Name: Tavin Fitzgerald
School: St. Andrews University
Position: OG
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 320

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

My goals were to more aggressive and leave a mark on the teams I played against. I believe I did that especially after the games when players and coaches would come up to my teammates and ask them where is number 66. When they would find me it was nothing but love and comments on how much I have improved from previous years. I also set out to be all conference or all American, but I fell short of that accomplishment. All that did though, was fuel me to go harder for the next level.

Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?

I used the opportunity to better myself on the field mentally. I allowed myself to slow the games down in my head and pinpoint the details to increase my football IQ.

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

I believe they would say a few things. They would say I am an aggressive, versatile player leading my team in silence. I feel like they’d comment on my drive as well, stating how hard working and dedicated I am whether it be in the weight room, on the field, or in the classroom.

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

When studying the film of opponents, I look at their tendencies when lining up in front of me. This includes what foot is forward, distance of foot placement, and how violent their hands are. When watching myself, I critique my first step, my pad level, hand placement, and how I move my feet on contact.

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

My size, agility, football IQ, and the fact that I have played both sides of the ball; this allows me to see things differently than, say, someone who has only played defense or offense.

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

I plan on training with a retired NFL and CFL player to increase my speed and improve my football IQ. I will also be working on my footwork because the quicker my steps are the better I can block my opponents.

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

I am a very good leader that is good when it comes to responsibility. I’d say I have good judgement in many situations and can pick out things the average person doesn’t see. I am very ambitious and will persevere through any ailments set against me. Lastly, I consider myself authentic. Authenticity sets you apart from many people and will always set you up for greatness.

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

I have a lot to offer, and I know my true potential has yet to come. I understand the process, the struggle, and the journey of it all; it’s far from easy but I know I can handle anything.