Coach's Perspective: Rookie John Tereshinski

Wake Forest tight ends coach Tommy Elrod compares Chargers rookie John Tereshinski to the Redskins' Chris Cooley. Elrod insists his former pupil is a perfect fit in San Diego's offensive scheme and feels he represents the "wave of the future for tight ends." Find out what else Elrod says in this exclusive Q&A.

Scott Domitrowits: What kind of work ethic does John Tereshinski have?

Tommy Elrod: John comes from a third-generation football family. He's a kid who I can best describe as "loves football more than any kid I've ever been around." He's a hard worker who loves to take it up a notch at practice. All the coaches on our staff say when you see him you can just tell he enjoys playing football.

SD: What kind of character will he bring to the locker room?

TE: He's a guy who was a total leader for us. He was definitely a leader vocally and the kids always respected him. He worked hard, played hard, was well liked and was a vocal leader as well.

SD: What is the best part of John's game?

TE: His effort more than anything. He does not take a play off. He plays every rep like it's his last stinkin' rep. He always finishes blocks and plays until the whistle is blown. He is very intense and never lets up.

SD: What is the part of his game which needs improvement?

TE: For him, he's the heaviest he has ever been. He needs to maintain his weight and needs to continually work on blocking technique. He has no issues with catching the football and loves making crack-back blocks. If he does all these things he'll be in real good shape. He just likes to block; he likes the contact.

SD: Is there a particular play that stands out in your mind that shows you how great a player John is?

TE: It's a play he made against Florida State on a Thursday night. It was on a play when the route broke down and most guys would just stand around and try to get open. He just kept working and when one of our guys caught the pass, John laid a huge crack-back block on a defender. He completely laid a kid out on Florida State on a good, clean block. It was one those blocks that made the crowd go, "ooohhh."

SD: What is his attitude on the field?

TE: He likes to chatter but he's not cocky. He likes to talk a bit and he's very confident. He's one of those guys where he's so laid back off the field but on the field a switch goes off. He's confident that he's a good player and can make big plays. From a coach's perspective, he did everything you could ask.

SD: If John could be compared to a current pro tight end, who would it be?

TE: The guy he has the potential to be is a Chris Cooley from the Redskins type of player. He is really a good model of what John likes to do. John fits well in an offense that likes to throw the ball to the tight end because John can stretch the field and create some mismatches with linebackers. Those guys are the wave of the future for tight ends and I think he fits that.


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