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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Davien Kuinlan, RB, Hartwick College

Davien Kuinlan the standout running back from Hartwick College recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

One of my favorite moments was definitely the last game of my senior year in college this past season, after winning our first game of the year we had a really tough stretch of close games that didn’t go our way and I never stopped believing and trusting our guys and it all came together in a final win in our last game, was a very special moment for me as I had my best collegiate game and as a collective group getting the win to end the year. Felt like the accumulation of all the hard work put in leading up to that moment.

What sets you apart from other running backs?

The thing that sets me apart from other running backs and overall other prospects is my versatility. I am a physical downhill runner at 6’2 225 lbs with big play ability from anywhere on the field in the run game and as a receiving back, along with being a goal line back as well. Along with my running back versatility I also have positional versatility with a ton of quarterback in my past and can provide an offense with a completely new look on any given down.

What are you looking to achieve as a football player going forward?

I want to achieve playing at the highest level I can and for me that is the NFL. When given an opportunity I will only make the most of it. I am more than capable to compete at that high of a level which is why it is my ultimate goal.

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

LaDainian Tomlinson, as a kid growing up he was my favorite running back in the NFL. He had a great football career and is one of the best in history at the position, he would be a great guy to learn from as it doesn’t get much better than him.

What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?

Success on the football field starts off the field, in the film room, on your own time working on field work and in practice and the weight room. What you do leading up to the game is everything and the results show up on game day.

What should we know about Davien Kuinlan the person?

The thing about me is I always regardless of football or not give my best effort in anything I do and I never stop until I am successful in achieving my goals or whatever I set my mind to. I hold myself to the highest standard and carry myself with professionalism.

How are you planning to prepare for the draft?

Continuing my training schedule and continuing improving my game to be in the best physical shape that I possibly can and fine tuning my skills to be the best football player I can be.

What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

I bring high energy and positivity at all times. Regardless of the situation of the game keeping your head up is contagious and bringing that positive energy to my coaches and teammates only helps.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

I attack them full speed ahead. That’s the only way to get things done in life, procrastination does nothing but cause more problems. I like to get things done and that’s the only way to do. Staying positive and moving forward with my best foot forward whether that’s football or in life.

What would a team get in a player like you?

They would get athletic positional versatility and the hardest worker in the room at all times.

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

My dad played football his entire life and I was the water boy for his correctional team and was always around the game. I played football, baseball, and basketball growing up and fell in love with football over the rest at a very young age.

What is a moment that improved you as a football player?

The loss in my high school championship game my senior year, I hated the feeling of losing and it drove me to continue developing and improving my game.

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