catches up with Stanford ILB Shayne Skov

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I had the opportunity to catch up with Stanford ILB Shayne Skov at the San Francisco 49ers local Pro Day today. A team captain that has the passion to play the game with the work ethic to match, you can be sure that Skov will be highly targeted in the 2014 NFL Draft. An aggressive hitter that possesses great football instincts, Skov is a top tier inside linebacker and will be looking to solidify his dominance whoever is fortunate to draft the Stanford product. In 2013, Skov finished his senior season with 109 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks.

Here is my exclusive interview with Skov as he touched on a variety of topics ranging from his college major to his aggressive style of play. Enjoy.

On having great work ethic both on-and-off the football field:

“It was instilled from me from my parents. They demanded that of me at an early age but I think it comes from within. Unless its unique and genuine yourself, I’m a competitive person and I always strive to get better.”

On him being a Management Science/Engineering major and using that skill in life after football:

“I think when the time is right. Right now I’m focused on football and I always had an interest in the sciences. Probably want to get on the business side of those kinds of things, and I enjoyed my time at Stanford learning it.”

On how being a film-junkie helps elevate his game to make plays on Saturday/Sunday:

“I love to learn man. So it’s just whether I’m studying my opponent, learning more about my opponent, I think there’s a lot to be gained and understanding what you’re going up against. Just more than anything I enjoy being knowledgable. It’s fun and enjoyable for me to kind of gain that knowledge and try to study my opponent.”

On what he has done to improve on his speed:

“I’ve been working on my hip fluidity. And when coaches come see me workout and see me move, hopefully they dispel those kinds of notions. I think like you said, my game-film kind of designates who I am as a player, but I think if I can work on my hip flexibility, it’ll show when I do drills in front of coaches.”

On his aggressive tackling ability:

“It starts when I played in pop-warner in Mexico, man. We did hitting drills everyday and you’re either going to be the hammer or the nail, you get to pick. It’s the way it is. People are going to come and hit you, so I’m going to hit them right back in the mouth.”

On one word to describe his game:

“One word? Dynamic!”

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