want to be remembered as an individual who advocated and pioneered a change in our society. I want to be remembered for my work ethic and how I successfully influenced others around me to be great.

In 15 words or less, why should an NFL team invest in you?

I am a trustworthy perfectionist with the ambition to accomplish any task at hand.

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