Bryce Alley: Football has been apart of my life ever since my father introduced it to me in the 4th grade. He was a Houston Oiler fan back in the day and was a Houston Texan fan. I knew and understood how he felt about the game and wanted to make him proud with hopes of him being able to watch his on Sundays. Unfortunately he’s no longer with us to see my progress as a player so it would be a dream come true to get an opportunity to play at the next level as he is watching down on me.
Joe Gaiter: Tell me about your season this year?
Bryce Alley: My season this past year was by far my best season ever as a football player but I know for a fact I haven’t reached my full potential. There is still a lot of my game that I haven’t even tapped into yet. Stat wise it wasn’t anything to talk about but I was the guy who traveled with the opposing teams #1 WR game after game. Giving up only 1 TD the whole year lets you know that QB’s usually had a tough time throwing to my side.
Joe Gaiter: How hungry are you to make the NFL?
Bryce Alley: Getting to the next level, whether it be the NFL or CFL is not only for me, but it’s for all of my family and friends back home that have held me down since I was born. It’s for my father, who passed away while I was in high school and won’t ever get the chance to see his only son play for collegiate team and potentially a pro team. It’s for my mom and aunt who took time out of their busy schedules and traveled across the country just to support me while in college. This is for both of grandmothers who would want nothing more than to be able to turn the TV on and continue to see their grandson ball out, week in and week out. Everyone has been supporting me too long for my career to end at Montana State. They are who I do it for.
Joe Gaiter: What will you miss most about playing college ball?
Bryce Alley: The thing I’ll miss the most about college ball is all of the good and bad times that I’ve been apart of throughout my 4 year career. Those experiences are what helped me to be the man I am today. I’ve learned so much and will be able to build off of that as I continue to grow.
Joe Gaiter: What would you tell yourself if you could go back to your freshman year?
Bryce Alley: I would tell myself to redshirt. I played as a true freshmen but only played a small amount and I felt like that hindered my ability to be successful as a freshmen. This caused me to miss out on a whole year of lifting and just overall growth as an athlete that I desperately needed. I wasn’t ready for college ball at that time.
Joe Gaiter: Why should someone pick you over someone that plays your same position?
Bryce Alley: Looking back at my college career, I personally felt as if I never lived up to the expectations of myself and those around me. I always knew that I was a great player but never showed it. Now I’m praying for one more opportunity to re-write my career and show not only show the world but myself that I can play at the level that was expected from me since junior high. I’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done, which isn’t always pretty. I know I can be the playmaker and leader that I was always meant to be. I’ve been down before, but I know my come up is coming. You can’t stay down forever!!!
Joe Gaiter: Have you reached your athletic peak?
Bryce Alley: Like I stated earlier, I haven’t blossomed yet. The sky is the limit and I feel like I’m just starting to get off the ground.
Joe Gaiter: What is your motivation on the field?
Bryce Alley: Not letting my team down. I can’t be the reason why we lose a game. We all have a job to do out there but everyone has to do their part for us to succeed. I don’t think there’s a lower feeling than letting your team down. All of the work that you’ve put in with those guys always comes into play when you go to battle.
Joe Gaiter: Do you have a backup if you don’t get drafted?
Bryce Alley: If I don’t get drafted, and don’t get invited to camp, I’ll be attending CFL try-outs for another opportunity to continue my career. If that doesn’t fall through then I’ll continue to go to school and finish my degree in Construction Engineering Technology. There’s also a strong possibility that if I don’t make it out this year to continue training and try again next year.
Joe Gaiter: Who is your agent and why did you chose them?
Bryce Alley: I currently don’t have an agent at this time.
Joe Gaiter: Where and how often are you training?
Bryce Alley: I’m currently training in Belgrade, Montana with Josh Lewis at Pregame Fitness. I typically train 5-8 times a week depending on my school schedule and financial situation.
Joe Gaiter: Tell me about your proday?
Bryce Alley: I felt my pro day was solid. I came close but didn’t hit the marks I was aiming for in the 40 yd dash (4.58 sec.), short shuttle (4.22 sec.) and vertical jump (29”). My drills went well and I felt as if I was the best on the field at my position.
Joe Gaiter: What do you want your legacy to be?
Bryce Alley: I just want to be known for how good I was at my position and how good of a person I was off the field. I want to be positive figure to those trying to get to my position as my father was to me.
Joe Gaiter: As we get closer to the draft day, have you enjoyed this ride?
Bryce Alley: Of course and I’ll never forget it. But it’s far from over……
Joe Gaiter: Final Words/Shoutouts?
Bryce Alley: I just want to thank God for waking me up this morning, allowing me to be interviewed by you all, and allowing me to be able to still have an opportunity to keep playing. I want thank all of my friends, family, coaches and trainers who continue to support me through this journey. It’s been a long road but best believe y’all haven’t seen anything yet!