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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Major Morgan, WR, Hampden-Sydney College

Major Morgan the physical WR from Hampden-Sydney College recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Major Morgan
  • Height: 6’4
  • Weight: 203
  • Position: WR
  • College: Hampden-Sydney College

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

I am from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, specifically Accomack county. The Shore is known for being a small close-knit community where commercial fishing and small businesses thrive. I love the simplicity of where I am from and how the entire community of the shore knows one another.

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

1- Strength and Conditioning, football is a physical and violent game and if you are not strong enough or in good enough shape to execute a play, it doesn’t matter how much practice or film study you have. 2- Film Study, it is importance to evaluate your competition each week. This is a crucial part of developing a game plan to beat your opponent. Finally, you practice your game plan. Practice is important because this is where a team learns to execute their plays. Anyone can come up with a game plan, but winners execute that game plan when it matters most.

What do you worry about, and why?

I worry most about not being successful. It’s what drives me to continue to work hard everyday.

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

This past season I was supposed to be an All-American Wide Receiver. After about week 4 it was obvious that this season wasn’t going to be that type of season for me. Double coverage was what I saw every weekend and our entire offense as a whole was struggling. This was extremely hard to deal with considering over the summer I drove every day to a trainer that was 2 hours away, a combined 4-hour trip every day, just to prepare for my senior year. Being a team captain, it was important to stay positive even though we were struggling, so I made it my goal to no matter what to continue to come and work every day with a good attitude. I ended up making first team all-conference, but it was a grind day in and day out.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My preparation and work ethic.

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

Rey Myers from Bridgewater College Lineback. He won the Lanier award for D3 which is awarded to the best overall player in D2 and D3 in the state of Virginia. All American as well.

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

Coaching, I want to be around the game.

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

Car because you look good, you feel good.

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

I would save my mom; she is my rock and has been there through everything.

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

I would be Stephen A. Smith because he gets paid to talk sports all day long and is cool with all the athletes.

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

I was ran over when I was 13 and it broke many bones in my face as well as cut the back of my head which required 32 staples to close. I could have easily hung up the cleats and picked up a much safer sport after this life-threatening injury. However, I overcame many mental fear of being hurt again and continued to play the sport I love,

What is your most embarrassing moment?

I’m sure there are worse moments but the first that comes to mind is getting stuffed by the rim on a fast break dunk in high school basketball. That’s never a good feeling.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

My freshman year we were playing in “The Game”, which is the oldest rivalry in the South, Hampden-Sydney vs Randolph Macon. I caught a ball up the seam on a senior safety for a touchdown. I remember looking around at all the people watching and it seemed like a dream the feeling was surreal. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

“If I Cant” -50 Cent

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

This trait I believe football teaches people the most which is perseverance. There are ups and downs in life and in football, you have to attack downhill no matter what.

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

Both of my grandfather’s so they could see how successful I have been in the game of football, I know they would be proud.

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

“Major Moves”

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?

Keenan Allen

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

Respected because you earn respect.

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

Josh Gordon because he clearly has an addiction problem which is much like a disease that will ruin your life if it goes untreated. Which is exactly what it is doing to Josh because he could have been among greats if it weren’t for his off the field issues.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

I hate to lose.

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

Any player that has been in the NFL from a small school because they remind me that it is possible to make it from a D3 or D2 school.

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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