The Citadel Running Back Terrell Dallas
NFL Draft Series by PFC Blogger Chris Brown (@cbreezy2411)
As part of the NFL Draft Series on ProFootballCentral, we take a look at The Citadel Running Back Terrell Dallas. If your not familiar with him yet, it’s about time to do so! Dallas has been through adversity through injuries during his college career. Dallas really broke out during his junior year when he was selected to Second Team All Conference by the coaches and media. He had a career best 172 yards with two touchdowns against Presbyterian. Terrell has worked hard and has proven he is determined to make it to the next level.
CB: Thanks for taking the time to sit down and talk with ProFootballCentral; we will start with having you give us a brief background about yourself.
TD: Okay, well I grew up in Florida about 40 miles north of Jacksonville in a town called FernandinaBeach. I gained a scholarship from The Citadel to play football and I accepted. I started my sophomore year for the Bulldogs, during that year we switched from a spread to a triple option offense. I had the honors of being selected to the All Conference team and named Team Offensive Most Valuable Player my junior year. During my senior year I suffered a setback and suffered a season ending injury. I was fortunate enough to be granted a medical red shirt and play an additional year.
CB: Why Citadel? Were there other schools interested?
TD: Well during my senior year of high school I had only played in eight games and had talks with a few colleges. I was talking with Auburn and BostonCollege at the time. It didn’t work out with them and I was fortunate enough to gain a scholarship offer from The Citadel on the week before signing day. They offered me the opportunity to start during my freshman year and they had me from that point forward. I decided that it was a better fit for me personally. Going to The Citadel allowed me to expand my academic knowledge. I was able to maintain over a 3.0 GPA and made the dean’s list multiple times.
CB: What’s your greatest strength as a player as well as a weakness?
TD: My greatest strength would have to be my football knowledge. I have a great football understanding, this meaning I can dissect pass protections, routes, game plans and am able to be dynamic in that aspect. I feel that all running backs should be able to have this knowledge; it gives you a big advantage over your opponent if you do. If I had to name a weakness it would be that I’m always trying to stay on top of my game. I’m always trying to find new ways and methods to improve myself. Some may say this is consider a strength but I view it as a weakness, that I’m always looking to improve on. Whether it’s diving into the game study or bettering my routes, always making myself better.
CB: How do you deal with coming off an injury and dealing with adversity of trying to get back to the field?
TD: The thing that kept me going through it all was knowing that football can be taken away from me at any point in time, because of this it made me work even harder to get back on the field. Being injured allowed my hunger to grow stronger; I really enjoy the process of getting back into the game. Working hard and putting in extra effort goes a long way. I gain satisfaction of overcoming adversity and the struggles of getting back to playing shape. Overcoming the struggles helps to build character and it shows individuals that you can overcome anything that your faced with.
CB: Would you like to be considered a power or finesse running back?
TD: I would like to think that I’m a combination of both making me a very versatile running back. Running the spread option in high school helped prepare me for the offense here at The Citadel. I enjoyed coming out of the back field and catching the football, but at the same time I’ve always been a bigger back than most. I’m not one to hesitate to run downhill though; I will be physical at the line of scrimmage. When the offense switched styles to the triple option it forced me to become more of a power back but I also was able to keep running routes out of the backfield.
CB: What are you doing now to work on your game?
TD: The first phase of my workout I just recently completed. The phase included working on my lateral movement and speed. I work on getting faster with my feet and how quick I can get out of cuts. These are two of the most important factors to being a running back. The next phase I will be working on is my field work. This includes cuts in the backfield, body positioning and balance.
CB: Who did you idealize growing up, is there any one in particular you tried modeling your game after?
TD: Funny you say that, Terrell Davis from the Denver Broncos. The first game I ever watched was the Super Bowl XXXII, I was running through the house and my mother caught me and told me to come over to the television to watch. She showed me his name and mentioned that we had the same initials, TD. From that point on I began to find more connections that I had with Terrell. I knew from that moment that being a running back was what I wanted to do. I’m focused more now than ever before, all I need is a small margin of a chance to succeed. The simple fact that I have found people that believe in me and gave me a chance was all the hope I needed.
CB: Alright well I want to thank you Terrell for taking the time to speak with ProFootballCentral and we look forward to speaking with you next time.
TD: Thank you, I appreciate you asking me to be apart of the NFL Draft Preview.
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