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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Giles Amos, TE, Arkansas State

Giles Amos Arkansas State NFL Draft
Giles Amos is a tough hard-nosed tight end who transferred to Arkansas State from Alabama for the 2020 season. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Giles Amos
  • Height: 6’4”
  • Weight: 252 lbs.
  • Position: TE
  • College: Arkansas State University
  • Twitter: @GAUnoDos
  • Instagram: gilesamos_15

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
I obtained my undergraduate degree at Alabama in Communications. I was also able to complete my Master’s in Sports Business Management at Alabama while I was transferring to Arkansas State. As part of an internship, I did a research paper on Strength and Conditioning Programs around the Nation. I was also involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
My positivity and outlook would be my best qualities. I never believed that yelling or giving off negative energy does any good. I’m also a good teammate and team player.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I’m usually very quiet. I try and stick to my job and lead by example. I’ve been on all special teams units such as being the lead blocker on kickoffs. Most of my time at Alabama was spent being a blocker as a true in-line tight end or even as a fullback. Here at Arkansas State, I’ve been used as a little bit of everything from being split out wide, playing H-back in the slot and being the in-line tight end or fullback.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Wyatt Hubert from Kansas State is probably the best player that I’ve faced one-on-one. He’s very physical and good with his hands. He’s a very high energy player that makes great plays.

During my time here at Arkansas State, I’ve also faced some good players. This year, I faced Jordan Strachan from Georgia State. He’s a long, tall player that can get his hands on you real fast and give you some competition.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
During my time here at Arkansas State, Jonathan Adams seems to impress me every day whether it’s in practice or a game. He’s a big physical athlete that could play on any team. He brings it every day.

At Alabama, you’re surrounded by a lot of 4 & 5 star athletes that are very impressive. Jaylen Waddle is a very electric receiver that you knew was going to be special from day one. Not only can he take the top off defenses, but he is a spectacular return specialist.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
My recruiting process coming out of high school was a very humbling experience. I had only had one scholarship offer that was taken away from the school. I had walk-on offers at several schools and didn’t know where I was going to end up. I even questioned my love for the sport. I had a walk-on offer at Georgia where my family had gone, but they were going through a coaching change at the time, and the timing didn’t seem right to go there. My dad had actually sent my film to Alabama without me knowing, and Alabama gave me the opportunity to join as a walk-on.

Those were the toughest years when I wasn’t on scholarship. I was getting beat up every day on the scout team. It took me three years to finally be put on scholarship. Towards the end of my time at Alabama, I was able to start a couple games at fullback. I had some eligibility left and was given another chance to play at Arkansas State. I was blessed to receive that shot. I knew I had to get more playing time to give pro scouts more film to look at.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
Golf for sure because you can play that game your whole life and not really get injured doing it. I’m a big fan of golf, and it would be great to get paid to play that game.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I’m most proud of overcoming being a walk-on, earning a scholarship and getting the opportunities that I have now. I had a great opportunity to participate in the College Gridiron Showcase in Fort Worth, TX and also play in the Hula Bowl in Hawaii. The Hula Bowl was an awesome experience. Not only did I have the chance to play football out in paradise, but I was also able to rub shoulders with great NFL minds like Mike Singletary and Jim Zorn.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
During the 2020 season, I was finally able to haul in my first collegiate touchdown pass. Playing H-back, I was coming right across the formation running a play action counter block. I head faked the linebacker getting open enough for our quarterback to throw a pop pass. I caught that pass for a touchdown against Kansas State in their stadium. That game was crazy, and it went back and forth. We edged them out in an upset victory at 35-31.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
My favorite athlete is Lebron James. He’s the GOAT. The player that I like to model my game after is George Kittle. When you dissect his game, you see him being nasty in the trenches. Everything that he does is with bad intentions.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
Some of my favorite artists include guys like Machine Gun Kelly and Post Malone. The song I have to listen to before games is “Shake It” by Metro Station.

What is your favorite comfort food?
There’s a local Irish Pub in Tuscaloosa called Innisfree. My go-to there is their chicken tenders dipped in Irish gold sauce and a side of pub fries. Those fries are great because it’s like having a loaded baked potato.

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
My favorite movie is the Usual Suspects. My favorite TV show is The Office. My favorite actress is Margo Robbie.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
In my spare time, I like to play video games like Call of Duty. I also play golf when I can. One neat thing about me is that I taught myself how to play piano my senior year of high school.

Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
My Family. They sacrificed so much for me to have the opportunities that I’ve had. My parents always made it a priority to make it to all my games even if I was on the bench. My family has supported me since day one.

I also play football for my hometown Perry, Georgia. I want to be the guy they can be proud of and make the most of things. I want the people in my life to know that it’s possible to achieve your dream if you work hard and believe in yourself.

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