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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Dennis Osagiede, DL, Stephen F. Austin University

Dennis Osagiede the sound pass rusher from Stephen F. Austin
Dennis Osagiede the sound pass rusher from Stephen F. Austin University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Dennis Osagiede
  • Position: DL
  • College: Stephen F Austin University 
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 290 lbs
  • Twitter: @DennisOsagiede7
  • Instagram: @mr_denden

1.What are your favorite things about playing football for Stephen F Austin?

I really enjoy the sense of camaraderie and familiar feeling of grind that is going on at SFA. We are all competing with each other and growing each and every day. The coaches and players have one goal in mind of winning so every action we take is towards that. It’s a great environment to lay your head down and work. I want to be at the forefront of a shift in culture and way of life at this program. Before I got here things were in disarray but now we are a team that is headed in the right direction. These are my favorite things about what’s going on here.

2.What is your favorite workout?

I personally like: core workouts, defensive line specific technical drills, lifting in general and agility/running workouts are essential as well.

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

When I was younger, I had a late older brother that was playing high school football and went on to play at Tulane University. He ultimately introduced me to football. I’ve always wanted to play football when I was small, but my mother did not allow me to play until middle school. It was then, I fell in love with this game.

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

The list is endless. I could talk about meeting the lifelong brothers that football has introduced me to. The travel experiences places that I’ve been apart of. Playing guys that are professionals now and seeing what the competition is like. Making it to the semifinals and winning district 3 years in a row in HS. Overtime games. There are countless moments…

5.How do you prepare for games?

On game days I am usually the most content. I make sure I eat a clean meal/hydrate pretty well, jam out to whatever artist I’m feeling at that time, and go over my plays repetitively to make sure I will play fast.

6.What sets you apart from other defensive linemen?

I am not a guy that has your world beating credentials but when it comes down to playing football I know how to do that way better than other dudes at my position. If there is a task to be done, I am going to handle it 110%. How I look at this game and my approach to my grind is what separates me from other defenseive lineman. I pride myself on my power, quickness, body control, and active hands. These are things I train year round, and they are progressively getting better each and every year.

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

I bring a spark to the front seven. It’s hard for me to be out on the field and not talk. My leadership shows the most when I am on the field relaying the call and pointing out any cues that I see. I feel like I am a solid forefront for any defense.

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

Aaron Donald, Grady Jarrett, Geno Atkins, Antwuan Woods, Jamal Adams. These are guys I study a lot. On and off the field, I like how they carry their selves. I wanna surpass these idols one day.

9.What is a moment that improved you as a football player?

Transferring to SFA. I truly believe coming back down south to play ball is better. Working with my DT coach Jamarkus Mcfarland day in and day out, improves me as a player.

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

A team will get a leader on and off the field. My personality is very exemplary. I feel like the guys around me can rely on me. Someone who enjoys this game & likes to work hard.

11.What are you looking forward to in your upcoming season?

I’m looking forward to winning a championship in our conference. To do something great that hasn’t been done in a long time over here at SFA. I’m looking to establish my name across the nation and get the recognition from professional teams. Ultimately,  looking to grow as a man and a football player as we compete for a conference championship and go on into the playoffs.

12.What do you love about the game of football?

I love the physicality,  the grit, the bonds that you create in football, the culture of the game, etc. I honestly think that football has created an industry in it’s own that a majority of the world has interest in. I’m proud to be able to play ball.

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