Scott Porter: What will you be doing from now until NFL draft time to prepare yourself?
Johnnie Troutman: This weekend I head out to the Senior bowl. I will be down there for a week practicing and playing in the game in front of everyone. I am going to put my best foot forward to improve my draft stock. I am going to embrace every moment with my Penn State teammates that are going to be there also. After that I will be training for Athletic Edge and Mike Gaugh. I also have my combine invite to look forward to.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Johnnie Troutman: I would say that my biggest strengths are my aggressiveness and strength. I have pretty good quickness which helps me a lot in both the pass and rush aspect of blocking. I am a student of the game. I am very good at understanding and adjusting to defenses.
Scott Porter: What type of person and player is an NFL team getting in Johnnie Troutman?
Johnnie Troutman: As a person they will be getting someone who is very humble. I like to be around people and people like to be around me. I always have a good time and those around me enjoy me. As a player I am a hard worker bring my lunch pale to work kind of player. I will work harder to be the best player I can be and correct my mistakes. I am a good listener and am very coach able.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Johnnie Troutman: I want to come in, make an NFL team and become a starter for a very long time in this league.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest accomplishments?
Johnnie Troutman: Winning the big 10 championship while I was here early on in my career.
Scott Porter: Is there an NFL player that reminds you of yourself or one that you may watch a lot of?
Johnnie Troutman: That is really hard to compare myself to an NFL player because there are so many great ones and I haven’t played in the NFL yet. I really like Carl Nicks and Jhari Evans on the Saints because they are big, strong and physical and very powerful guys.
Scott Porter: What is a favorite memory of yours while at Penn State?
Johnnie Troutman: I have a lot of great memories but if I had to pick one that really stands out it would be coming back and winning and giving Joe Paterno his record setting win. That was a huge game and was a milestone reached. It was a lot of fun and an amazing game.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Johnnie Troutman: I like to relax, play video games and watch movies.
Scott Porter: What is the toughest part about playing the OL position?
Johnnie Troutman: I would say the mental aspect of the game. You have to recognize and understand and adjust to defenses on the fly. You have to take what they give you on offense because the defense is constantly changing things up and throwing new unexpected things at you throughout the game.