2017 NFL Draft: Teron Fitzgerald, Texas State Bobcats

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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Teron. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself for the fans who are not familiar with you?
Teron Fitzgerald: My name is Teron Fitzgerald I am a native of Mt Pleasant Florida I am the youngest child out of 7 brothers and sisters, I have played football since 10 grade year in high school, I was over looked in high school for recruiting, so I moved to Mississippi to attend Juco at Co-lin. After I finished up at Co-lin I was offered a scholarship to Texas State University.  
Justin David Kish: During your college football career you played at both the JUCO and FBS levels. You played JUCO ball at Copiah Lincoln and as well Texas State. Tell us about your time playing for both schools? 
Teron Fitzgerald: At Co-lin I was around a lot of talent many of my teammates were outstanding players from different parts of Mississippi, the flow of the game in Juco was just to let your key players win you the game by letting them control the game and play their way of ball. While I was at Texas State it was whole different type of ball game the game flow was fastest, we had a bigger playbook, and you were on your own when it came to getting better as an athlete. The change from Juco to FBS was a great change.
Justin David Kish: During your college football tenure you were coached by defensive coordinator Randall McCray and Mike Santucci. How have both impacted the way you play football today?
Teron Fitzgerald: I can truly saying that being coached by coach Santucci was one of the greatest things in my football career, he helped me become a better football player and a better man in life, which I thank him for. From the first day he became my coach he was always pushing me to do better, to work hard harder, to never give up on anything I do.
Justin David Kish: As a member of Texas State you played against top teams like South Alabama, Troy and among others. What was the hardest team you had to play against and why?
Teron Fitzgerald: I would say that the hardest teams I played against were FSU, Arkansas, Houston, Ohio, and Arkansas State. These teams were tough to play because they had great talents on their depth chart, and were well coached, and had a great tradition as a school and football team.
Justin David Kish: To you what does it mean to be a Texas State Bobcat?
Teron Fitzgerald: To me being a bobcat means never giving up, to always fight till the end, and to always strive for greatest in everything I do in life, it’s an honor saying that you are a bobcat.
Justin David Kish: When you look back at your time at Texas State what is one memory that stands out from the rest?
Teron Fitzgerald: I would say a memory that stands out to me would be in the locker room with my teammates always playing around having fun before and after practice, or when we had our off days we would all get together and go out to eat then go to the river and go floating.
Justin David Kish: When you are looking at your game film what are you looking for?
Teron Fitzgerald: My opponent’s weakness or their tells that they have for certain things, also looking at different formations and personal groups to try to predict the plays.
Justin David Kish: You are now headed onto the 2017 NFL Draft how are you currently preparing yourself for the draft and draft events?
Teron Fitzgerald: I am working out everyday by myself in the weight room and on the football field, my main focus is working on my speed and my footwork. I have made a workout guideline for myself to stick to and help me improve on the tests that will be at pro day.
Justin David Kish: There are a number of great linebackers heading into the draft including yourself. What makes you stand out from the rest in the draft?
Teron Fitzgerald: I would say that my speed, my length, and my ability to catch on to new changes are my strong points and set me apart from other linebackers in the draft. I would also say that since I was always over looked as an athlete I work harder as a player, putting in extra work on the field after everyone is gone, me trying to improve on my weaknesses.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the spot. My first question, if I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Teron Fitzgerald?
Teron Fitzgerald: You should draft me because I believe that I can help improve the team as a player, a player on and off the field that you can trust to do the right thing and always get the job done no matter the obstacle.
Justin David Kish: My next question. If you could compare yourself to any current professional football linebacker who would you compare yourself to and why?

Teron Fitzgerald: I would say that I compare myself to Bruce Irvin mainly because of his height and speed, also because he took the same road im going through to make it to the NFL, with going to Juco then transferring to a FBS school. I compare myself to him because the way he makes plays with his speed is the same way I make plays on the field with my speed.

Random 5 with Teron Fitzgerald

Best all-time linebacker: Junior Seau or Jack Lambert: Junior Seau

Best current linebacker: Derrick Johnson or NaVorro Bowman: NaVorro Bowman

Do you have any guilty pleasures? I enjoy inflicting pain on quarterbacks.

Do you have any embarrassing songs on your Ipod? Middle by DJ Snake

What is your Super Bowl Prediction and who wins? Dallas Cowboys & New England Patriots, I think the New England Patriots are going to win it all.

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