Blue Light Special: Demetrius Monday

By: William Carroll

If you’ve watched the last decade of American tackle football, you have no doubt noticed that it has increasingly becoming a game the revolves around passing the ball on offense and defending the pass on defense.  The ‘Nickel’ and ‘Dime’ backs of the past often made their primary contributions as special teamers or like Tony Dungy and Jeff Fisher, they made their marks as coaches. But for all 32 teams in the NFL in the most recent season they spent more of their defensive snaps with five or more defensive backs on the field than with their full complement of linebackers. That is a trend that is unlikely to change anytime in the foreseeable future. 

Demetrius Monday is a quick, smart and productive player who is practically a made to order defender of the proliferation of effective slot receivers that now plague defensive game-planners. He is very solid at anticipating routes and has strong coverage instincts. Get to know Demetrius Monday.

1. I have had the pleasure of watching your career from your time at Kent State University .  What would you say are the 5 biggest and best lessons you’ve learned on your journey

Nothing is given. Everything is earned 
every football player puts there pads on just like you.
How to be a better man 
Taking responsibility 
Never take the game for advantage 

2. The next question, you played for at It was a learning step stone.! Pebble Brook High School, what was that program like and what kind of coach was he? 

Great coach

3. Who were your major rivals in High School and College? 

South Cobb in high school  Akron in college 

4. Your home area is loaded with talent Khalid Henderson and DJ Jennings to name a few who are some of the best players you played with or against while you were in college, high school or growing up? 

A lot of guys. So many I don’t want to leave any one out.

5. What was your recruitment process like, who was interested and how did you choose your school? 

I committed to Cincinnati. But de-committed after Butch Jones left and committed to Kent once Paul Haynes cane to see me. 

6. What was the best game and the biggest play you made as a high school player? 

Scoring 3 times in one game my junior season. 

7. What was you big “Welcome to College Football” Moment?   

Hahaha, a receiver shaking me once he caught a slant route my first game ever. 

8. What is your current height/weight and what are your testing numbers? 

5’9 ½” 198

4.66 40 Yard Dash 

34 ½”  Vertical Jump

4.12 Short Shuttle 

14 [Repetitions] Bench 

910” Broad Jump

3-Cone 6.79

9. How have the systems and staffs at at your school impacted your development? 

Overall they made me a better young man with a great personality. 

10. Which coaches have had the greatest impact on you and why? 

Again, so many I don’t want to leave anyone out. 

11. How hard was to adjust to the verbiage, system and play-book and when did you feel 100% comfortable? 

It kind of came natural. I became comfortable half way into my first season. 

12. Who have been your favorite teammates, and why?

Again, so many I don’t want to leave anyone out. 

13. Who have been your favorite opponents and why?

Minnesota, 2015. I had three turn overs and 1 touchdown. 

14. If you could put together a list of your favorite players to watch or emulate, who is on that list and why?

Anybody that plays corner in the NFL I love to watch.

15. What NFL teams are your favorites and why? 

I don’t have any favorite teams. 

16. Which NFL players do you think your game most closely resembles and why? 

Chris Harris, Malcolm Butler. 

17. When football is over what would you like to do with your education? 

I would love to coach and stay around the game. 

18. Finally if you could go back in time to talk to 17 year-old you, what would you tell him?  

Let no one tell you, you can’t do something and always have faith. 

19. And what would you do differently if you could do it all over again? 

I would’ve moved [in]with my father sooner. 

20. What [if any] is/are your nickname[s] and how did you get it/them.

Night, haha. Because I used to never go to sleep when I was young. 


William Carroll
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am now in my fourth decade as a published writer. The Answer Newspaper first carried my sports column over 30 years ago; additionally, I am a published poet, playwright, and military historian. I am a founding member of MPAACT. I have also written for Black Sports Online, Football Reporters Online, and oversaw HBCU Scouting for Consensus Draft Services. Currently, Consensus Draft Services is in a content providing relationship with My broadcasting career is also long established. I have co-hosted “Local Color” on WEFT, “The Draft-Tastic 4,” and the Sports Chronicles Radio Network. I hosted “Feeling A Draft” and CDS “Pro Prospects Radio.” I have also taught broadcasting at Kennedy-King College.

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