LRU Spotlight: Interview with 2016 NFL Draft Prospect Quincy Smith

Height: 5’6
Weight: 201

Overview: Quincy Smith was a running back who played for University of Idaho. He is an explosive player who can catch out of the backfield.

Quincy Smith

I had the pleasure of interviewing Quincy, 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 University of Idaho?

QS: I honestly chose University of Idaho by faith, because I was just hungry for an opportunity to play anywhere at any school. So I use to send out over a hundred emails to coaches all over. With Idaho I did something I called the athletic department and sent my film over. Then I was offered a preferred walk-on opportunity.

C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?

QS: My strengths are my ability to run routes and being able to catch very well out of the backfield and I love pass protection. My weakness is that I’m always the smallest person on the field.

C: What separates you from the other players at your position?

QS: My vision and awareness on field.

C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?

QS: Darren Sproles because we are the same size and he has great hands out of the backfield.

C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?

QS: Honestly I have had an opportunity to face anyone from any other teams because I never received an opportunity to play in a official collegiate game.

C: If an NFL scout were to walk up to you and give you ten seconds to sell yourself, what would you say?

QS: “How you doing today?” I am Quincy Smith, I’m from New Orleans, Louisiana and I am a former running back of the University of Idaho” What steps do I have to take to be apart of your professional football organization?”

C: Where do you see yourself in five years?

QS: Playing pro-football, an entrepreneur I plan on starting my own clothing line and also mentoring young kids in New Orleans for my own non-profit organization.

C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?

QS: I prepare by starting to hydrate two-nights before by drinking water and Gatorades. I take B-12 the day of the game. I always wake up extra early, say my prayers and talk to my daughter on FaceTime. I also rub my tattoo of my father for good luck and Its a must I listen to these songs “The 560 SL ” by Curren$y ft: Wiz Khalifa “Gangland” By Future “Air Forces” by Young Jeezy.

C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a person has ever said to you in your college career?

QS: I remember asking my Uncle Tommy Smith, Southeastern Louisiana Track and Field Hall of Famer, ” What does it takes to be in the Hall of Fame?” He said ” You always have to work twice as hard than the next man and be always be ten steps ahead of him.”

C: What was your favorite moment/play at University of Idaho?

QS: It was my last play as a Vandal and I honestly think it was one of my best runs in my life. I made one defender miss in the hole and then I made the safety miss in open field and I scored.

Locker Room Update would like to thank Quincy Smith 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 highlights here

Follow him on Twitter: @QuincySmith_

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