Scott Porter: You were selected to play in a post season All-Star game known as the Dream bowl. What does that mean to you?
E.J. Hilliard: Being invited to the Dream Bowl was a great accomplishment. It was a testament to what my senior season represented at Valdosta State. I’m thankful for my teammates and coaches for helping me elevate my game to get my recognition. I also thank my father for doing what he did reaching out to the organizers of the bowl game and getting them to extend an invitation. It’s another platform to display my skill set, character, and passion for the game in front of a larger audience.
Scott Porter: What do you like most about playing the QB position?
E.J. Hilliard: What I love most about playing the Quarterback position is the excitement and thrill the responsibility brings. I also love the fact that I could show my intelligence and my charisma to lead a team. Being a Quarterback carries way beyond the field and I like the standard the position holds me to. It’s a fraternity and an honor.
Scott Porter: What is the toughest part about playing the position?
E.J. Hilliard: The toughest part about playing Quarterback is being prepared each and every week physically and mentally. Also being able to handle the pressure, the demands, and expectations the position entails.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
E.J. Hilliard: I believe my greatest strengths are my decision making, accuracy, arm strength, competitive nature, mobility as well as intelligence.
Scott Porter: A lot of people aren’t able to watch Valdosta State play which is a pretty successful program. Can you explain to people what kind of season you had as a team and as a player?
E.J. Hilliard: Valdosta State is a very storied, rich and historic program and I’m thankful that my road in life led me through that program. We had a great season, fell short of our main goal which was a National Championship but the bond we created was unbelievable. We went on a six game winning streak to keep our playoff hopes alive after losing two conference games back to back which ending in the second round of the playoffs. As a player I believe I had a good season, I was blessed with a coaching staff, support system that believed in me as a player and as their leader. I threw 22 Touchdowns versus 5 Interceptions, I did my best to protect the football and give my team the best chance at winning.
Scott Porter: What are your goals?
E.J. Hilliard: My goals are to be the best Quarterback I can be, I love the game of football and the joy as well as excitement it’s brings. To play professionally is a gift and would be a testament to the hard work that I put it to get here. I want to have longevity in professional football, as well as a successful career. I want to represent my last name and continue to make my family proud of me.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to the most about your opportunity in the NFL?
E.J. Hilliard: What I am looking forward to the most about my opportunity in the NFL is the chance to showcase my ability to be able to perform on the highest level of football. I am also looking forward to what I will be able to learn and use to elevate my game and make me a better player as well as person.
Scott Porter: What separates you from other QB prospects?
E.J. Hilliard: What separates me from other Quarterback prospects will be my dedication to my job. The time I will put into mastering the scheme as well as my position. I also believe what separates me from other Quarterback prospects is my ability to see things and react, my spatial awareness and my progression through reads.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in E.J. Hilliard?
E.J. Hilliard: The type of person an NFL would get with E.J. Hilliard is a young man who is coachable. I will be able to learn and understand an offensive scheme. I am passionate about the game and I will always give my best every chance I get. I was raised well by my loving parents so I wouldn’t do anything to draw unnecessary or negative attention to myself or the organization.