Kashief Hyatt | Susquehanna University | DL
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Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose Susquehanna University?
A: My college career honestly is one to remember. The recruiting process to Susquehanna was a great one, I enjoyed it a lot. The coaches and players I met, stayed in touch with me and made me feel at home. The reason I chose Susquehanna was because I felt it was the best option for me. The coaches, players and I all connected immediately and at that moment I knew they had my best interest.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment thus far in my career is getting recognition for my talent. Being selected for conference honorees, being invited to the Senior Classic Showcase, and now being able to participate in this combine.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Susquehanna University?
A: I learned many lessons from the coaching staff over the past four years. One was learning the meaning of “do your one eleventh”. The coaches would preach that day in and day out. If you are a selfish player, then you do not belong on the team. Everything you do on and off the field is a representation of yourself and teammates. Also, they will always let us know that without the books coming to college is a waste of time. So, graduate with a degree, have a plan for the life after football because football won’t last forever.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: My major is Anthropology. My plans are to earn my master’s in forensic Pathology and pursue a career in Forensic Science.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: My teammates would say that my dedication, love and passion for the game is unmatched. They have had also said that I am a true warrior, a person who fights through adversity and take on any responsibility thrown my way without hesitation. A very humble individual who isn’t fazed by any encounters.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: The most memorable play of my career was in my senior season when I sacked the QB on a second and short that turned into third and long, and then a turnover on down in the red zone in the two-minute drill. We end up winning 28-27 on the road.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge was my freshman year. Adjusting to the new atmosphere and different personalities on top of managing school was very difficult for me. I was failing in the classroom and I was injured for basically three quarters of the season. I was at an all-time low, but I sucked it up, had some deep conversation with family, and teammates and I got myself together. Now, I am 15 credits away from earning a college degree.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: Darren Waller. I chose Waller because of his resilience and his indomitable personality. That is me. He been at his all-time low and rose above it all to earn a second shot in the NFL. I use his experience to get through my dark days and rise above all obstacles that I faced in my journey.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: The strength and abilities I will bring to any team that gives me the opportunity to continue playing the sport I love is my winning mentality. Being the leader that help my teammates in any way I can. And my relentless pursuit to not only get better every day, but to motivate everyone around me to get better. To all pro scouts, I will give the program my maximum effort in everything I do whether that is on or off the field. I will attack every moment presented like it is my last. And with my humbleness, eager personality to learn and able to take criticism all will allow to reach my fullest potential as an individual and a player. You should consider me because I look to improve my play each and every day will do whatever it takes to be the best that I can be relentlessly.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: Yes, I go home and help my little league team prepare the kids to become better players and young men by giving them knowledge and sharing my experience.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I am training with different individuals daily at my disposal to work on different drills to perfect my craft. My goals are simple, to be the best that I can be, prepare myself to perform at my best, and continue to learn and improve with everything I do.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement will be to graduate college, becoming successful whether that is playing football at the pro level or securing a job in my career field, doing what I love, and to make my parents and family proud.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I enjoy spending time with my family, my brothers at school, working out and competing with each other even if its something simple. Participating in different sports and being active.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My Father. Without him I would not be in the position that I am in today.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I am a very positive person. Easy to talk to. My energy is very contagious, and I feel like people gravitate to me because of that.