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Up Close: Mike Alisa

Take a closer look at senior linebacker Mike Alisa, as published in the BYU-Nevada game program:

Nickname: Mikealisa (one word)

Favorite cold cereal: Anything with large chunks of granola

Favorite Bronco Mendenhall Quote: "That's fun"

Why did I choose to play football over other sports: Football is EVERYTHING in Hawaii, especially Kahuku

Before a football game, I: Brush my teeth, shower, clip nails, dance, pray

How did I spend my off-season: did an internship in Salt Lake City and did lots of yoga

Who is the best player I’ve ever faced: Taysom Hill

What would I like to do sometime in my life: Base jump in a squirrel suit

One place I would like to visit: Rome, Italy

If I could play another position, what would it be: Field goal kicker (fewer injuries)

Who has had the greatest influence on my football career and why: My Mom, she's the greatest.

What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: Working hard at something I love for the family I'll have.

How did I select my jersey number: It was my way of paying homage to my father (1942-present)

What is my favorite hobby or activity away from football: Any sport with a racquet

What is the best book I've ever read: The Book of Mormon

People say I look like: Sonny Bill Williams

My favorite professor or most interesting class I've taken at BYU: Jeff Bednar/Greg Anderson

What is my most memorable athletic achievement or moment: Getting offered a scholarship by Coach Mendenhall

If I had to give up all my possessions except one, what would be the one thing I kept: This is awful, but I'd probably keep my phone—it's practical.

My favorite scripture: I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise (D & C 82:10)

My favorite website:

My advice to youngsters: Smile! Life is good and God is Great, so smile!

If I were on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,”the person I’d call for my lifeline is: My brother Joe Alisa, there are few things he doesn't know.

If I were hosting you on a recruiting visit to Provo, the most impressive thing I'd have to show you is: The BYU social scene!

One rule I'd change in college football is: Let's get rid of excessive celebration rules

If I could invite any three people to dinner, who would they be: Apostle Peter and my Samoan Grampa

On game day my friends and relatives: send me messages of love and support