Overview: Jermaine Murdock is a senior who played wide receiver for Arkansas Tech University. He is a smart physical wide receiver who can also play on special teams. In 2014, he had 35 catches for 548 yards and 2 touchdowns. In kick returns, he returned 12 of them for 202 yards.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jermaine, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
Christa: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Arkansas Tech University?
JM: I ended up choosing Arkansas Tech University because my high school coach Terry Mills is a good friend with our offensive coordinator. When coach Mills sent my highlight tape to the offensive coordinator I was then brought on a visit and committed the next day.
C: Since you are from a smaller school, how do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by scouts?
JM: Since I am from a smaller school I plan on making myself standout by performing at a high level at the regional combine and my pro day. I have been training extremely hard and I was told hard work pays off
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
JM: My strength would be my knowledge at my position and the ability to get in and out of my routes. I would say my weakness is speed. Although I am confident, I know I am not the fastest man in the world.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
JM: What separates me from other players at my position is that I watch film and study my opponent to take advantage of their weaknesses. My knowledge also is way above average at my positon.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
JM: I resemble Steve Smith the most because he is a smaller receiver that is very physical and every time he steps on the field he earns his respect.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
JM: I think the most inspirational thing a coach has ever said is “There are two things in life that you can control and that is your attitude and effort”. That stuck with me most because no matter if you are working or playing football if you control those two attributes everything will take care of itself.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
JM: Myself because I had to have a strong mindset of never missing practice or a game no matter how bad my body or mental state was.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
JM: On game day I usually lay out everything I am going to wear and watch other teams play on TV. I listen to music and also pray.
C: If could be any superhero who would it be and why?
JM: I would choose to be superman. Sure having super powers are great but remains to stay humble through all tragedy and uses his power to benefit all mankind and the world. With all of his power he could rule the world but chooses not to save and shape humanity.
C: What was your favorite moment/play at Arkansas Tech University?
JM: My favorite moment was my 98 yard touchdown. It broke the record for longest reception in school and Great American Conference history.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Jermaine Murdock for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2016 draft prospect
You can check out his senior highlights here
Follow him on Twitter: @Caliboyy2