2018 NFL Draft: Andre Price, Lincoln Lions
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In today’s interview, we are being joined by Lincoln Lions wide receiver, Andre Price.
Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time, Andre. Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
Andre Price: Born and raised in Rialto, CA. An inland empire native, been playing football for as long as I could remember. My growth in this sport as well as how I’ve grown on a mental and spiritual level is something I pride myself to be able to represent. I’m a God fearing young man with many passions in and out of sports. Will be graduating in May earning my second degree in Health Science which I plan to use to pave the way into nursing school once my time on the field is done. Outside of football my vision is to be a pediatric nurse, I’ve always enjoyed being around kids. You can find me on social media on Twitter and Instagram under the username @AboveSeann.
Justin David Kish: You played your college football career at Lincoln University. Tell us about your time at Lincoln?
Andre Price: I came in as a junior college transfer after things with my first school didn’t end up working out, I’ve only spent 2 years with the program but I was able to make some big things happen with the time I’ve had. Finished off my last season as a 1st Team All-region and 2nd team all American player. Also got my name in the record books now second in Lincoln’s history in single-season receiving yards and 3rd in Career touchdowns. I’ve become a top 3, top 5 and top 10 players in many statistical categories. Most importantly I was able to attain all this without taking any steps back with my education.
Justin David Kish: During your tenure at Lincoln, how did the university’s coaching staff improve you as a player today?
Andre Price: With the multiple coaching changes that the program faces during my two years, I improved as a player by being able to take multiple methods of coaching, learning multiple offenses, and being able to soak up all the knowledge of the game from coaches who played at professional levels or were very successful as a college player. With the standards the coaching staffs held me too I was put in a position where I had to be comfortable in many game time situations and be able to perform when my number was called. I’ve also improved as a leader on and off the field for the younger players to model after, making sure that the next core of receivers and team learned something from me about how to approach the game, play techniques, and what hard work can produce another big thing I pride myself on.
Justin David Kish: During your time with the team, you have competed against some tough teams like Bowie State University, Winston Salem, and Virginia State. What is one game in your career that really took your to your limits and brought out the best in you?
Andre Price: The first two games that come to mind is Bowie both years and Virginia state both years. Bowie’s pass defense was ranked high nationally across the country for division 2 so I know I would have to be on my best game to be able to put up numbers against them. My first year they played 5 different DBs on me throughout the game so I had to play dependent on who was in front of me and the film I studied on every single one of them had me prepared for it. Virginia state, on the other hand, were games I had to learn to stay calm and composed with my play and be ready to be bracketed and double-teamed throughout the game. At some point, I had to get over feeling uncomfortable with having the attention of 2-3 players of their defense when I’m to the single side because of their matchup scheme. When I first saw the safety played 10 yards directly above me with a press corner in my face and a backer with his attention directed towards me I knew they schemed for me but I had to somehow manage to be productive, probably my biggest challenge in my two years at Lincoln.
Justin David Kish: You have been covered by some of the best cornerbacks in Division II. What is one defensive back that really challenged you and how did you fair?
Andre Price: Both years against Bowie States Rahman Kamara. He was patient enough not to overplay a receiver but was still physical with his game. So he didn’t underplay you but he also didn’t overplay you. Plus he had good size so I couldn’t just use height or body against him, he made me use more of my game that I didn’t usually have to bring out. It was a good battle over the last two years, he’d be there on some plays and I’d win the rep on others. My total stats against Bowie’s team is somewhere around 10 catches for 200 something yards and a touchdown. But my personal battle with Rahman is one that didn’t come easy, there’s much respect for each others game between us.
Justin David Kish: You created a number of memories with your bothers at Lincoln. What is one memory that stands out from the rest?
