LJ Gainey: 2018 Draft Prospect Interview
Name: LJ Gainey
School: Murray State University
Position: Wide Receiver/Return Specialist
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
A few of my goals going into my Senior season were to win first and foremost, but to develop more and more individually as a man and a teammate on and off the field.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
My style of play in 3 words would be Resilient, Explosive, and Elusive.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
This off season, I will be training at Elite Sports Academy simply focusing on top end speed and overall strength as well increasing my knowledge of the game.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
When I’m watching film, I’m focusing on my position. I watch what releases work for certain types of players as well as creativity in route running. If I’m studying film on an opponent such as the person that will be guarding me, I’m mainly looking for tendencies as well as weaknesses. Trying to see what makes them uncomfortable and how physical they can be until it makes them uncomfortable.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
The main thing that separates me from other guys at my position is my passion for the game. No one will ever out work me. I’m not the biggest Wide Receiver, but I have the heart of a lion. I don’t care who is guarding me, my intentions are to destroy them and make a play. I have for sure hands and that’s very rare for Wide Receivers now a days. I don’t catch with my body unless I have to, but I secure the catch no matter the conditions. I always want the ball to make a play for my team.
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 the strengths and abilities that stand out for me on the field are route running, play making ability, I’m reliable, and I’m aware of the situation, for example knowing the down and distance at all times. I have a dog in me because I had to get it on my own. I had major offers out of high school, but no grades, so I had to go to a junior college in California for two years before making it to a D1. My strengths off the field are my leadership qualities. When adversity hits, I will always be in the front leading regardless if everything is going our way or if all odds are against us. I continue to remain on the learning curve in order to improve my skills and abilities as the game continues to evolve. I’m all about positive energy, so I try to surround myself with such.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
My final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts would be, I am that man that will overcome adversities and WIN!