Devonta Freeman Interview
Jr. / Florida State / RB
Updated - 4-13-14
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Devonta Freeman: At the Combine, I measured in at 5’8, 206, ran a 4.5 forty.
Alex Khvatov: What schools showed interest in you when you were coming out of high school?
Devonta Freeman: Florida State, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Louisville and West Virginia. There were a lot of big schools towards the end.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you choose Florida State?
Devonta Freeman: My mind was made up when Florida State came around. I turned everyone else down. I talked to my mom and some other people. My mom was struggling at the time. I wanted to make sure that I was close, so I could rush home if I needed to. It is a college town. I liked the atmosphere. All of the people, including coach Jimbo were nice to me. It felt like home the first time that I went there.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you decide to enter the draft after your junior season?
Devonta Freeman: I had my mind made up even before the season started. I wanted to win a National Championship and have 1,000-yard season. I wasn’t telling the media about my plan because I didn’t want it to be a distraction. I wanted to stay focused. Once I got the Championship and 1,000 yards, there was nothing left to accomplish. I knew that it was time for me to go. I wasn’t scared to take the opportunity. I wasn’t worried.
Alex Khvatov: You led the Seminoles in rushing for three straight seasons, how would you grade your overall career in Tallahassee?
Devonta Freeman: I think that I was pretty consistent. I would give myself an A plus. I didn’t get as many carries as the other players out there, but I showcased my talent. I did a very good job when I got the chance. I had three fumbles during my career, which is pretty solid.
Alex Khvatov: What was it like to end your career with the National Championship?
Devonta Freeman: You go out with a bang. I feel like it is just one step in my life. I see myself higher than that. I thank God that I had the chance to play in a Championship. But now it is in the past. I am focusing on what’s next. I want to go to the NFL. I have been working on this. I am trying to see what’s next. I want to get drafted and make an impact. I have all of these chapters written that I want to accomplish.
Alex Khvatov: Did you enjoy the experience at the Scouting Combine?
Devonta Freeman: It was definitely a challenge. I wasn’t used to it, but I am a real human being. You have to adjust and adapt to your environment. When I got the hang of it, it was time to go. I talked to the coaches and see how they were. I liked it a lot.
Alex Khvatov: What was the most unusual question that an NFL team asked you in Indy?
Devonta Freeman: They asked me to name all of the things that I can do with a paper clip in 50 seconds. They like to challenge you with questions like that.
Alex Khvatov: Was the Pro Day a success for you?
Devonta Freeman: It definitely was s successful day. I have high expectations of myself. I accept the results that you get and let it be.
Alex Khvatov: Have you had any private visits with NFL teams?
Devonta Freeman: Not yet. I have the Vikings on April 17th.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Devonta Freeman: Everything. Block, catch and run. I pay attention to details. If I continue to work on it, I will be great.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Devonta Freeman: Everything. I can always get better at catching, running and blocking. I need to make people miss in the open field. There is always room for improvement.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?
Devonta Freeman: Besides the National Championship, the highlight for me was playing against Miami. I always came through against them. I am from Miami. They didn’t recruit me. Coach Jimbo had a plan to get me the ball a little more against Miami.
Alex Khvatov: What makes QB Jameis Winston so special?
Devonta Freeman: It is the people around him. He listened to the coaches and wanted to get better. He studied film. He is a special talent. I feel that the only person who can stop you is yourself. People put limitations on themselves. You have a vision. God wants you to accomplish it. Anything can be accomplished.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Devonta Freeman: I have no favorite NFL team. I liked the University of Georgia. I knew that I was going there. But they didn’t offer me. It is the best thing that I wound up at Florida State.
Alex Khvatov: What separates you from all of the running backs in this draft?
Devonta Freeman: I can do it all. I can run, but anybody can run. I can be elusive and block. I am a complete back. It doesn’t matter what NFL system I will go to, I will adapt.
Alex Khvatov: Who was the toughest player that you have faced during your career?
Devonta Freeman: Lamarcus Joyner, Christian Jones, Timmy Jernigan and Telvin Smith.
Alex Khvatov: Which underclassmen on your team should we keep an eye on next season?
Devonta Freeman: “Bobo” Wilson, Troy Cook, Kermit (Whitfield), Ryan Green, Mario Pender and Reggie Northrup. I like all of the cornerbacks like P.J. Williams, Jalen Ramsey and Ronald Darby.
Alex Khvatov: What will you miss most about FSU?
Devonta Freeman: The people. I liked the whole college atmosphere.
Alex Khvatov: Which NFL player would you compare your game to?
Devonta Freeman: They tell me that it is Ray Rice. Sproles a little bit.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Devonta Freeman: I like to play baseball. I go to the batting cage. Baseball was my first love. I like to hang out with my family.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?
Devonta Freeman: I want to keep going. I want to do movies and TV shows. I want to become an actor.
Alex Khvatov: What is your definition of a leader?
Devonta Freeman: The definition of a leader is someone that leads by example. A leader will show you the way and lead you. It is someone who will guide you.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Devonta Freeman is….
Devonta Freeman: I have two types of personalities. Off the football field, I am caring and sharing. I love God. I try to give back to my community. I try to help the less fortunate ones because I was one of those guys. I have a great heart. On the field, I am an animal. I am hungry and ferocious. I want to take something from them.
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