Overview: Chris Tyler was a senior who started off his career at University of Kearney Nebraska and Iowa Western Community College before transferring to University of South Dakota where he played cornerback. In 2014, he was the 10th leading tackler with 25 tackles and 36 stops. He is a smart, tall, physical player who knows how to make plays.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Chris, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
Christa: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing the University of South Dakota?
CT: I transferred into South Dakota from Iowa Western Community College. Where I began playing Defensive Back. I started college as a Quarterback at the University of Kearney Nebraska. I started the last two years at South Dakota.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by scouts?
CT: Being a taller cornerback I think that attracts them but transitioning in and out of breaks and being solid through all the drills.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
CT: My strengths are being a very smart player knowing what teams like to do, technique at the line of scrimmage playing press and getting in and out of breaks.
Weakness speed most coaches like guys who run a 4.4 and something I haven’t ran. Haven’t played much zone since being at South Dakota
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
CT: I love watching film learning everything and the game. I am also a competitor I do what I can to beat out my opponent.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
CT: Nnamdi Asomugha or Antonio Cromartie.
C: What was it like converting from being a quarterback to playing defense?
CT: Learning new technique and keeping my legs throughout a season. As a Quarterback I didn’t run as much.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
CT: Lance Lanor Western Illinois.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
CT: I keep it simple listen to some Ice berg and watch some football highlights.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
CT: Anything is possible as long as you never give up on your dreams.
C: What was your favorite moment/play at University of South Dakota?
CT: Playing with the guys I become brothers with you create bonds people you will keep in touch with in the future like.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Chris 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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