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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Shazzon Mumphrey, QB, University of New Haven


Shazzon Mumphrey is an athletic player with great arm speed.

NFL Diamonds has been providing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed things up a bit. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the draft eligible player. We hope to bring you more than 350 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet our next prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Shazzon Mumphrey

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3 222

What is your position?

Quarterback/Wide Receiver

Where do you play college football?

The University of New Haven in West Haven,CT

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

Agreed that football is all about giving back, coolest thing i’ve experienced would have to be back in 2013. I had an opportunity to hang out with a kid that had an illness preventing him from being able to play the sport competitively, So going through the route tree throwing him Touchdowns was awesome.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Definitely Organic Chem.

Where are you from?

Louisville, Kentucky Born & Raised.

Who is your role model, and why?

My role model would have to be my father. My dad has always been my biggest supporter and critic. He taught me early to always persevere no matter the situation. Being that I’ve faced much adversity in my life I couldn’t be more thankful for the years of molding me into a man my dad put in.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I always played basketball even as a freshman in college.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I’m primarily a QB it was my first and natural position but I was put in the position to play Wide Receiver as well.

At your position, what separates you from others?

Playing Quarterback what separates me from others is probably the ability to learn fast. Having the intangibles is one thing but being able to put them to use and operate a system smoothly comes with a lot of practice to most. I’d say I’m pretty natural at it because of my football knowledge.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

There is a number of things to look for when breaking down film. Id say start with personnel, knowing who is where and what they excel at along with areas that aren’t up to par. I like to see what the defense throws out in certain situations, down and distances and far as fronts coverages and blitzes. The most important thing is to know how to protect yourself at QB, if you can’t do that then you can’t run an offense.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Toss up between Artie Burns, Javon Hargrave and Shattle Fenteng.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

I think I’m very comparable to Terrelle Pryor and B.J Daniels. Playing QB first and being natural at that as well as having the ability to split out wide and go make plays in the receiving game and blocking in the run game

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Junior College was the biggest obstacle I had to overcome. When you’re and FBS caliber player coming out of high school but don’t qualify its a shameful feeling. Even more when you have to enroll at a community college and play a brand of ball that you aren’t familiar with and it’s kind of every man for himself. I just worked hard found the right place for me and lots of prayer I was able to come out of JUCO with many scholarship offers at the FCS level.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Besides prayer, no pregame rituals. I don’t even do the same thing every week. Some games I’m to myself listening to my music and others I’m very social with my teammates as long as we are focused up

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest Strengths are my work ethic and ability/willingness to learn and competitive nature.

What is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is probably how hard I grade and judge myself

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I would just tell them that they were getting a guy who is going to come in and up the level of competition, someone who is eager to grow as a student of the game and as much as I put in on the field/weight/film room they would be getting a guy who is just as conscious off the field and great character.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

Colts and Peyton Manning

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

Jesus Christ, Thomas Rhett, Martin Luther King Jr.

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

Whatever My Grandmother desires. Lord Knows She Deserves it.



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