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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Kenny Randall, DT, University of Charleston (WV)

Kenny Randall University of Charleston
Kenny Randall the versatile defensive tackle from the University of Charleston (WV) recently sat down with Jimmy Williams of NFL Draft Diamonds.
  • Name: Kenny Randall
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 320 lbs
  • Position: DT/NT
  • College: University of Charleston (WV)
  • Twitter: @KennyRandall1

Tell us about your university/college. Are you involved in any other activities or organizations other than football? What was your major/minor?

I go to the University of Charleston(WV). It is a small private college where I major in Health Promotion and minor in Business. I intern at a local gym facility and also help broadcast sporting events  for my school’s website. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My teammates would say my work ethic is my best quality. I try my best at everything I do. 

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

I see myself as being the leader. I lead by example, not only do I push myself to be great but I push my teammates as well. I feel as though I have made such a great impact on  the inside of the defense as a nose guard. Also, through the years I have developed many skills at the nose guard spot.

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

Jaime Colon, Shepherd 

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

Tyreik McAllister, he plays RB for us and has made plays when there was nothing there. He has speed, footwork, and vision. He is a  force on the offensive side and brings a lot to the table.

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

A few years ago I was dismissed from the university and had to find my own way. I began to work at Sam’s Club doing rotisserie chicken. I had realized it was not for me and began the process to be re-enrolled at the university with the help of our OL coach, Paul  Johnson, who recruited me back. Since then, I have become a 1st team All-Conference nose guard and a Cliff Harris Award finalist.

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

I love basketball, I ran the power forward position in High school. I helped my team play for a championship. Basketball is my second love right underneath football.

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

My biggest achievement would be my son. I did not grow up with a father so this gives me a chance to teach my son everything I learned on my own. He has given me so much motivation to be the best person that I can.

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

In my sophomore season, we were playing West Virginia State at home. They had the ball on the 3-yard line 3rd down with seconds left. This was one of the plays to decide the game. I was getting double teamed by the center and guard and the RB made a cut next to me. I was the only one around so I stuck out my arm and stopped him in his tracks and made the tackle with two offensive linemen on me.

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

I feel like I model myself after Ndamukong Suh. He is powerful inside, hard to block, and is not afraid to get physical.

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

My favorite artist right now would have to be Gunna. I listen to a variety of music before games, a few would be NBA Youngboy, Gunna, Young Dolph, and Key Glock.

What is your favorite comfort food?

My favorite food is chicken parmesan.

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

My favorite movie is The  Wood and my favorite actor would be Dwayne Johnson or Will Smith.

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

I love to workout, but when I am not working out I play a lot of Call of Duty. 

Who or what motivates you the most?

My family motivates me a lot because we struggled growing up. The things we had were limited so I want to be able to give my family what they want and not have to worry about anything.

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