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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Lukas Ruoss, LB, Bemidji State University

Lukas Ruoss the hard hitting LB from Bemidji State University recently sat down with Jimmy Williams of NFL Draft Diamonds.

Name: Lukas Ruoss
Height: 6’3
Weight: 230 lbs
Position: LB
College: Bemidji State University
Twitter: @_lruoss

Tell us about your university/college. What was your major/minor? How is campus life?

I went to Bemidji State University in Minnesota. My major was business administration with an emphasis in finance. Bemidji State has about 5,000 students and is located right on the shore of Lake Bemidji.

What do your teammates say is your best quality? 

My teammates would say that my best quality is that I lead by example and that I am a hard worker

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

I know the whole defense and not just my position and can act as a leading position in the defense. I see myself as an ILB in a 3-4 defense or a MLB in a 4-3 defense, but I also feel confident playing outside the box.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

The best player I had to play against in college was OT, Elliot Baker from San Francisco City College, he later transferred to Alabama.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

Gunner Olszewski impressed me the most. He played DB for Bemidji State and plays currently receiver and PR for the New England Patriots.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

When I moved from Switzerland to California to play college football, I did not know what to expect and I barely spoke English at the time. I was able to learn the language, get adjusted to college football and living in the US. Due to uncertainty at my first school, I was planning on transferring after the first semester, I went from one to the other place for 5 weeks until I finally got accepted at my second school and was able to move into a place.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?

If I didn’t play football, I probably would either play soccer or freestyle snowboard.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

Being able to play college football in the US without the help from any organization is one of my biggest achievements.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career?

SMSU was leading 24-0 with 9 minutes left in the 4th quarter. We were able to stop them on every down and ended up winning the game 24-25.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

My favorite player is Luke Kuechly. The way he plays is the way I am trying to model my game.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?

One of my favorite music artists is Young Thug and I usually listen to his music before a game.

What is your favorite comfort food?

One of my favorite foods has to be a traditional swiss food called “raclette”. 

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

One of my favorite actor is Jon Bernthal.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?

If I’m in Switzerland, I like to be up in the mountains as much as possible.

Who or what motivates you the most? 

Trying to put Switzerland and Europe on the map and show people that it doesn’t matter where you’re from, you can reach your goals, is something that motivates me.

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