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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Stephen Gacioch, QB, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

QB Stephen Gacioch
University of Massachussets of Dartmouth QB Stephen Gacioch recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Stephen Gacioch
  • Height: 6’3”
  • Weight: 215
  • Position: QB
  • College: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 
  • Twitter: @stgacioch11

What is the best restaurant in your hometown city? 

• Sakonnet River Grille

When breaking down your film what will stick out? 

• Decision Making

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

• Pay off student loans

What has been your biggest failure? 

•SAT Score, it restricted me from getting into the Ivy League schools and from getting more merit money.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• Toughness 

Who is the hardest working teammate on your team?

• Eric Woodbury 

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?

• RGstee, back when I used to run the split back veer in high school, I was considered fast back then.

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

• Civil Engineering, my dream job is working traffic engineer helping serve a community through what I do best. 

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What is your coolest life moment? 

• Trying on David Ortiz’s World Series ring.

What song would you sing at Karaoke night? 

• Thunderstruck by AC/DC

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

• Chris Evans 

Who is your favorite football team?

• New England Patriots 

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

• If we’re in competition, we are no longer friends.

What is your biggest fear? 

• Not reaching my full potential.

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Kirk Cousins

Take us through game day, How do you prepare? 

• Always 4 pieces of toast or 2 bagels with peanut butter for breakfast. I’ll then drink 3-4 waters, while going through or opponents personnel. I’ll go throw about 50 routes on air to either receivers or my younger brother. Have a Gatorade mixed with water. Get all my game day equipment together, check it close to 10 times. Put it in my football game and drive to campus. Have a water in the car on the way. When I get to campus it’ll be about 3 hours before game time. I’ll stretch, run, roll out, and play catch. About 90 minutes before game time I’ll get taped, then throw on my pads and review any game plan notes. Then hit the field 60 minutes before kickoff. 

Do you have any hobbies? 

• I’m actually a big football analyst guy, I enjoy padding games, analyzing play calling, and play statistics. I’ve studied a lot of offenses that are similar to what we do at UMASS Dartmouth, and I’ll pad those teams to fully understand the responsibilities of each player. Statistically I’ll breakdown the percentages of which each play is run by down and what efficiency that play worked at. If you can go into a game knowing you already have two plays that are touchdowns it’s a big advantage. Not to mention all the other information you gather throughout the week while padding. 

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

• Daniel Jones, capable of making any throw and sneaky mobile, but minus the fumbles. 

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

•My father, he always made sure I was the hardest working person I was competing against. He never let me settle and plateau he always pushed me to be better and I love him for it.  

What motivates you to work hard?

•The drive to want to get better every day. I always have the feeling of someone across the country is working harder than I am and I won’t let that happen. 

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