NFL Draft Diamonds Free Agent Interview: Terry Hunter Jr., Running Back
Hello, I am @jrberendzen on Twitter and this is one of my free agent interviews where I ask very deserving free agents questions about the players themselves and about what a team would get in these players. All of these players should get picked up by NFL, CFL, and XFL teams and get a shot at being a career football player. So I hope you all read his interview and follow his journey on Twitter @TerryHunterJr1
1.What is one skill you have that you think translates into the NFL well?
I believe that the most prominent skill that translates for me is communication. The formula for success never changes, rather it’s on the field or off the field. To be successful on the field everyone has to be in sync, being able to properly communicate increases the chance of execution.
2.What sets you apart from other running backs?
The characteristic that sets me apart from other backs is my willingness to do the dirty work. Nothing is more rewarding to a running back than scoring touchdowns or breaking long runs, for me is making big blocks or helping my o-line during blocking assignments. I also played corner and safety in high school and my first two years of college so I have somewhat of a defensive and aggressive mindset.
3.Rank focus,footwork and skill based on what is most important to you as a football player and explain why?
The focus will always be first, if you do not possess the discipline to pay attention nothing else even matters. Second is skill, although I am very fundamental and technical I have met guys who couldn’t do a footwork drill to save their life but were straight ballers on the field. Last but definitely not least, footwork, which is required in its version at every position on the field. You master footwork and you are one step closer to being the best player possible.
4.What is your favorite workout?
My favorite workout used to be bench press I’m a little guy so being the strongest guy in the room was always the goal. However, now studying back like Alvin Kamara I’m obsessed with eccentric and balance workouts. I’m trying to break the most tackles possible.
5.What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?
I simply bring focus. I’m not a screamer and may at times seem out of it, but I really just be focused and visualize different game scenarios in my head.
6.What has been your biggest challenge in life?
My biggest challenge in life was having my son at 19 years old while playing JUCO ball. I took a semester off to take care of my son before soon re-enrolling in school. I was blessed enough to stay focused to finish school and still chase my pro football dreams, All my JUCO guys know the intensity and struggle of digging your way out of the pit of JUCO prison.
7.What is one moment from your football career that you thought improved you as a football player?
When I learned how to read defensive fronts. It made me a better back. I could make pre-snap reads on what holes would most likely be open, I’m not the fastest guy but I pack a lot of power so the quicker I find the hole the tougher it will be to stop the run.
8.What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?
It’s all about FOCUS and EFFORT, there’s always going to be a guy more talented than you, maybe faster whatever. The difference-maker is understanding the assignment and having the mindset to execute the assignment at any means necessary.