BOONE — New York City is slowly but surely turning into North Appalachian.
The New York Jets are already home to former App State safety Doug Middleton. Right after the 2019 NFL Draft ended, the Jets signed former App State running back Jalin Moore and defensive tackle MyQuon Stout.
Stout said he had a feeling that the Jets might be calling. He talked to the Jets’ defensive line coach Andre Carter twice before the draft and Stout felt confident that the Jets might sign him to a free agent deal.
“He told me how interested in me he was and that he’d like me to be a Jet,” Stout said of Carter. “I’m very blessed to get a chance to do what I want to do. I’m blessed to be an undrafted free agent, but now it’s time to go to work.”
Stout’s instincts about the Jets were right. Jacksonville called Stout and offered a free agent deal while the draft was still ongoing. Stout waited a little while longer and the Jets called to make an offer, also before the draft was finished. Stout took the deal with the Jets and has no regrets.
But he’s going with the idea of making 31 teams wish they had taken him.
“I’ve always dreamed of going to the NFL but I’m going with a chip on my shoulder,” Stout said. “Thirty-one teams skipped on me in the draft, so I feel like I’ve got a lot to prove.”
Stout is aware that the Jets drafted Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the third overall pick, but still feels good about the Jets taking him. Carter is not the only new coach in New York as the Jets hired former Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who hired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the 2018 interim head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
The Jets’ staff has its work cut out for it since the team finished 4-12 under former coach Todd Bowles. Stout has been preparing for the 2019 season by working out with familiar faces at an unfamiliar place. Stout has been training under the supervision of former App State and current Louisville strength and conditioning coach Mike Sirignano.
“I’ve been with coach Mike a lot,” Stout said. “He’s been my strength coach from where I’ve been working at in Louisville. I’ve been blessed to be able to train at a power five, ACC school. Things are pretty good here.”
Stout, who stands 6-foot-1, said he came to Appalachian State weighing 230 pounds, but has bulked up to 292 pounds. He has played nose tackle over the center and defensive tackle over the guard for most of his collegiate career, but is willing to play defensive end if that’s where the Jets need him.
Stout believes in giving maximum effort not just on the field, but with film study and with his competitive nature.
“I feel I bring a lot of things to the table,” Stout said. “I’m going to go out there and compete, because I love to compete. I’m going to push myself as far as I can go. I’ve never been the fastest or the strongest, but I’m going to work hard. I’m going to look at a lot of film so I know what the other guy is doing and making sure I’m taking the right steps before I get out of my stance.”
Stout was primarily a run stopper for the Mountaineers. He finished with 88 total tackles at Appalachian State, nine of them done behind the line of scrimmage. His most productive year was 2017 when he made 41 stops, including two sacks.
He was a three-year starter for App State and was first-team all-Sun Belt after his senior season. Stout finished with four tackles against Georgia Southern, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery against Texas State.
He lists several former App State coaches, including Sirignano, former App State head coach Scott Satterfield, former App defensive line coach Mark Ivey as coaches who have provided not just coaching, but mentoring, which he’s used to get ready for the NFL.
“I wouldn’t have become the player I am today without these great coaches,” Stout said. “Learning from them is kind of where I’m at right now.”
Stout added that it’s helpful to him to be going to New York with Moore, who has been his teammate since their freshman season.
“Me and (Moore) came in together and we’ve been roommates,” Stout said. “We’re always pushing other, so it will be nice to have to go against somebody who I’ve been going against in college to help me and push me.”
“He’s like my brother,” Stout continued. “We always want the best for each other no matter what it is.”