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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Fermon Reid, DE, Stetson

Fermon Reid the defensive lineman from Stetson recently sat down with Evan Willsmore from NFL Draft Diamonds
Fermon Reid the defensive lineman from Stetson recently sat down with Evan Willsmore from NFL Draft Diamonds
  • Name: Fermon Reid
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 245 lbs
  • School: Stetson University
  • Level: Division I FCS – Pioneer League
  • Twitter: fermonreid_
  • Instagram: fermonreid

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?

Major: Finance

Minor: Sports Administration

Pursuing Masters in Business Administration 

CFO of investment program on campus

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My work ethic and my competitive nature on the field. 

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

I’m going to be a captain this year – my main role is helping us win the PFL championship.

I consider myself to be a prototypical defensive end or edge rusher. 

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

Calvin Turner, QB, Jacksonville (transferred to Hawaii) 

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

Finau Fine, another defensive end 

What makes you different from others at your position? 

I’m just relentless – I never stop competing and I have so much experience being a starter for nearly five seasons. 

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

At the end of last season we were playing Morehead State, I sprained my ankle late in the game and they ended up making a comeback victory. I missed some time and didn’t know if I wanted to transfer or even play football again. 

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

Soccer – up until my freshman year of high school that was really all I played. 

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

All of my teammates voted for me to be a team captain. I’m really glad they were able to see my potential and that I really did love this game. I have been a captain since the Spring 2021 season (delayed COVID season). 

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

In the spring we played against Presbyterian, I recorded 13 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and a forced fumble. 

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

Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan. He is a pure competitor and winner all of the time, a physical embodiment of greatness.

Favorite team: Washington Commanders

I look at guys like TJ Watt, Joey Bosa, etc. and kind of combine them into one form. 

What gets you “pumped up” before a game?

In 2020 when we couldn’t play football, just having the ability to go and grind things out during practice is what really got me going. This is a unique sport because you’re only playing once a week in the fall with a long offseason, so I don’t take it for granted.

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

I like hanging out with friends and playing video games. I’m pretty good at this card game called Yu-Gi-Oh as well. I go to some tournaments in the Summer related to that game. 

Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?

Football is really one of the greatest sports in the world – you have people that are different sizes, races, and religions, but we all come together for one common goal. 

Proving people wrong – going through the recruiting process and people calling me undersized, it only pushed me to go harder. 

What do you want NFL teams to know about you? 

You are getting a player who is going to give his all each and every day to the organization. 

Other notes on Fermon Reid: 

In sophomore year I played linebacker and switched to defensive line junior year. This switch really helped and I blossomed into a great player, but I wasn’t recruited heavily because of my size. Stetson was where I went because they have great academics and the area is pretty nice. It took me a few years to catch on at Stetson but eventually, I started getting All-Conference honors. The delayed 2020 season is what I consider my breakout. 

Evan Willsmore

18 y/o writer and scout - just trying to give players an opportunity and the recognition they deserve. Fan of all things football.

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