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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Tyler Scozzaro, OC, Jacksonville State University

Tyler Scozzaro is a very amazing center at the FCS level

• Name: Tyler Scozzaro

• Height: 6’3

• Weight: 305

• Position: Center

• College: Jacksonville State University

• Twitter: @Scizzie77

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

•  I was born and raised in a small town named McCalla, Alabama. McCalla, is a great area with great people and is a place I am proud to call home. The thing I love most about McCalla is the positive energy and the family like atmosphere.

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

•  Strength and Conditioning, Practice, Film Study.

What do you worry about, and why?

•  Not achieving my goals and being successful.

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

•  I remember coming out of high school having no offers and people giving me no chances of playing at the next level. I walked on at Jacksonville State University in the summer of 2013 and remember telling my mother to give me 1-2 years and I would be on scholarship. I accomplished that goal and ended up having a great career at Jacksonville State. I earned 2017 Walter Camp First Team All-American and 2017and 2018 First Team All-Conference.   

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

•  My teammates would say my best qualities would be perseverance, toughness, and leadership. No matter the circumstance or injuries I was going to lay it all on the line for my team’s success.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

•  Derek Mahaffey

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

•  I have an undergrad degree in Business Management and a Masters in Sports Management. I would either try to work my way up to be a manager of a company or be involved in something related to sports in helping and inspiring student athletes.

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?

•  Room

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

•  I would choose a family member. My family has helped me and been there for me countless times in situations that I couldn’t go through alone. There wouldn’t be anything in this world that I wouldn’t do for my family.

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

•  Overcoming my season-ending knee injury in 2015. I injured my knee in Fall Camp of 2015 and it just so happened was the year we went to the FCS National Championship. I used that feeling of not being out there with my brothers in 2015 as motivation. That pain helped me persevere through it and come back and have a successful career.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

•   When I had a snap infraction penalty.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

•  Definitely the 4th and 20 Touchdown vs Kennesaw State in the 2nd Overtime.

What song best describes your work ethic?

•  Gods Plan – Drake

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

•  Mental Toughness

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

•  Mike Murphy a Navy Seal hero. Murphy was the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the Medal of Honor award since the Vietnam War for sacrificing his life for his brothers.  I would love to just sit down and talk to him.

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

•  The Warpig

Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 

•  There isn’t a player in the NFL that is overrated they are there for a reason.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

•  Respected. It doesn’t matter if they like me or not.

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

• I feel if you are blessed enough to play in the NFL that these things should not even be in question of someone having off-field issues. I would probably say Johnny Manziel. If Johnny would have just kept his head on straight and not let the spotlight get to him he could have had a shot to be a great NFL player.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

•  Hate to lose.

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

• My Mother, she has been there for me in ways I can’t even explain. I can’t tell you how much that lady means tome and I would do anything in this world for her.

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at [email protected]

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