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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Devodney Alford, RB, Indiana Wesleyan University

Devodney Alford the standout running back from Indiana Wesleyan University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen

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

  • Ever since I started playing pop warner in Miami, Florida, football was fun and I enjoyed just going to practices and on game days me and the boys would have fun during the game and after a game growing up as kid we will all go to the coaches house and go swimming so for me it was more about the connections growing up and as I got older I started to develop and perfect my craft and now it’s fun to go out there and just play the game because I’m a senior this year and I’m blessed to be able to play the game this long and have the opportunity to keep doing something I love.

2.What sets you apart from other running backs?

  • Most running backs like to avoid getting hit but I embrace it. I love contact and I have great vision and I can make a bad play into a good play. And every snap I run hard.

3.What are your favorite things about playing football for Indiana Wesleyan?

  • My relationship with the coaches. Coach Langs, Coach Aldrin and Coach T all have been there for me and they all believed in me since day 1. They took a chance on me when no one else believed in me and over the course of 4 years we have built a strong connection and I have great teammates as well. So just being able to play on a team where I feel wanted and get to display my talents on Saturday’s knowing not every game will be the perfect game just knowing I have a coaching staff that still believes in me is the best thing about playing for Indiana Wesleyan.

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

  • My physicality and my passion for the game. I’m a hard runner and I feel my team feeds off of that. They know every time I will touch the ball I’m going to give 100% effort and when we get rolling we are clicking on all cylinders.

5.What should we know about Devodney Alford the person?

  • You should know that I’m very social and outgoing also I love being coached up because I feel that there is always room for improvement and there’s no such thing as being great. If you are great then you don’t need to progress forward to anything so I feel fixing my mistakes on the field is what I like because you can always improve your game and have goals to elevate and never settle.  

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

  • My favorite moments from my football life are going out before a game having butterflies because it’s the excitement for me and just fighting through adversity when we’re down in a game but we fight through and find a way to win.

7.What is your typical training routine?

  • My typical training routine consists of a lot of ladder drills and explosiveness drills.

8.What is your favorite run and why?

  • My favorite will be against a team we played called St Francis I ran for a 75-yard touchdown and I hiked someone before scoring.

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

  • It teaches you about life. You can have good games and bad games but it shouldn’t change your character. And also I love that football is a team sport and brings you closer to people.

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

  • They would get consistency and a hard-working back who loves to improve his game and is enthusiastic about the game. Not only that but a player who has great vision, speed, and the ability to make people miss in open space.

11.How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

  • I don’t let setbacks define who I am I persevere through tough obstacles in life and in football. Also, I know there’s more to life than just football so understanding that football isn’t forever just making the best of my abilities and keeping my faith is important to me.

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

  • It would be Marshawn Lynch because I loved his game and his style of running. I would love to hear him talk and see how he elevated his game and what he did to overcome obstacles and also what made him one of the best backs and how I can apply that to my game.

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