Name: Tez Wilson
School: University Tennessee at Chattanooga
Position: EDGE/LB

Height: 6’1”
Weight: 235

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

My main goal was to always show up and contribute as a starter to help the team bring home the W. However, my last year didn’t go as planned. I had to adjust when I realized that I wasn’t a key player even though I knew that I was capable of so much more. Not playing as much made me refocus my goals to become a better leader for the younger players around me. I wanted to grow as a leader and contribute wherever I could, no matter what our situation was. When I look back on my last year at Chattanooga, I like to think that I accomplished that goal.

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

The additional year was very beneficial and I took advantage of the opportunity that was in front of me. I grew not only as a player but as a man. I got to share the field with a lot great talent which elevated my game and my drive to be ready for whatever opportunity God sends my way.

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

I’m definitely my biggest critic. If I make a play on defense, I want to know how I can make the same play but faster and more strategic. I’m always improving my game. Like Kobe said, what’s there to celebrate, jobs not finished. That’s why I watch film and scout the players being scouted because eventually we’ll compete against each other.

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

What separates me from other prospects is my speed and quickness. I had one of the best 40 times at my pro day, so I use that for an advantage. Also, I will never quit on a play. I love the game too much.

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

During the off-season I trained at Chip Smith Performance to prepare for my pro day. Training 5 days a week improved my strength and agility. I’m thankful for the experience and the people that made it possible.

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

My versatility and my drive to win. I can defend, play the ball and love being in the trenches. I know that I’ll be able to contribute to any team that picks me up, whether it’s on defense or special teams.

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

I can bring many strengths to a team on the pro level. No matter the challenge, I know that whatever a team asks me to do I can do it. Not only can I do it but I can do it at a higher level than most. My drive to be the best version of myself is what sets me apart. If a coach tells me to take notes , I want to take the best notes in the room. If I am asked to hold a practice bag or demonstrate a drill, I want to set the example. I can also bring a personality that increases team morale. I’m coachable but I strive to be a leader amongst my teammates. Lastly, I can bring a high level of professionalism. At the end of the day, we all will be there to complete a job. I will be professional about it and make sure that I’m not resting until my job is complete. Yes the game is for fun but it’s only fun when you’re winning and if you’re not winning then you should be focused on improving.