Exclusive Q&A with Jacob Hester

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SDBoltReport.com's Michael Kranzler snags an exclusive interview with third-round pick Jacob Hester. The versatile running back talks about finding his niche in the offense, making an impact on special teams, and pursuing the championship trifecta. Discover what else he opens up about in this exclusive Q&A.

Click here for the "Insiders only" portion of the interview, where Hester talks about replacing Lorenzo Neal and living up to the pre-draft hype. He also makes a promise to Chargers fans: "I won't disappoint them for trading up to get me."

Michael Kranzler: How did you like visiting the Hall of Fame in Canton?

Jacob Hester: It was a great experience. There are so many great players there, especially for me. There were a couple of great running backs that went to my school, Steve Van Buren and Jim Taylor, and I got a chance to see highlights of them. I got a chance meet Jim and really get a good relationship with him, so it was fun to see where he came from.

MK: You is it being put through the paces at several different positions on the field? What do you see as your role on the team this season?

JH: You know, I'm not sure what it's going to be. Like you said, I'm playing a lot of different positions, so hopefully I can have a good strong role with this team. Whatever it is, I'll be happy. I'm not one of those guys who needs the ball or has to have the glory. If I play fullback all year, I'll be just as happy, so I'm excited to have the chance to just play one position.

MK: Have any of the veterans started to give you a hard time yet because you're a rookie?


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JH: Nothing too bad. I hear stuff about LSU because we won the National Championship, but that's about as bad as its gotten so far.

MK: Why do you listen to Elvis before every game?

JH: He's always been my favorite musician and it has always been something I've done. A lot of people listen to heavy metal or rap or different things, but that's what gets me in game mode and ready to go, so it's just something I've always grown up doing.

MK: How did you become such a huge Elvis fan?

JH: My grandparents and my parents all love him. We're big Elvis fans. We went to Graceland and my first CD was Elvis. I turned it on and really enjoyed it, and ever since, I've kind of been obsessed with it.

MK: How did it feel to end your college career with a National Championship?

JH: Oh man, obviously to win a championship, especially in my home state, it was probably a perfect ending to my career at LSU. It's something that I'll always remember and it's something that a lot of people can't say they did. Hopefully, I can get one on this level so I'll have one in high school, college and the pros.

MK: You were in a unique situation in that you spent your senior year at LSU as a married man. Did you have to change at all this past year in order to be a better husband?

JH: [Laughing] Well, you know, you're not home a lot when you play football, no matter if it's college or the pros. You're not home all day, and when you get home at night, you mostly just want to sit there and relax and not do a whole lot. I had different roles and different responsibilities in college. When I came home, I had to be a husband and have food ready on the table because she was making the money. It was fun, but it was definitely a different responsibility and helped me grow up.

MK: Even when starring at LSU, you always seemed to relish the role as a special teamer. What kind of attitude do you think is necessary to be a successful contributor on special teams?

JH: Well, you have to embrace it. You can't come in and think, "oh man, I don't want to do special teams." This is something extra, something that you have to want to do to really excel at it. When in high school and even at LSU, I've always liked that kind of defensive mentality of tackling and getting on special teams, so it gives me a chance to do that. It's something that I really just enjoy doing.

Click here for the "Insiders only" portion of the interview, where Hester talks about replacing Lorenzo Neal and living up to the pre-draft hype. He also makes a promise to Chargers fans: "I won't disappoint them for trading up to get me."

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