Name: Anthony Llosa
School: Ave Maria
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
For my final collegiate season, my overall goal was to repeat as conference champions and have playoff berth with a chance for a national championship. Unfortunately, we fell short of that goal. Individually, I looked to improve my statistics from the previous season which I did and become a better position leader which my position coach said I did.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My coaches and teammates would say I am a hard working player who will give everything I got regardless if I’m injured or not and will do whatever it takes to win. This being represented by being on our team’s leadership council which is voted on by the players since my sophomore year.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
When studying film, to improve my game I look at my stance and start to make sure every snap I’m exploding out and it looks like I’m running a route so the defender can’t tell if it’s a run or pass play. When watching my opponent, I look at his tendencies to see what moves I can or can’t use against him to see if he is aggressive trying to get hands on and reroute or patient, if he likes to look in the backfield, or if he opens his hips quick or tries to stay square.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I would have to lean on my toughness and ability to block. Receivers get the label of diva’s in football and all we care about are how we look and our stats but that’s not how it is when it comes to me. My OC always put me in the position for the big block that was a must for the play to work regardless if it was on a corner, safety, or a linebacker because he knows I’ll do it and won’t back down from the challenge and that is what I take pride in the most.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
My plan is to work with my receiver coach, Travis Johnson because he’s coached me these last two years and knows me as a player. For speed and agility, I will work with our strength and conditioning coach, Cory Nelms who played football and ran track at the University of Miami and spent some time in the NFL.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
What I can bring to a team is my toughness and drive. I’ve never been the biggest or fastest on the field and had to fight to get on the field on every level. That same toughness and drive that’s gotten me to this point today will be carried over for any team that is willing to take a chance on me.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
To all coaches and organizations reading this, I just want to play ball. Any team who is willing to give me a chance will get the most hardworking and devoted player who will do whatever it takes to get on the field and help your team win. This has been a dream of mine since I was seven years old and I’ll do whatever it takes to make that dream become a reality for me and whatever dream your team has of winning for you.