2017 NFL Draft: Shazzon Mumphrey, University of New Haven
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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Shazzon, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself for the fans who are not familiar with you?
Shazzon Mumphrey: I’m Shazzon Mumphrey a 6’3 225 lb QB at the University of New Haven where I am finishing up my studies in Criminal Justice. I’m originally from Louisville, Kentucky.
Justin David Kish: You played your college ball at New Haven University. Please tell us about your time at New Haven?
Shazzon Mumphrey: My time at the University of New Haven definitely had its peaks and valleys as all things do. But I wouldn’t change anything if I could because of some of the people I met and the life lessons learned. Wrapping up my collegiate playing career here at UNH definitely taught me a lot about myself as a football player and a man. I definitely saw growth in both facets.
Justin David Kish: During your time at New Haven you played both quarterback and wide receiver. What was it like balancing playing both and what position did you feel more at home with?
Shazzon Mumphrey: Yes I played QB and a lot of WR as well. I would say it was a lot easier than you’d think it would be. Being that I knew our offense well and having my athletic ability, coaches asking me to split out wide and help out in the receiving core just came naturally I had some kinks to work out as far as the overall position but it wasn’t a huge task. Many hours were put into fine tuning but that’s just because I wanted to be great at both. I believe QB is my natural position so I definitely feel more at home there. After talking with a lot of people (whose knowledge/opinion I value greatly) as well my own intuition I’ve decided to pursue the next level as a QB. I think there is much more use for a QB with athletic ability than a WR that can read defenses and throw.
Justin David Kish: Who had the biggest influence on your football career?
Shazzon Mumphrey: My father had the biggest influence on me and my playing career. I was around it early obviously with my father playing at UofL and pursuing a professional career too. He was a role model for me growing up and still is to this day. The main things I can say I’ve taken from him over the years was to accept that adversity would come it’s just about how you handle it and perseverance. Also to play with confidence and know you’re out there to dominate not compete.
Justin David Kish: New Haven plays in the Northeast 10 Conference which also plays host to Slippery Rock, Stonehill among others. When you look back at your career what game really took you to your limits and brought out the best in you?
Shazzon Mumphrey: The first game that I ever started here at QB vs Slippery Rock in the 2015. They had a really talented defensive line that didn’t do much up front but were strong & powerful. They made me play with the bullets flying and the pressure in my face. I think it helped me with my pre & post snap decisions, having a plan and getting the ball out quickly. The secondary was also talented and played a lot of 1 on 1 coverage forcing me to make even more accurate throws.
Justin David Kish: During your time at New Haven you made so many great memories with your brothers. What is one memory that really stands out from the rest?
Shazzon Mumphrey: My best memories I made with my brothers weren’t even in the heat of the battle on gameday (although we had some great ones) but the off-seasons, the summers where a number of us would sacrifice and stay in CT or the New Haven area, not go home and just give our strength coaches and our football program every thing that we had in the tank while we all had the same goals in mind. The guys that made this sacrifice when it was completely optional mean a great deal to me and I’ll never forget the pain we went through on those hot summer days either before or after our part time summer jobs because we all had that one thing in common and it was the mindset. We all grew very close and share some great memories.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to you to be a New Haven Charger?
Shazzon Mumphrey: Putting on that Charger Blue & Gold to me was an honor. Because of the guys who paved the way before us and set the standard they held us to ones just as high. You don’t suit up in a Charger uniform unless you’re ready to leave it all on the blue turf. Relentlessness, Pride, Swagger & Tradition.
Justin David Kish: You are now headed into the NFL. What has your draft preparations been like? Who are you training with and are you focusing more on wide receiver or quarterback during the process?
Shazzon Mumphrey: Draft preparation has been incredible so far. I’ve been training at Breakout Athlete in North Branford, CT with Frank Quido who is Doug and outstanding job and has had much success in the past. I’ve seen drastic improvement in the past couple weeks alone. I’ve been focusing more on just become a better athlete all around, Focusing on testing well in a events. I do feel I’ve been honing in more on my Quarterback Mechanics from head to toe. I feel like with all the work I’m doing with Frank I’ll be naturally better & adjust just fine if asked to play WR.
Justin David Kish: When you are watching game film on yourself what are some things you are looking at?
Shazzon Mumphrey: When I’m watching myself on film the first thing I looked at is what I decided to do vs what I could have done differently for the better. Whether it is setting a protection a different way, seeing the coverage and deciding which side of the field I’m going to read depending on play concept, mechanics to seen if im still using proper technique or if I became sloppy. On the other end at WR I look at effort first, pass or run whatever I should be going 100 mph. Then I get into did I do my job, did I get to my depth did I get out of my break.
Justin David Kish: What are some of your strengths and weakness’s you continue to improve on during the ongoing draft process?
Shazzon Mumphrey: Strengths that I have are my physicality, and stature the fact that I can fit the ball in those faster closing tighter windows at the next level. Some things I can work on would definitely just be the mental aspect of the game and consistency.
Justin David Kish: The next couple of questions I want to put you on the spot. My first question, if I was an NFL general manager why should I draft Shazzon Mumphrey?
Shazzon Mumphrey: You should draft Shazzon Mumphrey because he has the student mentality and the underdog work ethic to go along with the talent/potential. Off the field he is just as conscious as he is in the huddle the way he wants his teammates to follow his lead and trust in him is the same way he would want it in the real world. Respectful and great character guy.
Justin David Kish: My next question. If you were to compare yourself to any current professional football player who would you compare yourself to and why?
Shazzon Mumphrey: I would compare myself to Stephen Morris because of the size, the football IQ, athletic ability and competitive nature. Although he is a back up I think our skill set is very similar.
Random 5 with Shazzon Mumphrey
Do you have any guilty pleasures? Guilty pleasure would have to be that I’m a huge country music guy. I think Sam Hunt & I are the same person haha.
What are you currently binge watching? I was binge watching “The Following” on Netflix but I just recently finished.
What is you prediction for the Super Bowl and who wins? Green Bay vs New England I’m going with Brady to make it 5.
Who do you think is the NFL MVP for 2016? Aaron Rodgers is the MVP.
Who do you think was the best wide receiver in 2016: Terrelle Pryor or T.Y. Hilton? T.Y. Hilton.