Player Spotlight: Bryan Berens

Q & A with QB Bryan Berens from Brophy Prep (Phoenix, AZ). What were your stats/honors from last season?

Bryan Berens: "I completed 63.2% of my passes for 2,114 yards with 22 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. I received first team all region honors, as well as an honorable mention all state nod."


What is your official height and weight?

"I'm currently 6'2", 212 pounds."


What is your greatest football memory?

"My greatest football memory has to be winning the state championship as a sophomore in 2005.  The game itself was quite an amazing experience, particularly with the dramatic fashion in which it ended."


What are your goals for the upcoming season?

"My goal for the upcoming season is simply to reach my full potential as an athlete, quarterback, and leader in order to help guide my team to an undefeated season and state title."


How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer?

"I'm preparing for the upcoming season by working harder than ever in our offseason strength and conditioning program, while also focusing on my grades and SATs.  I'm planning to attend many camps this spring and summer, including the Nike Camp at USC on April 15th, one of the camps, and college camps at Stanford, Colorado, Ole Miss, and Nebraska, among others." 


What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?

"I have really worked hard to improve nearly all areas of my game, particularly my speed, agility, arm strength, footwork, and understanding of the game.  All of these are areas that I would like to continue improving upon, along with the rest of my game."


Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?

"There are quite a few players on this year's team that I believe will turn some heads, particularly seniors Ray Polk (RB), Drew Maggi (DB), Anthony Hooks (DB), Sean Lieb (WR), Nick Nudo (WR), Tanner Martin (OL), and Bobby Rodrigues (RB), as well as juniors Trent Murphy (DL) and Matt Padilla (LB)."


Name one teammate you really respect and why?

"I respect all of my teammates, but one teammate that sticks out in my mind is senior Billy Worthington (OL).  Despite many significant injuries, Billy never misses a workout and always works as hard as possible to improve.  He is the consummate teammate, both dependable and hard-working."


What are your goals regarding playing football in college?

"I would like to play Division 1 football at a school with strong academics as well as athletics, and have an opportunity to compete for a starting position as early as possible."


Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?

"I am currently hearing from a number of different schools, such as Arizona, Washington, Washington St., Stanford, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Florida State, North Carolina State, Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Purdue, BYU, Vanderbilt, Tennesee, Louisville, Virginia, Yale, Michigan, and various other programs.  Though I do not yet hold an official offer, I have been invited to junior days at Nebraska, Oregon, Colorado, Florida State and Yale and I should receive several others based on the text messages I'm receiving.  I have also been invited to a number of camps.  Hopefully I will receive an offer soon."


Would you consider staying in state to play on college?

"Most definitely; I love the state of Arizona."


What would your top 5 college choices be?

"Right now, my top 5 would probably be Stanford, Colorado, Nebraska, Washington, and Arizona, in no particular order.  Ole Miss, Illinois, Louisville or Vanderbilt would also be up there as well."


Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?

"The best player that I've ever played against is probably either Gerald Munns or Cameron Jordan.  Both were able to fight off blocks with ease and disrupt our offense, while also being very hard hitters."


Name one opponent you really respect and why?

"I really respect St. Mary's, because they are a classy football team and have a tremendous football tradition, with a whopping 9 state titles."


What other sports do you play?

"Although I stopped playing other sports in order to focus on football, I still dabble in both basketball and volleyball."


What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40-yard dash?

"Currently, bench-255, squat-365, power clean-250 and 40-yard dash- 4.84."


How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?

"I think my coach would describe me as a hard-working, tough player who understands the game of football and is always ready and willing to lead his team."


What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

"I believe that two of my key strengths as a player are my mental toughness and my understanding of the game of football, along with many others.  Despite this, I am continuously working to improve upon these and other aspects of my game."


Who is your favorite athlete and why?

"My favorite athlete is probably Peyton Manning, because of his incredible football IQ and work ethic."


What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

"-Work hard, but have fun.- Pretty much every person associated with football has told me this, and I've really taken it to heart."


Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?

"This year's team will certainly be ready to compete for a state championship from start to finish."


What can a college program expect from you as a player?

"A college program can expect in me a player who will work hard, understand the game of football, do whatever is asked of me, constantly strive to improve, and to win a starting position as early as possible."


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