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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jaxson Turner, LB, North Dakota

Jaxson Turner
Jaxson Turner is a fierce tackler for the University of North Dakota. He recently sat down with Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Jaxson Turner
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 225 lbs
  • Position: LB
  • College: University of North Dakota
  • Twitter: @therealjteskomo

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

I think my teammates see me as a lead by example type of guy. I don’t say much during games or practice. I just try to work hard and in doing that, I hope other guys will practice at the level I practice at.

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

This year on my team I’m trying to be more of a vocal leader on and off the field. I think my skill set works best in a 3-4 because I’m just as comfortable rushing the passer as I am in coverage and open field. 

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

I would have to say Myles Gaskin.

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Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

Evan Holm impresses me with his speed, ability to be a sure tackler, and his one on one coverage. 

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

During the off-season of my redshirt sophomore year, I had reconstruction surgery on my wrist from an injury I had sustained during  the season. I missed all of winter weights, spring ball, and most of summer workouts because of the extensive healing process from the surgery. It was really frustrating to have to sit out but I focused on therapy and did my best to stay positive and help motivate my teammates. It eventually paid off. I was able to participate in the second week of fall camp and I earned my starting spot back.

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

I would definitely play basketball.

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

I’m most proud of graduating this past spring and earning my degree in Business Management.

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

The most memorable play of my career was against Weber State my sophomore year. On field block, one of our corners blocked a kick and I was the first one to the ball. I couldn’t pick up the ball because of a cast I had on one hand so I batted it back to Donnell Rodgers and he caught it and ran it back for a touchdown. Another one of my favorites was blocking a field goal that same year against Idaho State and giving our offense a chance to drive and win the game.

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

My favorite player is Khalil Mack. He’s an incredible pass rusher and that’s my favorite part about defense.

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

My favorite music artist is Johnny Cash. But before games, I listen to Montana of 300 and Young Dolph.

What is your favorite comfort food?

I like anything with chocolate.

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

Goodfellas is my favorite movie. Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci are my favorite duo. 

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

I have a beagle puppy named Copper so I spend a lot of time with him. When I have the chance to go home in the summer, I spend a lot of time on the lake. I love to jet ski and tube.

Who or what motivates you the most?

My parents and my two sisters are my motivation. They have given me an incredible amount of love and support throughout my athletic career in high school and collegiately. They are the reason I’m in the position I’m in right now at UND. They always have my back. I always try to  do my best to make them proud. 

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