Jeff Janis Interview
WR / Saginaw Valley State / Sr.
Updated - 11-9-13
By: Lou Montagna
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Jeff Janis: 6'3", 215, 4.36 forty.
Alex Khvatov: How did you get into football in the first place?
Jeff Janis: I liked football as a little kid. Once I was old enough to start playing, I got right into it.
Alex Khvatov: What schools showed interest in you when you were coming out of high school?
Jeff Janis: Out of high school, I wasn't highly recruited but the schools that showed the most interest were Northern State University in South Dakota, Grand Valley State, Northwood University, Central Michigan University and Saginaw Valley.
Alex Khvatov: How did you wind up at Saginaw Valley State?
Jeff Janis: I visited most of the schools above, and liked their campuses, but I felt the most comfortable at SVSU and could really picture myself attending here.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your junior campaign to us (106 receptions, 1,635 receiving yards and 18 total TD’s).
Jeff Janis: My junior year went really well. I don't want to say that I flew under the radar, but that is kind of how it seemed. It was like teams weren't expecting me to dominate them, so they didn't pay much attention to me. Obviously that worked out well in our favor. But, even when teams would try and take me out of the picture, our schemes and plays allowed us to get me open, and others open too, to make some big plays.
Alex Khvatov: Tell us about your senior season so far.
Jeff Janis: After my junior year, I knew my senior year would be tough because teams now knew about me and would try to not let me get the ball. It has still been going well though. A lot of film study, and knowing what the defense is going to do has really helped me. And for the teams who double cover me, it just opens up the run game and pass game for some of our other big playmakers. My main goal this senior season is to win. That's it! I’m not concerned about personal records or numbers.
Alex Khvatov: What are your goals for the remainder of the season?
Jeff Janis: For the remainder of the season, I want to continue to get better as a football player and continue to help my team win games.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths on the football field?
Jeff Janis: I think my strengths on the field are my physical size and speed. Most of the times, I am bigger than the DB's, so it gives me an advantage.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Jeff Janis: I think route running and blocking are things that I could always improve upon. These are little things that can impact a game immensely.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?
Jeff Janis: The highlight of my career up to this point was beating Grand Valley last year. It was special to score three touchdowns against not only our rival, but against a team that basically told me that I wasn't good enough to play for them.
Alex Khvatov: How proud are you to make the Senior Bowl Watch List?
Jeff Janis: Making the Senior Bowl watch list is huge! I almost couldn't believe it when I first heard it. It means a lot to me, and it would be a great opportunity to be able to play in that game.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about playing football?
Jeff Janis: The thing I enjoy the most about football is the team camaraderie, and everyone working towards one goal. Football is a special game that not everyone gets to experience, so to be able to play it for 14 years now means a lot to me.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team and why?
Jeff Janis: My favorite NFL team has to be the Lions. Obviously growing up in Michigan, I watched and cheered for the Lions a lot.
Alex Khvatov: What is your definition of a leader?
Jeff Janis: My definition of a leader is someone who leads not with their words, but leads by example. When everyone around you sees that you are doing the right things, they tend to jump in and start doing the right things with you. You don't have to be a key player to be a leader. Anyone who wants to be great and help their team in any way, and do the right things to help their team, can be a leader.
Alex Khvatov: What is the greatest lesson that you have learned in life so far?
Jeff Janis: The greatest lesson that I have learned in life is to live it to the fullest and not to take anything for granted. My dad passing of cancer at the age of 52 taught me this lesson. It was devastating, but it showed me just how quick things could be taken away.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life after football?
Jeff Janis: After football, I plan to go to chiropractic school and become a chiropractor.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Jeff Janis: My hobbies are bow and rifle hunting, fishing, and tinkering with my truck.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Jeff Janis is….
Jeff Janis: A humble, intelligent young man with a great work ethic.
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