Andre Price: Would have to be my last touchdown on a tunnel screen from around 30-40 yards out on senior night, trusting the line and my brothers in the receiver core who told me to run fast and confident because they had my back is something that’ll definitely stick with. My other memory would be Week 4 of my junior year, we were playing St Augustine and were down by 7 with about 20 seconds left to go in the half. I told my QB to just throw it up and trust me, he ended up putting it in the air against double coverage and I went up and got it to tie the game and give us the momentum going into the half.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a Lincoln Lion?
Andre Price: Being able to play for the first-ever degree-granting HBCU is something I’ll take pride in outside of football. A Lincoln lion takes pride in our university and understands that in spite of our institution’s flaws, there is still a legacy to be left on this campus. A Lincoln Lion is someone who involves themselves on campus and gives their self the opportunity to appreciate all that Lincoln has to offer. Our campus has sacred grounds filled with historical greatness and should be treated as such. The athletes on this campus have a value of being a student first and using what we get from all areas outside of the field of play to broaden our horizons in all aspects in life. Playing for the very first degree-granting HBCU has shown me the value of growth in every way possible.
Justin David Kish: Let’s shift our focus to the upcoming NFL Draft. How are you currently preparing yourself for the draft and other pro opportunities?
Andre Price: Spending a lot of time training at Alpha Training Facility in Newark, DE for my upcoming pro day. Getting involved with as many NFL influences as I can taking in all the knowledge from the ones I have worked with that were successful in their careers. A couple names to mention Marcus Nash, Kevin Brown, Braynard Brown, and Kevin Johnson who all played receiver in the NFL. So them giving me every bit of knowledge of the process and how to approach the game alone with what they have instilled in me through working with them is something I feel will transfer to my play on the field when my opportunity comes.
Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game do you consider to be your biggest strength?
Andre Price: My physical approach to the game. Between pass plays and my involvement in blocking with the run game. My size allows me to use my body to make plays in traffic and my attitude and hard work carries over on the field with run after the catch. My attitude when the ball is in my hand is that I refuse to be tackled and attack EVERY yard I possibly can. Although I may not be the fastest I can be a very dangerous deep threat because of my ability to play the deep ball with body control and attitude. Another of my best traits is that I never give up, and I never stop fighting. Regardless if we’re up or losing by 20+ I’m going to be out there competing, I don’t ever even look at the clock or scoreboard until the game is over, I just keep competing.
Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game you are improving on today?
Andre Price: Biggest thing is consistency, I don’t feel like there’s a cap or a level as to when you can be considered “good enough” at consistency. So getting a million reps at everything is a major focus right now. Running every route catching every pass over and over and over again making it as much of a natural movement and response as possible. My overall craft is something I’m building on the daily, sideline catches, 50/50 passes, in and out of breaks and anything else I can be better at my game in. Things I need to work on would probably be my open field decisions. Other than running aggressive and making cuts to gain yards I need to be able to bring something else to the table as far as open field running is concerned. It’s also been said on a couple of scouting reports that my open field decisions aren’t the best. So just watching a lot of film and getting more familiar with the angles and momentums of the game so when my time with the ball comes I’m making better decisions.
Justin David Kish: Name a point during your college career that you overcame adversity and what did you learn from the experience?
Andre Price: Finishing out of junior college. There were a lot of things that were happening that I couldn’t control that was making it difficult for me to be a student. I finished up the last two months living out of my car and missing meals. But I needed to finish in order to obtain my degree and move on, But with an overload of classes and not having a roof and at times meals it made life pretty difficult. I had a couple friends that would let me sleep on the couch once in a while and look out with a meal every now and then, so it showed me who my real friends are. I prayed heavily throughout this point in my life so it was another thing that proved to me Gods presence in my life. I learned how to get it on my own and hat having faith with my vision would lead to better dayside my work reflected it.
Justin David Kish: Do you have the ability to command the players around you?
Andre Price: I believe so, there were many times throughout camp where our head coach challenged our mentality and discipline as a team. Knowing what kind of coach he was and his usual mind games I was able to step up and lead the way around them to help us stick together as a team. A couple of players and I got on the same page as we started to pass the torch to the 65 freshmen we were working with on the roster.
