2017 NFL Draft: Joe Massaquoi, Marshall Thundering Herd
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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Joe, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself for the fans who are not familiar with you?
Joe Massaquoi: My name is Joe Massaquoi and I hail from Alexandria, Virginia. I played football at Marshall University.
Justin David Kish: You played college football at Marshall University. Please tell us about your experience playing for the Thunder Herd?
Joe Massaquoi: Playing football at Marshall University enabled me to have an experience that few people in this world get to experience. I played for a University made famous by a plane crash but actually being apart of the program and community, I learned that it’s way bigger than that. The people in Huntington are special and love their football. I loved playing in front of them on Saturdays and will miss the ” We Are…Marshall” chants during games.
Justin David Kish: This season you made the transition from playing defensive end to defensive tackle. What was the transition like?
Joe Massaquoi: The transition from defensive end to defensive tackle this season was not to difficult. Obviously, things happen a lot quicker inside there as opposed to being outside at End. But, I always pride myself on being very versatile along the defensive front. I feel as though I can play every position on the D-Line. So in all, the transition was smooth.
Justin David Kish: During your time with Marshall you were coached by defensive coordinator Chuck Heater and defensive line coach Sean Cronin. How have both coaches impacted the way you play football today?
Joe Massaquoi: Coach Heater and Coach Cronin along with my other defensive line Coach J.C. Price definitely impacted the way I play football. Film study is so crucial. Knowing your opponent’s tendencies and habits going into games eliminates a lot of thinking and the element of surprise. That comes from film study. Being under their tutelage for the last couple of years my football IQ has improved tremendously. They also coached us on playing hard at all times because you never know when that one play will be that determines the game.
Justin David Kish: At Marshall you played against some of the best competition in the FBS in teams like Florida Atlantic, Miami and Kansas State, just to name a few. When you look back at your career what was one game that really took you to your limits?
Joe Massaquoi: Playing in front of 40,000 people at home against Purdue was the one game that really took me to my limits. I remember that game being really hot but in the end it was worth it because we beat a BIG 10 power 5 school.
Justin David Kish: When you look back at your career with Marshall what is your favorite memory you can share with us?
Joe Massaquoi: My all time favorite memory was winning the conference championship against Louisiana Tech. I have always seen the crowd rushing the field on TV so it was cool to actually experience that when we won the championship. It’s a moment that I remember very fondly for rest of my life.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to you to be apart of the Thunder Herd?
Joe Massaquoi: Being a part of the Thundering Herd means being apart of something that’s bigger than yourself. Whenever we took the field, it wasn’t just us taking the field. We always had 75 angels in heaven playing right there with us.
Justin David Kish: You are now heading into the NFL Draft process. How are you currently preparing yourself for the coming events and who have you been training with?
Joe Massaquoi: I have an all star game in Daytona, Florida coming up this weekend. I will also be working out with my strength coach as well as private sessions at the HIT center in Huntington, WV.
Justin David Kish: When watching game film on yourself what are some things that you look out for?
Joe Massaquoi: When watching film on myself, I look at my ability to time the snap count and get off on the ball. I also look at how I am creating separation and getting off blocks. Playing with low pad level is also a big thing I watch for myself since I’m tall.
Justin David Kish: What are some of your strength and weakness’s?
Joe Massaquoi: Like I said earlier, I use my length well and play with low pad level. I have good hands which enable me to lock people out and get off of blocks. Something that I am continuing to work on in my upper body.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the line. My first question is, if I was a NFL general manager why should I draft Joe Massaquoi?
Joe Massaquoi: A GM should draft Joe Massaquoi because they’d be getting a smart player who is coachable and cares enough make changes. I am very versatile and can play wherever they needed me to play. I would work hard and always do my job 100%. I would also tell him that I was forever grateful to him for taking a chance on me and it would be a decision that he’d never regret.
Justin David Kish: My next question, if you could compare your style of play to any current professional football player who would you compare yourself to and why?
Joe Massaquoi: I would compare myself to someone like Calais Campbell from the Arizona Cardinals. While we are different in size, he plays everywhere along the defensive front and is productive. I feel like I have that same skill set.
Random 5 with Joe Massaquoi
Do you have any guilty pleasures? My guilty pleasure is that I watch Love and Hip-Hop. I know it’s very embarrassing to admit.
What is the most embarrassing song on your Ipod? The most embarrassing song I have on my iPod would probably have to be Hometown by Adele. I don’t know know how embarrassing that is though cause I know a lot of guys that listen to her.
What is your Super Bowl prediction and who wins? I think that it’ll end up being the Falcons and the Chiefs in the Super Bowl and I think it’s a toss up as to who wins the game. The 1st time they played this year was close.
Who do you think will become the 2016 NFL MVP? The 2016 MVP is Matt Ryan. His numbers this year are crazy.
Who is the best defensive tackle in the NFL? Geno Atkins or Kawann Short? Geno Atkins is a freak and so disruptive so I have to go with him.