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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Leroy Watson, TE, UTSA

UTSA’s play making tight end Leroy Watson recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen
  • Name: Leroy Watson
  • Position: TE
  • College: UTSA 
  • Height: 6’5 1/2″ 
  • Weight: 270 lbs 
  • Twitter: @LeroyWatson77
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1. What should we know about Leroy Watson the person?

When it comes to Leroy Watson the person I like to think of myself as a jack of all trades. I didn’t play sports growing up until my sophomore year of high school. Before that I was in to everything else I started playing the piano four years old and have played it every since. I was big into theater, and plays. My mom is a professional singer so singing and church was a big killer in my life growing up which further pushed and cultivated my piano playing skills. And I love cooking I started a company called Roy’s Kitchen which allowed me to prepare, cook and sell food for the past six months.

2. If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

If I can hang out with anybody it would be Chad Ocho Cinco Johnson, or Channing Crowder they are both hilarious and my type of people! 

3. What is your mindset when you are on the football field?

My mindset on the field is to one have fun because this game is a blessing, and it is a lot of fun to move other grown men against their will and to dominate and impose my will on anybody across for me.

4. What sets you apart from other tight ends?

What sets me apart from every other tight end is I believe the definition of a true tight end. I believe I’m one of if not the best blocking tight ends in the country, and I’m a pass threat. And no tight end is as physical as I am. It comes from two or three years of playing offense line it was my first position before I was moved to tight end.

5. What is your favorite workout?

My favorite workout is I love Olympic lifts and dynamic movements like that so probably hang clean is my favorite.

6. What is a moment that improved you as a football player?

Honestly junior college is what changed me the most when it comes to playing football and introduced me to a higher level of football and really set a determination to believe in myself and my capabilities more than anything junior college force me to make a decision to either quit or get better and I chose to be great.

7. What are your favorite things about playing football for UTSA?

Honestly I love playing at UTSA with the culture underneath head coach Jeff Traylor is something to see he’s a real man that lives by his word and is the best head coach in the country to me. He has cultivated a culture that is heavy on being player led and giving players the opportunity such as myself to lead and help form the identity of this program. 

8. What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

Honestly the thing that made me decide to be a football player I was laying in my room by myself overweight looking at myself in the mirror and I just decided I’m gonna play football lose weight well once I made a decision it’s been the greatest thing I’ve ever decided.

9. What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

I’ll bring a fun, energetic, contagious and violent energy to the game. Every time you might see me on the field during a time out on the sidelines I’m more than likely laughing, joking, dancing and as soon as you see me in between those white lines you’ll see me mauling somebody’s face off or dump someone on their head I think I’ll bring a big physical presence to my team on the field.

10. What would a team get in a player like you?

Any team will get a energetic, smart, physical sponge and a young man that’s hungry and that’s capable to dominate and that loves the game. 

11. What are your favorite moments from your football life?

Some of my favorite moments from my football life was playing offensive line back in high school and my first year and a half of college spending time making all these brotherhood and bonds with my countless number of teammates in junior college at Hutchinson CC and now at UTSA. Finding a home and family in San Antonio and being a part of making history here at UTSA is by far my favorite football moment. Playing against Southern Miss last year beating them at their own house in a physical game and getting UTSA to go to the bowl game was an amazing feeling.

12. What are you looking forward to in your upcoming season?

The biggest thing I’m looking forward to this upcoming season is putting on one crazy show for all the fans at UTSA and pleading my best case and leaving it all out on the field to make it to the league smiling, dancing and throwing people around the whole way. 

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