2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Ty Boeck, LB, Tennessee-Chattanooga
- Name: Ty Boeck
- Position: LB
- College: The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 230 lbs
- Twitter: @TyBoeck1
- Instagram: @tyglyzzy
What are your favorite moments from your football life?
I’d have to say being in the locker room and connecting with all the teammates I’ve had has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. I’ve enjoyed getting the chance to play against some SEC competition in UT and UK and I’m looking forward to playing Illinois this year. Also a 4th down stop against ETSU my sophomore year I remember vividly. Aside from some other big plays in my career I haven’t been able to hold a conference championship or any playoff football in college so I’m looking to change that this year.
What sets you apart from other linebackers?
I pride myself on watching a lot of film and being able to diagnose a play before it happens based on formations and keys. I’m a big Luke Kuechly fan and I try to use a lot of what he’s talked about as far as watching film. Also being able to shed blocks effectively has been a big part of my game.
What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?
I knew I wanted to play football as soon as I knew what it was. My dad was an All American/defensive player of the year in his time at UTC, and he has been a football coach/high school teacher my whole life and being able to grow up a coach’s son I believe was a blessing when it comes to football.
How do you prepare for games?
I have a specific meal plan for the day before, and the day of depending on when the game is. I try to watch enough film by Friday so I can relax the evening before. The most important thing I’ve found is making sure I get all of my schoolwork done and clearing my head of all other distractions.
What is your favorite defensive scheme and why?
I’ve enjoyed playing in the 3-4 we’ve played in the last few years. I think being able to go from 3 down linemen to 4 and being able to defend the rpo effectively has been huge especially in our conference. Being able to play both Mike and Will in our defense has given me a unique perspective when it comes to fitting the run and I’m thankful for that.
What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?
I think knowing your role within the scheme is a big part. Knowing you’re not going to be able to make every play and having the wherewithal to know when you can take chances and also when you don’t have any help behind you and you have to play conservatively.
What teammates go up against you the hardest in practice?
Well I really enjoyed going against Cole Strange every day. I really think he and I pushed each other to be our best and ended up getting in quite a few fights haha. But I’m going to miss his nastiness in practice for sure.
What should we know about Ty Boeck the person?
I’d just have to say my whole life to this point has been centered around playing football. It’s hard for me to see myself doing anything else at this point in my life. I thank God for everything In my life and I try to be like him in everything that I do.
How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?
I’m a big believer in hard work, you’re gonna get out of something what you put into it. So I believe a lot of obstacles can be overcome with a good work ethic and a willingness to learn. Anything that I can’t figure out or I’m struggling with I will pray about.
What would a team get in a player like you?
A coachable player that’s willing to work hard, do the little things right, and won’t be a problem off of the field. Someone who’s willing to do whatever it takes to make my team successful.
If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?
Either Ray Lewis or Luke Kuechly. I think I could learn a lot from either of them that I could put to use in my game.
What are you looking forward to in your upcoming season?
A chance to win a conference championship for starters. Also an opportunity for me to be a leader on this team which is something I don’t take for granted. I’m looking forward to the challenges this year throws my way and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me.