2017 NFL Draft: Jonathan Gonzales, Portland State Vikings
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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for time Jonathan, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself for the fans who are not to familiar with you?
Jonathan Gonzales: My name is Jonathan Gonzales and I kicked at Portland State for the last 3 years. I grew up in Apple Valley, California and started kicking when I was a sophomore in high school. I love to workout and hangout with friends in my spare time.
Justin David Kish: You played your college ball at Portland State University. Tell us about your time at Portland State?
Jonathan Gonzales: I enjoyed every minute at Portland State because there is so much to do. I live right in downtown Portland and able to walk around and see new places and meet new people. There is also many hiking areas and places to have fun adventures in.
Justin David Kish: During your tenure with Portland State you were coached by Nick Whitworth, Bruce Barnum among others. How has the coaching staff really helped improve your game?
Jonathan Gonzales: They improved my game exponentially, specifically in the mental side. We had pressure situations at practices and it made me feel as though every kick I did at practice was just like a game kick.
Justin David Kish: Being a kicker, when you watch film on yourself what do you watch for?
Jonathan Gonzales: I tend to look at 3 things: timing, plant foot, and follow through. Those are usually the three things that usually are off if you miss a kick or did not have a great hit on it.
Justin David Kish: What separates you from the other kickers heading into the 2017 NFL Draft?
Jonathan Gonzales: I think what separates me from other kickers is that I take every practice, weight lift, and game the same way. I want it to become a routine so that when a kick arises in a game, it doesn’t seem different to me at all.
Justin David Kish: When you go back and look at your career at Portland State, can you share with us your favorite memory you have with the team?
Jonathan Gonzales: My favorite memory would have to be upsetting Washington State in 2015. We came in as a huge underdog and had a 2.4% chance of winning, but we went out and won 24-17.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a Portland State Viking?
Jonathan Gonzales: I take great pride in the fact that I played at Portland State and I hope for future players to have the same opportunities that I was given through Portland State. To be able to help the community and be support by them is a great feeling!
Justin David Kish: Like I mentioned before you are on your way to the NFL Draft. What events do you have planned and how are you preparing for your pro day and such?
Jonathan Gonzales: As of right now, I will be planning on attending my pro day at Portland State and then going to a kicking camp down in Southern California with Michael Husted. Until then, I am working out and fine tuning my kicks to be perfect for those days.
Justin David Kish: I like putting prospects on the line for the next couple of questions. My first question, if I was an NFL GM why should I draft Jonathan Gonzales and what will you bring to my organization?
Jonathan Gonzales: I would say that I am a blue collar type of person and I will always come to work everyday with a smile on my face and make sure that I accomplish my goals, whatever they may be for that day. I will bring a work ethic second to none and will make sure that I do not just get by with what I do.
Justin David Kish: My next question, if you could compare yourself to any current professional football kicker who would you compare yourself to and why?
Jonathan Gonzales: I think I would compare myself to Dan Carpenter because he is a solid, reliable kicker and he is from a Big Sky school, Montana.
Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Jon.
Jonathan Gonzales: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be interview!
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