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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Tu’u Liu, LB, Texas A&M Commerce

tuuEvery year, NFL Draft Diamonds brings our readers the best in depth interviews on the internet. We specialize in giving players an opportunity to showcase their talents on our website. We conducted interviews last year with over 300 plus players. We want you to enjoy our interviews, because when these young men are in the league, we will not be surprised, and neither should you. 

What is your name?

Tu’u Liu 

What is your Height/Weight?

Height: 6’6 

Weight: 265

What is your position?

Outside Linebacker/Defensive Lineman

Where do you play college football?

Texas A&M Commerce 

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

4 Schools was recruiting me out of high school. 

How did you choose your school?

I choose a JUCO name College of San Mateo in Northern California. I chose this because I didn’t have grades out of High School & it was close where I live at. 

Where are you from?

San Mateo, California

Who is your role model, and why?

My role model is God & his son Jesus. Christ. God gave his only son so his son Jesus Christ can sacrifice for sins of humanity. 

Have any scouts met with you yet, and if so what are they saying?

Not yet. 

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played basketball & rugby during my high school year. 

Did you play any other positions in football?

I played Tight End & special teams. 

At your position, what separates you from others?

What separates me from others from my position is that I’m an athletic Defensive End & Outside Linebacker. I got one of the best hands & I find the ball every time. I can play any position on the defensive line. I’m football smart and can read what the offense will run. I study hard in the film room and prepare myself good against opponents. 

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

When I break down film, I look at the tendencies of the offensive lineman & the quarterback. Also, I look at the down & distance and see what’s their favorite plays they run. Lastly, I look at where the position of the ball if it’s in the middle of the field to on the left or right hash marks. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

LSU Offensive Lineman Fehoko Fanaika, which I played with in College of San Mateo. 

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

I would say Melvin Ingram because he’s all over the field every play. Also, he has the nose for the ball. He’s a playmaker!

tuuuWhat was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

My biggest obstacle in my life that I had overcome is when I was moved to defensive lineman because of injury from my teammates during my JUCO freshmen year. I had to learn a new position and get use with double teams. I became successful of developing in becoming a 3-4 defensive linemen especially as a pass rusher. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

My pre-game rituals are listening to music on my phone and saying a prayer with my teammates. 

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is that I’m an athletic defensive lineman & outside linebacker. I got hands for a lineman.  I’m always around the ball. I study hard in the film and I’m football smart. 

What is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is that I be doing too much in becoming perfect on my pass rush but I believe I can become more better. I’ll go on the field & practice so I can be more smoother on my pass rush. 

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I would say Sir I can play anything that you want me to if it means playing special teams. I would be the hardest worker on & off the field. I will be in the film room & study the playbook everyday. 

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

My favorite player is Marshall Faulk and St. Louis Rams is my favorite NFL team.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

Jackie Robinson, Sean Taylor, & Bruce Lee.

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