Find out which Hall of Fame inductee has been a big influence in the life of Deon Goggins.
Scott Porter: I understand you have a mentor in Hall of Fame RB Floyd Little, formally a Denver Bronco. What has that experience been like for you to have a great man like that be your mentor?
Deon Goggins: It has been great. I came to Syracuse in 2010 and I red shirted to get more development as a DL. I came here 3,000 miles away from home beings that I came from California. It has been a blessing to have a father figure like Floyd Little by my side. I don’t think many colleges can say they have a legend like Floyd Little being there to help a guy like me out. Floyd helped me a lot on and off the field. He has been like a father figure to me from the first day I got here. He has talked to me through good and bad times and has taught me a lot of stuff that I am blessed to have learned from him. He has been my go through guy weather it is football related or non football related. He has meant so much to me. I never really had a male role model in my life until Floyd reached out to me. I have formed a strong bond with Floyd that will last the rest of my life. I have learned so much from him. Growing up my idle was Jon Randle. Floyd also connected me with Jon which was another benefit to my progression as a player. I was able to get tips and learn things from Jon as well. Floyd has been the best thing for me. He was truly a gift to my game.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Deon Goggins: I think I am very explosive off the ball. I have a good combination of speed and strength, and I am very good at the point of attack. I am very physical and I feel I am a natural athlete.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Deon Goggins: My goals are just like everyone else to make a living in this league, but I don’t want to make money. My true goal is to be a legend and leave my legacy in the NFL.
Scott Porter: What NFL player(s) do you model your game after?
Deon Goggins: I model my game after a few players. I have played both on the inside and the outside. I like to model my game after some of the undersized DL in the NFL because I feel I am similar to them. I like to watch film on my idle growing up which was Jon Randle. I also watch and model my game after Elvis Dumervil of the Denver Broncos, Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts and Trent Cole of the Philadelphia Eagles. I feel they are undersized but very productive. They are similar in size to me and I feel they are good player to model my game after. They all have great motors and get to the QB.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest accomplishments?
Deon Goggins: From a personal level I am not satisfied. I won’t be able to answer this question until after my NFL career is over and I have a legacy. I want to have a legacy on and off the field. Making it to the position I am at right now is my greatest accomplishment to this date.
Scott Porter: What will you miss most about college football?
Deon Goggins: I will miss my teammates. Just playing with the friends I have made at Syracuse. I will miss my teammates on and off the field. We have always been there for each other. From Pop Warner to college the game is a lot of fun. I understand the NFL is still fun but more of the business aspect. Playing with the same boys for 4-5 years is going to be missed a lot by me. You build a special bond with your teammates and that is something you can never forget.
Scott Porter: What is your favorite memory while at Syracuse?
Deon Goggins: I know this sounds simple, but my favorite memory is coming to Syracuse as a boy and leaving Syracuse as a man.
Scott Porter: What will you be doing from now until NFL draft time to prepare yourself?
Deon Goggins: Right now I am in California training for the draft. I am working very hard. I am training in Westlake, CA. I just got done with the All-Star game and that was a great experience for me. It was an honor to be invited to that. I am doing everything I can to get myself ready mentally and physically. I really wanted that combine invite but I feel everything happens for a reason so I will make the most of what I have. I am looking forward to showing scouts what I am made of and let everything fall into place.
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