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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tyrone Williams Jr., QB, University of La Verne

Tyrone Williams Jr. The former Azusa Pacific QB transferred to the University of La Verne. He sat down w/ Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot (Photo courtesy of Girduplife Photography)
  • Name: Tyrone Williams Jr
  • Position: Quarterback 
  • College: University of La Verne
  • Height: 6’4
  • Weight: 225
  • Twitter: @nolimit_cinco
  • Instagram: @nolimit_cinco

What makes you a top prospect at your position  in the 2022 NFL Draft? 

  • I think what separates me from the average QB is my versatility at the position. I can be a pocket passer, I can be a scrambler and I can be an improviser. Whatever the scheme is, I can make it happen. Of course, I’m not the perfect QB but my arm strength is up there with the best. I’m very coachable and I can take constructive criticism unlike most players at this sport. 

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?
  • My momma always tells me I first picked up a football before I could even walk, and my Dad used to play catch with me while I was sitting in a stroller, but my first football experience I can actually remember was going to my uncles youth football practices when he coached. Ever since then I always wanted to play football. 

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?

  • My passion for the game is what drives my work ethic. I’m a student of this sport and I’m always willing to learn more and more to become better at what I do. 

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be? 

  • I would donate to the homeless, I know everyone’s life situation isn’t the same and not everyone has a fair shot at life. Most people are products of their environment and they only have a few options at what they want to do in life. When I make enough money, that’s one cause I intend to help with. 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

  • Be yourself because no matter what you do, there will always be someone who isn’t happy. So it’s good to make yourself happy first and impress yourself. Shut out the noise. Be your own biggest critic and your own biggest fan and what people say about you will never get to you. 

Who was your childhood hero? 

  • My parents are my childhood heroes. My mom work ethic is something I’ve always been inspired by, The things she does for this family is incredible. My dad because he’s been through so much in his life and has never given up. Always stayed on the right track even after things didn’t look to be going his way in life. I learned so much from both of them growing up that I owe them the world and that’s what they’re going to get. They’ve been nothing but supportive in any and every decision I’ve made in life. 

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school? 

  • I just recently transferred to ULV this past season so I haven’t really got to see how anyone is in the locker room but my previous school (Azusa Pacific) I’d say, Bryce Grandison. He played RB for us. He’s one of the few players that no matter what I did on the field he was always on my side. Always gave great advice and never switched on me. Playing the QB position you’ll always get two sides of people. When you’re doing good they love you and when you make a mistake they talk about you. I’m not sure many people got to see how that feels and affects someone’s pride but Bryce always made sure to keep me level headed. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

  • My biggest pet peeve are negative people. I’m someone that always looks at the bright side of things. Growing up if I would’ve been a negative person then I wouldn’t be where I am today. Life is always going to be full of ups and downs and someone is always going to have it worse than you do. Faith in God and be true to yourself and always look at the positive side of things. 

Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome? 

  • Losing my Grandma was something that hurts me still to this day. I’m not one to always show emotions so not many people know but that broke my down in so many pieces I can’t even explain. I have a pendant on my chain with a picture of me and her on it that I wear wherever I go. I never take it off. I contemplated not playing sports anymore and dropping out of school but I know that’s not what she would’ve wanted. So I always use that as fuel to my fire when I’m feeling down or unmotivated. 

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?

  • As I had said before I just recently transferred to La Verne but from my little time at this school I appreciate how much of a team they are. I know it’s cliche but you don’t get that everywhere. Everyone is straight forward with their feelings and Coach Reveles is doing a great job at teaching me about the new playbook. Azusa Pacific will always hold a special place in my heart because they took a chance on me when D1 schools pulled their offers because my grades weren’t the best out of high school. I was a late signee and I will forever be grateful to Coach Carlton and Coach Santa Cruz for believing in me consistently. They taught me how to be a responsible man on and off the field. 

What is your favorite snack food? 

  • My favorite snacks are sour gummy worms and pop tarts 

What is the funnest part of football? 

  • Hearing the crowd when you make a play is the funnest part of football to me. Nothing compares to the chills that goes through my body when I throw a touchdown. 

If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say? 

  • If you want someone that can adapt to any offensive scheme and make it out of any situation then I’m the QB you want. 

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be? 

  • Cam Newton, I’ve been compared to him quite a few times in the recent years. He’s my favorite player too so hearing that always makes me happy. Josh Allen is another name I’ve been hearing recently. 

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?

  • My grandma, my cousin Sam and Nipsey Hussle. I say my two relatives because I miss them and there’s so many things I want to get off my chest that I never got to. Nipsey Hussle because he was so intelligent and watching his interviews he always gave good advice on situations that I struggle with. 

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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