Trivel Pinto: 2020 Pro Prospect Interview

Name: Trivel Pinto
School: University of British Columbia
Position: WR
Height: 5’11″
Weight: 195

Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?

At the beginning of the season I told myself I’d have 1000+ yards receiving, 10 receiving touchdowns, 1st Team All Canadian as a receiver, returner, and another National Championship. Although the season didn’t go as planned and we lost in the first round of the playoffs. I had 67 receptions 916 yards and 6 touchdowns, averaging 131 yards in the 7 games I played. I finished the season as a 1st Team All Canadian as a receiver and a 2nd Team All Canadian as a returner.

Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?

You would have to ask them but I believe I’m a hard working team player that makes others around me better football players. I’m not the selfish big ego type of player. I love dominating my opponent but I also love when my brothers can eat too. When everyone is on the same page with their assignments and we’re executing in all phases is when I’m the most content. When we’re struggling on offence I’m never the one to point fingers at other players. I see it as an opportunity to step up and make a play to help my team. That’s how want my coaches and teammates to think of me. The type of player you can go to and rely on when you need something.

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?

Football is a physical sport but the game is won mentally. When studying film I look for my opponent’s habits and tendencies when they are in different coverages. Whether he’s physical at the line in man or of he likes to play off in zone, what kind of shade is he, what does he try to take away, his foot placement, what hand does he press with etc. If I know my opponent I can beat my opponent. When watching myself I look to make sure I’m doing the little things correctly. Getting to my depth on routes, eyes to the ball, staying low in and out of my breaks, separation on my routes, attacking the ball in the air, making catches away from my body, making the right reads on option routes, getting in position to block if the ball doesn’t come to me.

Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?

There’s a lot that separates me from other prospects at my position. I am not the best at any one thing but I excel in many different areas that contribute to my success. I started 4 years in high school at quarterback and sat in meetings with my qb and Offensive coordinator for four years in college. So I can see the offence from the qbs perspective and from the receivers’ allowing me to read defensive schemes easier and find the sweet spots in zone coverages. I also spent my second year of college starting on both offence and defence attending both meetings learning the game plans each week. That knowledge and perspective paired with my athletic ability and work ethic has allowed me to have continuous success in this game and I’m constantly looking for other ways to improve.

Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?

My goal this offseason has been to take care of my body in all aspects to allow myself to reach new heights. First, I started paying attention to my nutrition. I’m counting my proteins calories and fats and taking note of my energy levels during training sessions based on what and what time I ate that day. I start everyday and end every night with vitamins, a glass of water and 20 mins of rolling out. I’ve been practicing yoga religiously and I’ve seen improvements to my flexibility, stability and overall core strength. I’ve also started reading more books to engage my mind and enhance my thought process. Currently I’m rereading Tim S. Grover’s Relentless.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

I play fast, I’m strong, I have great hands, i block, I can read defences, I understand coverages and schemes, I study my plays, I take notes, I ask questions, and I make those around me better. I understand that for our team to be successful on the field its about how we’ve prepared off the field. That being in the film room, weight room, at practice or at home. Every right decision is a step closer to our success.

Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?

The prototype receiver in the NFL has changed from your 6’2 6’3 bigger receivers to more agile do it all type of receivers and thats who I am. I’m a physical intelligent receiver with strong hands, great body control, I create separation in my routes, with big play ability and I’m willing to play any role to help my team win.