Overview: Jamal Tyler was a senior who played running back. He started off his college career at Kansas Garden City Community College before going to Pittsburg State University. He is a speedster type running back who has great hands and can catch out of the backfield.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jamal, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Pittsburg State University?
JM: In 2012-2013 I attended a junior college out in west Kansas Garden City Community College. I won a Bowl game out there and that spring, I had a few division 1 looks but I didn’t graduate on time in order to meet the NCAA clearing house eligibility requirement.. so my chances were none. I wanted to go to one of those big schools. So instead of going division 2 right away I sat out a semester to keep my eligibility for my next school year. Well, I went back to school in 2014 that spring after sitting out the past fall of 2013. I graduated with my Associate degree in the spring and I tried to get into a division 1 school once again but a lot of my credits from junior college didn’t transfer and I also would only have one year to play. So in the process of finding a school that summer of 2014 I was altered to take the division 2 route. I had a few offers from D2 schools and Pittsburg State became my last offer. They offered me two weeks before camp. I took a visit and knew right away on my visit after speaking to the head coach Tim Beck that Pitt state was the place for me.
C: Since you are from a smaller school, how do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by scouts?
JM: I’m preparing very well for my pro day. I’m putting everything I have inside of me into my workouts. My heart, my mind, the GOD given talent that I have and a strict eating diet. I eat very healthy and I make sure my body is recovering properly. Everyday at Top Speed I work towards my dream. I’m pushed past my limits at Top Speed everyday there, I’ve never worked so hard in my life like I do there. I really train like a professional athlete, the things I go through will make me stand out at my pro day. At Top Speed I’m going past my limits everyday. I say it twice just to emphasize the hard work that goes into chasing this NFL Dream. I’m working on little things all the time like my start and form for my 40 yard dash. I’m working on the other drills as well. I’m training to be exceptional on my pro day. I’m in the process of getting an Agent as well I know with an agent that I will have scouts who are interested in me evaluating me on my pro day and I know that will help me chances of getting drafted and getting into the right camp. Getting into the right camp is important that way I have a good chance of playing right away.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
JM: My strengths are my quickness, speed and my ability to elude defenders. I would say my weakness are not scoring when I’m in the open field. I feel like I have that ability to score anytime I’m in the secondary. I did it in high school a lot and although the competition gets tougher I feel like I’m still able to do those things when I’m healthy. I truly believe 10 out of 10 times I can score if I’m in the secondary no matter who I’m playing and if I don’t that’s my weakness and ill have to work on it.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
JM: What separates me from other players in my positon would have to be my rare speed. I’ve clocked a 4.3 forty three times in a row. Each time it was 4.35.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
JM: Adrian Peterson is a player that I resemble because I run very hard just like him. He runs to score on every carry and so do I.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
JM: I haven’t faced anyone tough in my college career.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
JM: I tend to listen to music before my games and visualize making those big plays I dreamed of.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
JM: The most inspirational thing a coach has ever told me is that there’s two types of players that will get you beat, ones who only does what the coach say and ones who doesn’t do what the coach say. So you have to do what the coach say and more is the message I got out of it. The coach can’t tell you when to stiff arm or make the right move or when to fake pitch in an option those type of plays is what I feel like my coach was talking about. Jeff Tatum at Mississippi Delta junior college was the guy who told me this.
C: Where do you see yourself in five years?
JM: In the NFL building on to my legacy and helping others achieve there dream.
C: What was your favorite moment/play at Pittsburg State University?
JM: My favorite moment at Pittsburg State is when we were down in the 4th qrt. and with our conference championship on the line with 2 mins to go down in the 4th we drove the ball down to the 30 yard line and coach put me in the game. I only had 8 or 9 carries that game for 94 yards. But I got in the game after we drove the ball and scored one the 1st carry the game winning touchdown and I got my first media interview it was pretty cool to feel like I was on sports center because that’s how I kind of imagined it was like. It was just like how the media interviews players after the game on sports center.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Jamal Tyler for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2016 draft prospect.
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