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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Vincent Winey, LB, Morehead State University

Vincent Winey Morehead State
Vincent Winey the hard hitting linebacker from Morehead State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Vincent Winey
  • Position: LB
  • College: Morehead State University 
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 230 lbs.
  • Instagram: @VincentWiney 

1. What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

I don’t talk a lot of smack to the other team, I let my play speak for me. I fly around with relentless effort and never give up until the whistle blows. My teammates see this energy and it rubs off to the point where we are all flying around making plays. 

2. What is a moment in your football career that improved you as a football player?

In JUCO we played Monroe. At the end of the game, we were losing with nearly no time on the clock, and Monroe had just got the ball back. They tried to run the ball to chew clock and end the game and I made two TFLs in a row to stop the drive and give our offense a chance to score. We still lost the game but the end of the game is what helped develop my “never give up” attitude, because anything can happen on the football field. Even when you’re losing badly, it’s important to play with great effort and leave everything you got on the field.

3. If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

Either Reuben Foster or Luke Kuechly. Reuben Foster is my all time favorite football player, but I would love to sit with Kuechly and learn exactly how he studies film, prepares for games, and works out during the season and offseason.

4. What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?

I think the 3 keys are effort, aggression, and passion. Obviously it is important to know your playbook, but effort should always come first. Effort and aggression will help you win your 1 on 1s, regardless of the play calling, and it will help you make plays for your team. Passion is the third key because if you do not love what you’re doing, you will not give the effort necessary for your team to be successful. 

5. What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

Growing up, I played other sports like baseball, basketball, and even soccer. Once I got to high school I decided to try football and I loved it, so I stuck with it.

6. What are your favorite things about playing football for Morehead State?

I love my teammates. We all have a great bond and that’s what helped us be successful this previous season.

7. What is your favorite workout?

I love leg day. I love to squat and leg press. I used to love hang cleaning but lately I have been re-coding myself with GOATA workouts, and I’m seeing a lot of improvements in my strength and mobility from it. 

8. What sets you apart from other linebackers?

I have a great mix of intelligence and athleticism that makes me a very successful mike linebacker. I’m also very good at reading and diagnosing plays as they happen so I can read out of my blitz paths/adjust my direction or pursuit angles.

9.What are your favorite moments from your football life?

My favorite moment was winning the Red Grange Bowl with my JUCO team at Nassau. We held one of the best offenses in the country to 6 total points. It was a long journey to the championship but it was the first championship I have won with a football team. I’m looking forward to contending for the PFL championship and FCS playoffs this upcoming season at Morehead. 

10. What would a team get in a player like you?

A playmaker who loves football, has a high motor, and is always learning new ways and techniques to succeed.

11. What has been your biggest challenge in life?

My biggest challenge so far has been the ability to be selfish and do what’s best for myself. I am a very selfless person, so it is extremely hard for me to do what will benefit me without considering everyone else around me. 

12. Rank focus,footwork and skill based on what is most important to you as a football player and explain why?

1. Focus 2. Skill 3. Footwork

Focus has always been a number 1 rule for me, even outside of football. Focus ties in with discipline and mental toughness. Both are necessities for a successful football player. Skill is second because you can always improve it, but natural skill and talent will take you a long way. It’s up to the individual to incorporate hard work and become an elite football player.Footwork is third, but it is still extremely important. Having great footwork will round out a player once they succeed with focus and skill. Footwork is what can separate the good from the great, and it can always be improved!

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