2018 NFL Draft: Hunter Joseph, Otterbein University

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Joining us today is Otterbein University wide receiver, Hunter Joseph. 

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

Hunter Joseph: Thank you for having me. My name is Hunter Joseph. I’m the son of George and Kathy Joseph who raised me in New Philadelphia, Ohio. I played football, basketball, and baseball at New Philadelphia High School where I was 2x All-State wide receiver and team captain. Out of high school, I signed with Ohio Dominican University where I spent my first three seasons of football before transferring to Otterbein University for 2 seasons where I was finally given an opportunity to really show my talents and what I could do on the field, and it showed. I am a versatile WR standing at 5’11” 190lbs.

Justin David Kish: You played college football at Otterbein University. Tell us about your time at Otterbein?

Hunter Joseph: As I said above I only spent two seasons at Otterbein. I was blessed to have the opportunity to transfer and show what I could do on the field when given the chance. In my two seasons, I had a total of 1,859 yards and 15 touchdowns which amounted to two All-Conference selections. Otterbein has opened so many doors for me with an opportunity to play in the NFL being the biggest one. It is almost as if this is a dream. I will forever be thankful for Otterbein University. 

Justin David Kish: During your tenure at Otterbein, you were coached by Coach Tim Doup and offensive coordinator Coach Dan Damico. How have both coaches improved you as a player during your tenure with the school?

Hunter Joseph: Coach Doup and Coach Damico are two of the best coaches out there. I remember meeting them both for the first time and I knew instantly that these two could really help me grow as a player and get me to where I wanted to be. They got to know me as a person and also a player and ran plays and schemes that complimented my game and really let me shine. Without these two guys, I wouldn’t have the opportunity that I have right now and I let them know I am thankful for them every chance I get.

Justin David Kish: Otterbein plays against tough teams like Mount Union, Ohio Northern, and John Carroll. What is one game in your career that really took you to your limits and brought out the best in you?

Hunter Joseph: It was actually the Heidelberg game in 2016 that brought out the best in me. We were the game of the week and it was my first college night game. It was a game of two explosive offenses that went blow for blow with each other all game. I rose to the occasion and ended that game with 2 touchdowns and 221 yards receiving and most importantly a win. 

Justin David Kish: Being a wide receiver you matched up against some of the nations toughest defensive backs. Who was the one defensive back that really pushed you to your limits and how did you favor?

Hunter Joseph: A defensive back that really pushed me was Gabe Brown from Mount Union. If I wanted to win on a route I really had to be technically sound and not just win with athleticism. Mount Union was the best team in the nation and their whole defense showed why. Statistically, it wasn’t one of my best games but I was still able to help my team out with a one-handed touchdown grab to narrow the score right before halftime.

Justin David Kish: During your time at Otterbein you created so many great memories. What is one memory that will stick with your forever?

Hunter Joseph: There are a lot of memories that I can think of right now that seem like they happened yesterday. One of the memories that will stick with me forever is the longest touchdown catch of my career when I ran a 12-yard curl and took it 71 yards to the end zone weaving in and out of defenders.

Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be an Otterbein Cardinal?

Hunter Joseph: To be an Otterbein Cardinal means that you have great pride when you wear the white and red. You push yourself to your limits on and off the field. I am honored to represent Otterbein on a national stage on my path to the draft. 

Justin David Kish: Let’s shift our focus to the upcoming draft. How are you currently preparing for the draft and other pro opportunities?

Hunter Joseph: I am currently preparing for the draft by training at D1 Sports Training facility with one of the best trainers in the business, Chuck Gresham. He has trained guys like Bradley Roby, Carlos Hyde, Donald Washington, and Doug Worthington and I have full faith that he is going to get me right where I need to be for NFL scouts, coaches, and GM’s at my pro-day. I am also treating my body as a business investment, only putting things in it that will fuel me to reach my maximum potential. 

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

Hunter Joseph: My biggest strength is my ability to high point and attack the ball while it is in the air. Even though I am 5’11” I believe my leaping ability and ball skills set me apart from your average receiver. When we were in the red zone my quarterback had enough trust in me to throw it up and let me go get it, even if the defender knew it was coming. 

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

Hunter Joseph: I believe you can never be a perfect route runner. I work on my route running every day because I know at the next level if you can’t create separation and run crisp routes, you will find a pink slip in your locker very early and that may be the only opportunity you will ever have.

Justin David Kish: What was your chemistry like with your teammates at Otterbein?

Hunter Joseph: I love those guys man. It was tough playing in my final game as a Cardinal and playing with those guys for the last time. When I transferred they welcomed me with open arms and they have been my brothers ever since. I wish I could show you some of our locker room videos of us just having a great time from dance battles, rap battles, and singing songs. But we also knew when to get serious and do our job. It was like a family. 

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

Hunter Joseph: A point in my college career that I overcame adversity was the transfer from Ohio Dominican to Otterbein. Leaving my old team that I grew close with and coming to a school where I didn’t know anyone was challenging. I knew that the move was what was best for me and that it was going to set me up to get to the point that I am at today. It’s all a part of God’s plan.

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

Hunter Joseph: Life is a lot bigger than football, but football is the biggest thing in my life. So a typical off day still revolves around football. I make sure I am getting rest and getting my body right for whether I am training, have practice, or a game depending on what time of the year it is. But I love to spend time with family and friends and my best friend which is my 2-year-old Pitbull Kray. I just like to have a good time and bring positive energy to whoever I’m around.

Justin David Kish: Can you command the players around you?

Hunter Joseph: I believe I can because nothing I would command somebody do is personal. It would be for the betterment of the team or if someone is falling off track to get them back on and the people around me know that.

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

Hunter Joseph: Jarvis Landry of the Miami Dolphins. We have the exact same build and very similar skill set. The way he plays is almost like a defensive player on offense. He’s shifty but also isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder into somebody or take on blocks from bigger guys. He was underrated and now he’s showing people what he is capable of, now going to his 3rd pro bowl. Just like him all I need is an opportunity.

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

Hunter Joseph: You would be getting a professional on and off the field. A kid who knows how to work hard and rise from the bottom. I have something to prove every time I step on that field and I am willing to compete with anyone. I show up every day with no excuses. I can line up anywhere on the field that you need me to whether that’s inside, outside, or even in the backfield and especially special teams. You also wouldn’t have to worry about any kind of off-field issues of any sort. I was taught how to play this game and handle myself as a professional all through college.

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