Interview with Dwayne BigPlayz Difton

Interview with Dwayne BigPlayz Difton

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

When it was time for the wide receivers to have their team photo taken on Monday at the Shenkman Center – there was Dwayne Difton, front and center with the football resting in front of his right foot. A sign of things to come, perhaps? Difton, a true freshman and the highest-rated player ever to commit to UConn out of high school. The depth chart revealed to the team after Sunday’s scrimmage has him as the No. 1 Z receiver – the team’s top wideout.

“That’s just going to motivate me because I know people want to see me play ball,” claims Difton. People already want to see a lot of him. He was the second-to-last player off the field when the team’s annual “Media Day” concluded, with the only quarterback Zach Frazer still lingering by the time Difton grabbed his helmet and headed to the locker room. By that point, he had done interviews with nearly a dozen reporters, spoke to TV stations, and posed for photos for fall preview sections for two local newspapers. Not bad for a player who’s yet to play a down of college football.

“He’s as good a route runner as I’ve seen come in as a freshman,” said head coach Randy Edsall, who will publicly release the depth chart after fall camp is concluded. “He’s got good hands, he’s got courage, he’s not afraid to go across the middle and he’s got a good background. He’s been very well-coached.” A four-star prospect ranked the receiver No. 39 nationally in the Class of 2009.

Difton chose UConn over offers from Boston College, Minnesota, Purdue, Rutgers, South Florida, and others. He has been hyped as the savior of a mediocre passing game that last season was the 11th-worst in the nation at just 139.7 yards per game. “When I came here, they told me I have the opportunity to start, so I’ve had to work hard for it,” Difton said. “I stayed humble, did what he said. I’m still in the process of learning the plays, but I’m going to take it from there.”

Though he began work with the third team and freshmen when fall camp opened last week, Difton had been seeing time with the second-string offense as soon as Friday. By the time the Huskies took the field Sunday for their first of three scheduled scrimmages — a practice that lasted 145 downs –Difton was in the mix as one of Frazer’s primary targets.

At 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, Difton already has the speed and work ethic to be a top receiver. Now he just has to keep in mind what he learned while playing 7-on-7 with his teammates after arriving earlier this summer. “The quarterbacks were working hard and just basically letting all the receivers know that they’ve got to catch the ball,” Difton said. “That’s all they want. The receivers have to catch the ball. That’s a must, a big thing.”

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?

2009: I played in seven games and made eight receptions for 45 yards. I also had two receptions for seven yards against Ohio (Sept. 5) in my collegiate debut and season-high four receptions for 25 yards against North Carolina (Sept. 12) + one reception against both West Virginia (Oct. 24) and Rutgers (Oct. 31) when I made my first collegiate start in the West Virginia game.

High School: My team was named the first team of All-Broward County by the Miami Herald and the second team of All-Broward County by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel during my senior year. I was ranked as the 13th top recruit in Broward County by Sun-Sentinel and finished the season at St. Thomas Aquinas as the top-ranked high school football team in the country according to USA Today. Our team was the champion of the 2007 and 2008 5A State games.

I had 25 receptions for 414 yards (16.6 average) and five touchdowns in the 2008 regular season. I also had a 34-yard rush during the season and caught a touchdown pass in my team resulting in a 56-7 victory in the 2008 state championship game. I then had eight receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns in three postseason games + four receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown in the win against Cincinnati Elder in Kirk Herbstreit Classic played at Paul Brown Stadium where the team averaged at 426 yards of total offense per game. As a junior, I had 19 receptions for 276 yards and two Touchdowns.

Personal: Dwayne Difton, born February 15, 1990, and an English major Graduated from Broward college.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Stay humblenone of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way.

Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

My mother and God.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

Yes, I use everything I learn in football and capitalize it in the working field.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

I stopped playing football and became a salesman – I enjoy what I do football was just a game now my hobby is rapping.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

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