2023 NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Julien Gums, RB, Nicholls State
- Name: Julien Guns
- Position: Running Back
- Height: 5’9″
- Weight: 218 lbs
- School: Nicholls State University
- Level: Division I FCS – Southland Conference
- Twitter: gumsju28
- Instagram: jugums28
Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
Major: General Studies
Football takes up a lot of my time so I didn’t pursue extracurriculars
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
Being a leader – showing the other guys I’m always there whenever they need a hand.
What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
Role: whatever is needed – I’m not a selfish guy and we rotate at the RB position. I want to be the best teammate possible.
RB position is very fun – we get to do a lot of stuff on the field and we are very versatile offensive players.
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Donniel Ward-Magee, DB, Southeastern Louisiana – rarely missed tackles.
Kelechi Anyalebechi, LB, Incarnate Word – extremely physical on every down. Great size as well.
Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Kohen Granier, quarterback – a leader in every aspect of the game and really brings the team up to their best level possible.
The entire offensive line – they deserve a lot of credit for letting me become the player I am today
Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
I got injured on the sidelines last season and it took me a long time to get through the healing process. I didn’t know when I was going to come back and I knew I couldn’t rush things – even though I wanted to play badly.
If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
I used to play AAU basketball for a few years in high school – I would happily do it again.
What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I’m going into my fifth year at Nicholls – I am defining my own legacy and aiming to become the program’s all-time leading rusher. I want to show my talents at the next level and I feel like I have set myself up well to do that.
Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
First game in my freshman year against Lamar – I had to step in for an injured RB. Backed up at our own 28, I got the ball and broke three tackles for a 68-yard touchdown. I knew I was going to be great for a long time after that.
Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
Saquon Barkley – loved the way he played the game and was able to bounce back after multiple injuries. Equally effective as a pass-catcher when compared to his ground abilities.
Jonathan Taylor – he rushed for 2,000 yards in his last year at Wisconsin and I knew that was something I could do myself.
What gets you “pumped up” before a game?
Knowing that my family is going to be there watching – win or lose they will always have my back.
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
I like to cook – especially at breakfast time. Also play COD, 2K, and Madden on my PS4. I take the game seriously. Love to workout when I don’t have school work to complete.
Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
I didn’t get into football early and I had to convince my parents to play. Every year I kept pushing and never quit – I love football more than ever now, having played four years of it at the Division I level.
In high school I played quarterback – I had played running back for my entire life before that. As a bigger guy, I still ran the ball quite a bit and that’s what I enjoyed most. I knew things were going to change in college as almost all schools recruited me as a running back again. Nicholls State was my only true offer – all of the other programs were simply “looks” who never made the next step to come and get me. I’m very glad they gave me a chance. Didn’t get a lot of touches right away and started to have some doubts. Stayed patient and eventually worked my way up the ranks. It’s always been a very fun experience but there are still a lot of things I want to accomplish during my last year at Nicholls.