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NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Andrew Caskin, TE, William & Mary

What is your name?

Andrew Caskin

What is your Height/Weight?

6’5, 240

What is your position?

Tight end

Where do you play college football?

College of William and Mary

Where are you from?

Rockville, Maryland

Who is your role model, and why?

My Dad for sure. He is the hardest working, most driven person I know. He has worked so hard to provide for my brother and me. He really is my hero and I try to make him proud every day.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Professor Stauffer at William and Mary. He really cares about each student, which makes a huge difference.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played lacrosse and basketball in high school. I also played baseball and soccer in elementary and middle school.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Victor Ochi from Stony Brook and Tanoh Kpassagnon from Villanova were really good, but I actually think it was Christian Kuntz from Duquense. I played him my sophomore year and he was all over the field.

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Nate Atkins. He means so much to our team. He’s only a sophomore, but he may be the smartest guy on the field. He is our commander on defense and a heck of a player.

What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?

March Madness- Future.

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

He may be a bit shorter than me, but I think Delanie Walker is the guy. He is super versatile. He plays tight end, fullback, and receiver. He can line up anywhere. That is something I have always prided myself on. I want to be the guy that my coaches can put anywhere and I can excel. Another player would be Zach Ertz. He is super crafty in his routes and that is something I have tried to integrate into my game.

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

I tore my ACL in high school going into my senior year. I didn’t play in a single game. Many schools stopped recruiting me. William and Mary stuck with me, offered a half scholarship. After my freshman year, I earned a full scholarship. I have tried to work hard every single day to prove the people who doubted me wrong. I believe the injury provided me with the motivation to become a better player and a better person.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I have a long warmup. I do some yoga, I go out to the field and visualize plays, I take a hot bath. I want to be as prepared as possible for the game. I feel like that can set me apart. I also like to be one of the last ones to put my pads on. I like to put my pads on and go straight out to the field. I don’t like sitting around and doing nothing.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

The last play of the 2016 year was great. Steve Cluley threw me a touchdown pass and we beat Richmond. It was a good feeling letting the seniors go out with a win.

What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?

I have done a lot of volunteer work in high school and college. Whether that was volunteering at the Byron House for Assisted Living in Bethesda, MD, providing companionship for the elderly residents and organizing community activities, or volunteering for Housing Partnerships, working to improve substandard housing conditions for local elderly and low-income families by making essential repairs to their homes, I have always tried to help out in the community.

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

The Washington Redskins. I think I have watched every game since I was about five years old.

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

Tom Brady, Barack Obama, and Dave Chappelle

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