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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Spencer Masterson, OL, University of Guelph

Spencer Masterson the versatile offensive lineman from the University of Guelph recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Spencer Masterson the versatile offensive lineman from the University of Guelph recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Spencer Masterson
  • Position: OL (T/G)
  • College: University of Guelph
  • Height: 6’6
  • Weight: 305
  • Instagram: @spencer_masterson

What makes you a top prospect at your position  in the 2023 NFL Draft?

Combination of size, length, experience, drive and coachability. I am a true 6’6 with a wingspan of 6’10 who has been playing OL for over ten years. I played against many of the top CFL/NFL top prospects over my university career and have matched up very well against them. I have the drive to get better and I am always hungry to be coached and learn as many new skills and techniques as I can

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?

I was first interested in football when I was around 7 years old and I first started playing when I was 10 years old. 

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?

I am a very personable guy who loves to be around a team environment. I take great pride in the opportunities I have had to lead teams. I care a lot about all the guys I have had the opportunity to play alongside. 

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be?

I would donate to sick kids’ hospitals as I believe that every kid should have the opportunity to be a kid and experience the joy that comes with that. 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

The best advice I have ever received is “play YOUR game”. Football is a tough sport with lots of adversity and to be constantly comparing yourself to others is not healthy. In order to not fall to the pressures of this, coaches have told me to play my game, not compare how I play to others. I think this has allowed me to dial in on my play and not get distracted by all the noise. 

Who was your childhood hero?

My Dad was my childhood hero. He was the man who got me into football and coached me from day 1. He was a great coach and a better dad so I always looked up to him and wanted to be just like him. 

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school?

The most underrated player at my school is Curtis Woodmansey. I do not think he gets enough credit for how big and strong he is and how well he plugs up the line of scrimmage. He is one of the hardest-working guys on the team and never has a day where he’s not giving 100% effort. Great locker room guy as well as he is very easy to get along with and will help anyone in need. 

What is your biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is guys who ‘coast’. These are guys who are good enough to play but never seem to give it their all. They can be incredible players if they put in more effort but choose not to because they are good enough as is. 

Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome?

In my first year of university, the football season was kicking my butt. I was young but was able to obtain a dressing spot. I had to take a lot of practice reps and was struggling to deal with school. I was fortunate to be in the spot that I was but was mentally and physically exhausted more than I have ever been in my life. I learned how to take care of my body physically but more importantly mentally. 

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?

Guelph means the world to me as it has helped me become the person who I am today. I learned so many life skills and got taught valuable lessons from coaches and friends. I have made friends that I will have for the rest of my life.

What is your favorite snack food?

Red bag doritos. Hands down. 

What is the best part of football?

The best part is going out to play with all the guys you have made great relationships with. That feeling of being out on the field during game day with my teammates who I consider to be family is unmatched. There is no better feeling than that. 

If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say?

A personable guy with great leadership abilities who wants to be the best player he can be and win at all costs. 

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be?

David Bakhtiari. He was never the biggest or most athletic guy but he is a hard worker who honed his skills and became one of the best tackles in the NFL. His great leadership and QB relationship have helped the Packers be one of the most successful franchises in the past 10 years. 

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Joe Thomas, Kobe Bryant, and The Rock. I believe Joe Thomas is one of, if not the best OT of all time and I’d love to ask him many questions about the game and break down his process so I can learn from it. Kobe Bryant and The Rock are two of the hardest-working people and have/been wildly successful because of it. I would ask them many questions about mentality, hard work, the grind, and how to be successful. The combination of these three would lead me to a successful path in life. 


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