Tyler Nevens: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Tyler Nevens
School: San Jose State
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
In my final collegiate season, I was just short of my season goal of wanting to be eligible to go to a bowl game with a winning record. The season didn’t turn out the way anyone wanted but I was more focused on being the most consistent/efficient ball carrier in my conference with averaging 4.6 yards per carry from last year average 10 yards per carry. I also missed my goal of having over 1,000 rushing yards last season. It was something I haven’t been able to do at the MW Conference in all my years playing back and it was my biggest emphasis. Finished the year with 167 carries for 756 yards with 7 touchdowns.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
I took full advantage of the extra year of eligibility because throughout my time in San Jose, I wasn’t a definite starter and my lack of attention to detail and technique is why I was stuck on special teams my junior year. I had a senior ahead of me who was going to graduate that season so I say it as nothing more than getting back to where I belong ever since I became a Starter for them as a True Freshman. Unfortunately with the pandemic, there was a lot of uncertainty of what was going to happen but I kept training and stayed ready or anything for wanting the season to continue. Then that very same year we won the Mountain West Championship.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I’m that type of player that a teammate would be proud of standing next to in the gridiron. A person who leads by example and has the highest respect/humbleness for the game. I’ve always been the person that puts much of a high standard for myself and because of that it makes my game for football even more passionate. I don’t think about myself in regards to stats or other nonsense. Football is always about standing for something, having pride for the name in the front and back of your jersey. I know I’m not the only player that’s out there with a purpose but that thought alone gives respect to a player that comes from playing on the field and I want that respect even more than the next guy. Hungry, Self Driven, Humble.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
I either focus on myself or defense tendencies with other players, specifically D lineman and Linebackers. Corner and safeties are a position that I don’t really look at because at the end of the day they’re going to have to tackle me and it’s something I know they’re not gonna want to do for four straight quarters. When I watch myself on film, 2 things I would look for are my Feet & Eyes. In the past, those were my biggest flaws, my eyes and feet not being on the same page. Part of my game was always a downhill powerhouse but I wanted something more than that, something more complete. Looking at defenses I specifically just look at defensive fronts stunts and certain player tendencies in between the defense box. Everything that I watch on film, I take to the field. So i know so if I see a D line on film that has his arm out every time when he’s engaged I know I’m gonna have to run through his arm tackle or the same way as a linebacker when a blitzing all he could do is bull rush & swim moves to where as a pass blacker you can scheme up to. I also look at opposing teams Run games and try to learn it and do their read for even more mental reps.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
What Separates me from other pro prospects is my longevity. I played in the Mountain West conference for 5+ Years, went up against Power Five schools, SEC schools, and Pac-12 schools. I come from a high school where I was the only player on that squad given a Division 1 scholarship, I grew up in a rural neighborhood area where I have become a first generation college student. I’ve had a chip on my shoulder ever since I started playing Pop Warner, and through all the decades it’s still no different now to where it has brought me. I’ve been through it all with my course in football and throughout that time I still was a complete and efficient running back with what I had. That’s what made me different, I used scraps to reach the top.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I am currently doing some indoor facility training for my Pro Day and also doing a heavy weight lifting program for my bench as well. My training schedule is 6 days a week, 2 times a day.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
My ego and my humbleness. I’m someone who wouldn’t take advantage of the position I have and also the power that comes with being an NFL player gets in the way of my own personal persona or any other part of it for it will have an effect on my game. I respect the game, what you give is what you earn. And I’ve been part of many teams throughout my life playing football and having successful/unsuccessful seasons and through the years I’ve learned the process of playing your role for your team. Whichever team I’m on, I’m going to stand tall, humble and with pride alongside the brothers I would sacrifice it for.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
My name is Tyler Nevens. I am a city kid born in Los Angeles but grew up in a small neighborhood town called Hacienda Heights. Football has not only been a dream for me, it’s been my way of life. I come from a line of family that have played football in college and some pro level. It is something that I’ve strived for ever since I was little, being raised by a single mother making sacrifices so I can do what I love and make her proud. Being under recruited in high school as an All State RB, I was only offered 1 division 1 scholarship at San Jose State University. A program willing to take a chance on a small town kid from the valley, coming out as an 3rd all-time leading rusher. All to make my friends and family proud who have helped me along the way. And I would be forever grateful to continue that process of something greater at the professional level.
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