When you think of power backs, you think think of guys like Jerome Bettis, and Earl Campbell. Well Kendall Gaskins is a big back that will be used as a FB in the NFL. The hard hitting big back is hungrier than ever, and is rated as one of the top fullbacks in the draft this year. He is very athletic and can catch the ball out the backfield. He has a great nose for the endzone, and will be a huge asset to a football team. Keep in mind that Gaskins could end up being a huge factor in the NFL, especially on goal line sets. He reminds me a lot of Alfred Morris who was used as a back this year for the Redskins. Gaskins could get a shot with a team to play running back but I believe teams will wan to see his skills at blocking being utilized. Keep an eye on big KG.
Q: How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision?
A: I was not highly recruited out of high school. If I’m remembering correctly, I only had about 4 or 5 offers. I chose the college where I felt welcomed and had a family atmosphere which was Richmond. Also, I had the opportunity to come in as a freshmen and contribute right away to program that had just won its first national title in any sport in school history.
Q: Has it always been your dream to be an NFL football player?
A: Yes, as a little kid I always wanted to play in the NFL. I was always involved with sports, whether it was football, basketball, or baseball. I knew that I wanted to play professionally in one of those sports.
Q: Who was your favorite NFL team growing up and did you have a player you rooted for?
A: My favorite team was the Philadelphia Eagles. Although I am an offensive player, my favorite player was Brian Dawkins because he played with so much passion and aggression. But growing up, my favorite back was Terrell Davis.
Q: At your position, how do you break down film? Please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film.
A: When I break down film, the first players I observe are the linebackers. I see if they are physical, how they fit gaps, pass rush moves, and just their overall approach to the game. Then, I watch for alignments that will give away a blitzing situation for pass protection. When I am watching myself on film, I grade myself 3 ways – technique, assignment, and result. First, I see if my technique on the play is proper and sound, then I see if I completed my assignment. Finally, I grade my performance on the play.
Q: What is the best accolade/award you have ever received from playing football?
A: As a team, I would have to say winning two conference championships in my four years playing for the Spiders in the tough CAA conference. Being elected captain for my senior was a big accomplishment because it shows that the guys on the team have respect and faith that I will help steer this team in a positive route. Finally, it was nice to be named All-American two out of four years of my college career.
Q: Now that your college football eligibility is up, what’s your next move?
A: I am currently training for the Texas vs the Nation All-Star game which will be played on Feb. 2 in Allen, Texas. After that game, I will be training and preparing for my pro day workout.
Q: When did you really feel you had a good chance of making your dream come true?
A: I realized that I had a chance at my dream after my freshmen and sophomore campaigns. I had lots of success early, but still knew I had a lot of room to get better. Therefore, I knew if I put in the work I would put myself in a position to go to the next level.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: I am a big seafood guy. I love crabs, lobster, clams, oysters, that kind of stuff.
Q: Do you have any pre game rituals?
A: Nothing crazy. Before the game, I go on the field, stretch and run around a little to loosen up. Then, I just listen to my music and get into my zone.
Q: What would you tell NFL teams that are weary of taking a late-round flyer on you?
A: I would tell them that I was doubted before coming out of high school by not getting recruited heavily, then I went on to have major success at the college level. I feel like I can do the same thing because I know what I am capable of. I am going to come in with a chip on my shoulder to prove that smaller school guys are just as good, if not better, than the big school guys. I will bring energy, passion and the will to work to get the job done. I will do anything that’s asked of me to help my team at the next level, whether it’s playing running back, fullback, or special teams.
Q: If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be?
A: Jason Snelling because he is a bigger back that is versatile. I do not only look at myself as only blocker. I can run the ball and catch it as well. And I play special teams, covering kicks and punts.
Q: Who has had your back through the good and the bad as you’ve moved on balancing life as a student-athlete?
A: My family has always been there and will continue to be there for me.
Q: What’s your plan if you go undrafted?
A: To keep work like I was drafted first overall and to show that people made a mistake by not drafting me.
Q: Everyone asks this question, but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check?
A: Obviously, I want to give back to my mom and family because she sacrificed time and commitment taking me to all my sporting events and things like that. Therefore, it is only right to repay her back for her love.
Q: Finish this sentence for me, Come July 2013 … I will be in a NFL training camp competing for a spot on an NFL roster.