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TSJ101 Exclusive Interview with WR Lovie Banks-Rose



TSJ101 had the opportunity to interview Lovie Banks-Rose. Jr., an outstanding draft-eligible Wide Receiver from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. Banks-Rose, a native of Washington, D.C., is coming off of a stellar Senior campaign. He is a jack-of-all trades and a master of many; he returns punts and kickoff returns along with being a highly-targeted receiver. He was invited to play in the EAC Scout Bowl and shined, finishing with 3 catches for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns along with 2 punt returns for 98 yards. This performance garnered him MVP honors. He was also named 2015 Elizabeth City State University Offensive Player of the Year after leading the team in receptions (45) and receiving yards (614 in 9 games).

Banks-Rose participated in the NFL Regional Combine on February 27th, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. He did not disappoint. He ran a 4.41 40 yard dash, 4.26 shuttle, and posted a 10’4” broad jump, which are all excellent results, not to mention his outstanding route-running and catching the ball during receiving drills. He also took part of the NC Central Pro Day on March 23rd, 2016 and took full advantage of the opportunity and generated a lot of buzz from NFL pundits. He later worked out for the Baltimore Ravens.

Lovie was 1st team All-DC while attending Woodrow Wilson Senior High school in Washington, D.C. He was highly touted coming out of high school. He received over 7 division I and division I-AA offers. After a stint at a junior college to be close to his grandparents and family, he chose Elizabeth City State University as his future home and the rest is history. He is graduating in may with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Management and a minor in Administration.

TJS101: Growing up, who were your role models?
Lovie: My grandfather and father taught me everything and they’ve had a big impact in my life. I am 22 years old and they showed me that it’s really vital to have a male figure to look up to and set a good example of walking down the right path. My family has helped to make me the man that I am today! I was given the nickname “Bug” as a youngster.

TJS101: When did you start playing organized sports?
Lovie: I was six years old and I started out running track first, then when I was 12 years old. I played football while I attended a Catholic middle school. In track, I ran the 100 meter, 200 meter, and 400 meter dash and have never lost a race.

TJS101: There are a few instances that I’ve seen where your team was faced with a 4th and long or 3rd and short situation. Your coaches called your number and you’ve delivered with either a long catch for a touchdown or a completion. How does it does it feel to be in that position?
Lovie: I love being called on to be “that” guy when need be. I appreciate that the coaches think highly of me and believed in me to make it happen.

TJS101: What do love most about returning kicks and punts? When you get the ball in your hands, what do you see? You are a supreme return specialist. Tell me what goes into a good return.
Lovie: I love the feeling of being back there on an island. I get in the zone and take off! I try to make the right moves, like moving inside and then out to set up my blocks. Then, I’ll find a seam and turn up field. I have to make defenders miss. There’s no better feeling than knowing that the only thing standing in your way of the end zone is the kicker.

TJS101: What is your favorite aspect of playing football on the collegiate level?
Lovie: Bonding with my group of receivers and the camaraderie of it all. Whether it mean watching film in the film room breaking down defenses or working out in the weight room. I work double time to bring up the young receivers on the team and give them as much encouragement as I can.

TJS101: You played in a primarily spread offense in college but a lot of the route concepts you were asked to run are used in a lot of offenses we see in the NFL. Do you think that experience will help you transition to the next level?
Love: I can excel in any offense, whether it be Spread, West Coast, Run-N’shoot, or traditional Pro-style. Whatever they need me to do, I will do it.

TJS101: When you first started playing football, did you ever dream of playing in the NFL one day?
Lovie: Yes, I’ve always watched College football on Saturdays and NFL football on Sundays while growing up. I’ve worked so hard to achieve my ultimate dream of playing on Sundays.

TJS101: I know you’ve performed extremely well in your play at the EAC Scout Bowl, your NC Central Pro Day, your NFL Regional Combine performance, and your numerous workouts for NFL teams. Are there any teams that have expressed interest in having you join their organization?
Lovie: The Baltimore Ravens, The Denver Broncos, The Oakland Raiders, The Indianapolis Colts, and the Houston Texans all have expressed interest in me.

TJS101: Is there a player that you mold your game after, past and present? I know that you grew up a Redskins fan. Who is your favorite Redskins player, past or present?
Lovie: I really like San Diego Chargers’ Keenan Allen. I like everything about his game. I also am a big Chad Johnson aka Ocho Cinco fan. My favorite Redskins player is wide receiver Santana Moss. I also like Devin Hester as my favorite returner. Hester is one of the best to ever do it.

TJS101: You had 3 catches for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns along with 2 punt returns for 98 yards. Those are phenomenal numbers. Share with us your thoughts and preparation going into it.
Lovie: My main thing was making sure that I understood all of the calls and plays. The coaches helped us go over my alignments. I really just wanted to get out and let it be known that I’m dangerous on the field. Being a Division II kid, I had a huge chip on my shoulder. I just wanted to show that players from the CIAA and MEAC can play with players from any level. We just need a shot and the sky’s the limit!

TJS101: After Junior College, you chose to attend Elizabeth City State University. Tell me about your time there?
Lovie: It was amazing. I met a lot of great people and built life long relationships that’ll never be broken. My Head Coach Waverly Tiller and staff really taught us more than football. They instilled in us respect and dignity. They prepared me for the in’s and outs of life.

TJS101: Tell us what an NFL club is getting by selecting you.
Lovie: After team and city will be getting a guy that’s dedicated, humble, and willing to learn. I have no off field issues and I know that I have to put my blood, sweat, and tears in it. I am not a selfish person and I will be a great teammate. You can expect 110% from me, every day. This is a life-long dream of mine and I will make the most of the opportunity.