Tiyun Avery is a defensive back for Henderson State. Last season, he had one interception — a game-clincher, four pass break-ups, and 35 tackles, two of them for a loss. He’s a dynamic play-maker and excels in man coverage.
Tiyun sat down with Locker Room Update to discuss his career background in football and his aspirations in the sport.
When did you first fall in love with playing football?
I started as a young age around 5 or 6 and my big brother and some of my friends played so I loving the game every since.
Who was your role model in football when you were growing up, and who was your role model outside of the sport during your childhood?
Deion Sanders, I would say my Mom because she never let me down
What’s the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you?
My school coach told me when you fall down 8 times, get up 9 and never give up on what I want in life just keep fighting.
Your tape showcases your impressive ability to contest jump balls and long passes. Oftentimes, you’re in a better position to make the catch than the intended receiver. To what do you attribute this skill?
Just watching film and being coachable to do the things I’m coach to do.
Who in the NFL do you see as a role model for what you want to accomplish in football, and why?
I would say Malcolm Butler because he played division 2 football and he earned and made a name for himself.
If an NFL scout were to walk up to you and give you ten seconds to sell yourself, what would you say?
That I’m going to be great value to your team and I’m hungry and willing to do anything to help win for the team and carry myself the right way off the field.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself playing NFL football.
And to close, what’s the most important thing about you off the field that makes you a better player on the field?
I have great character and a helping hand for anyone no matter if they play football or not. I’m a mentor or a listening ear to anyone and very humble.