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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tyshaun James, WR, Central Connecticut State University

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Central Connecticut State’s “do-it-all” WR Tyshaun James recently sat down with Draft Diamond’s writer Jimmy Williams
  • Name: Tyshaun James
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 210 lbs
  • Position: WR
  • College: Central Connecticut State University
  • Twitter: @TyshaunJ2

Tell us about your university/college. What was your major/minor? How is campus life?

Central Connecticut State University has a great campus life. I major in Economics with a minor in Management. The sport of football is loved at CCSU from students all the way to faculty. There are a lot of events that allow students to get to know each other. Sports teams look out for each other and support each other. We all want to see success come to CCSU. I feel CCSU isn’t too big but isn’t too small. It’s the right fit with a great campus life.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My teammates would say my best quality is my work ethic, especially in the weight room. I set a goal for myself that I would be the strongest skill player on the team and I accomplished that goal.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

The role I see myself on the team is being the guy, having the IT factor. I feel I play a leadership role on how I approach things in practice and in the games. I feel any scheme can fit my skill set, I feel I’m more of an athlete than just having a certain position, I can play wildcat, throw the ball, catch and block. I know I’m not perfect and still have a lot to learn but I can contribute in many different ways.

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

Christopher Frederick

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Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

Tajik Bagley. I converted from being a QB to WR, and I’ve been  going against him since freshman year. He is very fluent and confident in how he plays the DB position, and he makes me want to get better and be solid at my craft.

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Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

A time where I had to overcome a struggle was my freshman to sophomore year in high school and college. I’ve never come into a team with respect and given the starting spot . I’ve always had to earn it and grind my way to the top and stay true to what I know. During college, I came in as a QB and switched to wideout. That was a big struggle for me. Playing wideout there’s a lot of things that are different from QB. So it took me freshman and sophomore year to master simple things . After my sophomore year and going into my junior year, I felt comfortable and never looked back.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?

Basketball or Track. In high school, I was all conference in basketball. I was all conference and all state in track & field. My best in the 200m was 22.81, and I had a 11.1 in the 100m.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

Leading by example for the youth and getting a Division 1 full scholarship. Growing up I didn’t see that from anyone. Now that I have that, I feel I’m leading the way for some kids coming up.

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Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.

We played Columbia. It was 1st and goal, 1 on 1 backside and I caught a back shoulder fade my sophomore year for my first college touchdown.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

My favorite player in the NFL is Larry Fitzgerald . I would say I model my game after Devante Adams for the Green Bay packers.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?

G Herbo and Meek Mill

What is your favorite comfort food?

My favorite comfort food is pasta. I definitely have to give a shout out to Matty’s Next Door in Middletown, CT.

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

Chris Tucker

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?

I like to go hiking and take pictures of nature

Who or what motivates you the most?

My mom, dad, and sister. I see my mom and dad go to work in factories everyday doing jobs they don’t love but have to do, and I see my sister working 2 to 3 jobs to get through school to be a doctor. Seeing them motivates me to be the best I can be, so they can live their life relaxing knowing if they need something I have it for them.

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