Name: Yeedee Thaenrat
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
The goal that I set for myself was to become an all conference player.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
They will say that I am very ambitious, hard working, and energetic. I bring the energy and set the tone. Not by what I say; but what I do, how I play, and how I prepare every day and every week. And as a result, others follow what I do.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
It depends because there is a lot you can gain simply from watching film; most of the game is visual and mental. Learning your opponents tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses gives me an advantage. Our coaches do a great job of breaking down film from 1st down to 4th down. To their favorite blitz on third down. It all is very unique, but I like to focus on all 11 players on defense so I know what I have to do when they give me certain looks. I know when cowboy is coming when the safety is off the hash and the corner is pressed. I also watch other running backs that played against that defense and see what they did well and wrong so I can try to do what they did but in my style of play.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I think what separates me is that I am willing to do it all. As much as I like running the ball, I will run full speed at any defender and try to block them no matter how big or strong. I am willing to play any position on the field as long as it benefits my team. I also take pride in playing special teams, as much as I do running back. I will be the first man up to run down on kick off or block or on kick off return. Also I am always open to learn! I’m hungry, I’m ambitious, and I’m eager to not only get better for me, but to better everyone around me.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I am finishing up my last semester, therefore I can’t go anywhere to train. So I decided to train with my strength coach who knows me better than anybody. As college football players we spend more time with our strength coaches than our actual coach. He knows best, my numbers, what I need to work on, and we have all the equipment we need here at my school for pro day. Besides, I am running pro day at my school so why not train on my home field.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
The strengths and abilities I will bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field is my energy and eagerness to get better everyday and my competitiveness. The energy is transferable positive energy and my passion for the game will rub off naturally to football guys who wants to compete and win at the highest level. And what is sports without competition? Nothing is given; everything is earned, and I know me showing that I can compete will push others to elevate their game because nobody wants to lose.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
I am your guy that will do anything that is asked of me and do it at an elite level. I am coachable, hungry and ambitious. I understand the importance of body maintenance and the importance of sacrifice. I will do what it takes to be the best that I can be and offer my all at all times. I step on the field because you never know when it will be your last.