Jacob Hennie: 2023 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Jacob Hennie
School: University of Maine
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
In my final season I wanted to help my team in the best way I could. I had some goals that I didn’t meet but that comes with the game and comes with life. Looking back on the season I think I played my role to the best of my ability and helped my teammates play to the best of their ability.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My coaches would tell you I played the the game hard and treated each snap like it was my last. I had pride in my job and it was apparent to the staff. My teammates would say that I loved the game and played selflessly. I loved being a part of all the big plays we had last season.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
I mostly focus on the secondary of the defense and look for tendencies in each coverage and how each player likes to play certain techniques. When looking at the linebackers and d-line, I look for any signs of pressure or adjustments that would affect the route I run or the person I block.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I love the physicality of the game. It’s as much fun catching the football as it is making a big block on a DB or a linebacker.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
After the season I began my training with Matt Mulligan. He has been a great asset to me and the other 2 guys who I train with (Michael Gerace and Xavier Mitchell). He has got me into great shape and made me a lot stronger in a short amount of time. He has a lot of NFL experience and has been able to teach us and show us what the next level demands out of its players.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
My strengths are my ability to play special teams. I started every year on special teams throughout college, from the front line on kick return to punt returner. I can play anywhere on special teams and make a big impact.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
My final pitch would be whatever team decides to grab me will get a tough player that will play his role as hard as he can. I take a lot of pride in the job I have on the football field and I will do whatever it takes to excel at it.