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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tucker Gregg, RB, Georgia State University

Tucker Gregg the running back from Georgia State University recently sat down with the NFL Draft Diamonds owner Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Tucker Gregg
  • Position: RB
  • College: Georgia State University 
  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 220 lbs.
  • Twitter: @tgreggnation17
  • Instagram: @tgreggnation 

1.What sets you apart from other running backs?  

  • I think I’m one of the hardest runners out there. If I know I’m probably going to get tackled, I’m going to try my best to make that defender never want to tackle me again. A lot of guys see out of bounds as a safety net instead of putting their shoulder down and getting a few extra yards. I’ve always been a north and south runner, making one cut and getting vertical. Breaking tackles is what I do best.

 2.What should we know about Tucker Gregg the person? 

  • I’m a big believer in working for whatever you want to achieve. As a former walk on who had 0 offers out of high school, I’ve had to work for every single bit of playing time I’ve had. Ever since middle school I would plan and make goals of how much weight I wanted to gain each year, how much faster I could get, and those sorts of things and I’d do whatever I could to reach those goals. I had a goal to play division 1 FBS football and was told I’d never make a team or I’d never see the field. FBS coaches themselves even said this and now I’m just proving everyone wrong and that if you work harder than anyone out there you can achieve anything you set your mind to. 

3.What are your favorite things about playing football for Georgia State? 

  • My favorite thing about State is the people around me. I’ve built so many life long relationships with teammates and coaches. The coaches here also gave me a shot when no other coaches would by at least bringing me in as a preferred walk on. I’m so thankful for all of these coaches for just giving me an opportunity. 

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

  • I bring a positive attitude to practice every single day. I believe negative energy feeds off of negative energy. So even if I’m having a bad day or not really feeling it, I tell myself I’m great. Your mindset can work wonders. If anyone asks how I’m doing, I tell them I’m great. If one person sees me being all negative and mopey throughout the day, then that can lead them to do so as well. I’ve always tried to lead through my actions. 

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

  • Playing in the NFL has always been a dream of mine since as far back as I can remember. In my hometown, you couldn’t play football until you were about 6 or 7.  I remember being at the ball park with my family one day and we walked by a peewee football game and I wanted nothing more but to go play with them even though I was too young. It’s always been my favorite sport and the more I play it, the more I love it. There is always something new to learn and it teaches you life lessons that will stick with you forever. 

6.What is your favorite run and why? 

  • I’d say inside zone is my bread and butter but there’s nothing better than following a pulling guard through a hole and reading his block. I’d say inside zone wins though because that’s where I get most of my work done. Any time I can get my shoulders forward and I’m going north and south that’s when I’m at my best. 

7.What is your typical training routine? 

  • This answer could go on for a while so I’ll try to make it short. During the season and during certain training periods, I lift with the team and then base any extra I do off of the lift/run we just did. In the off season when I’m by myself, I will wake up and get any of my speed work/conditioning done first. After this, I’ll head to the gym and get my lift in. After my lift, I’ll rest and then a few hours later I’ll either stretch and do some plyometrics depending what day it is. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday is lower body, Tuesday and Thursday is upper body. Saturday is an open day so whatever I feel I need to do, I’ll do it and Sunday is a rest day. I’m a big believer in the weight room. 

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

  • Definitely Tom Brady. He’s the greatest to ever play the sport. I’d love to play some golf and pick his brain and have him tell me what he’s seeing and thinking when he’s on the football field.

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

  • In high school, my team and I won a big game against Ringgold with a few seconds left. I had 321 rushing yards and 4 TD’s so that was a good memory. Some of my favorite college memories would be beating Tennessee, and my first start as a running back. I’d say the best memories though are during off season training. That’s where you build most of your friendships. 

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

  • I’m never satisfied and I’m always trying to improve. I think that is the only way you can become the best self you can become. I’m always going to give you my best and leave everything I have on the field. I’m one of the most competitive people out there, even on the smallest things. If someone’s better than me at something, I’m always trying to pass them up. That’s just how I am. 

11.What are you looking forward to in your remaining season? 

  • There is still a chance we go to the Sun Belt Championship if a few games go certain ways. But as of right now, I’m looking forward to our last two games and making it to a bowl game. 

12.What do you love about the game of football?

  • I think football is the greatest sport ever invented. It teaches you so many lessons that carry over off the field as a man. It teaches hard work, leadership, diligence, accountability, discipline, how to get through adversity and so much more. It is the greatest sport there is.

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