Tyler Larsen Interview (2)
Sr. / Utah State / OC
Updated - 3-21-14
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Tyler Larsen: I am 6’4 and 313 pounds. I haven’t run the forty time yet.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Tyler Larsen: I was out in Arizona at API. I came to Utah State after the Combine. My wife is out here. It is her last softball season. She is on the Utah State softball team. I just wanted to be closer to her.
Alex Khvatov: Tell us about your Senior Bowl experience.
Tyler Larsen: It was a great experience. I met coaches throughout the week. I was around an NFL staff the entire week. I played against top guys. It gives you an idea what NFL will be like. I also raised my draft stock.
Alex Khvatov: Who was the toughest defensive lineman that you went up against in Mobile?
Tyler Larsen: Aaron Donald. He is a great athlete. He is so explosive off the ball. He has a great get off. He is an explosive player.
Alex Khvatov: What do you answer people who say that your arms are too short?
Tyler Larsen: They should go watch my film. I never had a problem with arm length. I am making contact right away off the ball. I never get extended like a tackle. I don’t think that arm length is an issue if you are a guard or a center.
Alex Khvatov: How would you rate your overall performance at the Scouting Combine?
Tyler Larsen: I showed really great hips. I showed strength. I had 36 reps at the bench press. I showed great knee bend. People will see that. I am not the fastest guy, but I am just football savvy. I think that I showed my intelligence in meetings.
Alex Khvatov: What was the weirdest question that they asked you in Indy?
Tyler Larsen: As you are talking about football, they interrupt you and ask you a question. At the end of each meeting, they ask you what their name was. You never pay attention to their name when they first introduce themselves.
Alex Khvatov: Did you bond with any of the players in Indy?
Tyler Larsen: My roommate and I got along pretty well. Charles Leno from Boise State was my roommate. I also meshed well with Colorado State center Weston Richburg. We seemed to bond pretty well. All three of us stuck together.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your senior season.
Tyler Larsen: Individually, I had a great season. It was the third time making First Team All-Conference for me. I was a Rimington watch list finalist. USA Today named me Second Team All-American. I have received a lot of accolades over my career. We finished the season really strong as a team. We lost our starting QB and could have been devastated. But our freshman QB did a great job. We had a 9-5 record and beat Northern Illinois in Poinsettia Bowl.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to show scouts during your Pro Day?
Tyler Larsen: Obviously, I will run the forty. I strained my hamstring three weeks before the combine. I just didn’t feel comfortable running it. I did great in the position drills. I don’t expect my forty time to be great. But I expect my 10-yard split would be a good one.
Alex Khvatov: What is your greatest asset as a player?
Tyler Larsen: I would say the run game. I do a really good job. I get movement off the ball. I drive the defender off the ball. I seal my man off.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game have you been trying to improve upon during your training?
Tyler Larsen: My main thing is knee bend. I have been strengthening up my knees. I have been working on my hands. I need to make contact at the right spot. I am polishing that up.
Alex Khvatov: What was the highlight of your senior season?
Tyler Larsen: I would say working through the Chuckie Keaton injury. We lost him. People said that we wouldn’t be in the Championship Game. We wound up in the Championship Game our first year being in the Conference.
Alex Khvatov: What separates you from all of the other players at your position?
Tyler Larsen: I am a lot bigger than a lot of the guys out there. I can hold ground a lot easier. I get movement in the ground game.
Alex Khvatov: Who was the toughest player that you have faced during your career?
Tyler Larsen: I played against DT Star Lotulelei his senior year. He is a great player. He is the hardest guy that I have played against.
Alex Khvatov: Which underclassmen on your team should we keep an eye on next season?
Tyler Larsen: Kyler Fackrell and the Vigil brothers. RB Joe Hill is another guy.
Alex Khvatov: What is the greatest lesson that you have learned in life so far?
Tyler Larsen: Hard work and dedication can bring you rewards. My dad owns his company. He has been running it for 27 years. He stays up late. He has been doing the whole nine yards to provide for the family. It has kept my mom at home. I am grateful that she has been a stay at home mom.
Alex Khvatov: What is the feedback that you have received from coaches and scouts?
Tyler Larsen: They said that I have been doing a great job raising my stock. I have opened up a lot more eyes. I will continue to raise my stock through workouts.
Alex Khvatov: What words best describe you?
Tyler Larsen: Hard working, dedicated, driven, competitive and I have the love for the game.
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