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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Joshua Dunlop, OL, UTSA

Joshua Dunlop the huge OL from UTSA recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Joshua Frederick Dunlop
  • Height: 6’7
  • Weight: 315
  • Position: OL-RT/LT/RG
  • College: UTSA 
  • Twitter: JoshDunlop3

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

•  My hometown of Zionsville, Indiana is quite the place to grow up and enjoy the game of football and basketball. Ever since I moved there after 8th grade I was welcomed with open arms which I didn’t expect. Whenever you move to a new town, you have to start making new friends and socializing and I had never felt so welcomed that first time stepping on to a Highschool practice field all the way up to my graduation.   

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

I believe that if one wants to become a master at the game of football then you have to live in the film room. Many great leaders of our country never contemplated going into war without the proper intelligence of the enemy. That being said, when it comes to football, you must know the guy your going up against, his strengths, his weaknesses, and every little detail about him. Once you have that mastered, then you take that knowledge on to the practice field and take the proper steps to prepare for battle. Strength and Conditioning is hard to put last because it is just as important as the other two.

What do you worry about, and why?

To be completely honest, I worry about if what I’m doing will make my family proud once its all said and done. I have always been big on family and I know for a fact they love me unconditionally but there’s always that lingering thought of will they be proud at the end.

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

In middle school band class, there was an audition half way into the year for the baritone saxophone for all the kids who played the saxophone and one of my classmates performed only two notes better than me during the audition and he was awarded the baritone saxophone. I was devastated because I thought I had performed well on my audition but my best was not good enough. The very next day I called my dad and we started practicing an extra 30 minutes each time we practiced together so I would never be outperformed at the saxophone again. The following semester I was first chair for the remainder of my time in middle school.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

I have always been told that my optimism has been uplifting to many people. There would be times when its the end of the 4th quarter and we were down by multiple possessions and most guys have that look on their face but when they saw me I would remind them that “ this is just a game bro”, trying to lift their spirits because at the end of the day we’re just trying to have fun.

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

It was my teammate Marcus Davenport. This guy was put on this earth to play football and he reminded me of that at practice when I was an underclassmen. He was the perfect example of an exemplary football player through his heart, mind, and twitchiness.

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

I have always had the desire to speak in front of a camera broadcasting. It could be through sports or through current events and news. Whenever God says its time to hang up the cleats, I will become a broadcaster

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

Room mainly because you spend more time in there.

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

• After I saved the strangers, I would force them to go back and help me save my family member. 

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

I would choose Godzilla because at the end of the day all he has to worry about is his next meal. 

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

When I had to finally move away from home I thought I wouldn’t last a month. Those first few weeks in a different state were rough but through hundreds of phone calls I was convinced that I would be alright. After a year or so, I couldn’t wait to go back to college.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

I was a freshmen in Highschool and we had a football scrimmage against a local team but I had forgotten to use the bathroom prior to sed scrimmage and by the time we got to the end lets just say my football pants were not the same color at the beginning. Good ole Highschool.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• I was a redshirt sophomore and we were playing Baylor. We called Power and had knocked the 3-tech over than climbed to the linebacker and buried him as well. I will never forget that play.

What song best describes your work ethic?

Ace of Spades by MotorHead.

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

My length has helped me in so many situations in football. Being 6’7 with long arms definitely has its perks. I thank God every night for blessing like that.

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

I would say my Grandfather on my mom and dads side mainly because I never got to meet them and I would of loved to see where my parents got all their traits from.

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

• “Club Dance”

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Now hear me out on this, OJ Simpson. Why? What’s the first thing you think of when you hear his name? Many people have forgotten how good he was in his prime and we cannot take that away regardless of what we think about him and his charges that were dropped by the way. 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

Respected mainly because the former eventually comes along with the latter.

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

• OJ Simpson mainly because his trial was aired on national TV and once he stepped foot in that courtroom his career was over. Just think for a brief moment that he actually didn’t do it, now imagine someone takes the life of your spouse then obliterates your career and you had nothing to do with it.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

I love to win because there’s so much information you can find out after a loss. “Hate” is such a strong word nowadays and I believe there’s a better word I could use than that.

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

My mother has gone to the end of this earth for me and words cannot describe the thanks I have for her and her efforts. When I went to Junior College 16 hours away from home, she came to every single game just so I had one person to look up at in the stands and didn’t feel alone.

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