April 29, 2013
Former Colorado State defensive end Lanston Tanyi has been invited to participate in the Washington Redskins' rookie mini-camp this weekend. Tanyi is the fourth Ram who played in 2012 to receive such an invitation, joining T Joe Caprioglio (Arizona), P Pete Kontodiakos (Carolina) and CB Momo Thomas (Atlanta).
"I've been in contact with a lot of teams," Tanyi said. "There were a lot of calls the week before the draft so I expected something would happen. Teams talked about drafting me late or signing me as a free agent. Either way, it's still the opportunity to get my foot in the door with this invitation. I'm going to go there and do my best, and I'm expecting the best to come out if it."
Tanyi played the 2012 season at Colorado State while taking graduate courses after receiving his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State. He earned second-team All-Mountain West honors, making 77 tackles, second-most among MW defensive linemen and second-most by a CSU lineman since 1988. His six quarterback hurries were the most by a Rams player since 1999.
"I'm not a numbers guy, with 40 times and things like that," Tanyi said. "This is just football now; the meetings, learning the playbook, that's something I pride myself in doing. When I got to Appalachian State I learned the playbook right away and that's why I played as a freshman. Same thing when I came to Colorado State; I was able to learn it in a couple of days. Running drills, technique, my desire, my true passion to play, my work in the weight room, those are the things that are giving me an opportunity and that's a benefit for me."
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