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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Travis Blackshear, DB, Furman University

Travis Blackshear is a standout defensive back out of Furman University. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
Travis Blackshear is a standout defensive back out of Furman University. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Travis Blackshear
  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 182 lbs.
  • Position: DB
  • College: Furman University
  • Twitter: blacksheartrav2
  • Instagram: t_daddy6

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
I enjoyed my experience at Furman. I was able to build relationships with many athletes & regular students during my time at Furman. I am an Asian Studies Major. I plan to work in the travel agency world while also taking Chinese as a foreign language allows me to work with foreigners and non-foreigners. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
My teammates would say my best quality is my work ethic. I’m not a big vocal person but I show my leadership skills through the work I put in during off-season training, drills, games etc.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I can see myself having a special teams and slot corner role due to my versatility. However I would play wherever a team needed me to play.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Emeka Emezie (NC State, WR)

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Ryan Leavy (specialists) . His energy is contagious. He’s always in a good mood for some reason.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
When I was being recruited in high school, most schools wanted me as a cornerback, but I was mainly on the offensive side of the ball my whole life. In high school, I didn’t have much film at corner. When I got to Furman, I was getting beat off the line, technique wasn’t good, it was just bad at first but I continued to work, watching film. I watched TWhite from the Bills, and I got better and better each day. It was really tough at first, still tough but I am way better than what I was before.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
Baseball or Basketball 

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I am most proud of how dedicated I am to the game of football. I have been playing football since I was 4 years old . I always knew I wanted to play football professionally one day and that in order to do that I would have to take care of business in the classroom first. And I am very proud of myself for fighting through all the adversity I’ve gone through whether it’s school, football , wins , losses , etc.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
I actually have 2 memorable plays of my college career that I can’t decide on which was better . One would be my first college game at corner vs Charleston Southern I sacked the QB causing a fumble & My interception vs Virginia Tech. 

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
My favorite athlete is Lebron James. My favorite team is the Pittsburgh Steelers. I try to model my game after TWhite. 

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
Lil Baby is my favorite artist. I only listen to Quando Rondo, Lil Baby, & NBA Youngboy before every game . It’s Mandatory! 

What is your favorite comfort food?

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
Favorite movie is Friday(All of them). 

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
In my spare time I play the game (Madden, 2k, Call of Duty Warzone). I like to bowl also.

Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
I play football because I love the game. The game tests your physical, Mental, and competitive skills. My family is what motivates me to continue my football career. Watching my mother break her back to get me to and from practices, games, etc. while working early mornings late nights trying to provide for me and my siblings just motivated me and I want to repay her for everything, literally everything! 

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