Hello I am @jrberendzen on Twitter and this is one of my free agent interviews where I ask some very deserving free agent questions about the players themselves and what a team would get with those players. All of these players should be chosen by the NFL, CFL and XFL teams and strive to become career football players. So I hope you all read this interview on Shaquille and follow his journey on social networks!
1. What do we need to know about the person Jovon White?
Hardworking person. I am very competitive in just about everything I do. I love being surrounded by friends and family. Very cold and can be very nonchalant. Try to keep a positive outlook on life.
2. What is the one moment that has improved you as a football player?
I have always been a shorter guy and my biggest thing has been to improve my weight and strength. In one of the first games of my college season I landed a big hit on an RB catching a ball in the flats, and from that point on I was a lot more confident in my head held high / big tackles.
3. What do you hope to accomplish as a football player in the future?
I just hope to compete at a high level and consistently. Also to be an inspiration to other athletes from smaller schools to never give up on their own.
4. What is your typical workout routine?
In general, I train 4-5 times a week. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and sometimes Saturday. I try to gain volume and gain mostly in my legs, so Mondays and Fridays are my heavy leg days. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my upper body days and will mix it up heavy or not. I also usually end each day with a few core workouts and will sprinkle in some leg or calf workouts on upper body days.
5. If you could spend a day with any football player past or present, who and why?
I would say Ed Reed because I’m a Ravens fan and he’s my favorite player. Mainly because we’re playing the same position and I’m trying to model my game of being a ball peddler and everywhere on the pitch without security.
6. What sets you apart from other defensive backs?
I would say I am versatile. While I like free roaming in the back coverage areas. I feel like I’m just as comfortable having to play the corner or the nickel position. Although my man blanket is a bit rusty because I haven’t played strict man since high school, I believe in my abilities. I also like to be involved in the racing game. I love to tackle and feel my presence in more than just the passing game. I’ve always tried to lead my team by tackling my year in college, as well as being in the top 5 in other years while being a rookie.
7.What made you decide to become a football player?
The first time I discovered football was in fifth grade through one of my first real close friends. I signed up and it felt natural to me. Honestly, it wasn’t until college that I had coaches and teammates telling me how talented I was and I could be when I really decided that was what I wanted to be.
8.What kind of energy do you bring to the soccer field?
Lately I’ve been a calmer guy before the storm because I’ve noticed I’m using a lot of energy being too excited before games and sometimes get gassed early until I take my second breath . But once I’ve done my first piece and picked up the pace, I definitely bring the hype.
9. Concentration, footwork and skills. Based on what is most important to you as a soccer player and explain why?
At the DB position I think the footwork is the most important because when you’re going through particularly fast runners or good road runners you want to have a smooth transition from your back pedal to a weaving pedal or just in trying to break on a road or the ball. I would say focus is second because at the next level the game moves quickly, so you have to be tuned in. Additionally, film work is key to catching trends and overall being better prepared for what is potentially to come. I would rank skills last because at the next level everyone had skills, that’s why they’re there. At this point, it’s a question of who is more balanced. If your footwork is precise and you are focused, your natural abilities will shine more.
10.What would a team gain from a player like you?
They would have a team player who would do everything in their power to help the team win. I’m the kind of player who wants to be on FG blocks and kickoffs and punt blocks to try to help the team take that advantage.
11.What do you like about football?
I love that it’s a team sport and it builds camaraderie. And teaches life skills like teamwork, persistence and hard work. I made some of my closest friends through football. It’s also where I feel most comfortable. God made me athletic and this is where I can show those abilities.
12.How do you deal with challenges in life and on the football field?
I take them head-on. In life, I pray for this and do what I can. On the football field, I express myself to believe in myself and take up the challenge. In important situations, I want the ball to come my way because I want to make this game.