Name: Ethan Tucky
School: University of Cincinnati
Q: In your final collegiate season, what goals did you accomplish this fall or set for this upcoming spring?
I accomplished finishing the season without having any regrets during the season. Every game I don’t want to leave anything out there that I could look back on and ask myself if I had more. Especially this season being my senior year, I can truly say I did everything I could with my opportunities. For the spring, my goal is to truly shift into a pro player. Dieting, training, watching film, doing everything I can to give myself an edge. I have already been doing these things during college, but now is the time to keep pushing myself and find ways to improve my routine.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I’m a grinder and reliable. No matter how I am feeling, body or mind, when I get on the field I have a job to do, and I’ll always give my best effort. I’m also scrappy and tough, being 240 being in a 3-4 defense at end isn’t ideal for my size but I never let that affect my play.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
Every detail I can find. Watch and rewatch again because there is a tell on those you are playing and even yourself. Any miss step I take or missed move, there is a reason why, so understanding and focusing on fixing the issue is the only way to get better.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I will say what separates me is my ability to cover guys, but also put my hand down and play the run, but still being able to rush the edge. A true versatile linebacker. I feel as if I have some of the best feet and hips, and I can translate that onto the field. My effort also separates me from other prospects as well. My attention to details will be the difference maker for me at this time because it is the little things that separates player from being good to being great.
Q: What is your plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities, especially with the virus limiting pro days/training facilities/etc?
I’m not taking my training any different. I will prepare my body and mind so when I do get a chance to show my talents, I’ll be ready. If anything I need to prepare more than ever if I have limited chances.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
My work ethic and leadership ability. My play will speak for itself, but I truly believe what separates me from others is the off the field lifestyle. I can’t expect to play well if I am lacking in other areas of my life, so I push myself to be the best in anything I do. I learn quickly, I work well with others, and I have skill sets that can be applied anywhere they would be needed. So that combined with my mindset and lifestyle I’ll stand out.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL/CFL or any other professional leagues?
Give me a chance to show you my product of work and playing ability. I believe in the little details, the process, and constantly finding ways to get better because that’s what got me here. There is no substitution for work and you can’t cheat that process.