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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jeremie Karngbaye, TE, West Texas A&M

Jeremie Karngbaye the tight end from West Texas A&M recently sat down with Evan Willsmore from NFL Draft Diamonds.
Jeremie Karngbaye the tight end from West Texas A&M recently sat down with Evan Willsmore from NFL Draft Diamonds.
  • Name: Jeremie Karngbaye
  • Position: Tight End
  • Height: 6’4.5″
  • Weight: 250 lbs
  • School: West Texas A&M University (WTAMU)
  • Level: Division II – Lone Star Conference (LSC)
  • Twitter: jkarngbaye
  • Instagram: karngbayeupnow_

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?

Graduate student – BA in business administration. I have taken lots of management classes. I want a general MBA that encompasses all fields of the business (marketing, accounting, etc.). Want diversity in education as well.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

Accountability – someone that is always there for teammates even when we’re not all together in one place. 

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

I see myself in a leadership role – the team this year has a lot of younger players and transfers.

I want to be used more in the passing game as a tight end, I was more known for blocking but I am beginning to understand more route concepts. 

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

Basketball: Trevelin Queen, a current member of Rockets G-League team (Rio Grande Valley Vipers)

Football: Quandre Mosely, went to Kentucky and signed UDFA deal with Dallas Cowboys

One important person that I don’t want to leave out is Dreshaun Miller, a DB at Alburn. He is a great technician.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

Tyrie Tipton – Growing his mental state alongside the playbook, very admirable student of the game. 

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

My whole life has been filled with struggles – I am from New Jersey and grew up in New Mexico. First generation college student. My little brother is also a college athlete. The JUCO where I first played college football (Eastern Arizona) shut down, so I had to find a new home at WTAMU. 

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

I played basketball in my first year of college – there’s no other sport I would rather play outside of football. 

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

I am most proud of being an uncle. It’s great to see my brother raise his daughter. 

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

In my first year at WTAMU, Tarleton put 50 on us in the first half. I had a big catch that took us to the 3-yard line where I scored. 

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

My favorite athlete currently is Darren Waller – seeing him grow over time especially in the mental game is very important and often overlooked. 

Favorite athlete of all time is Kobe Bryant – dedication to the game of basketball and the sports world as a whole. He wanted to be a great person in every aspect of life

Honorable mention: Carmelo Anthony 

What gets you “pumped up” before a game?

Just the idea of going into battle – someone is trying to “displace me” , military mindset is me vs you and only one person can come out on top 

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

I like to read, cook, and spend time with my family/loved ones. Travel is also important. 

Motivational and romantic book genres are my favorite. 

Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?

I play football because it is a major source of opportunity in my life. I have become a better person through learning the game and it is fun to watch it grow. 

My grandma is my biggest source of motivation, same goes for my aunt. It was my dream to have all of my family come to one of my games. 

Other notes:

High school – 3 sport athlete: football, basketball, track. Main focus was on football and basketball later in high school. Played defensive end at the time, also a bit of left tackle. Went to college to play basketball at NMMI (New Mexico Military Institute), met my great coach and mentor there. I was hoping to get more basketball interest from Division I or Division II schools, which didn’t happen so I went back to football. Started at Eastern Arizona JUCO. Finally got to play tight end which I had wanted to do since high school. Got the offer to WTAMU, also a partial offer from Mississippi Valley State. I have been at WTAMU since 2019. 

18 y/o writer and scout - just trying to give players an opportunity and the recognition they deserve. Fan of all things football.

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