Ryan Griffin Interview
Sr / Quarterback / Tulane

Updated - 4-18-13

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Ryan Griffin:  6’4, 216 and we will see what my forty time will be at the Pro day.  I am getting it lower and lower every day.      


Alex Khvatov:  When you were coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you? 

Ryan Griffin:  All of the Pac-10 schools back then.  It was called the Pac-10 at that moment.  They all showed interest.  I was recruited by UCLA, Stanford, Washington State and Washington.  But I never received an offer.  I only had offers from Wyoming and Tulane. 


Alex Khvatov:  Why did you decide to go to Tulane?

Ryan Griffin:  A lot of stuff happens during recruiting.  They tell you things that aren’t exactly true.  I declared to Tulane fairly early in the process.  It was a good fit.  It worked out.  I thought that I was going to get the chance to play early there and I was able to.


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your career at Tulane. 

Ryan Griffin:  I started for three and a half years.  Individually, it was pretty good.  I was able to get my name in the record books along with some other great quarterbacks that have gone to Tulane.  But a QB isn’t judged by an individual performance, he is judged by a team performance.  We didn’t win enough games.  I wish that we could have won more.  I do not have any regrets though.  I have enjoyed every minute at Tulane.  I am happy to be here and to have this opportunity to extend my career further. 


Alex Khvatov:  Your team had an overall record of 2-10 during your senior campaign, how tough was it to lose so many games?

Ryan Griffin:  It was rough especially Devon Walker breaking his neck the second game of the season.  I also got injured that game.  I wasn’t able to play for another three weeks.  It was rough not being able to play.  I had to watch from the sidelines.  We got a lot better towards the end of the season.  We were able to win some games.  It is not exactly how you foresee it in the beginning of the year. 


Alex Khvatov:  You really shined at Texas versus The Nation All-Star Game, tell me about that week.     

Ryan Griffin:  It was fun.  I wanted to go out there and show everyone that I can play.  Even though we didn’t win many games this year, it doesn’t mean that I couldn’t play football.  I wanted to set myself ahead of the competition.  I wanted to make a name for myself.  I wanted to meet a bunch of guys that were doing the same thing as me.  It was a success all across the board. 


Alex Khvatov:  How great was it to shine during the week of practice and then to walk away with the MVP honors during the game?

Ryan Griffin:  It was great.  I am very thankful.  A lot of guys made great plays.  The offensive line did a great job.  I didn’t get sacked.  I barely even got touched.  It was awesome to cap off the week with the MVP honors.  It was just so cool. 


Alex Khvatov:  What was the feedback that you received from scouts? 

Ryan Griffin:  All of them said that they don’t drop guys after all-star games.  But they can elevate guys based on their performance.  All of them said that I definitely helped myself and moved my way up their board. 


Alex Khvatov:  Did you bond with any of the players at the Texas versus The Nation Game?

Ryan Griffin:  The offensive line was great.  I enjoyed them just like I enjoy them on our own team.  I got along well with OL Ryan Jensen, OL Eric Herman, WR La’Rod King from Kentucky, WR T.J Moe from Missouri and RB Latavius Murray from UCF. 


Alex Khvatov:  What did you learn about yourself during that week?

Ryan Griffin:  I always had confidence in myself that I can play.  But it kind of confirmed my feeling that I can play at the next level.  It is no secret that all of those guys won’t be first round picks, but they will play in the NFL.  I was able to play step for step with them.  It kind of confirmed my feeling that I can play. 


Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths on the football field?

Ryan Griffin:  I have very good intangibles that you can’t put on paper or quantify by statistics.  I am fairly accurate.  I understand mentally the defensive and offensive sides of the ball.  I am a football nerd.  I have all of my playbooks from the past five years.  I really enjoy all of this stuff. 


Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?    

Ryan Griffin:  I think that footwork is big.  It is a make or break in the NFL.  The margin of error is so small.  It is one area that you can set yourself apart in and give yourself an advantage.  It is one area that I constantly need to keep working on.


Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your career?

Ryan Griffin:  It is probably the first game back that I played this past season.  We played SMU.  We hadn’t won a game yet.  I just got back from injury.  We ended up winning that game on a last minute drive with no timeouts.  I threw a TD to win that game.  It would probably be it.


Alex Khvatov:  What separates you from all of the other players at your position? 

Ryan Griffin:  My mental toughness.  I believe that I am the best QB in this draft class.  You have to think that way if you are a QB in order to make it at the next level. 


Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team?

Ryan Griffin:  I grew up in Los Angeles.  We didn’t have a team.  My mom is from Dallas.  She brainwashed me as a kid.  I grew up as a Cowboys fan.  Now I root for the Saints since I have been here because I know how much they mean to the city.  I definitely root for them.  I also follow players like a Brett Favre.  I rooted for whatever team that he was on.    


Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player?

Ryan Griffin:  I was a big Emmitt Smith fan growing up.  I had to make the switch with him to the Arizona Cardinals. 


Alex Khvatov:  Which NFL player would you compare your game to? 

Ryan Griffin:  Someone that I really enjoy watching is Tom Brady.  I just think that he is a stud.  He is not the biggest, strongest or fastest guy, but he just plays the game so well. 


Alex Khvatov:  What did you enjoy the most about college football?

Ryan Griffin:  It is just the camaraderie with the guys.  I love all of the guys on the team especially the offensive line.  We are not playing for money.  You have to love the game.  If you don’t love the game, then those guys don’t make it.    


Alex Khvatov:  Who is the next great player at Tulane?   

Ryan Griffin:  We have a couple of guys.  WR Ryan Grant had a big season last year.  I definitely missed him my junior year.  Orleans Darkwa is a great running back.  He was hampered by injury all last year.  I think that he can play.  Those are the two guys at the skill positions that everyone will hear about.  They should grab headlines along with DE Julius Warmsley.  He is a freak of nature.  He is very athletic.  He will be a stud. 


Alex Khvatov:  Where are you training for the NFL Draft?   

Ryan Griffin:  I had been in California.  I was back at home training with Ryan Capretta.  Since the All-Star Game, I have moved back and I am training in New Orleans.  I am training with our strength and conditioning staff.  I train four days a week.  I work out twice a day.  On those days when I am not training, I do yoga.  They are active recovery days.  Saturday is a total body day.  Then I have Sundays off.  It is a six day a week grind.  I am thankful for this.  I would rather be doing this than working at a desk job. 


Alex Khvatov:  How did you feel about being snubbed by the Scouting Combine?

Ryan Griffin:  It is what it is.  I understand the process and where they were on me.  It is just another chip on my shoulder.  With all of the chips that I got, I have a big, old tortilla on my shoulder.  I am just going to keep it there and use it as fuel. 


Alex Khvatov:  Are you looking forward to your Pro Day?    

Ryan Griffin:  I am excited for it.  I am excited to have another opportunity to show guys what I can do and hopefully help myself.  You can’t really think about the magnitude of it just because you can psyche yourself out.  It is just like another game.  You have to go in there, trust yourself and prove what you can do. 


Alex Khvatov:  What is your definition of a leader?

Ryan Griffin:  It is someone who everyone looks to.  You don’t have to be vocal or in your face, but they have to do the right thing.  They have to earn everyone’s respect and trust.  You have to do everything right most of the time.  You have to be the one who is working out after the workout and putting in the extra work.  You can’t tell other guys to do it unless you do it yourself.  You got to be the hardest working guy out there.


Alex Khvatov:  Is the NFL a dream or a reality at this point?

Ryan Griffin:  It is both.  Every day, you count your blessings.  It is definitely a reality because I am training for it.  I am training to obtain that dream.  Even if I make it, it will still be a dream.  I am lucky to have the opportunity to be there myself.  I think that it is both.


Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?     

Ryan Griffin:  I am kind of kicking myself.  I did all of these finance classes.  I got a double major.  I will probably just end up as a coach.  I love the game too much.  I have to be out there talking to people and moving around.  I don’t think that I see myself behind a desk. 


Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies? 

Ryan Griffin:  I like to golf.  I have tried all of the sports growing up.  I tried water polo, played volleyball in high school.  I like anything where I can be active.  I like to go hiking. 


Alex Khvatov:  Was football your best sport when you were growing up?

Ryan Griffin:  I actually thought that I would be a professional basketball player.  I was dead set on it.  I went out for the freshmen football team because I thought that it would be good to meet new people.  I played basketball during my four years of high school.  But I knew that my future was at football.  I don’t think that it was that tough of a decision.  I have grown to love football just as much as basketball.    


Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Ryan Griffin is….

Ryan Griffin:  I am pretty quiet unless I know people.  On the football field, you have to be a different animal.  I am not the one to talk about myself or give myself credit.  It depends on who you talk to. 


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