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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Collyn Anderson, QB, Fayetteville State University

Collyn Anderson the big armed QB from Fayetteville State recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot!
  • Name:  Collyn Anderson
  • Height:  6’6”
  • Weight: 225
  • Position: Quarterback
  • College:  Fayetteville State University (D2)
  • Twitter:  @Collyn1A

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it? 

 I am from Durham, North Carolina.  What I love most about it is the people and its downhome southern style.

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

Film study is most important factor in football and in playing the quarterback position, its your best friend.  Strength and conditioning is important as well but without film study you aren’t able to show/improve your athletic gifts on a consistent basis.

What do you worry about, and why?

I don’t worry about anything because worry brings self doubt, which you cannot have a the quarterback position.

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

One example that always comes to mind is me not meeting the grade qualification upon graduating high school.  I missed D1 qualification by .2.  It was hurtful in the beginning.  I was really hard on myself.I over came it by continuing to do  what was necessary to get me back where I needed to be grade wise.  I continue to work harder.

What do your teammates say is your best quality? 

I would say my work ethic and dedication to the sport.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

Amir Hall/Quarterback at Bowie State

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

My career would be a Power 5 recruiting coordinator at a great institution for football.

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?

I clean my room first.

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

I would have to say I would save a family member, because they have been loyal to me since day one.

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?  

If I could be a television or movie character, I would say I would be Batman, because he saves the day and never brags about what he does.

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

The biggest adversity I have faced in life was going to junior college 3,000 miles away from home and learning to take care of myself on a consistent basis and still perform at a high level to earn a scholarship.

What is your most embarrassing moment? 

My most embarrassing moment has to be in 2017 when was not eligible to play football for Bethune Cookman and then having to explain why.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

My most memorable play has to be in high school.  I threw a pick six with 32 seconds left in the 1st round of the playoffs to put our team up by 6.  Two plays later with time running out I threw a 53 yard touchdown pass to former Clemson WR Trevion Thompson to win the game with no time remaining on the clock .  We then advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

What song best describes your work ethic?

Lose yourself-Eminem

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

The most important trait I have is my determination.

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

If I could bring one person back from the dead it would be Muhammad Ali.  I would love to hear some words of wisdom from him.

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?


Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

Deshaun Watson

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

I would rather be respected than liked.  The reason why is because being liked is a emotion that can change .  Being respected is more grounded and honored.

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

Josh Gordon.  He is a great player and I would like to see him succeed.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

I love to win.

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

I would have to say my mom and dad have been the biggest influence in my life.  They are the ones who have helped me to get this far in my college career and have always given me adviceon what I should do when things got tough.


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