Part of four straight conference titles and a 4-0 bowl record during his four-year career, including 27 straight starts at inside linebacker, Jordan Fehr finished his career at Appalachian State with 211 tackles (17.5 tackles for loss), eight sacks, seven passes defended, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. A first-team All-Sun Belt as a junior and second-team as a senior, Fehr is known for his freakish athleticism, with his ability to bench press 415 pounds, run a 4.45 40-yard dash and vertically jump 40.5 inches – all while measuring in at 6-3, 230 pounds.
Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up? When did you begin playing football and when did you realize that you have a passion for the game of football?
I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. I began playing football at the age of six. I played almost every sport growing up but I always loved and had a strong passion for football. I realized football was for me at a young age because I loved the physicality and the team aspect of the game.
When a NFL scout pops in your game film, what type of player should they expect to see?
I am a tough, sideline-to-sideline linebacker that has a high football IQ. My goal is to do everything I can to help my team get a win. I always strive to be near the ball, hustling until the play is made. I am a quarterback of the defense, making the call and ensuring everyone has it, making checks and that all 11 players are on the same page.
What was your offseason like heading into 2019? What areas of your game did you work on to improve upon?
This past offseason was a great one. We went through a coaching staff change, which gave me the opportunity to step up as a senior leader to ensure the transition was smooth. I personally worked on my overall strength, size and speed, but specifically I worked on the use of my hands and getting off blocks. Also on my blitz technique, particularly my get off and pass rush moves to disrupt the line of scrimmage and backfield. Additionally, regarding my hips in pass coverage, I trained on being more fluid in and out of my breaks when in both man and zone coverage.
What type of leadership intangibles do you bring to the table? Explain your leadership style.
My senior year, I was voted as a team captain by my teammates and I am extremely thankful and grateful to have that honor. This happened due to my ability to lead by example. I work hard and try to be the best I can be at everything I do, on and off the field. I do my best to be a role model for others when it comes to having a strong work ethic in all aspects of being a student athlete. I also believe that when I speak, people listen. I believe I have earned the respect over the years that allow my words to carry a significant meaning, whether that’s with my peers or my teammates. I am a natural leader and do everything I can to enhance my leadership skills both on and off the field.
Name a point during your college career when you had to overcome adversity. What did you learn from that experience?
During my freshman year, I made the travel squad and started on all special teams. After three games, my coaches and trainers sat me down and told me they want to medical redshirt me, with the goal in mind of gaining another year of eligibility. They wanted me to continue to travel and gain experience, even though I couldn’t play. That spring I was informed that there was a lack of documentation to validate my redshirt, causing my redshirt year to be stripped away from me. My coaches and training staff told me that I did everything right and everything I was supposed to do; it was their fault. Of course, in the moment I was extremely upset because there was nothing I could do about it. However, after I calmed down, prayed about it, and accepted my new reality, I did everything I could do to maximize my college experience and I did just that. God’s plan is always the right plan and I am thankful for everything that happened because it all happens for a reason.
What was it like growing up in your hometown? Did you live any other places?
I was born in Wilmington, Delaware. My family and I moved around a lot when I was younger due to my parent’s work. I lived in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York, before moving to and growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina at eight years old. I had the opportunity to receive a great education from Providence High School and compete at the highest level on the field in North Carolina. I was heavily involved with Elevation Church, volunteering as an usher and being active by giving back to community through service events. I was very grateful to grow up in a great environment.
Who has been the toughest opponent you have faced thus far in your career, either overall team or an individual? How did you fare?
Our game versus North Carolina this year on September 23 was not only a huge win for our football program, it was one of the hardest games I have ever played in. UNC had great talent across the board, but my team embraced the challenge and wanted to put Appalachian State on the map. We have come close many times, but we were finally able to finish with a big victory. Although it was the toughest game I have ever participated in, I ended with a career-high 16 tackles, making it one of my better games of my career.
What is something people might not know about you or something that separates you from other players?
What separates me from other people is that I am more than a football player. I was a semi-finalist for the Campbell Trophy award, and I graduated with a 3.8 GPA with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Advanced Entrepreneurship. Along with being the Vice President of our Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), I had the great opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica, studying hospitality and tourism. I am an active church member of First Baptist Blowing Rock and I partake in many community service events, including Habitat for Humanity, Operation Christmas Child, Vacation Bible School and more. I invest much of my time developing myself into a Godly man and preparing for life once football ends.
If you could bring one teammate with you, who would you bring?
I would bring Josh Thomas with me. JT is a great person, teammate, and friend. Josh and I were voted as team captains this season by our peers. We would always get in extra work, either coming in early or staying late in the weight room, field, or film room. He was our strong safety to the field so we had to ensure our communication and chemistry was strong. He is a great leader and I enjoyed working with him over the years.
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