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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Daryl McCleskey Jr., RB, Eastern Kentucky University

Daryl McCleskey Jr. is one of the top FCS RB’s in the NCAA out of Eastern Kentucky University. He recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce of NFL Draft Diamonds.

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Daryl McCleskey Jr.
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • RB
  • 5’9”
  • 190 LBS.
  • Hometown: Dayton, OH
  • Twitter: @stink_daddy10

2019 Accolades & Statistics:

  • 2019 All-Ohio Valley Conference Football First-Team.
  • GP: 12
  • GS: 12
  • Rushing Attempts: 214
  • Rushing Yards: 1,238
  • YPR: 5.79
  • TDs: 8
via RP3 VISUALS (YouTube)

As an athlete, what is your motivation?

My motivation is overcoming my losses in life that has set me back and my family.

What defines success for you?

What defines success for me is my parents never having to work again.

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

I’m a relentless hard worker, that brings positive energy to uplift others to play better.

via @SportsEP (Twitter)

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

Being a man of my word, praying not only when things are bad but when they are good too. Also speaking with my parents before making decisions.

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

Josh Allen (DE/LB – University of Kentucky (2015-2018).

Who is the best player in the NFL?

Lamar Jackson.

via @EKUFootball (Twitter)

What is your team of choice on Madden, why?

The Colts because that’s the team I liked growing up.

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

I pray then work harder until I get the results I want.

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

Alvin Kamara.

via @EKUFootball (Twitter)

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

I would tell myself to never lose faith your life can change in a year.

What is your go-to restaurant near campus?


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

“Sleeping Giant.”

via @EKUFootball (Twitter)

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

I would pick Malcolm X, to learn the knowledge and braveness he contained to be an extraordinary person while leaving a legendary legacy.

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

As a successful man of God who knew that the sky’s the limit.

via @EKUFootball (Twitter)

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

I’m dedicated to whatever I do while being respectful and humble. I handle adversity with positivity.

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