Overview: Jabre Lolley is a senior who played running back for Shepherd University. In 2013, he was one of the players selected to the All-MEC Second Team. In 2017, he was one of the players who earned a spot on the All-MEC First Team. In ended this season with 176 carries for 1,115 yards and 15 touchdowns. He displays good hands, can catch out of the backfield well and displays great vision when making the cuts downfield.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jabre, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Shepherd University?
JL: For those who don’t know me, I ended up choosing Shepherd University because they’re known for winning Championships and have a good program close to home. I was also able to sign with my high school quarterback and with D1 out of the question solely due to grades it was the next best move for me.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
JL: I plan to stand out with my aggressive play in the run game and pass protection. Having the ability to catch the ball as a big back and run downhill are my strengths.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
JL: My strengths are the ability to block, catch the ball, my vision, and make one cut and get downhill with a lot of power. My weaknesses are I can be too quick to the hole sometimes.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
JL: My ability to be an every down back and the aggression I have when I run and block. I attack my defenders when I run with a safety mentality.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
JL: I think I resemble Derrick Henry because he’s a guy with a lot of size but he can get the job done on the ground and through the air with his deceptive speed.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
JL: The toughest player I ever faced in my college career is Howard Jones of the Chicago Bears. I had the opportunity to play against him at Shepherd University for two years and he was just relentless on every play.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
JL: I fell in love with football when I was seven years old. I grew up following after my big brother and all we did was play in football leagues together.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
JL: The most inspirational thing a coach has ever said to me is “the only person who can stop me is me”. It’s stuck with me through my career and I run the ball with that mentality.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
JL: On game day I like to shower, eat a light breakfast and then listen to music all the way up to the locker room. The one ritual I have is sitting in my locker and closing my eyes so I can just relax before the game and see myself making plays.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
JL: People reading this interview should know that I’m a hungry football player from Wilmington, Delaware that plays with aggression and loves to win. I came from a small school but I have the talent and size to compete with anyone.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Jabre Lolley for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a professional football player.
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Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.