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Tyler Dodd Naperville Central Athlete Class of 2023 5'10 180
Tyler Dodd how was your season?
I think it started out slower than I would’ve hoped but as the season progressed. I improved and started to become part of what made our offense so successful towards the end of the season.
What does football mean to you?
It's my life. Although playing won't last a lifetime, the skills will define who I am forever. Hard work, competitive, winning, teamwork, confidence, but humble, bounce back up when knocked down, strategic and much more.
What should college coaches know about you?
I'm 110% committed to being the absolute best football player and teammate possible. I was a 3 sport athlete, but gave up baseball and basketball this year for strength and speed training. My Dad is taking me to Florida next month to work out with one of the top NFL trainers and connecting me with ex-D1 and NFL players to learn anything I can that prepares me for the next level. For example, I'm talking to Santana Moss next week for speed training advice. Football is my passion and I'm working on every aspect of my game from speed to strength to strategy to technique, etc. to ensure an incredible senior year and find the best college fit for me.
What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field?
I think my best asset that you can't see on film is Vision. Can't explain it but I see the whole field and am always looking for the next whole or where I can find 3 extra yards. Beyond that, I'm proud of the work I've done to be a multi tool player. I'm not afraid to truck someone up the middle, but then I can turn on speed to the corner, or use a cut, juke or spin to gain extra yards. It makes it hard for teams to defend. I've also worked very hard on receiving skills and it's very rare that I'll drop a pass, so that adds another level that defenses need to worry about.
What position do you feel most comfortable at?
Definitely RB. I want the ball with the game on the line. But I'm open to play wherever helps my team win or gets me on the field. I didn't get to play defense last year, but played SS and OLB as a sophomore (in 6 games- 5 INTs with 2 TDs and 9 TFL and 3 forced fumbles). I just want to be on the field and make a big play.
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