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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Austin MacGinnis, K, University of Kentucky

What is your name?

Austin MacGinnis

What is your Height/Weight?

5’10/185lbs

What is your position?

Kicker

Where do you play college football?

University of Kentucky

Where are you from?

Wedowee, Alabama

Who is your role model, and why?

My Dad who has taught me the importance of hard work and caring for others.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Harvie Wilkinson, MBA Director. He has helped me build professional relationships in Lexington and has provided continuous support.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Gymnastics and Soccer

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Myself- I have learned the importance of training my mind as well as my body.

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Tristan Yoemans- My holder as well as our punt snapper. Without a good operation, my job gets difficult

What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?

Lil Wayne- I’m Me

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

Justin Tucker- We are both clutch under pressure for our teams.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Learning not to over kick at practice. I found other ways to sharpen my craft besides doing a million reps. This allows me to keep my legs fresh.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I keep the same warm-up routine each game and practice.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

51-yard game winner vs. Mississippi State and a 47-yard game winner vs. Louisville and Heisman winner Lamar Jackson.

What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?

I went on a 10-day Humanitarian trip to Ethiopia, Africa. We helped build shelters, provide meals, and I met people who made a lasting impact on my life.

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

Atlanta Falcons

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

My grandfather, Cristiano Ronaldo, Elon Musk.

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