Justin David Kish: How was your chemistry with your team at Lincoln?
Andre Price: Most importantly between my receiver core and I, it was nothing but love. If anything I knew every single one of my brothers in that core had my back no matter what and it showed in every game. Good play or bad play they were all there to keep me going. We all had a great amount of respect for each other and that takes chemistry within the offense to a new level. One thing I can happily say about us is that there was never any hate coming from any one of us, play calling and who we tried getting the ball to in-game time situations were never questioned instead they were backed. The chemistry reflected in how well we blocked for each other and ran routes for each other to get open. My relationship with the receiver core is something that will last a lifetime.
Justin David Kish: Outside of football, what does a typical day look like for you?
Andre Price: Currently, I’m interning as an assistant coach with our Women’s Basketball team. As I grow in the coaching aspect my days with them is something I look forward to every day. Currently, we are 11-4 and have had one of the best starts in program history being 5-1 in conference. Being able to stick around another teams in season grind has been a fun experience to see things from a different view. Outside of that a normal day for me is going back and forth to class, getting right with my studies, and staying up to game with my training at Alpha Training Facility in Newark, DE. The people there have done an amazing job with working with my schedule, getting the right people around me as far as strength and conditioning coaches, experienced players, massage therapist and yoga instructors for recovery, and providing a meal plan for me so I can continue to gain the right weight preparing for my pro day.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions, I am going to put you on the spot. My first question, if you could compare yourself to any current NFL wide receiver who would it be and why?
Andre Price: Jermaine Kearse or Alshon Jeffery, from body type to skill set! They both have the ability to make tough plays on the ball, Jermaine because he is able to run the full route tree, and my size allows me to use my body to make plays in traffic and my attitude and hard work carries over on the field with run after the catch! I refuse to be tackled and attack EVERY yard I possibly can. Alshon because even tho he isn’t fast he is a very dangerous deep threat because of his ability to play the deep ball with body control and attitude. I believe attitude wise I am tenacious and as aggressive as Hines Ward but also as strong and balanced as Evan Ingram.
Justin David Kish: My final question, if I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Andre Price?
Andre Price: When it comes to looking for a receiver or an athlete you’d like to represent your team you’re going to find players who time faster in the 40, you’re going to find players who played at bigger schools, and you’re going to find players who have other connections. But if you want someone who’s going to give everything they have and more on and off the field regardless of who’s in front of them. And if you want someone is going to go to make every sacrifice in order to serve you and show through efforts and attitude, their gratitude and how thankful they are just for the opportunity to be involved because it’s an opportunity that saves many lives then look no further. This isn’t something I do just for myself, I do it for my family that’s here, gone, and that’s to come. I’d hope I could be in a position to prove this to you in something you could feel and not something I could tell you. Giving me an opportunity doesn’t just sign a kid who you think can play, it brings in a player who is going to try with all his might to make the overall franchise better day in and day out. And I’m willing to do whatever it takes if it’s being at the facility at 3am for extra work, or being the first one to jump up and run for the water when you say you’re thirsty I’ll be the one. Allow me to show you better than I can tell you.
Notable Achivements by Andre Price:
HBCU 2nd team all American,
1st Team ECAC region,
— Lincoln accolades —
#2 In Single Season Receiving Yards
#3 In Career Receiving Touchdowns
#4 In Single Season Receiving Touchdowns
#4 In Career Receiving Yards
#5 In Career Touchdowns Scored
#5 In Career Yards Per Catch
#5 In Career Catches a Game
#6 In Total Points Scored
#7 In Career All Purpose Yards a Game
#7 In Single Season All Purpose Yards
#8 In Receptions In a Season
#8 In Receptions Per Game In a Season
#8 In Average Yards Per Catch In a Season
#9 In Career Receptions
#9 In Career Offensive Yards
#9 In Single Season Points Scored
#10 In All Purpose Yards