7 Points With DE Mkristo Bruce

DE Mkristo Bruce finished near the top of the charts for sacks and tackles for a loss at Washington State. He's visited with the Seahawks and clicked with a couple of other teams as well. Now he awaits a call from an NFL team. Learn more about him in this exclusive interview with Scout.com's Ed Thompson.

Ed Thompson: Tell me a little bit about what's been going on lately for you? 

Mkristo Bruce: Life's been fun. I got to come home and spend a lot of time with my family, which is cool. My fiancée and my 2-year old son kind of missed me a little and I missed them, so I got to play with my boy. I came back to school and have been working out real hard with some of my old teammates, so I've just been having fun just ready and waiting to get back on the field.

ET: What was the most challenging part about being a team captain this past year?

MB: The most challenging part I would have to say is just setting an example. There's a lot of guys going in different directions and you kind of have to stay on a straight road and lead by example. You want to make sure everybody's doing the same thing and the right thing. You know, late nights when people are out partying you kind of got to look out for people and make sure people are being smart.

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ET: Talk a little bit about your ability to get in the backfield. You finished up third on the career sacks list at Washington State with 29.5 and tied for second in tackles for a loss with 44.5. How are you able to get back there and be so disruptive?

MB: I would say just never quitting. Every play I would somehow, someway find my way to the ball and I never really took plays off. I just tried to get to everywhere I could. I'd look around and when people were getting tired I would try and capitalize on that and keep going.

ET: While you were talking to coaches at the Combine, were there any teams that you just felt that you clicked with?

MB: Man, you know what? I felt really comfortable with the Steelers, the Bears coach was really cool and the Seahawks. I'm from Seattle so I'd love to play for those guys.

ET: What do you think makes you attractive to NFL teams who are looking for a linebacker?

MB: My body type. I'm a tall, lanky guy. I have a lot of potential to put a lot more weight on my frame or stay the size I am. So I think with my long arms and my long frame that should be attractive to some teams.

ET: During your senior year you battled through a knee injury that nagged at you for a few weeks didn't you?

MB: Yeah, pretty much half of the season it got worse and worse and worse. It's one of those things that the doctor said I needed to rest, but I didn't want to miss any games. So I kept playing through and each week someone would fall on it and twist it and it got worse and worse, but I battled through it.

ET: That's very courageous. Talk a little bit about your attitude out on the football field because guys have different perspectives of how they see themselves out there…

MB: I would say energetic. I'm one of those guys that just doesn't stop jumping up and down, getting guys fired up and playing as hard as I can so I have a lot of fun out there. I treat it like a game because it is a game. At the end of the day its kind of our job, but it is a game, so you want to make sure you do have fun. So I'm out there jumping up and down and having a good time.

A member of the Professional Football Writers of America, Ed Thompson's NFL and college football player interviews and features have been published across the Scout.com network and syndicated through FoxSports.com's NFL team pages.

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