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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Garrett Fugate, QB, Central Missouri

UCM quarterback Garrett Fugate has a big arm and is loved by his coaches. This kid is fun to watch
UCM quarterback Garrett Fugate has a big arm and is loved by his coaches. This kid is fun to watch

NFL Draft Diamonds has been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the 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 the prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Garrett Fugate

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2 217 pounds

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

University of Central Missouri

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

Started a mentoring and tutoring program for children for a class project.

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

Financial Markets and Institutions

Where are you from?

Overland Park, Kansas

Who is your role model, and why?

My dad is my number one role model.  He has taught me how to work hard and show others respect. 

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played basketball, baseball, and ran track.

Did you play any other positions in football?

When I was young I also played some receiver and played safety as well in high school.

At your position, what separates you from others?

What separates me as a quarterback is my ability to keep plays alive when something breaks down and my preparation.

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

When breaking down film I always look for tendencies in the defense.  If you can find something that the defense or a player on the defense does in certain situations you can exploit that.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

In high school I played against Shane Ray and he was probably the best player I’ve played against.

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

I would compare myself to Russell Wilson.  I have the ability to make all the throws but can also hurt a defense with my legs and play making ability.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Pre-game I like to go over the call sheet and listen to music to get focused.

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

I feel like a big obstacle coming from a small school is that teams will think that I haven’t played against the best competition.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is my arm strength and athleticism.

What is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is not wanted to give up on plays that are dead.

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

All I am looking for is a chance.  I am a smart and very hard working kid and I will not disappoint if given the opportunity.  I am very coachable and can versatile, I know that I can play at the next level.

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

 I grew up a Philadelphia Eagles fan because my godfather Michael Bartrum played for them.  I always loved watching Tom Brady play.

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

My older brother who passed away when we were young, my Grandma Mary who I never got to meet and Jesus.

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

I would invest my first paycheck.

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