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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Joshua Onujiogu, DE, Framingham State

Joshua Onujiogu Framingham
MASCAC Football’s Defensive Player of the Year Joshua Onujiogu from Framingham State recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Joshua Onujiogu
  • Height: 6030
  • Weight: 250
  • College: Framingham State
  • Position: Defensive End

What is the best restaurant in your hometown city?

Marc Anthony’s

When breaking down your film what will stick out?

My keen sense of ball awareness.  My side to side screen, my striking, my quickness and agility and my engine.

If you won the lotto, what is the first thing you would do with the money?

First I would make sure that my parents and siblings are taken care of.  I would then want to donate money to a charity of my choice and lastly I would put a water bubbler in my house full of my favorite type of juice. 

What has been your biggest failure?

My biggest failure would be not winning a NCAA playoff game. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

I think my teammates would say the best qualities I bring to the game and practice is my leadership and knowledge of the game.  I also bring a great deal of energy to get everyone pumped up.   

Who is the hardest working teammate on your team?

Cully Curran – LB

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?

Uno – Most of my life my nickname was Onu until I got to college when one of my coaches confused the lettering in my last name and he came up with Uno and it stuck. 

What is your degree in, if you do not make it as a football player, what is your dream job?

I am majoring in Health and Wellness.  My dream job would be to be a fire fighter.

What is your coolest life moment?

When my family decided to adopt my two younger brothers.  I was twelve years old and one of four in my family when my parents found out that their nephews were in DCF custody.    They decided to adopt them and officially make us a family of six siblings.  It felt like it made our family complete.

What song would you sing at Karaoke night?

Big Poppa – Notorious BIG

If you could pick any actor to play you in a movie, who are you picking?

Mike Epps

Who is your favorite football team?

New England Patriots

Find out what other players joined Joshua on our Small School Rankings!

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

WARNING:  I AM THE PLAYER YOUR COACH WARNED YOU ABOUT. 

What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear would be to not be able to play football at the level that I believe I am capable of and letting myself and my family down.   

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?

Yannick Ngakoue – DE Jacksonville Jaguars.

Take us through game day, How do you prepare?

When I wake up in the morning I pray and make sure I eat a good breakfast. Hydrate.  I make sure I talk to the trainers, double check my equipment and check on my teammates.  I always text my family and the go to the field early to sit and stretch while listening to my music.  I then put on my same game day outfit and get the players pumped up!

Do you have any hobbies?

My favorite hobby would be trying out all the recipes that my sister Jazzy comes up with.   I also have mastered how to solve a Rubix Cube. 

If you had to compare yourself to someone in the NFL, who would that be?

Vince Wilfork.  I have always been impressed with his knowledge of the game and what he brought to his team. 

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

My biggest influence in my life especially when it comes to football has been my father.  I have been playing football since I was six years old and he has always supported me in my dream to play and has always made me feel like reaching the NFL was within my reach if I continued to work hard and study the game. He also taught me that it is just as important to be humble and to work as hard in every aspect of my life as I do football. 

What motivates you to work hard?

My family has always motivated me to strive to be the best I can be at anything I can put my mind too.  They have always told me that hard work pays off.  They continue to motivate me every day to follow my dreams. 

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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