Q-and-A with Stony Brook pass-rusher Victor Ochi Dan Leberfeld

Q)Is you height an advantage in leverage?

Victor Ochi – OLB – Stony Brook – Most people would call me undersized because I’m 6-1 coming off the edge, but I feel like it helps me get under tackles and I still have a very large wingspan at the same time. My height and my leverage and my hands gives me a great advantage over other people.

Q)What are your thoughts on the comparisons to Elvis Dumveril?

Ochi: We have some similarities. We both like using our leverage to press tackles back. I definitely watched his film. He’s a great, phenomenal player. I tried to learn something for myself from him.

Q)How important are your hands as an undersized pass rusher?

Ochi: You have to create separation. I’m going against bigger guys, and if they get their hands on me, half of the battle is done for them. I have to do a good job of getting my hands on them first and creating separation so I can impose my will.

Q)Other than Dumveril, who do you model yourself after?

Ochi: I like to watch all types of pass-rushers. I watch Dumervil, I like watching James Harrison and Von Miller. And when I put my hand on the ground I like watching Cameron Wake too. His get-off is phenomenal.

Q)What kind of player will the team that drafts you get?

Ochi: A player who is committed, who is going to go 100 percent every play, and a player who wants to win most importantly. You play to win the game and I’m going to do my best to help my team win.

Q)How did your four years in Nigeria (ages 9-12) impact you?

Ochi: It was definitely a different culture from America. It gave me the same
philosophy of working for everything. It really put me in shape mentally because I was a little out of control when I was a kid, but my family there got me right.

Q)Did you meet with the Jets?

Ochi: I met with the Jets at the East-West game.

Q)Are you good at setting the edge?

Ochi: Getting off the ball and using my long arms and hands to separate the offensive linemen from it. But it’s really the get-off, though. Get-off determines a lot on the field. If you get to your lineman first you win the game half the time.