Tyrell Pearson Interview
Sr. / South Alabama / CB

Updated - 2-19-14

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Tyrell Pearson:  My height is 5’9, my weight is 160 right now and my best forty time is a 4.38.  I posted that time in the summer at South Alabama before my senior season.  I ran it twice.  I ran a 4.38 and a 4.4 flat.    
Alex Khvatov:  What schools showed interest in you when you were coming out of high school?
Tyrell Pearson:  I didn’t have any schools interested in me.  There were a few D-II schools like Tusculum College in Tennessee and Newberry College in South Carolina.  But I didn’t want to go there.  I decided to go to a junior college and find an opportunity to play D-I ball. 
Alex Khvatov:  How did you wind up at Mesa junior college in Arizona?
Tyrell Pearson:  I am from South Carolina.  My mentor was looking up some junior colleges.  He suggested that I should go to Arizona.  He told me that it would be a good opportunity to view the world.  I would see a different lifestyle.  It would make me grow up faster.  I got an Associate’s degree.  It was the best decision that I have ever made.    
Alex Khvatov:  Why did you decide to transfer to South Alabama?
Tyrell Pearson:  I was a two time All-American at a junior college.  I led the Western States League in interceptions with eight my sophomore year.  I had a couple of offers.  South Alabama was after me.  Charleston Southern came later on.  Arizona State and UA were interested a little bit.  But they were concerned about my size.  South Alabama stuck with me from the beginning.  It felt like a family.  It was close to home.  It was seven hours from South Carolina.  It was a good decision. 
Alex Khvatov:  Tell us about your career with the Jaguars. 
Tyrell Pearson:  It was pretty tough in the beginning.  I did pretty well.  I led the team with four INT’s during my junior season.  We didn’t do too well as a team.  We had coaching staff changes.  A new defensive coordinator Kevin Sherrer was hired from Alabama.  I love the guy to death.  He showed me a lot as far as life.  I became a better player because of him.  We went 6-6 my senior year, but we didn’t get invited to a bowl game. 
Alex Khvatov:  Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Tyrell Pearson:  I am training at D1 Sports in Greenville, South Carolina.  I go hard every day except for Wednesday.  I get up at 6 o’clock in the morning.  I do a lot of pro agility drills.  I work on 10-yard starts and vertical tests.  I work on explosiveness.  We go heavy in the weight room every day.  I have met new people.  I love the experience.  Kadarron Anderson is my trainer.  He used to play at Furman University.  He played with the Titans and the Saints.  He is a trainer that has been through it.  I appreciate him a lot.
Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to show scouts during your Pro Day? 
Tyrell Pearson:  I plan to show them my speed.  I want to show how fast I am and how high I can jump.  I will take it as a business trip.  I am really focusing on my pro day.   
Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths?
Tyrell Pearson:  I would say that I am a playmaker.  I am ball hawk.  In this day and age, offenses throw a lot.  Teams are looking for defensive backs that make big plays.  My biggest strength is having great ball skills. 
Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Tyrell Pearson:  Getting faster.  You can never get too fast.  I also need to get stronger.  I need to put on more weight.  I am also working on the little things.    
Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?
Tyrell Pearson:  The game against Western Kentucky my senior year.  Bobby Petrino coached them.  They thought that they would run over us.  I had two interceptions during that game.  It was the best game of my collegiate career.  I was watching a lot of film on them and getting ready the whole week. 
Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player?
Tyrell Pearson:  Brent Grimes.  I like his game.  He came from a small school.  He worked his way up.  He became a great defensive player. 
Alex Khvatov:  What separates you from all of the other players at your position?
Tyrell Pearson:  I am a ball hawk.  I show the willingness to get the ball while it is in the air.  My work ethic also stands out. 
Alex Khvatov:  Who was the toughest player that you have faced during your career?
Tyrell Pearson:  I would probably say that my own teammates Danny Woodson and Shavarez Smith.  They are the best receivers that I went up against every day.  They are both big.  Shavarez was a first team Sun Belt player.  He is a great receiver. 

Alex Khvatov: 
Which underclassmen on your team should we keep an eye on next season?
Tyrell Pearson:  Defensive back Akeem (Appleton) and another player is safety little Bill (Devon Earl).    
Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy most about playing football?
Tyrell Pearson:  I am just expressing myself on the field.  It is a relief.  You just release everything on the field that you have bottled up inside.  It is a stress reliever.
Alex Khvatov:  You became a father recently, how has that changed your life?
Tyrell Pearson:  You are not only working for yourself anymore.  You have to give your daughter a place to live.  You have to be a provider for her.  It is a lot of motivation. 
Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?
Tyrell Pearson:  I like to play Xbox.  I play Madden.  I like to look at different cornerbacks.  I look at their highlight tapes and their stories.  I spend a lot of time with my little girl.  It is amazing.
Alex Khvatov:  What do you think of CB Richard Sherman?
Tyrell Pearson:  He is the best right now.  He talks trash, but he backs it up with his play.     
Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?
Tyrell Pearson:  I wan to go back to school and get the degree.  It is the first thing that I plan to do.  Everything will take care of itself.
Alex Khvatov:  How do you feel being a small fish in a large pond?
Tyrell Pearson:  It is a lot of stress knowing that you can play against big time schools and players.  But if you can play, they will find you.  I will work my tail off.        
Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Tyrell Pearson is….
Tyrell Pearson:  A hard worker, great teammate and a leader.  I don’t lead through speaking, but by my actions on and off the field.  I am a competitor. 


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