Name: Israel Hernandez
School: Clarke University
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
The goals I set this year was to get an all conference award, have an impact in the run game, have a winning record and have double digit sacks. This year I made 2nd team all conference. This year I showed my presence in the run game making big stops in critical situations.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My teammates and coaches would say that I show strong leadership, I am coachable, one of the hardest workers on the team, play with relentless effort/high motor and always wanting the best for everyone (helping other players with technique).
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When studying film I focus on my opponent’s tendencies, write down weaknesses within the Oline I’m facing, and watching what other players had success doing against the offense. When studying myself I analyze on how I could’ve executed the play better by taking better angles, hand work and feet work.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
What separates me from other pro prospects is my explosive speed, leverage, high relentless motor, versatility, great with my hands and strength. My compact frame enables me to explode off the line of scrimmage with unmatched speed and agility, disrupting offenses and creating chaos in the backfield. I always come prepared with knowing my assignment, my role on the team and being able to adapt to various defensive schemes.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I plan on working with a personal trainer who will continue to elevate my speed and strength.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I’m a smart guy who loves to push myself to the limits in everything I do. I have no fear of failing, every loss that I take is another lesson to becoming a better person. I show a strong commitment to continuous improvement, preparation, work ethic, leadership, and accountability with every task I am given.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
I understand the importance of discipline, teamwork, and dedication required to play at the professional level. I am confident in my athletic skills, character and determination. I am eager to bring my athleticism and relentless pursuit of excellence to your organization.