2018 NFL Draft: Frank Ginda, San Jose State University

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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for the time Frank, can you please tell me about yourself?

Frank Ginda: So my name is Frank Ginda and I grew up in a poor, small town called Los Banos, California and my family is originally from New Jersey. I have played Football for 14 years; 2 years of flag and 12 years of tackle football. I got measured last week at 6’1” 242 lbs. People would say I’m a blue-collar kid who works hard in the weight room and on the field. I am very family oriented and do everything in my power to make them proud. 

Justin David Kish: You played college football at San Jose State University, tell us about your time with the Spartans.

Frank Ginda: It was the best experience of my life! On the field, I played in all 38 games with 35 career starts. Every game was a blessing to be able to go out and play side by side with my brothers. All of those guys on my team over the last three years will forever be my best friends. On and off the field, we were close with one another and had the tightest bonds. Academically, SJSU is up there as a top tier school. Their education is taken very serious and helps us make sure we are ready for life.

Justin David Kish: During your tenure with the Spartans you were coached by head coach Ron Caragher. What have you learned under Coach Caragher and how did he improve you as a player and overall person? 

Frank Ginda: In my two seasons with Coach Caragher, I improved as a player tremendously. My Linebackers coach, Joe Staab, taught me how to understand everything on the defense. He made sure that I knew all 11 positions on the field so I could understand the entire defense, not just linebacker. Coach Robinson, my defensive coordinator, brought an NFL style defense into my first season. This helped me become a better player because we did multiple coverages, and emphasized positional mechanics. Then, Coach English came in my sophomore season and implemented a whole new scheme. My Linebackers coach, Arnold Ale, helped me be technically sound within the defense. I learned how to strike and shed blockers fairly well with coach Ale. During this last season under coach Brennan, I learned much more. He brought in coach BoJay to coach the Linebackers. Coach BoJay brought a lot of knowledge from the NFL since he played linebacker for the Raiders. He taught me how to play the run and pass a little better. As a person, coach Brennan emphasized us going out and serving our community. My team and I enjoyed the elementary school visits, hosting the bone marrow donation site, autism tree project, football camps for kids, etc. It has been awesome giving back and I absolutely loved it.

Justin David Kish: San Jose State plays against tough competition in the Mountain West Conference. When you look back at your career what is one game that really took your limits and how did you fare?

Frank Ginda: One game that tested my limits in the Mountain West Conference was playing against San Diego State. They have always been a great team with a beast fullback, Running back, and huge offensive line. I matched up well with them the last two years.

Justin David Kish: As a linebacker, you have faced head on some of the toughest offensive linemen in college football. What was one offensive lineman that really took you to your limits and how did you fare?

Frank Ginda: Nico Saragossa, who was drafted this year, is the best offensive lineman I’ve went against. He is fast and strong at the point of attack. Also, he has strong hands that are difficult to get off. I had a great game against them and matched up well with him in particular. I did a great job engaging and shedding him as well. At times, it was hard to get him off me but most of the time, I did a good job.

Justin David Kish: You shared a lot of great memories with your brothers at San Jose State. What is one memory that stands out?

Frank Ginda: The best memory I will ever remember is our AutoNation Cure Bowl win. That whole week of spending time with each other in Orlando, Florida was one of my greatest memories. We had fun going to Universal Studios, dancing at the rally with our band, making food for those in need, then capping it off with a huge win.

Justin David Kish: While at San Jose State, you were named All-Mountain West Academic award winner. What was it like being named apart of the award?

Frank Ginda: It means the world to me because the award goes to my family. Like I said earlier, all I want to do is make my family proud and this is another way of doing it. Another reason why I am proud to accomplish this is because it helps set the standard for our team. We want to be known as great football players but even better students.

Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a San Jose State Spartan?

Frank Ginda: It means to be a blue collar, gold standard type of person. We strive ourselves on being the best version of “you” whether that’s being the best in school or athletics, we always want to be great! We also support, respect, and love each other like a family.

