Moving the Chains with ... EIU safety Bradley Dewberry

Moving the Chains with ... EIU safety Bradley Dewberry
Bradley Dewberry is a big fan of seafood and would love to take a safari. (Photo by

Eastern Illinois senior safety Bradley Dewberry has been a regular in the Panthers’ starting lineup since he first stepped on campus after an impressive high school career south of Atlanta.

The 6-foot, 215-pound Dewberry wouldn’t mind having LeBron James’ body type, would love to go on a safari and is currently stuck between two potential post-college careers.

Learn more about Dewberry in this week’s Moving the Chains feature.

What’s your favorite food?

I’m a big fish, crab legs and shrimp type of dude.

Name three places you’ve never been that you would like to visit.

I would say Dubai, somewhere in Africa, because I’d like to go on a safari, and Las Vegas because I’ve never been there.

What are your favorite pro and college sports teams?

The Atlanta Falcons and the Clemson Tigers. I was always a Clemson fan growing up. I went to high school games watching a guy who went to Clemson (running back James Davis), and I followed him.

What sport would you play if you didn’t play football?

Basketball. If I could pick my body type, I’d probably be a LeBron type of player.

What’s your favorite uniform in the Ohio Valley Conference (other than EIU)?

UT Martin. I like the orange and blue.

Halloween is coming up in a few weeks. Name your three favorite candy bars.

I’m not a big candy person. But if I had to pick, I’d say 3 Musketeers, Hershey’s and Snickers.

What do you miss most about your hometown of Stockbridge, Ga.?

My family and my friends. When I first got here, I was a lot more homesick.

After your football career, what do you envision as the perfect career?

I’m really stuck between two -- either being a physical therapist or a college football coach.

Your brother, Bryce, is a high school safety/wide receiver who is being recruited to play in college. How would you help him make a decision?

I would have to sit down and really get in depth about what he wants in a college experience. It’s more than just playing football. Does he want to be close to home or far from home? I’d make sure that whatever he decides is a good fit for him so he can be successful.

Who is the most famous person to come from Henry County, your home county in Georgia?

Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward.

Who is the best athlete you’ve every played against?

In high school, we played a dude named Cameron Sutton. He played at Tennessee and he’s in the NFL now (as a rookie cornerback with the Pittsburgh Steelers). We couldn’t stop him.

If you were the president of college football, what rule would you change?

I would alter the targeting rule. It’s a controversial topic. A lot of those calls could be avoided. It’s a difficult call to judge because of the ways that players’ bodies move when somebody is running and somebody tries to make a tackle.

Would you rather make a big hit against a running back or an interception?

I really enjoy both. If I have to choose, I’d say the pick.

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