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Exclusive First Interview with Tevin Reese
The San Diego Chargers made their final selection of the 2014 NFL Draft an exciting one, drafting the freakishly athletic Tevin Reese. Shortly after the Baylor wide receiver was taken with 240th overall pick, he called Chargers.com to give his first interview as a member of the Chargers.
Chargers.com: So how does it feel to be a San Diego Charger?
Reese: It feels wonderful! I’ve been saying I only need one opportunity and I will make the most of it. This is going to be one of the best decisions they’ve made in their lifetime. Whenever I get my opportunity, whether it is minicamp or training camp, I’m going to go out there and make the most of it. I’m going to prove to them this pick is not a waste. I’m going to make the most of it.
Chargers.com: How much contact did you have with the Chargers throughout this process?
Reese: We didn’t have that much contact to be honest. They asked me for my contact info early on and then today when they called and said they’d take me with their pick.
Chargers.com: Describe the scene when you got that phone call.
Reese: I’ve been watching with my mom and family and it was amazing when we got the call. All the hard work for four years paid off. Seeing them happy for me was just a wonderful feeling.
Chargers.com: If you had to give a scouting report on Tevin Reese what would you tell people?
Reese: I’m very electrifying and explosive. I’m a playmaker. I go out there and play every play until the whistle. I’m a great team player and I love being a leader.
Chargers.com: That’s not a bad quarterback to have throwing you the ball in Philip Rivers.
Reese: Not at all! He’s a gunslinger. Having that type of quarterback, and other wide receivers like Keenan Allen, I saw all the success they had last year and I’m here to add fuel to the fire. I’m ready to get this underway.
Chargers.com: What kind of special teams ability do you have?
Reese: I can be a returner. I was a returner all through high school but at Baylor they wanted me to focus on offense. But if they need me I can be a returner.
Chargers.com: Do you have that chip on your shoulder going in the seventh round, or are you more grateful that you got your opportunity?
Reese: I don't just have one chip on my shoulder; I've got a whole bag of them! I feel like I should have gone earlier, but everyone in the draft feels that way. I do feel lucky to get an opportunity, but I have a bag of chips on my shoulder. Everyone who passed on me added fuel to my fire.
Chargers.com: Is there one game in college that you’re most proud of?
Reese: That would have to be Kansas this past year. We were down and our offense wasn’t clicking. We couldn’t do anything right and coach told me he needed a play out of me. That they were looking for me. And I had to go out there and make a play and I did. It brought a lot of leadership out of me and made me feel good about myself and my ability to help my team when they need me.
Chargers.com: Finally, what would you like to tell all the fans that got excited to see your name pop up as the seventh round pick?
Reese: Just that I’m happy to be a Charger. I’m honored to be a Charger. No matter how long you have me, and I hope it’s for a lifetime, I’m going to bring a lot of excitement to the team.