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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Stanleigh Bentley, DB, Arkansas Tech University

2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Stanleigh Bentley, DB, Arkansas Tech University
Stanleigh Bentley the standout defensive back from Arkansas Tech University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Stanleigh Bentley
  • Position: DB
  • College: Arkansas Tech University (Transfer from UAPB)
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 178 lbs
  • Twitter: @__Bentley25
  • Instagram: @___bentley25

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

Growing up in Mississippi there wasn’t a lot to do, so we’d have to be outside most of the day. In my apartments we played pick ‘em up light ‘em I got speared by this grown man. I was the only one crazy enough to run heads up with him. After being tossed around 2-3 times on the four try he was tired I blew right pass him never got touched. That taught me I was capable of anything the realization came through football though.

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

I’d love to hang with Aqib Talib former DB of the Denver broncos.

What is your favorite coverage?

Cover 3, Zone coverage is my favorite coverage.

What sets you apart from other defensive backs?

I’m very detail oriented, I like to watch my opponents in games that they lose. That way I’m able to see their true self. How they run they routes, block, what type of enthusiasm does one bring when adversity sets in.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

There are so many, I think the favorite moments would be there from the 2021 spring season.

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

I believe I bring a positive explosive energy to the field. I believe my love for the game is shown through my play.

What teammates goes up against you the hardest in practice?

While attending UAPB Josh Wilkes pushed me to be great daily. We called him “1speed”, because in practice it’s like the only speed he knew was game speed.

What are you looking forward to in your upcoming season?

I’m looking forward to seeing my maturity as a person. Dealing with life situations on and off the field with holding myself and others accountable so that I may be great.

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

I handle situations by putting God first. I’ve tried handling things on my own not being so faithful. I’m telling you it doesn’t work. Prayer is my greatest tool, I pray as if my future is in God’s hands, but I hustle like it’s in my hands.

What would a team get in a player like you?

Whatever team selects me will have a electronic sponge. I’ll have enthusiasm daily, constantly grinding, looking forward to competing. Excited to learn from the high IQ guys around me.

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

The keys to success is having a mind over matter mentality. Football is a game within a game, but it all starts with your mind first.

If there was a billboard with 5 of your traits on it which 5 traits would be up there?

1.Hard work 2.Detail attentive 3.Accountable 4.Determined 5.Humble

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