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Q&A With Brian Asamoah: NFL Combine Performance, Oklahoma Career, Why He's A Unique LB

Brian Asamoah of Oklahoma.

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 20: Linebacker Brian Asamoah #24 congratulates defensive lineman Jalen Redmond #31 of the Oklahoma Sooners after returning a fumble recovery for a 42-yard touchdown return against the Iowa State Cyclones in the second quarter at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners won 28-21. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Oklahoma linebacker Brian Asamoah has all the traits that NFL coaches are looking for. He's an excellent athlete with leadership skills, years of college experience and a ton of production.

Over the past three years, Asamoah racked up 168 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, five pass breakups, five sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception. Asamoah's production this past fall earned him an invite to the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.

Asamoah didn't squander those opportunities, that's for sure. As a matter of fact, he was named the top linebacker on the National team.

We caught up with Brian Asamoah to discuss his experience at the NFL Combine, Oklahoma career, what makes him a unique linebacker and much more.

The Spun: You’ve spent time at the Senior Bowl and you’re coming off a week at the NFL Combine. How has this entire process been for you?

Brian Asamoah: This entire process has been a true blessing. I was able to compete with the best of the best at the Senior Bowl, and then display my athleticism at the NFL Combine. It’s been a huge milestone for me because not a lot of people get the chance to go to the Senior Bowl or NFL Combine. This whole journey is a blessing.

The Spun: What’d you think of your performance at the NFL Combine?

BA: I obviously wanted to run a little bit faster, but I thought I did well in the field drills. Overall, I was satisfied with the way I performed.

The Spun: What was it like going up against great players in the Senior Bowl?

BA: Playing against the best players in the entire country and coming out with a linebacker MVP award shows that I can compete with anybody. It also shows that I’m one of the top performers in the entire country. I have a high ceiling. I showed teams I can cover and run sideline to sideline. It was a fun experience, and I enjoyed every single bit of it.

The Spun: Are there any linebackers in the NFL you like to study?

BA: I watch Devin White, Lavonte David and Darius Leonard. I like to watch Leonard because he punches the ball out and I’m trying to perfect that. I like to study Devin White because he plays the game with so much effort and runs sideline to sideline. And then with Lavonte, I like that he can cover and play the run well. I try to take some things from them and put it into my game.

The Spun: You went up against some great quarterbacks at practice. Did they help sharpen your game?

BA: I learned some different things, like how they use eye manipulation to make players get out of a certain zone. Picking their brains to see why they did certain things helped me understand my zone drops.

The Spun: You had a nice run at Oklahoma. Do you have a favorite moment from your time there?

BA: I think my favorite moment was winning a Big 12 championship. It’s hard to win, and to say you won three in a row is special.

The Spun: I’m sure you’ve been asked before, but were you surprised Lincoln Riley left for USC?

BA: I think Lincoln Riley made the best decision for him and his family. I mean, it is what it is. I think OU got anextremely elite coach. I think Brent Venables is going to lead this program to multiple championships soon and a lot of wins. I’m excited to see where this program goes because of his mentality and how he’s changing the culture around here.

The Spun: Have you had any conversations with former teammates about what to expect in the NFL?

BA: I’ve talked to Kenneth Murray, Tre Norwood and Neville Gallimore. I’ve had the opportunity to talk to them and see what the NFL is like.

The Spun: What separates you from other linebackers in this year’s class?

BA: I’d say that I’m a true three-down linebacker. I can run sideline to sideline and I can run downhill. I can also cover. That skillset isn’t something that is common. I feel like I’m different because of that.

The Spun: What is one part of your game you’re trying to improve?

BA: I believe I need to improve on my block-shedding. I’m going to be going up against bigger and stronger offensive linemen in the NFL, so I need to find ways to utilize my 10-inch hands and 33-inch arms. Being able to get these guys off me in order to make a play is something I’m working on.

The Spun: What has been your motivation throughout this process?

BA: The motivation to be the best football player to ever play. I want to be able to wear that gold jacket. Those are the goals I have set for myself.

The Spun: Do you believe you can lead an NFL defense in Year 1?

BA: Definitely. Without a doubt.

The Spun: What is an NFL team getting in Brian Asamoah?

BA: On the field, you’re getting a confident, reliable and competitive individual who wants nothing more than to win. Off the field, you’re getting a trustworthy guy that has no character problems. I’ll take care of my business.

Asamoah performed well at the NFL Combine, completing the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds and posting a 36.5-inch vertical.

Scouts have raved about Asamoah's ability to quickly read and react on the field. That'll go a long way when it comes to developing at the pro level.

Oklahoma fans will get to find out where Brian Asamoah's NFL career will start next month.

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