2016 NFL Draft: Marcus Alford, Northern Arizona University
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Justin David Kish: Thank you Marcus for taking time to do this interview with me, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself for the fans who don’t know much about you?
Marcus Alford: I am Marcus Alford. I was born in Mobile, Alabama but moved to Oxnard, California when I was 9. God and my family are everything to me.
Justin David Kish: How was football first brought to your attention?
Marcus Alford: I was put into Football when I was 4 years old. My mom asked me if I wanted to play and I said yes, the rest is history.
Justin David Kish: You play corner back but have you experimented with any other positions during your Youth Football and High School Football days?
Marcus Alford: When I was younger I was more of an offensive player. I played running back in Pop-Warner and receiver in High School. I also played defensive back throughout my life.
Justin David Kish: You played High School Football at Rio Mesa High School in California, tell us about your time with Rio Mesa?
Marcus Alford: Rio Mesa was great, I loved it. It was a very diverse school and I met some really good friends and teachers there. I also earned a scholarship to NAU from there so I am thankful for that.
Justin David Kish: Did you play any other sports at Rio Mesa?
Marcus Alford: I also ran track, we were one of the top track schools in the nation during my time there.
Justin David Kish: What was some of your favorite memories as apart of the Rio Mesa Football team?
Marcus Alford: My favorite memory at Rio Mesa was beating Camarillo High School, our rival, my senior season. This also gave my team a League title and led us into the playoffs.
Justin David Kish: During your recruitment process you signed your LOI to play with the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. What made you sign-on to play for the Lumberjacks?
Marcus Alford: One of my closest friends had signed with NAU the year before and when I went to visit the school I automatically felt the family spirit and I knew it was the place for me. It also was not too far from home.
Justin David Kish: During your time with the Lumberjacks you played under coaches Andy Thompson and Cha’pelle Brown. How have your defensive coaches really step up your game?
Marcus Alford: Yes, I had the opportunity to be coached by some really good coaches. Not only the coaches you named but also my old cornerback coaches such as Coach Huff and Coach Rushing. I learned from all of my coaches and I thank them for everything that they helped me with in my time there.
Justin David Kish: Tell us about your time spent with Northern Arizona?
Marcus Alford: I loved NAU. I met some life long friends there. I enjoyed my athletic experience, getting to be a part of some really talented teams. I also had a very fun time from the social aspect of things.
Justin David Kish: When you look into the Big Sky Conference, NAU plays against teams like Montana, Weber State and Northern Colorado. Is their any game that stands out to you that really took you to your limits?
Marcus Alford: There are a lot of god receivers in the Big Sky so there were always challenges. Eastern Washington typically had the best guys so those were games that I really locked in and knew I had little room for error.
Justin David Kish: What is one player that took you on one-on-one that was really hard for you to cover?
Marcus Alford: I would have to say Emmanuel Butler from my team. He is young so he still has a couple of years to develop but he is very good at going and getting the ball.
Justin David Kish: You won a number of awards at NAU like (1st-Team All-Big Sky, NAU Defensive Playmaker Award and All-Big Sky Honorable mention). What does it mean to you to win such awards?
Marcus Alford: It meant a lot to be recognized for all of those things. I thank God for everything that he blessed me with.
Justin David Kish: You are now on to the NFL Draft process, how are you currently preparing yourself for your Pro-Day and other draft workouts?
Macus Alford: I am training at Buckhead Elite in Atlanta,Georgia every week day.
Justin David Kish: Have you spoken to any NFL teams? Who did you speak to if you did?
Marcus Alford: My coaches and agent do most of the talking. Just about every team has came to practice or our football offices.
Justin David Kish: What is some of your strength’s when you look at your game film?
Marcus Alford: I have very good cover skills. I also gifted with speed and athleticism.
Justin David Kish: What are some of your weakness’s you are currently working on, hoping to get better?
Marcus Alford: I am working to gain stronger.
Justin David Kish: What makes you standout from the rest of the corners heading into the 2016 NFL Draft?
Marcus Alford: I can press and play off equally, I do not have a preference.
Justin David Kish: If you could compare yourself to any current NFL cornerback who would you compare yourself to and why?
Marcus Alford: Brent Grimes. If you watch both of us play, I feel that there are a lot of similarities.
Justin David Kish: If I was a NFL GM why should I draft Marcus Alford?
Marcus Alford: I think my potential is shown on my film.
Justin David Kish: Before we let you go is their any advice you can give to High School Football players wanting to play College Football?
Marcus Alford: Don’t fit in, stand out.