Justin David Kish: Let’s shift our focus to the 2018 NFL Draft. How are you currently preparing yourself for the draft and any future pro opportunities? 

Frank Ginda: Starting this week, I will be training at one of the top facilities in the country that will prepare me for everything coming up in the next few months. This facility will fuel me with the right food, weights, combine training, position specific training, interview training, Wonderlics preparation, therapy, etc.

Justin David Kish: How was your chemistry with your team in college?

Frank Ginda: We hung out so much as a team that we knew what each other were thinking and we understood one another. On the field, everyone worked as one heartbeat. We all knew our correct fits most the time as a defense and we trusted in one another. We were a tight-knit group.

Justin David Kish: What were you’re on the field responsibilities in college?

Frank Ginda: My first two seasons, I did everything. I played inside backer, outside backer, rushed the passer on the edge, played a ton of man coverage, and some zone coverages. This last season, I played mostly inside backer, but at times, I aligned on the edge and rushed the passer. We were mostly in Zone coverage with a little bit of man coverage to change it up.

Justin David Kish: What is one aspect of your game do you consider your biggest strength?

Frank Ginda: I would have to say my football IQ is off the charts. I am quick to diagnose plays, know where to fit in the run game, and read passing concepts well. Another big strength in my game is playing off blockers. I do a good job of getting their hands off me fairly fast. Lastly, I give one hundred percent effort. I play sideline to sideline and will make a play anywhere on the field.

Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game you are working on improving?

Frank Ginda: One thing I would like to improve is my footwork in coverage. I do a good job of taking away routes and reading passing concepts but I would like to get better footwork. This will elevate my game so I can break on the ball a little faster.

Justin David Kish: When watching game film what are things you take notes and focus on?

Frank Ginda: First, I look at the team’s top personnel. Second, I look at the formations they like to run and pass the ball out of. Third, I divide the field up and look where they like to throw and run the ball on certain downs, hashes, center of the field, red zone, etc. Lastly, I study the players. I look for key players that help me identify the play pre-snap. I watch so much film that I know my opponent’s playbook just as well as they do.

Justin David Kish: Name a point during your college career where you overcame adversity and what did you learn from the experience?

Frank Ginda: My team and I overcame adversity this year. While we struggle to win games, we found a way to beat Wyoming who just won the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. One thing I learned is that you should never give up no matter the circumstances. You should always stick with your team through thick and thin because true character is revealed during tough times.

Justin David Kish: What is your preparation for game day like?

Frank Ginda: First, I wake up and take a shower to wake myself up and get the juices flowing. Second, I make sure I fuel myself up with the right stuff. I eat small portions of healthy foods, drink 2 containers of Pedialyte, and drink a gallon of water. Third, is the way I get dressed. I always get dressed the same. What I mean by this is that I make sure my routine is the same because I am superstitious. Lastly, I hype up my teammates up and get the locker room rocking! 

Justin David Kish: Outside of football, what does a typical day off look like for you?

Frank Ginda: Well, I usually take no days off. On my “off days” I do a light weight room and ab workout. When I get enough free time, I usually spend most my day with my family. Places we love to go are the beach, bowling, mini golf, or movies. 

Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the spot. If you could compare yourself to any current NFL linebacker who would it be and why?

Frank Ginda: I would compare myself to Bobby Wagner. I am around the same size as him, play with great instincts, and play sideline to sideline. 

Justin David Kish: My final question, if I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Frank Ginda? 

Frank Ginda: If you draft Frank Ginda, you are getting a blue-collar football player that is willing to impose his will for the team’s overall success. I put in countless hours to prepare myself for games every single week. I always pride myself on hard work because it always beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. I will represent your organization with pride and class. In the community, I will impact those in need and the youth. I respect everyone I talk to and always leave a smile on someone’s face. Lastly, you’re getting a Linebacker that can make plays anywhere on the field. Allow me to help your defense take its game to another level! Thank you.

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