2017 NFL Draft: Juwan Wilson, UTICA Pioneers

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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Juwan. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself for the fans who don’t know much about you?

Juwan Wilson: Hi my name is Juwan Wilson I’m originally from Brooklyn but was raised in Queens, New York. I attended Holy Cross high school in Flushing, New York where I played football and ran track.

Justin David Kish: You played your college ball at UTICA. Tell us about your time at UTICA?

Juwan Wilson: My experience at UTICA College is one of the high points of my life I’ve had the opportunity to meet friends that will last me a lifetime. Being a pioneer has allowed me to grow not only as a player but as a man. When I first came to UTICA it had not  yet set a tradition of winning. We had a lot of up-and-down years nothing ever consistent but i’m proud to say. That we have created a tradition of winning, exceeded expectation and created a culture that will pass through future pioneers.

Justin David Kish: During your tenure with UTICA you were coached by defensive coordinator Will Pluff and assistant coach for inside linebackers Brandon Miller. How did the coaching staff at UTICA improved you as a player of the years?

Juwan Wilson: Coach Pluff is man that I have to give the most praise of all four coaches i’m about to speak upon. He showed me how to understand the game of football from breaking down film to understanding situations in the game and how to realize how my job on the field helps provide success for others around me. I’ve only had the pleasure of learning from Coach Miller for one year but the greatest thing I have learn from him is the importance of polishing ones technique and allowing that technique to give you the ability to win when your tired and win when it’s important moments in the game. The next coach is coach Jeered Clowes who taught the importance of playing with controlled aggression and the ability to read formations along with blocking schemes. Lastly our head coach Blaise he taught me how important special teams and field position plays in winning games. Because of him special teams has become more of an honor to play because it is one of the defining factors in helping your team win. But with all that being said the one thing that this whole coaching staff has taught me is how to responsibly and accountable and I’m blessed to have learn what it takes to be successful from all these men.

Justin David Kish: You were one of the prime pieces on the Pioneers defense. Your success has earned you all-conference honors as well as player of the year by the UTICA coaching staff. How big of an honor was it to earn such awards?

Juwan Wilson: I’m extremely blessed to be able to achieve those awards not because those were goals that I set for myself but that my peers, my opponents and coaches around the conference respect my game and my hard work but In all  honestly those awards that I received may seem individual to some but to me those are team awards because without those guys in front of me beside me and behind me I would be nothing so thank you to my teammates and pioneer nation.

Justin David Kish: During your time at UTICA you competed against teams like Ohio Northern, Suny Cortland and Buffalo State. But when you go back what was one game that really took you to your limits and brought out the best in you?

Juwan Wilson: The one game that I can think of that truly brought the best out of me was our game against 13th nationally ranked St. John Fisher a program in which we have never been in our school history during a vital point And I season and I was able to not only lead my team with my words but my actions as I recorded one and a half sacks nine tackles one interception as we went on to win the game and move into a tie for second place in hopes to reach out frost playoff birth.

Justin David Kish: Speaking of tough competition. What was one player that you faced that was tough?

Juwan Wilson: Hands-down the most toughest person I’ve played against is Dan Andrews from Brockport the kid is versatile in and out of the backfield and has the ability to run for 200 in the first half if you sleep on his ability to take hits and break tackles. I wish him the best in this up coming draft.

Justin David Kish: When you look back at your college career you created a number of memorable memories with your brothers. What was one memory that stands out from the rest?

Juwan Wilson: The one memorable moment that would stick with me for the rest of my life is the moment where we clinched our first program bowl game birth the community and the campus environment was electric and something that  me and my brothers Had never felt before.

Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a Pioneer at UTICA?

Juwan Wilson: What it means to be a Pioneer to me is hardwork , family , faith, love and overcoming adversity. Being a pioneer special it means that you are destined for something greater.

Justin David Kish: You are now shifting your focus on the NFL Draft. How has preparations for the draft been this early and who have you been working with?

Juwan Wilson: I’m blessed enough to have a great group of trainers at Sports Performance Institute also known as SPI along with R&M therapy in Utica, NY which has truly changed the way that my body runs,  recovers and performs. We train twice a day and cover everything even the small muscles and it has truly allow me to appreciate The opportunity that I have in front of me , it has increased my work ethic as well and my love for the gym by a million. I also have to give a lot of credit to my workout partners Jerred Beniquez and Lawrence Elliot who have pushed me till we hit our goal which is empty the tank! 

Justin David Kish: What are your strength’s and weakness’s?

Juwan Wilson: Some of my strengths are the ability to decipher run or pass, tackling  in and out of the box, understand Defensive Schemes and situation during the game, and lastly the ability to lead with action and words. I give everything for the guys around me. My weakness is man to man coverage playing linebacker I haven’t had much experience grassing those slots and etc.

Justin David Kish: When you are looking at your game film what are some things you are looking for?

Juwan Wilson: When looking at game film I look for tendencies on the first, second and third down. along with what plays and formations teams come out in and run due to the location on the field or down and distance. Linemen blocking assignments including how well they block are they over aggressive , soft and etc. running back style of running, quarterbacks ability to move in the pocket and look of defenders as well as ready defensive coverage.

Justin David Kish: When you look at the NFL Draft class at linebackers it is a stacked class. How do you standout from the rest?

Juwan Wilson: Because of my height I’m forced to convert to strong safety but in terms of what sets me apart from both those positions is my ability to tackle and play in the box at very high and consistent level. I believe that my range to play east to west is also something allows me to make the place that some others can’t.

Justin David Kish: In my next couple of questions I am going to put you on the line. My first question. If you could compare yourself to any current professional football linebacker who would it be and why?

Juwan Wilson: If I had to compare myself to a linebacker in the NFL I really couldn’t choose one but as a player as a whole I would say Carlos Joseph The safety for the Raiders because of our similarity in size, toughness, ability to tackle and range.

Justin David Kish: My last question. If I was an NFL General Manger, Why should I draft Juwan Wilson?

Juwan Wilson: You should draft me because I’m a kid that understands the importance of special-teams and how that can impact the game. My passion for that part of the game can’t be matched. Also I’m a team player , a great guy who can bring light to the darkest of situations, I’m one of the most positive people in the world, I work hard when things don’t go my way or aren’t in my favor, I work hard when things are going my way, I work hard 24/7 period. Off the field I will represent your organization the right way has I love to be apart of my community and help kids , teens and adults achieve something greater than they thought they could ever do. 

Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Juwan. Where can fans write to you and get in contact with you on social media?

Juwan Wilson: Twitter & Instagram, @JuwanWilson9

Random 5 with Juwan Wilson

Do you have any guilty pleasures? Yes, milk and cookies.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? I look to the sky and tell my mom get the popcorn ready.

If you could have one superpower what would it be and why? Teleportation that way I won’t have to spend money on gas.

Who is the best NFL linebacker out of of these two? Bobby Wagner or Derrick Johnson? Bobby Wagner.

Who do you think is the NFL MVP of 2016? Aaron Rodgers.

Juwan Wilson Highlight Tape

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