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UT football ahead for Reveiz
Minus scholarship, Mr. Football finalist accepts Fulmer’s ‘preferred walk-on’ offer

Nick Reveiz said he’s motivated to prove them wrong — so what if he lacks a few inches of height as judged by the world of major college football?

“If U-T thinks I’m a little too short for a scholarship, so be it, it makes me just work that much harder,” said Reveiz, a 5-foot-10, 225-pound All-state linebacker and Mr. Football finalist as a Farragut High School senior, a couple of days after agreeing to become a preferred walk-on at the University of Tennessee. “Every time I put on my pads I’m [upset]. I want to show everybody ... it’s good for me, it’s extra motivation.

“I really feel that I can play at the Division One level. I’m not saying that to be cocky, I’m not saying that to be over-confident.”

Saying he’s been a UT fan since age 7, “Sitting in the stands at U-T I get chill bumps when they run through the ‘T,’” Reveiz said.

“U-T is where I’ve been wanting to go ever since I was a little kid,” he added. “And I really feel that I’m going to feel at home here.”

Reveiz said he’s already disproved the “short” limitation against major college talent despite receiving no major college scholarship offers.

“I’ve gone up against the best, I’ve been at the Nike Combine in Athens, Georgia, I went up against five-star prospects, four-star prospects, three-star prospects, and I outdid them in a lot of areas ... pro agility, bench-press (28 times at 185 pounds) ... I was in the top three percent for linebackers in bench press and top five in pro agility, so I felt I was up there where linebackers need to be.”

Reveiz, son of former Vol and All-Southeastern Conference placekicker Fuad Reveiz (1981-84) who went on to briefly hold the NFL record for consecutive field goals made, said he’s also motivated to “carry on the family name.” His uncle, Carlos Reveiz, was also All-SEC while kicking at UT in 1985-86.

Reveiz said he was tired of waiting on either North Carolina State or Mississippi State to make a scholarship offer after both showed interest months ago.

“[Head] Coach [Phillip] Fulmer told me I can get in there and play as a true freshman, and so did coach [John] Chavis [defensive coordinator],” Reveiz said. “Coach Chavis told me he was looking forward to working with me.” Starting this spring, “I’m going to go to coach Chavis’ meetings for linebackers, I’m going to find out the coverages, I’m going to learn a lot of stuff. I’m going to play special teams, too, they’re telling me right now.”

Reveiz, 17, said he’s been motivated by the success of “under six foot” NFL All-Pro linebacker Zach Thomas of the Miami Dolphins.

“I talked to Zach Thomas in my middle school years ... I got to meet him at a Super Bowl party when my dad was doing E-S-P-N,” he said. “He’s no taller than me. ... I really feel like I’m just like him.

“The major thing ... he told me is, ‘don’t let anyone doubt you ’cause you’re short. You let them know when you put on your pads that you want to hit. ...’”


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