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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Ja’Quay Pough, LB, Northwestern State University

Ja'Quay Pough Northwestern State
Ja’Quay Pough was Northwestern State’s leading tackler in 2019 with 109 tackles. He recently sat down with Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Ja’Quay Pough
  • Height: 6’0”
  • Weight: 230 lbs
  • Position: LB
  • College: Northwestern State University
  • Twitter: @GogetemQuay12

Tell us about your university/college. Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?

Strictly football for me from JUCO to Northwestern State University of Louisiana!

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

Most definitely my energy cause I can get hype from just about anything dealing with football and the mindset of dominating anyone who’s in front of me. 

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

Defensive Captain/Leader. Best position for me is right where I want to be at linebacker. Allows me to be vocal and the QB of our defense and when the chemistry is right it makes for a bond that can’t be broken and the lingo is understood from the D-line to the Secondary.

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

Kyler Murray

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

Blake Stephenson my Mike Linebacker. Don’t sleep on him, he’s nice with it! 

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

Tearing my ACL in Junior College knowing that I was at a level of football where you either get a chance out or go home. I had to fight and work to get back healthy and create an opportunity to get to a D1 school. 

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?

Most definitely baseball! 

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

I’m most proud of my work ethic. My biggest achievement is defeating all odds that have ever been stacked against me!

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.

I don’t really have memorable plays cause I make plays, but I have my game versus Incarnate Word. I had 22 Tackles, 2 sacks and 1 Forced Fumble. That’s definitely memorable for me. 

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

My favorite athlete is Ray Lewis. He is the GOAT of course, and I try to model my game after him. My favorite team is definitely the Baltimore Ravens. 

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?

I got a couple I have to hear before a game. My top 3 for sure are NBA YoungBoy, Kevin Gates, and Travis Scott. My go to song before I walk out the locker room is Freeddawg

What is your favorite comfort food?

Chinese food 

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

American Sniper 

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?

Call of duty and I love to cook on the grill. 

Who or what motivates you the most?

My biggest motivation is my 2 little girls and trying to give them a better life and the best chance to have a successful future. 

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