Jullen Ison: 2023 Pro Prospect Interview

Name: Jullen (Booda) Ison
School: Colorado Mesa University/ The University of Northern Colorado
Position: RB/Slot/RS
Height: 5-7
Weight: 190

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

This season my biggest goal that I set out to accomplish was to be able to show my versatility by playing multiple positions for my team. Just playing those different positions was not enough I wanted to be successful. Two other goals I set out to accomplish and did accomplish were bettering myself in the pass catching game and protection game.

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

Both my coaches and teammates would say that I am a leader amongst men. Someone who leads the way and sets the example for others to follow. They would also say that I am an dynamic play maker and fierce competitor.

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

When I am studying film on other opponents I look at tendencies based on downs and distance. I also will look at different personnel’s based on what I know my team is going to run for the week vs that particular opponent. When I watch film on my self I look for different ways to improve speed. Sometimes taking less steps or even hitting different holes to get to the end-zone faster.

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

The 5 things that I know separate me from other pro prospects are my illusiveness(Quickness), my ability to catch the ball out of the back field , Blocking, football IQ and My leadership abilities. I know those 5 things are what separates me from other pro prospects. Lastly, being able to study under and be coaches by great route runners like Ed McCaffrey, Max and Christian McCaffrey followed by fierce Competitors like Crockett Gillmore, Rob Gatrell and men of faith like Trenton Matthews and Devin Wyman help mold me into a technically sound yet fierce competitor who walks by faith.

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

During this pro training phase I will be open to and accepting workouts from any teams who would like me to workout in front of them. I will also be preparing for professional opportunities with my team; Mike Mahoney (Agent) , Anthony Eggleton (Mind and Body Sports Performance Coach) , Jerry Craft (Speed/ Track Coach) and Eric Washington Jr. (RB Skills Coach).

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

Some of my biggest strengths on the field is that I am a 3 down worker with versatility as a runner and as a receiver lined up anywhere. I am a master of the option route out of the back field or in the slot. My calling card is my ability to make defenders miss. One man will not bring me down. I can also contribute in the special teams return Game. Lastly, both on and off the field my abilities to be a leader/ Role model within in my community will standout amongst any other pro prospects.

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

I am a dynamic talent that can run between the tackles but I believe that my real strength is found in my route running. Not only can I catch screen passes but I can actually run routes down the field. Similar to notable Running Backs like Christian McCaffrey, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Austin Ekeler. What people say I “Lack in size” I make up for it with my heart and work Ethic. When you pick me to be apart of your team you will will get a fierce competitor, team leader and a true man of faith.