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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jayson Williams II, WR, Eastern Washington University

Jayson Williams II could be the next wide receiver from Eastern Washington University to make it to the NFL. The EWU players have had great careers early, so Jayson is hoping to follow the footsteps.

• Name: Jayson Williams II
• Height: 6’1
• Weight: 213
• Position: WR
• College: Eastern Washington University 
• Twitter: @J_lDUB

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

• I’m from Tacoma, WA, a city well known within the state but in deserving of more recognition outside of Washington. It’s a beautiful place with people that are loud and proud to be from the “253”. A place that have it’s rough parts but even then is full of love. The thing I love most about the city is that when it comes down to it 253 have 253 back. Meaning if you’re from Tacoma then Tacoma will have your back and support you to the end. A place with many diamonds in the rough all around and in almost everyday  major sport. It’s a city I want to represent well and show the younger athletes that they can do the same or even better than me.

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

• Strength and conditioning, film study, and practice. S&C: Is where you put in all your work to want to become great. Get your body and mind in the best shape to conquer anything and to be great day in and day out. Film Study: is where we’re suppose to learn from not only our own mistakes but our teammates also. Understanding more of the game from a mental aspect will make the game easier once we actually have a helmet and pads on. It’s like trying our best to prevent history from repeating itself. Practice: is where everything comes together for an athlete. All of our strength and conditioning and all of our film time to show ourselves and our coaches what all that extra time spent has produced.

What do you worry about, and why?

• The only thing I’m really worried about is my making my mom proud. There’s not a lot of opinions I care about in my life but knowing my mom is proud of me is me succeeding in life. I just want to continue to make her proud from high school graduation, to earning my college to be paid for, to challenging myself to not only get 1 but 2 degrees I just want to keep that smile on her face and the mindset that she raised her son to be a great man.

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

• My redshirt freshman year I came in with the mindset that I will swing in on some plays behind the big 3 (Cooper Kupp, Kendrick Bourne, and Shaq Hill) but I spent most of my time on special teams which I made the best of and didn’t see much of the field for offense. However, that following off season I took a different approach to my training and ended up losing 20lbs that I gained over the time. I wanted to prove to my coaches and teammates that I can be accountable this upcoming season and came back in the best shape and earned my starting position. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• I believe my teammates would say that my best quality is my leadership (by example). They know I’m not the one to ever be loud and all up in others face but I’m the one that will get things done and show them why they have so much trust in me everyday and on every down. Freshman year to senior year I had an abundance of growth to prove to my teammates that they can believe in me and can trust me on and off the field. I continued to not only strive to be great on the field but also in the classroom setting an example that not all student-athletes are bad when it comes to school work.

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

• Taron Johnson. DB from Weber State University. He was drafted by Buffalo.

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

• I’ll have a solidified finance position with Boeing, a career trading on the Forex market, and becoming a serial entrepreneur.

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

• I will clean my room first, my car, then my desk. I’m a clean freak and was raised to make my bed as soon as I wake up. So, definitely my room first because I hate to leave my room dirty since it’s the first indicator of the type of person you are. I have to keep my car clean and I take pride in it. I didn’t have a car in high school and getting in other people’s car that were dirty used to mess with me. Once I got my own car I made sure to always keep it clean and to take pride in it. My desk would be last mainly because it never gets dirty since it’s just my laptop on it for the most part. 

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

• Although I would like to save everyone I will have to say my family member. Family is big to me and I would hate to see one of my family members die when I had the chance to save their life. After saving my family member I will definitely try my hardest to save as many of the others as I can.

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

• I would choose to be Tony Stark (Iron Man). Not only for his money but his work ethic. A man of many talents and an innovative mind. In the movies you can also see his change as a man and that’s something I respect. Noticing your wrongs and want to build yourself to be a better man like he continued to do in each movie.

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

• My biggest adversity in life is moving around a lot and just not having a stable home of our own growing up. Some moves were easier than others and my mother always made sure to make sure her boys were taken care of. However, seeing her struggle and not really being able to do anything about it at the time added fuel for me. The way I dealt with it in my younger days was just leaning on my friends and their families. Seeing how they lived and accomplished for their family made me want to go out and get the same for my mom and my family. I’ll never forget where I came from and never make fun of those during hard time because I was once in their shoes, but I promised myself to never go back.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• My most embarrassing moment but wasn’t that embarrassing as much as it was funny to me. Senior night game I caught a bubble and was turning up field and was 1on1 with a defender I ran over earlier in the game so as I got closer I noticed he was getting lower and thought I had the go for the hurdle and that was a mistake. The defender stood up while I’m on top of his head and I landed in that “scorpion” position. I got the yards though.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• My most memorable play of my collegiate career have to be my junior year against Southern Utah. It was a broken play and my QB Started to scramble, I’m already down field blocking for him, but while blocking I see a defender getting close to him so I time it perfectly between continuing to block my man, then letting him go to pancake the closer defender to help my QB set the school record for the longest touchdown run for a QB.

What song best describes your work ethic?

• A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke

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

• My most important trait to help me succeed is my growth mindset. Meaning I have an underlying belief that my learning and intelligence can grow with time and experience. When people believe they can become smarter, they realize that their effort has an effect on their success, so I put in extra time and work, leading to my higher achievements. I look at it as I continue to watch film, listen to my coaches, and learn from not only my mistakes but my teammates it’ll help me become a better player. I never want to stop learning.

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

• If I could bring one person back from the dead it would have to be Steve Jobs. An innovative and businessman like himself would be interesting to sit down with and pick his brain. The man brought Apple back from its own death and was a true leader in his own unorthodox way.

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

• Club Quarantine .. I’m playing. I would have to name it “Club Dub”

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?

• All former EWU players (not as much Cooper Kupp). I feel like EWU players have continued to prove themselves in the league the past few years and will continue do so. We’ve always been underdogs that will work harder than everyone to prove that we deserve a chance.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• My godfather always told me “a man should never chase after being liked from anyone but to be respected by everyone” and that’s how I was raised. Being liked does nothing for me in a dog eat dog world. I value respect and give respect when respect is due. I give respect and expect to be given the same respect in return. On the field I could care less if the man across from me likes me but he will respect me and how I play this game.

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

• I can say Antonio Brown definitely had his career derailed by off-field issues, but I can‘t feel bad for someone making those types of decisions. He is a grown man that made poor choices, and that now has to deal with the consequences. I do feel for the teams that he hurt and really could’ve flourished with. So far his actions costed him millions and the game he loves and I just know I can’t make that same mistake with my chance.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• I hate to lose. I’m not a sore loser in any way but I am a true competitor who competes in everything I do. From the classroom, to the field, and even some family night games I compete. As a true competitor you just compete in everything you do naturally, something our coaches preached here at Eastern but it’s something I’ve always known.  

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

• My little brother has been the biggest influence on my life. I’ve always strived to be great to show him that he can do the same or even better. Some don’t have the chance to have a good role model around them let alone in their own family/household and I wanted to be that for my brother. He’s the reason I go so hard in everything I do, on and off the field and the reason I even went back to get my 2nd degree. I wanted to show him that we should always challenge ourselves to be more no matter what others say. 

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