THE NEXT LEVEL with Bryce Mahuika
March 5, 2009
- Bryce Mahuika
- 5’9″ 190 lbs
- BYU Cougars (Senior)
- Wide Receiver
- 4 Year Varsity Letterman
- Evergreen Plainsmen (Class of 2001)
- 4 Year Varsity Letterman
- 2 Time All-League
What was your most memorable moment playing high school football?
Bryce – I would have to say my first touchdown at McKenzie stadium as a freshman at Evergreen. I was going to Pacific Junior High at the time but got the chance to play at Evergreen, it was pretty sick.
Did you have any game day/game time rituals in high school? If so, what were they?
Bryce – My friends and I would usually all go to someone’s house and play video games, ping pong, watch TV, eat, and just chill before the games. I had a local strength t-shirt that my brother wore under his jersey that I wore every game. I always had to get my cleats spatted. That’s about it, nothing too crazy.
…Coach Jon Eagle. I knew him when I was a little guy. He used to make me run with the team before my little league practices. He’s a great coach and did a lot for me
Who is your favorite musical artist?
Bryce – 2pac, he’s a legend. I like old school hip hop.
What was your most embarrassing moment playing high school football?
Bryce – One game my senior year I was playing safety and it was a pass. I was back peddling and I caught my heel and went down. Luckily the ball went the other way. You should have seen how fast I got up though! LOL!
Xbox, PS3, or Wii?
Bryce – I play the Wii more because I have one but I like PS3 too. Not a big Xbox guy.
How many different positions did you play from youth football through the end of your HS career? If you could have chosen another position then the one you played the most what would have it been?
Bryce – I have played nearly every position on the field. The only exceptions are offensive line. I think it helps you understand the game better when you know what your teammates are doing. If you have done a lot of blocking then you in turn can read blocks better because you can tell what your teammate is trying to do. If I could have played another position it would have been corner in college. It would have given me a much better chance because of my size. You don’t see too many 5’9” receivers in the NFL.
Who influenced you the most as a High School football player?
Bryce – My dad for sure. He signed me up to play ball when I was eight years old (you were supposed to be nine). He always supported me, coached me, and was my biggest fan. Not too mention he was the reason I was fast, because I know it didn’t come from my mom!…ha,ha! After my dad would be Coach Jon Eagle. I knew him when I was a little guy. He used to make me run with the team before my little league practices. He’s a great coach and did a lot for me.
Explain your recruiting process. How many schools did you visit? Did anything interesting happen during this process?
Bryce – I was offered a scholarship to BYU when I was a sophomore in HS. This was a positive and a negative. Positive because I had a scholarship to the school I wanted to go to. Negative because a lot of schools didn’t recruit me that hard because they figured I was going to BYU so why waste their time. It was kinda true but hey, everyone wants to get wined and dinned a little. My recruiting trip to BYU was really fun. You eat non stop, free food is everywhere. We went snowmobiling which was my first time. I got a taste of the college scene, the girls are so much better looking! I walked in to the locker room and they had a BYU number 2 jersey hanging in there with my name on the back, I was sold.
What would you tell young kids entering high school is the most important thing (besides school) they need to do to become an elite level player?
There are guys out there with your speed, size, and skills. It’s a matter of who has refined, polished, and prepared them the best.
Bryce – To be good, you have to train good. There are guys out there with your speed, size, and skills. It’s a matter of who has refined, polished, and prepared them the best. In high school I could have done almost nothing and been one of the best players in the league. College is a whole new ball game. Everyone is big, fast, and strong. To separate yourself you need two things I believe. You have to be smart. Be a student of the game, know the in’s and out’s of the offense. Be able to read a defense like the back of your hand. The second thing is fundamentals. You can always run a better route, throw a better ball, or cover better. Those things take practice, practice, practice, not to be cliché. If you have the physical gifts, size, speed, and strength along with knowledge of the game and amazing fundamentals you will find your self making a lot of money one day. Don’t get me wrong though, guys have made it with some but not all of those too. So don’t think because you don’t have good size or whatever that you don’t have a chance. You’re wrong.
What was your most memorable moment playing college football?
Bryce – In 2006 we played our rival Utah at their place. We were down 4 points with 1:23 left in the game. I caught the first pass to start the drive. We ended up scoring on the last play with no time remaining to win the game.
The Haka of course! I would lead our team in a Polynesian war dance before every game. It’s funny because after our team did it for the first time in 2005, everybody started doing it.
What was your favorite TV show in high school?
Bryce – Sportscenter. You have to stay up to date on what’s going on.
Who influenced you the most as a college football player?
Bryce – That’s a tough one. I would say my friend and roommate Curtis Brown. We were lifting partners for three years. He was always a little stronger then me so he pushed me. I was always a little faster then him so I pushed him. We worked well with each other. You have to have guys like that around you. Some guys are lazy and have bad attitudes, don’t bother with them.
Explain a typical week during football season with class, practice, game, other time.
Bryce – Monday is a LONG day. School from 9am -1pm depending on your schedule. Tape and dress and lunch till 2pm. Team and position meetings from 2pm to 5pm. Practice from 5pm-6:30pm. You’ll get home around 7-7:30pm, eat, homework, bed. The other days are the same with shorter positions meetings. Lifting is 2-3 times a week during the season, 4 times a week in the off season. Fridays are walk throughs and travel days. If it is a home game you go to a local hotel for the night. Saturday is more walk throughs and game day. Now you know why we all have bad grades.
Did you have any game day/game time rituals in college? If so, what were they?
Bryce – Are you kidding me? The Haka of course! I would lead our team in a Polynesian war dance before every game. It’s funny because after our team did it for the first time in 2005, everybody started doing it. I’m kinda a trend setter I guess. Jk,jk.
What is your favorite TV show now?
Bryce – I like the First 48 on A&E. It’s a murder/homicide reality show.
Compare your relationship with your high school teammates to that of your college teammates. Assuming that you grew up with most of your high school teammates for years prior to playing together with them, and your college teammates came from all over the country.
Bryce – To be honest you will be closer with your college teammates because you live with them. You are with them literally all day long. You get to know each other better. In HS you see them during the day sometimes and then at practice and that’s it. Your college teammates/friends you will know everything there is to know about them, sometimes too much!
Do you have an iPhone?
Bryce – Of course I do.
Do you prefer Madden or NCAA? Why?
Bryce – NCAA no question. College football will always be better then the NFL. When you can play a game that you are in, and you can give yourself the ball every time why would you play something else.
How much college football do you get to watch during the season? (not counting film sessions)
Bryce – As much as I possibly can. I would DVR almost all the games and watch them when I had the chance. It’s all about being a student of the game. I’m also just a huge fan and love to watch the games.