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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Charles Akanno, LB, University of Idaho

Charles Akanno
University of Idaho star linebacker Charles Akanno recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of NFL Draft Diamonds. (Photo courtesy of Idaho Vandals Football)
  • Name: Charles Akanno
  • Position: LB
  • College: University of Idaho 
  • Height: 6′ 1″
  • Weight: 245 lbs 
  • Twitter: @Channel7Newz

1.If you could live anywhere in the world where and why?

California, because of its beautiful views and I like the city life.

2.If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

Aaron Donald,  because he’s a smarter defensive lineman and he is one of the best in the NFL and does things I can relate to.

3.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?

Dominate one play at a time and attack that one play and have fun. So that’s what I think about having fun and making plays.

4.What do you do for fun?

I like to play basketball, hang out with friends, hike, spend time outdoors and Xbox especially madden.

5.How has your experience as a Idaho University Vandals player been?

It’s been a great experience. Won a bowl championship,  I’ve been loving it here for now 5 years as a Vandals player. 

6.What is your favorite workout?

I like to squat. I’m a big squat guy and pylo training. I would say those 2.

7.If your life was a tv show what would you call it and why?

Channel7newz, because it’s something new every day, new experiences and you get to see a playmaker.

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8.What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

So when growing up I was playing basketball. I saw my other brother playing it and tried it and love it ever since. 

9.What are your favorite moments from your football life?

My biggest winning the bowl championship game against Colorado State. Winning a bowl ring too.

10.What would a team get in a player like you?

A very versatile player put me anywhere even special teams. They will get a player that wants to win.

11. What has been your biggest challenge in life?

I’ll say my biggest challenge has been getting through so many injuries and being able to have the grit and grind to come back from injuries. 

12.What do you hope to accomplish if you make it into the NFL?

I wanna make it into the 52 man roster. I want to get reps and help the team win.

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