Overview: Malik Duncan is a senior who played cornerback for Saint Francis University. He was a Buck Buchanan Award Finalist. Duncan was a Team Captain who also went 28 straight games without giving up a single touchdown. During his college career, he had 147 tackles, 7 interceptions, and 1 sack. He is a great tackler, who has a good football I.Q. who also displays good technique. He was also invited to Cleveland Browns Pro Day.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Malik, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Saint Francis University?
MD: Saint Francis was the best option for me at the time, I only had D2 offers coming out of high school, I had interest from FBS schools but they all pretty much said the same thing about my ACT score and how I was just a late bloomer because I only started for one year in high school, so people were just scared to take a chance on me but Saint Francis was not.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
MD: I’m just going to stick to what I have been doing, I think I did pretty much all I can do, I was a lock down corner who did not get scored on for 28 straight games biggest part about that my junior and senior season, I was All American and I was up for the Buck Buchanan award so I showed I’m a football player, It is just in God’s hands to make something happen for me on draft weekend.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
MD: I have a lot of strengths but I like to focus on the weaknesses because I just focus on what I need to work on and I can get better in press coverage and I’m not the biggest so that is another weakness people feels I have, but what my biggest strength is I’m not afraid to tackle and I’m very focused on technique.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
MD: I can tackle very well, I’m willing to take on offensive linemen that pulls to try to come get me, I’m very focused on technique and how exactly to play certain formations and one thing that I do that I do not see a lot of corners do is get to the cut off point of the receiver and that is the difference between a touchdown and no touchdown. I do that is why I have so much success and did not give up touchdowns in my career.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
MD: I will say a comparison of Charles Woodson and Richard Sherman without the length, but I also would say that I’m my own self because I have a unique strength that can be provided for teams.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
MD: Kameron Lewis from my school.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
MD: When I was 8 years old, that is when it became just one of the most important things to me in life.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
MD: “You either change the people, or change the people.” (Marco Pecora)
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
MD: I listen to R&B music before the game to keep me calm and I wear my straw hat with my shades then when its almost time for the game is when I put on my hype music.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
MD: I’m a kid who been through so much his whole life to get to this moment to try to make his dreams come true in the next two weeks, I just want you guys to know never give up and continue to grind in the dark and the light will come.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Malik Duncan 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.
Follow him on Twitter: @MDuncan_7
You can check out his highlights here.
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.