Juwan Manigo | Delaware Valley University | WR/PR/KR
Twitter: @cantguardwan | Instagram: @cantguardwan
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose Delaware Valley University?
A: Throughout my 4 years of college, I was a 3 time undefeated MAC champion from my sophomore to senior year. In that span we made 3 D3 playoff appearances with two trips to the Elite 8. In 2018 I was the team leader in receiving yards. I had one of the longest streaks on the team with 21 straight games with a reception. My recruiting process took a turn, going into my senior year of high school(2016), each D1AA school that shared interest with told me to share a 5 game highlight tape. But, unfortunately I broke my leg the second game of the season. I choose DelVal, because before I even committed I already felt part of the family. The coaches and players that I talked to had nothing but great things to say about the program but also the school. With their history of success I always wanted to put my self in the opportunity to play on a big stage. In which I accomplished in my time playing for the University.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: That I never got discouraged, I’m not the tallest guy in the world so I’ve been passed up multiple times in my life. I always believed to outwork anyone, and that’s something that a lot of coaches and players can say about me. I got this far because of the love and dedication of being underrated, there is nothing that makes me satisfied I always have to try to to accomplish something better than what I did before.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Delaware Valley University ?
A: To love and cherish every moment because you will never know when you will ever have a chance to do it again. Don’t let anything slip away because living a life of regrets and wishing you could of did this and that isn’t a way to live.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: I am a Media and Communications major, and with that I want to be a social media strategist. Which is someone who takes a companies social medial platforms to achieve marketing targets.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: That I bring the same high energy day in and day out. If you ever needed to be around someone to boost you up in life they would definitely recommend you come talk to me. Not on a leader on the field but in the class room also. Im just another coach on the field, understand the game very well.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: My first college touchdown. It was the 2017 year against Albright College. I just remember coach telling saying to me “Are you ready?” I instantly said yes but in my head I had no idea what was about to come next. We huddle up, and our QB calls the play. I knew it was going be man coverage in the red zone, so I knew for sure if I won on my slant I was getting the ball thrown to me. I ran the route saw the ball coming I’m getting tackled while reaching the ball cross the goal line. I get up I’m just ran towards the sideline and the whole next week of practice everyone making fun of me for it.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: The comeback from my leg injury. The top list of schools that I wanted to go to stopped talking to me and I wasn’t to sure that I was ever going to play at the next level. But, once DelVal gave me calls and shows that they wanted me there I was determined to get back to my self and give the program everything I had. They believed in me when no one else did. Since then I play with determination to show why teams shouldn’t have quit on me.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: Julian Edelman, he constantly makes the toughest plays and just consistent in everything he does. He doesn’t get the most recognition for what he does, but you never hear him complaining about anything. That’s the way I carry myself. No matter what he puts team success first. Another team could possibly pay him more money than what he earns now. He came into the league played his role continued to work and is arguably one of the best receivers in the league.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: I am willing to do whatever is needed to help towards the teams success. Whatever I do I put me all into it and will study that role so each rep will he nothing but perfection. I bring a chip on my shoulder, so when no one believes we can do or accomplish something I’ll be the first to motivate everyone on why we can achieve our goals. A scout will see my love for the game and how each day I come in with the mindset to get better, things like that become contagious because it will make everyone take their game to the next level.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I am part of this group called Open Door Abuse Awareness Prevention (ODAAP), based out of Philadelphia it gives us the chance to talk to young men and gives them advice what to do in tough situations. Allows them to open up their decision making in life. I try to come back to my former high school and my former pop warner teams to give them motivation not just in football but life and school.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: My college season ended Dec 7th, and following that I had an All-Star game in Minnesota called the All-American bowl in which I won the game MVP. Since then I came back home to Baltimore to work out with my trainer who I have been training with since I came to college. His name is Nick Campanaro he has a gym called Campanaro Strength and Conditioning. We work on all aspects of the body to prepare us for all the different kinds of movement we will face in a game. With a lot of speed work my goal is to run below 4.45. In the All-Star game I ran a 4.52 with very little preparation, but with Nick I will definitely be able to run and produce elite numbers at the combine. Once my goals are accomplished he and his staff will be the people that will get all the credit because the amount of knowledge and workouts I gain from them are mind blowing and I couldn’t be more thankful to have them as my trainers.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: To play at the next level. I’m open to all leagues. Dreaming about playing at the professional level is something I’ve always wanted as a kid and to have that opportunity will be the greatest moment of my life.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I love being around family and friends. With the amount of time I spent training, practicing and traveling for games I want to reconnect with everyone. See what’s going on in other people’s world and cherish the time I spend with them.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: Its never one person but my family. They shaped me to become the person I am today, and the smiles I bring to their face with the achievements I accomplished so far in life is priceless.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I am a first mate on the Entertainment Cruises called Spirit of Baltimore in which I am trying to work towards getting my Captains license.