Behind the Prospect: A Coaching Take on MTSU WR Richie James
- Coach Austin Silvoy
- WR Coach – Middle Tennessee State University
You had a chance to coach & be around who we believe is one of the most underrated players in the 2018 Draft class, Richie James. What separates Richie from other players that you have been around?
- He plays with a chip on his shoulder at all times. One of the best competitors I’ve been around, which translates to his game film making competitive catches and refusing to be taken down by the first defender. Some guys just have that edge and cool confidence, that’s Richie.
What would you say is Richie’s greatest strength as a WR?
- It’s simply his ability to get open. He is a master of manipulating defenders no matter the leverage they have on him to find open grass.
Since the arrival of Coach Stockstill prior to the 2006 season, the Blue Raiders have gone 79-72 while winning the Sun Belt Championship in 2006 & making seven bowl appearances. Where do you see the program headed in the next 5 years?
- Competing for more championships. We ended the season as the 2017 Camellia Bowl Champions after a rollercoaster ride of a regular season. Our culture will always be “blue collar” and ready to face adversity. MTSU has now committed to building a brand new football facility that will provide this program with phenomenal resources that’ll continue the standard we set at the end of this season.
What is the one thing you could assure NFL teams that they will get if they draft Richie James?
- They will get a player who is prepared, confident, and can get open.
Put yourself in the shoes of a potential NFL draftee, what is the one piece of advice you would give them during this process leading up to the Draft?
- Develop a plan and attack it. You have a small window from your last game to Draft Day. Maximize your time by documenting exactly what you want to accomplish in that window, down to every hour.
You can find our interview with Richie below.