NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jimmy Camacho, K, Fresno State
What is your name?
What is your Height/Weight?
What is your position?
Where do you play college football?
Where are you from?
I’m from the Inland Empire in Southern California.
Who is your role model, and why?
My role model is Eric Berry. He overcame Hodgkins Lymphoma and came back to be a pro bowler the next year. That type of courage is admirable because my dad had Lymphoma and I understand the mental and physical toll that cancer can have on a person.
Who was your favorite teacher?
My favorite teacher was my high school AVID teacher, Sarah Allen.
Did you play any other sports
I played soccer. Still to this day I keep the door open to play professional soccer. Football wasn’t my main sport until college.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
As a kicker, you try not to worry about who lines up across from you. But when you’re watching film, you’re always mindful of corners who are rushing on field goals and D linemen who are applying A gap pressure. Robert Nkemdiche from Ole Miss, Ed Oliver from Houston, Corbin Kaufusi form BYU. Some notable kickers/ punters I’ve played against include JK Scott from Alabama and Rigo Sanchez from Hawaii.
What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?
100 by DrakeO the Ruler ft 03 Greedo
Who is the most underrated player on your team?
The most underrated player on my team is Josh Hokit. He does many different jobs in addition to getting carries at running back. Plays on all special teams. He was also a linebacker at one point.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
My kicking style is most similar to Justin Tucker and Dan Bailey.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
The hardest obstacle I’ve ever had to face was having to watch my father go through cancer treatment during my senior year in high school. It was hard because there wasn’t much I could do to help other than pray and trust God was going to take care of it.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
My one pre-game superstition is not to have any pre-game rituals. I want to make sure I don’t have any specific behavior patterns before a game because if for some reason I can’t replicate it one game, I don’t want it to affect me. For a while, I was eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch before every game but I purposely discontinued that to make sure my routine wasn’t repetitive.
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
The most memorable play of my college career was in the Hawaii Bowl against Houston. I hit the dagger field goal to push the game to a 6 point lead late in the fourth. With that kick, I also broke the school record for most field goals in a season.
What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?
Last summer I helped lead a group of my teammates in a bible study, many of them discovering Christ for the first time.
Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?
I was a Raiders fan as a kid.
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
I would like to have dinner with Lebron James, Nipsey Hussle, and Barrack Obama.