2017 NFL Draft Interview: Dewayne Alford Jr., South Alabama Jaguars
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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Dewayne can you please tell us about yourself?
Dewayne Alford Jr.: I was born in Savannah, Georgia on January 12th, 1993 and later moved to Suffolk, Virginia where I spent most of my life. I am the son of two extraordinary parents, Dewayne and Linda Alford as well as a sibling to Alan Alford. Arrived on the “football scene” fairly late, I played my first two years of high school football for first year football program at Portsmouth Christian School and later transferred to Nansemond River High School. Received my B.A. in communications along with a minor in Political Science. I am currently in my last semester of my grad program at South Alabama studying Public Administration.
Justin David Kish: During your college career you played for the Virginia Tech Hokies and the South Alabama Jaguars. Tell us about your transition from VT to South Alabama?
Dewayne Alford Jr.: The transformation was a little hard. I did not have any family in Alabama nor did I know anyone within the state so a felt very lonely and ostracized. However, I was embraced by my football family and have been loving the adjustment ever since.
Justin David Kish: During your career between Virginia Tech and South Alabama you were coached by Bud Foster (at Virginia Tech) and Travis Pearson (at South Alabama) how were the coaches you played under improved you as a player?
Dewayne Alford Jr.: Coach Foster is probably the most cerebral coaches I have ever met when it comes to defense schemes. His attention to detail along with his passion made you want to play for him and represent Hokie nation. When playing for Coach Pearson I learned that everything will not go your way and that you have to adjust to your circumstances.
Justin David Kish: When you look back upon your career you have competed against teams like Arkansas State, Boston College and North Carolina. What is one game that really took you to your limits?
Dewayne Alford Jr.: I cannot say that there was one game that took me to my limits. Our preparation made it that we knew what to expect and how to combat whatever was thrown at us.
Justin David Kish: When you look back at your career you created a number of great memories. What is one memory that means the most to you?
Dewayne Alford Jr.: My fondest memory is when we went on to defeat Ohio State whom went on to win the National Championship that year. The silence in the stadium was one like no other. You could literally hear a pin drop.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a South Alabama Jaguar?
Dewayne Alford Jr.: To be a Jaguar is to be a hard worker, not only on the football field but also in the classroom and also treat others with respect as you would want to be treated.
Justin David Kish: You are shifting your focus on the 2017 NFL Draft. How are you currently preparing yourself for the draft and who are you training with?
Dewayne Alford Jr.: I am currently working out by myself by primarily to finish up this school semester strong.
Justin David Kish: What is one aspect of your game you consider your biggest strength?
Dewayne Alford Jr.: I think my biggest strength would be my ball get off and ability to run from sideline to sideline.
Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game you are improving on before your Pro Day?
Dewayne Alford Jr.: Two areas I’m improving in is increasing my explosiveness and strength.
Justin David Kish: When you look back on your career you have faced off against some of the nations best players. What is one player that gave you the toughest challenge?
Dewayne Alford Jr.: T.J. Clemmings.
Justin David Kish: How was your chemistry with your team during your college career?
Dewayne Alford Jr.: With both teams the chemistry was great. We all had an idea of how each other played and what to expect from that person which helped with knowing where that person would be during a certain play.
Justin David Kish: What were your on the field responsibilities during your career?
Dewayne Alford Jr.: My responsibilities have been to drop back in coverage, make check calls depending on the relationship of the running back to the quarterback, holding gaps, and making all-out adjustments if necessary.
Justin David Kish: What have you learned from your past mistakes?
Dewayne Alford Jr.: I’ve learned that a mistake is just that…A mistake. Every mistake is for learning and if you continue to make the same mistakes and not be a technician of your craft you will never learn anything new.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the line. If you could compare yourself to any current NFL linebacker who would you compare yourself to and why?
Dewayne Alford Jr.: I would compare myself to Dee Ford, I think that we move and play in a similar fashion.
Justin David Kish: In my final question. If I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Dewayne Alford?
Dewayne Alford Jr.: I am a hard worker, I try and motivate my teammates through example, I won’t embarrass the organization, in order to keep from being a stagnant player, every practice I try and pick out at least one flaw in my game and work on it that day.