Name: Ryan Deal
School: West Virginia Wesleyan College

Q: How did you get started playing football? I began playing in 5th grade because I was heavily influenced by Peyton Manning.

Q: What separates you from all the other athletes trying to become a professional? My work-ethic and drive inside of me won’t let me stop until I reach my goals. I’m obsessed with the grind and the game of football.

Q: Tell us about your college choice, career and what the recruiting process was like.  My college choice was heavily influenced by the MBA program offered by my school. I wanted to be able to receive my Master’s and play football simultaneously. I didn’t have many offers out of high school, maybe 4 official D2 offers (None being full scholarships).

Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far? Proving people that doubted me wrong and even doubts I had of myself by having a successful college career. Best on field accomplishment would be throwing 473 yards and 4 TD’s in my second career start.

Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff? Discipline is everything, not only in football but in life.

Q: What is/was your biggest challenge and how do/did you manage it? D1 transfer Quarterback being brought in to start immediately my sophomore year. I took this as fuel and learned how to truly compete for the first time in college. I developed the drive that I still have today.

Q: What is your biggest strength or X factor that you bring to a professional team? Determination and willingness to learn

Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life? Both of my parents and my best friend Garrett Lineberger

Q: What are your goals with football? If football does not work out, then what? I want to continue my football career for as long as possible. When football is over, I want to work for a professional sports team in the finance department and eventually own my own athletic performance facility.

Q: How did you prepare for the National Scouting Combine and what are your expectations? Train every day on my own. I’ve done many different types of workouts including speed training, strength training, pool workouts, and fueled my body with healthy foods. I’ve tried to do as much research as possible on health and speed training specifically. I’ve also thrown with my receivers consistently. I expect my speed numbers to be higher than last time I was tested and I expect to really excel in the position specific drills.

Q: What would be your ultimate achievement? Getting any opportunity to play professional football.

Q: If you have to compare yourself to a current pro player, who would it be and why? Kirk Cousins. He’s a fairly under looked player. He is successful but not very appreciated. He has worked up from being a backup to being a successful starter in the NFL, he isn’t one of those high draft picks that is put into the fire immediately. He paid his dues to work up to where he is now.