Name: Bryson McCabe
School: Montana State University
Position: Defensive Back
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
My goals were to continue to master my craft of being an effective db and positive team leader.I wanted to enjoy the process and keep learning from my great coaches. Playing with passion and leaving no regrets.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Physical, Grinder, and Passionate.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
I train at a state of the art facility in Bozeman, Montana, run by former New England Patriots player Dane Fletcher. Montana State will host a Pro Day March 13th. In addition, I’m completing my degree in teaching at Montana State.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
When I am studying special teams film, I look for certain indicators that will give away which way the returns will be going and other cues. On the defensive side of the ball, I sort the film with different formations/personnel and see if there are any tendencies I notice. I then watch all first and second down clips because that’s what we focused on for our Tuesday practices. Next, I’d watch all 3 down clips to see if I can find any tendencies. Then my focus was to watch route concepts while putting our new play calls for the week. Focus while watching was making sure the Safeties and the Corners were all squared away on our responsibilities. I’ve been blessed with some great coaches like Gerald Alexander who played for the Detroit Lions as a Safety, that have really helped me learn how to watch film and break down every aspect of playing DB.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
My skill set and passion set my apart. I’m a no nonsense guy who never gives up and strives to be the best on every down on every play. I want to help my team no matter the role I’m asked and will do it with 100% effort.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
My strengths are coming down in the box being a physical Safety/Nickel. I am a sure tackler and excel at open field tackles. I was a team captain selected two consecutive years in college, so I share my passion and coach others as much as I can. Team is everything, but I know I have to prepare to the maximum extent to contribute to my team. My effort will never be questioned. You better be in the clips at the end of the plays or you’re not giving good effort at getting to the ball carrier. My coach always said we measure your effort by how close you are to the ball at the end of the play and I take that to heart.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
If you want to see a passionate and physical player with a chip on his shoulder, then give me a chance to prove myself. I can play on all four phases of special teams and possess strong skills on defense. I am a sure tackler that is very physical for my size that just loves contact and the ability to make a play on the ball. I pride myself in my work ethic and my passion for the game of football.