Q&A with Michael Alisa

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Jamie Morris on June 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm
What does it mean to you to be a senior this year?
“I look in the mirror and I’m just like, ‘You’re a senior on the Brigham Young University football team and the running back captain and this is the hardest schedule we’ve ever had.’ You look at those movies and this is what movies are made of—those huge opportunities to make huge plays in huge games. I’m just grateful to be a part of this ride.”
Are you excited for the upcoming schedule?
“I’m nervous for those big games and excited. I just have a mix of emotions. I want to perform well, and we have agents on the side talking to us. There are a lot of things coming to my mind, but hopefully I’m prepared enough to where I’m ready to go. I’m not ready right now. I need to keep watching film, keep lifting and then I’ll be ready on Aug. 31.”
What stadium are you most looking forward to playing in?
“I didn’t get to go to South Bend (Notre Dame) last year, so I’m pretty excited to go there this year.”
Why did you choose to be a running back?
“I was told by every coach I ever had that I was going to go to college and potentially go pro, but I was a defensive player. At first I was a safety. When I was on JV they told me you’re going to be a sweet safety and I was a decent safety. I got a lot of picks and hard hits. I moved to linebacker, but I loved the rush of carrying the ball and feeling people come after me, so I just kept working on that. When I came back from my mission I told coach Mendenhall that’s what I wanted to do and that I’d work harder for it because it meant so much to me, and he let me do it.”