Name: PJ Fuimaono
School: Gardner-Webb University
Position: Defensive Tackle
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
My main goal heading into my college season was to win the Big South Championship. Things didn’t turn out as we planned, we had a few injuries, so it kept us from reaching our goal.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Competitive, Tough, and Fast.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
I will be training at my school with my strength coach and will do everything I can to make sure when the opportunity is given, I will make sure to put on a show.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
When I study film, I study my opponents or the offensive line that I will be going up against and then I break down the opponents offensive line from their weakest to their strongest. I define my game and take it to practice and work on it so that I need to work on this because my opponent can’t take the inside move or if he is slow on moving laterally.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
There are two types of players in the game of football. One are farmers and second are hunters. Farmers need the sun, water, and soil in order to grow their crops, but hunters, they do not need anything in order to survive, they will do anything to survive and that is how I present myself. I am a hunter I do everything to survive and become the best football player I can, I do not depend on other players to make me better. I take action in my own hands.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
My strength is the knowledge that I have of the game and how I break down my opponents every week and then I take it to practice and operate it, like I was in a game playing my opponent. Until the real game, I tend to put in more work then my opponent. I also take in information from meetings and apply it to practice to better my craft, so when game day arrives, I am able to beat my opponent.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
My final pitch would be that I might not be the tallest or strongest, but I am one tough and fast playing defensive tackle. I am a player that a team would want to be put in when its time for a big stop and have the team believe in me.