Overview: Brad Mayes is a Senior who is a quarterback for Lehigh University. During his junior year, he was one of the players selected to the First team All-Patriot League and All-ECAC. During that year he was also ranked in the top 10 in FCS in both touchdown passes and yards passing. He has a good football IQ and good arm strength.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Brad, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Lehigh University?
BM: I chose Lehigh because it was very similar to my high school. I loved my high school and Lehigh is just like it, very high on academics but also has a rich history of football as well.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
BM: I try not to worry about stuff like that. I take it one day at a time whether it’s the next meeting, lift, or practice. I try and be the best version of myself at all times and I’m hoping that can be good enough to make them notice me!
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
BM: My strengths I would say are my football IQ and my arm strength. My weakness would be trying to do too much and playing outside of my game, I would also say trusting my legs and my athletic ability. I often try and force passes when I have the ability to run and pick up the first down.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
BM: I would say my football IQ. I enjoy studying the game and putting my team in the best possible situation every play.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
BM: I’ve been told Matt Stafford or Case Keenum. I idolize them and look up to both of them.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
BM: I would say Rob Rolle from Villanova.
C: What pressures are there during games to complete plays/succeed? How do you deal with these pressures?
BM: I try and not think about stuff like that. I take every play one play at a time and try and do my best to make sure my teammates trust me to do my job.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
BM: I fell in love playing the game when I was younger. Probably when I was 8 or 9 and I played for my dad who was our head coach.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
BM: I try and always be the first one completely dressed. I’ve been doing it since high school. It allows me to focus on the game and not worrying about getting dressed and other things like that.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
BM: I am an outgoing fun person to be around, I love the game of football and would do anything for my team and teammates. I always put other people before myself and I think that’s what makes me the QB that I am today.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Brad Mayes for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a professional football player.
Follow him on Twitter: @BradMayesQB_4
Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.