When watching you on film, you always react quickly to offensive schemes, showing a clear knowledge of the offense in question. Does that come as a result of film, practice, your past experience as a WR, or a combination of multiple factors?
A combination of multiple factors. Film study helps you to learn tendencies on offenses. Then in practice you go over the things you learned in film study. When the game comes it just slows down because you recognize the tendencies you learned from film studies.
As a high school player at Clairton, you spent a lot of time at wide receiver. How has your experience as a receiver helped you grow as a defensive back?
I believe my experience as a receiver helped me as a defensive back because it's kind of like I'm thinking as a receiver while playing defensive back. Meaning what tactics do receivers use when trying to beat a defensive back one on one.
Clairton has become a powerhouse as far as NFL talent over the last few years. What makes Clairton's program special?
What makes Clairton special is everyone starts playing together at a young age. As the years pass you start to build that chemistry and competitiveness with each other.
Who are some NFL players that you enjoy watching? Who are some of your role models?
A player really enjoy watching is Tyrann Mathieu. He's been one of my favorite players since watching him at LSU. His passion for the game just shows every time he steps on the field. I watch his film to just try to see and emulate all the different ways of how he creates turnovers & makes plays all over the field.
During your time at Pitt, you've generated numerous turnovers, both interceptions and fumble recoveries. How do you prepare to capitalize on the opportunities an offense gives you heading into game day?
I prepare for each game with a lot of film study. Some players do not realize it, but it is actually very helpful. Many times I would be able to recognize what an offense was running by how they were aligned.
What is your favorite defensive scheme to play in?
My favorite defense scheme to play in was the one I played under Coach Narduzzi. The aggressive style of mindset allowed there to be a lot of plays made by a defensive back.
What are some things that make you unique as a player?
I think my athleticism and aggressive style of play makes me a unique player. I can come down and make a tackle inside the box, and also cover the slot receiver one on one.
What was it like as a teammate helping James Conner through his situation, someone we consider to be a top 3 RB entering this draft?
Seeing my brother James goes through his situation just pushed us as a team to be great. Here's this guy battling cancer doing the same workouts we're doing and not complaining. It was very inspiring, one of the strongest guys I know.
If a scout or team exec were to read this interview, what would you want him to know about you as a player and as an individual? What makes you stand out as a prospect?
They should know that I'm a very coachable player. A student of the game, on and off the field. A player who leads by example, and works very hard.
Thank you for taking the time to interview with us Terrish. We look forward to watching your career unfold in the NFL, and best of luck in the draft! Matt Koontz and Michael Bertasso, Matt and Mike Sports.
We would like to thank Glen Wallace from Peterson Sports for facilitating this interview. Glen has asked us to add the following statement, that Glen Wallace, James Peterson, Dave Thompson and the entire Peterson Sports family are very proud of Terrish.