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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Marlem Louis, Edge, University of Richmond

2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Marlem Louis, Edge, University of Richmond
  • Name: Marlem Louis
  • Position: Edge
  • College: University of Richmond
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 250 lbs
  • Twitter: @marlemlouis
  • Instagram: @louis.v______

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

When I was younger, I had anger issues and got in trouble at school a lot I actually had an anger issues counselor and she recommended to my parents that I should play football. At first, I did not really enjoy it or like it but, I started to like it more and more as time went on, and then just fell in love with the game as I continued to play it.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

Some of my favorite moments are against Delaware when I came back from my neck injury and got 2 strip sacks, I also loved the feeling of winning the state championship in high school, my first career college sack against Lehigh was a great confidence boost for me last season, getting defensive mvp my senior year of high school, and when I was younger, I played in AYF, and we went to Nationals for the first time after multiple years of going to regionals. It only made it better that I had been with the same youth organization when we were not winning any games and saw us get exponentially better year by year.

Which one of your family members inspires you the most and why?

It’s hard to pick between my mom and my dad because they’ve always been hard workers and both have sacrificed a lot. They both moved here from Haiti, and that simple decision of leaving family, home, and security for a chance in America has set up my life the way it is. If it had not been for that decision I probably wouldn’t be playing football right now.

What are you looking forward to in your upcoming season?

I’m looking forward to getting the respect I deserve. I’m forever thankful for the 1st team All-CAA last season, but I believe I am an All-American type player. So I’m going into this season to leave no doubt and prove that there are not 32 better defensive linemen than me in the FCS, and that I’m a force to be reckoned with. But more importantly the chance to win a CAA championship and a FCS championship is well within our reach.

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

I would either hang out with Reggie White or Brian Dawkins. Mostly because those two guys are known for being great on the field, but also having great faith in Jesus. I would love to pick their brains on how to balance both, how they managed that, and just how their life was based on that dynamic. If I had to choose between the two I would probably talk to Reggie White because he was a DE as well.

What are your favorite things about playing football for Richmond?

One of my all time favorite things are my teammates. They are great guys, and I’ve been able to make lifelong friendships. I appreciate being able to see Kobie Turner work his butt off, firsthand, and get to the NFL. Also being able to work/be a roommate with Tristan Wheeler and see how hard he works. But on top of that, this past year my position coach, Chris Ellis, played in the NFL and I believe has been preparing me to get there each and every day.

What should we know about Marlem Louis the person?

I play this game, so that I can honor my lord and savior Jesus Christ. Going back to my teammates, I’ve seen 3 teammates get baptized and I was fortunate enough to baptize one of them, Ulises. I know that God has given me the ability to play football, and I want to maximize my potential and also use football as my gateway to progress the kingdom of God. I truly love the game of football too. If you ask anyone what Marlem would be doing on his free time it’s “watching football” I just think it’s an amazing sport that has taught me an immense amount of things, and continues to challenge me everyday.

What is your favorite defensive scheme and why?

I haven’t played in a 3-4 scheme yet. But I see myself as more of an edge player on the next level, so I would love to be an OLB in a 3-4 scheme. I would love to get in some coverages, and just get more chances to impact the game in all ways on defense. I also love playing in space, I was a linebacker up until high school and I loved it.

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

On the field, I take on challenges by just attacking. There’s not much room for anything else in that regard, but in life I handle challenges by taking it up in prayer and scripture. I also seek guidance by those around me with wisdom, so on the field whether that be a coach or in life where that would be like a mentor or peer.

What would a team get in a player like you?

A team would get a hard worker, team guy, dynamic pass rusher, and a player committed to excellence.

What stands out about your film the most?

I am a physical player. Whether it’s block disruption, tackling,or sacking the QB, there’s always that sense of violence.

Who is the most underrated player you’ve played with and why?

I think Carson Sullivan was a very underrated teammate of mine. He was the DE opposite of me in high school, and he would just rack up sacks. He was 6’0” but quick and had great hands, and was a key part of our defense my senior year.

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