Isaac Fudge: 2020 Pro Prospect Interview

Name: Isaac Fudge
School: Arizona Christian
Position: C
Height:  5’11″
Weight: 290

Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?

My goals for this season were 1, stay healthy and start all 10 games, 2, make film grade against our D1 Opponent, and 3, be 1st Team All-Conference. I was able to accomplish 2 out of the 3 goals. I started all 10 Games, and I scored a film grade in the 80’s (which is above film grade) against D1 Abilene Christian University. However instead of 1st team All-Conference, I received Honorable Mention All-Conference. Due to the way I play, and my football personality that some say is a certain type of doggedness, I did not fair well in the popularity competition, as there were only 1 possible slots for Centers on the 1st and 2nd Team.

Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?

My teammates and coaches would describe me as Smart player, who plays QB mentally, but plays O-Line. As well, my coaches and teammates would describe me as a scrappy fighter who goes into every game and rep willing to leave it all on the field just to physically and mentally beat the man in front of me. You could say my play style is hybrid blend of IQ/Finesse of Jason Kelce, and the physicality of Richie Incognito.

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?

When studying film, I feel that scheme is the utmost important thing. However at ACU I was blessed with a great OL Coach who showed us a great scheme, and stunts all week at practice to make the game easy as pie when they run base. Yet. personally, when watching film, the most important thing to me is watching a DL, or LB tendencies for technique, first step, ball get off, reads, and 1st step, as this is the priority for individual success and study for film.

Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?

What separates me from other prospects is 3 main things. 1, is my IQ. I played with a True Freshman QB this year and was given many responsibilities to audible plays, flip plays, manage 4 or 5 types of pass protection checks week to week, and identify scheme for the whole offense. 2, my natural leverage. I am shorter than most opponents, yet to me this is an advantage. I naturally get under their pad level, and create a forklift like angle which helps greatly with movement off of the snap. And 3, I have a mentality that is unmatched. I will never let anyone tell me what I cannot do, as I get an immense sense of satisfaction from proving people wrong. You could compare this demeanor to Maverick from Top-Gun.

Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?

For me, the most important things for my position to train on are, Core, Chest, Quads, Hips, and Triceps. These are my target areas as I see direct performance results in my play.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

Besides the above listed football qualities, I possess great leadership qualities. Being able to be a 4 Year Starter at Center I not only was able to lead the O-Line and the Offense but the team, both on the field, and off the field as a personal mentor. This off the field side was greatly important in our culture as we focus on changing men in their personal lives. I take a great sense of pride in that.

Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?

You can get oversized softies from any level. Take a chance on an undersized guy who has a pitbull like fight in him, and a tremendous IQ. I love the game, and appreciate deciphering scheme, and beating opponents at their own game. As well as I love going toe to toe with another grown man, challenging his strength. Seeing who the better man is after 4 Quarters is a thrill that I love to accomplish. Take a chance on a guy who will give you everything he has.