2018 NFL Draft Interview: Damien Bell-White, Bethany College

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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Damien, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

Damien Bell-White: Well for those who do not know who I am, I am Damien Bell-White from Modesto Ca I graduated from Modesto Christian, and now currently finishing up my education at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS.

Justin David Kish: You played your college career at Bethany. Tell us about your time at Bethany?

Damien Bell-White: My time at Bethany Athletically was great simply by getting the opportunity to play the sport I enjoy playing. Academically it was very challenging and different but that’s what I liked about it, now outside of Football, and academics it is what I made out to be which was not very much but it was enjoyable.

Justin David Kish: During your tenure at Bethany you were coached by Head Coach Paul Hubbard and defensive coordinator Lavell Jackson. What did you learn under Coach Hubbard and Coach Jackson and how have they impacted the way you play football?

Damien Bell-White: What I learned from the both of them was to put myself in the perfect situation to make every single play I can make possible, being reliable, be on time to meetings, and other important events, and lastly being resilient.

Justin David Kish: Playing in the NAIA and in the KCAC you played against Ottawa University, Bethel College and Friends University. What was one game that really took you to your limits?

Damien Bell-White: I will have to say that Ottawa University took me to my limits due to the fact that my presences was needed in some many areas of our defensive during that game.

Justin David Kish: Being a defensive back you covered some of the best receivers of your conference. Who was one receiver that really challenged you and how did you fare?

Damien Bell-White: I can say the best receiver in our conference played on the same team as myself, his name is Michael Wimberly and we would go back and forth competing with each other in practice making each other better.

Justin David Kish: During your college career you created many great memories at Bethany, what is one memory that really stands out from the rest?

Damien Bell-White: One of the memories that I created and stood out the most were the ones where our team would spend the afternoon with the youth at our local elementary school during their recess period.

Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a Bethany Swede?

Damien Bell-White: It means you show accountability, Servant leadership, integrity, and hospitality every day. 

Justin David Kish: Let’s shift our focus to draft-related questions, how are you currently preparing yourself for the draft and other future team opportunities?

Damien Bell-White: Currently I am working out to prepare myself for any opportunity that will be calling or knocking on my door. Mainly focusing on the 40-yard dash and position related drills that will enhance my stock in the draft.

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

Damien Bell-White: My biggest strength in my game would have to be my IQ being a student of the game I pride myself on, and the strength underneath my biggest would be my speed in my position and range.

Justin David Kish: What is one area that you are improving on every day?

Damien Bell-White: Shedding BLOCKS!

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

Damien Bell-White: I had to overcome adversity during my Senior season after injuring my left knee during the second game of the season Tearing my MCL and Spraining my ACL. I ended up finishing the game with 9 Tackles 1 tackle for Loss and 2 fumble recoveries. But I made the decision to sit out the rest of the season and properly heal it by doing PT two times a day 6 days a week, and I learned that I need to protect myself at all times.

Justin David Kish: How was your chemistry with your teammates at Bethany?

Damien Bell-White: I can say my chemistry with my team was great because I wanted to make the game fun for myself and the 10 teammates out there with me, and everybody knows that great teams communicate out on the field. 

Justin David Kish: Are you able to command the players around you?

Damien Bell-White: Yes I am able to get players to buy in and complete a task or an assignment out there on the field or even off the field if academics would be the concern.

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

Damien Bell-White: A typical day outside of football would look like. Random pick up basketball games with my teammates and with some of the basketball players at the school, and Madden tournament play with my teammates. 

Justin David Kish: How do you stand out from the rest of the other draft-eligible defensive backs heading toward the draft?

Damien Bell-White: Being honest I feel I have a lot of Upside in this year’s draft compared to the others in the defensive back position. Along with my height, speed, and intelligence and overall athletic ability and lastly having the ability to play two different positions out there on the field and that other being linebacker is what separates me from the rest.

Justin David Kish: I am going to put you on the line for the next two questions. My first question, if you could compare yourself to any current NFL defensive back who would it be and why?

Damien Bell-White: T.J Green is the NFL player I would compare myself to. We share the same height and I show the range in coverage that he displays which is needed in the defensive back position and the ability to show up in the run game as run support and make plays in the air.

Justin David Kish: My final question, if I was an NFL GM why should I draft Damien Bell-White?

Damien Bell-White: You should draft simply because he is willing to adapt to any situation, he’s able to learn on the fly contribute to any special teams unit, he’s resilient, and lastly he’s the complete football player and playmaker with a football IQ that you should invest in.

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