October 19, 2019

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Diamond in the Rough: Tevyn Byrd

Tevyn Byrd is a 6’0 210lbs five star 1st team all district, all-parish, and all-metro linebacker from Ferriday High School in Ferriday, Louisiana. Tevyn Byrd is known for his tackling and pursuit to the football. Byrd finished his junior year with 144 tackles, and 10 sacks. Byrd rated out scoring perfect 10/10s that involve his strength, hand technique, and footwork. Byrd runs a 4.6 40-yard dash, can bench 275, and squat 405.

How long have you been playing football and what do you love about football?

I started playing football when I was six years old and I started to love the game of football when I was in the 6th grade.

What are some life lessons you have learned from playing football?

I learned that no one is going to give you things in life so you have to work for them nothing in life is free.

What kind of football player are you?

I am never going to give up if I don’t succeed the first or second them I am going to keep trying until I get it because I don’t like losing.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

My granddaddy is an influence because he also played football in highschool and broke records. When he was in college he made bad decisions and didn’t finish so he motivates to go to college and accomplish what he couldn’t.

Are there any football players you try to model yourself after?

I like watching Devin White, Duke Riley, Roquan Smith, Khalil Mack, and I watch a lot of their highlights.

Do you play any other sports?

I do the long jump and relay in track.

What made you decide to play Linebacker?

I like hitting and I like being in control because the linebacker is the anchor point in any good defense and are very similar to a quarterback on offense. A linebacker is tasked with stopping the run but is also involved in coverage and normally has a responsibility in coverage on running backs out of the backfield or tight ends. Also linebackers are involved in most tackles on defense either instigating the initial contact or helping with the defensive play.

What is your greatest strength on the football field?

My will power is important to me because I always try to get the job done and to build my teammates up.

What is a part of your game that you are trying to improve?

I need to work on my covering skills because as a linebacker we aren’t just tackling machines we are also frequently called upon to cover backs and receivers.

What are your goals for your senior year?

I want to get to the state championship, be an all-state player at the end of the year and have plenty of offers.