Jordan Bass | Campbellsville University | TE
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Q: Tell us about your college (or pro) career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose Campbellsville University?
A: Coach Gehres was the offensive coordinator at Campbellsville University at the time. He said he liked the way I played. I visited the campus and met all the coaches. I really liked the sincerity of the coaches and they offered me a scholarship. The college felt like home. They made me feel like I was part of a family and they cared about me furthering my education. I had more schools visit me at the high school, but I just felt at home with Coach G. My college career has been everything I imagined it would be. I got bigger, and stronger. In high school I started both sides of the ball in high school. I was a defensive end on defense. I know I am equally aggressive on both sides of the ball. I also have a baseball, and basketball background. The college decided to make me a tight end. To me Campbellsville University turned into my home and I can honestly say that I have gave them everything I got blood, sweat, and tears. The atmosphere here is great, everyone feels like family. I have played college football since I was a true freshman, and I have been a starter. My teammates and coaches are everything to me. When it comes to football it is just not about me it is about all of us. The team made me a better player. I am proud of my decision to play football at Campbellsville University. It is a home away from home.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: The biggest accomplishment was winning a bowl ring my freshman year. Playing in games as a freshman. I am a leader, but a team takes everybody doing their job to win games. Then being selected to the All-Commonwealth Team. Getting recognized as one of the best Kentucky college football players was an honor. Titles and accolades are nice, but I am all about competing at a high level and doing my job to help my team win games.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Campbellsville University?
A: Our coaching staff has a saying that stuck with me and it was about being a R.E.A.L man. The R stands for respect all people. The E stands for, especially women. The A stands for always do the right thing. The L stands for live a life with purpose. The coaching staff has taught me to be a respectable real man.
My parents have shown me that life is sometimes hard. That you must work and earn what you want. They have taught me that education is everything in the world we live in today. My grandfather that died was my hero. He taught me that I do anything I set my mind too. He always told me to finish everything I start because a quitter has never gained anything. He passed with cancer, but his memory will live on.
Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A: My college career was impacted by the pandemic because the fall season was canceled. The season is supposed to be played in the spring. I have learned that when people do not follow protocol then there is a chance the season can be gone. Staying away from people, washing hands, and wearing a mask is necessary in protecting myself from the virus. The Coronavirus is not a game. People are dying from the virus. It is to be taken serious and protocol is to always be followed. It makes you see that life is short.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football does not work out?
A: My major is Criminal Justice. If football does not work out I would like to attend law school and become an attorney. I can see myself being a judge one day. I am passionate about the law.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: My current teammates would say that football is everything to me, I grind and that I want to see all of us win not only on the field but in life. My past teammates would say they I work hard. They you tell you how much time I put into Football. I was a teammate that is a team player.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: I would say my freshman year against Georgetown college, it was like 2nd and 8 and we needed a big play coach put us in as a two tight end set. My other tight end got the ball thrown to him and I blocked for him pancaking everybody in sight for a 30-yard gain. That is when the momentum shifted back in our favor and we were able to win the game.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge was getting a lot of new coaches for my senior year. Trying to build that chemistry with new coaches when you have a bond with the old coaches is an adjustment. When football is your job you could be traded to another team and that is something you have to get use to.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: If I could compare myself to a pro athlete it would be Jared Cook from the New Orleans Saints. To play the position we play you gotta be versatile. I love blocking for my running backs and I love catching passes as a tight end. You must be able to put your pride to the side and do the dirty work. I do not mind putting in work for my team.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: The biggest strength I will bring to a professional team is effort. I am willing to put in work every play for my teammates so they can score or get good yards. I also will give 110% effort on the routes I run. My hands are a great asset, I can truly catch the ball and advance it. I have great hand eye coordination. I am also a big target that is very physical on the field.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: In my hometown in Franklin, KY I dedicate time to the youth. People in my hometown will tell you that I mentor and help kids improve their game. I also encourage the youth to hit the books in the classroom. I get so many thank you cards from parents that say that I truly have helped their kids. Somebody once helped me so I pay it forward.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I’m preparing by lifting weights, drills, and conditioning. I get timed in these drills. I really want to come in and wow the scouts. My goal is to show the scouts that I am a serious talent that just happens to be from a small college.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement would be signing to an NFL team. I want to be someone that inspires the youth. I want to show them that just because we are from a small town, does not mean we have to have small dreams and settle for less.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I enjoy family. I talk to my parents and granddad every week. I like church. Right now, my church is online, but my faith is still the same. I enjoy listening to my 87-year-old granddad talk about his experience in the military and the Korean War. He is the only grandparent I have left. He was also a boxer in the Navy. I hit the books and turn in homework. Graduation is coming up in May.
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: I would inspire them to always be their best self. I would tell them to follow their dreams. I would inspire them to work hard, because you must earn everything, nothing is given. I would also tell them to keep God first and have him lead you.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My parents have shown me that life is sometimes hard. That you must work and earn what you want. They have taught me that education is everything in the world we live in today. My grandfather that died was my hero. He taught me that I do anything I set my mind too. He always told me to finish everything I start because a quitter has never gained anything. He passed with cancer, but his memory will live on.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I really enjoy music everything from rap, country, rock, and some old school jams.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job is to be an NFL football player.