Tyrone Goard Interview
Sr / Eastern Kentucky / WR

Updated - 3-16-13

By: Alex Khvatov

 

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

Tyrone Goard:  My height is 6’3.  I am actually closer to 6’4.  My weight is 205 and my forty time was clocked at 4.5.          

 

Alex Khvatov:  What schools recruited you when you were coming out of high school?

Tyrone Goard:  I talked to multiple schools.  I went up to West Virginia and did a camp there.  Marshall’s Coach promised to get back to me, but never did.  I was originally set to go to juco.  Then Eastern Kentucky called me two weeks before camp started and offered me a full scholarship.

 

Alex Khvatov:  Are you happy with the decision that you made by coming to Eastern Kentucky? 

Tyrone Goard:  I would have been happy going anywhere.  I was always all about sports.  My family couldn’t pay for school.  I had a great career at EKU.

 

Alex Khvatov:  Describe your career at Eastern Kentucky to us.

Tyrone Goard:  When I first got here, I got redshirted.  My redshirt freshman year came up, and other guys were playing.  I was being an impatient guy.  I wanted to play.  Coaches didn’t see it that way.  My redshirt sophomore year was actually the first year that I played.  I was the second leading receiver on the team.  I was the main target my redshirt junior year.  I had 63 catches, over 600 yards and 11 TDs that year.  I had over 900 yards, 41 catches and 8 TDs my senior year.  When I got my chance, I improved as time went on.  I became more patient.  When I got the opportunity, I took it and used it to the best of my ability.    

 

Alex Khvatov:  Tell me about your East/West Shrine Game experience.

Tyrone Goard:  It was a blessing just being there with some of the top players in the country.  I had the chance to showcase my talent against the top school guys.  I wanted to show teams that I can run and play with the big boys being from a small school.  I think that I put my name out there.  I proved that I was just as good, if not better.

 

Alex Khvatov:  Who was the toughest player that you went up against during that week? 

Tyrone Goard:  A lot of them tried to press, but they couldn’t get their hands on me.  I beat them with quickness at the line of scrimmage and just went vertical.  Duke Williams is the only guy that jammed me pretty well.  He was tough and strong.  The two guys from UCLA were also good (Devin Hester and Sheldon Price).

 

Alex Khvatov:  What was the most memorable experience at the East/West Shrine Game?

Tyrone Goard:  I made new friends.  I also went to the Shriners’ Hospital.  It left a big impression on me.  We are blessed to be walking on two feet.  A lot of the kids couldn’t walk.  It made me realize just how blessed I am. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Did you get to bond with any of the players?

Tyrone Goard:  It was pretty cool getting to know Amos, Bumphis and Buckner.  They were all pretty cool.  I bonded well with the quarterbacks.  I got along with everyone.

 

Alex Khvatov:  Were you satisfied with your results at the Scouting Combine?

Tyrone Goard:  I expected to get what I got.  I wanted to show people that I can run fast.  I ran fast.  Scouts already knew that I can catch. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What was the most unique question that you were asked at the Scouting Combine? 

Tyrone Goard:  One unexpected question came from the Redskins.  One guy asked if you were at a bar with a girl, and I came up and took her from you.  He wanted to know what I would do about it.  I told him that there are plenty of women in the world.  I wouldn’t do anything.

 

Alex Khvatov:  Describe your overall experience at the Scouting Combine. 

Tyrone Goard:  I saw good players at the Shrine game.  But I got to see other guys that were better than them.  You got to see them in person after watching them on TV.  I was competing against them.  It was fun.  It was worth the time.  It was a great thing.

 

Alex Khvatov:  What is the feedback that you have received from scouts and coaches?

Tyrone Goard:  Stay focused and keep my head on straight.  I will keep working and get better.

 

Alex Khvatov:  What can we expect to see from you at your pro day on March 21st

Tyrone Goard:  I will try to improve my shuttle cone drills.  I want to get more in sync with the quarterback.  I won’t do the broad jump or run the 40 time at my pro day.

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths?

Tyrone Goard:  I communicate well with my teammates.  You need to have communication with your QB, coaches and other wideouts.   

 

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

Tyrone Goard:  My route running.  I need to get better at curl routes.  Catching is something that you always need to perfect. 

 

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

Tyrone Goard:  I was training at Pete Bommarito’s training facility in Miami, FL.  Now I am back at Eastern Kentucky. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your career up to this point?

Tyrone Goard:  Last year, I had 7 catches for 175 yards and four TDs against Tennessee-Martin. 

 

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

Tyrone Goard:  I have the height and the speed.  I can catch the ball and can run routes.  That is a good combination. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team? 

Tyrone Goard:  I am a Vikings fan.  I have always been.  Randy Moss is from my home town.

 

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

Tyrone Goard:  I enjoyed college football a lot.  I love the contact.  I thought that I would be a basketball player and play in the NBA.  In football, you can hit people.  I enjoy contact and physicality. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Which underclassman on your team should we keep an eye on in the future?

Tyrone Goard:  Aaron Adams.  He is an OL.  He works hard.  He doesn’t back away from the challenge.  He will surprise people.  This guy can really move.

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?

Tyrone Goard:  Text, sleep and eat.  It keeps me out of trouble.

 

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

Tyrone Goard:  I never dreamed of the NFL.  I played basketball and dreamed about playing in the NBA.  It all changed in college. 

 

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

Tyrone Goard:  I like kids.  I like to work with them or become a probations officer.    

 

Alex Khvatov:  What is your definition of a leader?

Tyrone Goard:  You need to stand out.  You need to lead by example.  You need to be able to speak and show people what to do. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence. Tyrone Goard is….

Tyrone Goard:  A hard working guy.  I am coming from a small area.  I will make a name for myself.  I will help a team win.  Teams that want to win, they will look at me.   

 


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