The University of California is a team to keep an eye on in the next couple of years. They have a handful of young NFL draft prospects. They will be missing an important member of their defense this year, that being DE Trevor Guyton. See as Joe Gaiter asks Trevor some questions about his upcoming shot at the NFL.
Joe Gaiter: Who is Trevor Guyton?
Trevor Guyton: I consider myself a simple man. My life revolves around my family, friends, and everything that I dedicate myself to. Integrity, trust and respect are virtues that I carry with me at all times. I think for someone to expect others to trust and respect them, they first must trust and respect themselves, and in turn others can depend on you. I take enjoying life very seriously, but it takes a lot of dedication and hard work to be able to enjoy what you’ve earned.
Joe Gaiter: How will you prove yourself on the field?
Trevor Guyton: I pride myself on my hustle and my effort on the field. A high motor that doesn’t stop is the best tool on the field, and that is what I will use the most to prove myself on the field. To see the field, you have to get in where you fit in, and I think my versatility will help me fill any role my team needs me to. Over my career, I have played every single position along the defensive line and even some outside linebacker, so I do not consider myself a defensive end, I just consider myself a defensive lineman. You first have to prove yourself in practice so that is where your character and talent have to shine first, so the practice field is where I plan on initially proving myself.
Joe Gaiter: What goals do you have for the NFL?
Trevor Guyton: My main goal once I reach the NFL is to prove myself to my teammates and coaches. Once I prove that I belong playing at the highest level, I will set other goals statistics wise once that is achieved, but for me the most important goal is to earn the respect of the people who I will be around and prove that I am deserving of my position.
Joe Gaiter: What are some of your accomplishments?
Trevor Guyton: I have accomplished a lot on the field, I was lucky enough to have earned 3 team awards my senior season, which means a lot because they were voted on by my own teammates. In addition to that, I earned 2nd team All Pac-12 honors this season.
Joe Gaiter: What are your biggest strengths on the field?
Trevor Guyton: My biggest strength is my effort, hustle, and my technique, but as far as facets of the game. As of right now I think my biggest strength is playing the run. I pride myself on being able to shut the run down and creating 3rd down passing situations. I think I have good pad level, good hand placement, and a lot of power when playing the run. Strength is my quickness off the ball and athleticism that contributes to my success pass rushing.
Joe Gaiter: What is the hardest part about playing your position?
Trevor Guyton: In college as a 3-4 defensive end we played a lot of 2 gap defensive schemes where we would have to “read-attack” the blocks that we would get. Having to react to blocks and still get knock back and play a certain gap is difficult, especially when the type of block determined whether you strike the tackle or the guard.
Joe Gaiter: How will you elevate your skills to a NFL level?
Trevor Guyton: I will elevate my skills and technique the same way I have been doing over my career, through attention to detail and repetition. Although repetition is paramount, if they are not quality then you don’t end up making progress. The saying “don’t count the reps, make the reps count” has always stuck with me through my career. I try to pick out the facets of my game that are weaker than others and focus on them until I do not have a deficit. The main thing is to just never be content with your game; it can and should always get better.
Joe Gaiter: What will you miss the most about playing at California?
The things I will miss most are the friendships and relationships that I have built over my career at CAL.
Joe Gaiter: Who has been your biggest influence in your football career?
Trevor Guyton: My biggest influence has been my college position Coach Tosh Lupoi. He has helped and shaped me to be the hard working player that I am now. His emphasis on effort and attention to details has been a major advantage for my game and career. Along with Coach Tosh Lupoi, all the players along the CAL dine that I have played alongside and behind in my career have all helped me refine my game as a defensive lineman.
Joe Gaiter: Who in the NFL has your style of play?
Trevor Guyton: As far as active players, at CAL we watched a lot of film on Darnell Dockett. I have always tried to emulate his explosion, quickness, and balance off the line of scrimmage. A former teammate and mentor of mine is Tyson Alualu, as a young player I always tried to play as hard as him. He is not a freak athlete or extraordinarily strong, but his technique and effort make it hard for anyone to compete with him. As far as NFL greats, Reggie White was my favorite player of all time, and I have always looked up to players like John Randle and Deacon Jones for their tenacity and violence.