In his senior season in 2015, Garner Webb defensive tackle OJ Mau was a FCS All-American and a FCS Defensive Player of the Year finalist. He’s got the size to make the jump to the NFL. Let’s get to know Mau.
Q: What was your upbringing like?
A: My upbringing my parents were really strict on us, and I thank them for that. They were strict on me on my schoolwork, religion wise, chores and football, and if I mess up not only my parents but my older siblings and aunt and uncle get to discipline me. I’m really glad that I grew that way. I think that’s the reason why I am here.
Q: What is something you learned from your coach that translates to the pro game?
A: I’ve learned a lot of great things from my coach that I know can help me. Coach Issac Mooring taught me well and also I’ve worked with coach Pete Jenkins and he taught me great things, using my eyes is one of the main things playing this game and also focus.
Q: What was a time in college where you had to overcome adversity (on or off the field) and how did it make you better?
A: When I was a freshman in college, school was really hard for me. I didn’t go to class at all and during that time I almost give up on school. After my freshmen year, I got my grades in and it didn’t look good. My coach warned me about my grades. During the summer that’s where I started to take school seriously and realize the reason why I’m there. So my grades started to go up and everything started to look good from that point.
Q: Do you believe your college program is better now compared to your first day on campus?
A: Why, YES!! If I would start over again from my freshmen year, with the football knowledge and then my strength, I would go o the first round. I’ve got better stronger through all my years at Gardner Webb University.
Q: Who have you played with in college that is now in the NFL? What have you learned from him?
A: Kenny Cook and Shaquille Riddick. I learned that both of them are hard working guys, always work when no one is looking and always do extra work. Both of them are my good friends.
Q: What is your strongest tangible trait?
A: I’m explosive off the ball and I’m also really good using my hands. I’m also a great leader. I lead by example. I don’t like seeing my teammates slagging or down. I will always try to lift them up and stay positive.