The NFL is littered with players that were considered “too ____ to make it”. In the case of Villanova WR/Return Specialist Lawrence “Poppy” Livers, it’s “too small”. But Livers hasn’t let size deter him from being an impact player in the FCS, and his speed is a proven commodity (ask the Syracuse special teams unit). Here is a BSN pre-draft interview with Livers.

Thank you for taking the time out to speak with me today. Can you tell our readers a little more about yourself?

A: My name is Poppy Livers and I am from Seaside California. I grew up in a small house with my mom sister and my mother’s boyfriend at the time. I attended Monterey High School as a freshman and ended up transferring to Saint Francis Catholic High School after my freshman year to receive a better education and play against tougher competition. I am very outgoing and have a strong passion for football.

How are you preparing for the pre-draft process? Are you in training?

A: I am training with a personal trainer (Will Eagles) and recently attended the BSN Showcase in Maryland to get an idea of what I need to work on up until my pro day. I am trying to stay in the best shape as I can and eat as healthy as possible. I am also trying to gain as much knowledge as I can about the pro day and how professional athletes eat, sleep, and train.

How did you end up at Villanova?

A: Well, I ended up going to Valley Forge Military Academy out of high school because I had no offers. After attending Valley Forge, there were still no offers on the table, so I ended up walking on the Villanova Football Team and earning a scholarship as a sophomore and being the leading receiver, punt returner, and captain as a senior.

Who was the toughest opponent you faced over the course of your college career?

A: Boston College and Syracuse

What do you feel makes you so underrated or overlooked as an pro prospect?

A: My Size, because all of the scouts are most likely literally looking over me.

If you were able to sit down & pick the brain or have a dinner with any 3 people, living or deceased, who would they be?

A: Martin Luther King JR, Abraham Lincoln, Michael Jordan

Finally…supposing I were an NFL General Manager & gave you the chance to pitch yourself as a prospect, what would you say?

A: I would tell you that I am a very hard worker, coachable, and have great characteristics to be a great teammate! I would also tell you that I have been through a lot of adversity and persevered through many doubters throughout my football career, and have been fortunate enough to have a lot of believers throughout my career as well, and between the two gives me motivation to be my best every time I step out on the football field.

Thanks so much for your time & best of luck moving forward!

Shaun DePasquale
Beyond Sports Network