Moving the Chains with . . . safety Bryce Dewberry

Moving the Chains with . . . safety Bryce Dewberry
Bryce Dewberry (2) follows the footsteps of his older brother Bradley in the Eastern Illinois secondary. (photo courtesy of EIU Athletics)

If Eastern Illinois and Ohio Valley Conference fans think they've seen Bryce Dewberry before, they might be thinking of his older brother Bradley who starred for the Panthers (2014-17).

The older Dewberry earned all-conference second team honors his senior year. In 32 career starts, the elder Dewberry racked up 207 tackles and eight interceptions.

Now along comes Bryce, who played in all 11 games as a true freshman a year ago. In fact, Bryce Dewberry made three starts late in the season at free safety. He was named the OVC Newcomer of the Week on Oct. 21 following his seven-tackle performance against UT Martin highlighted by a 61-yard interception return for a touchdown.

In this season's opener at Chattanooga, Bryce intercepted a third quarter pass and returned it 15 yards. He also recorded three tackles. He currently stands as the team’s third-leading tackler and main punt returner.

While Prairie State Pigskin featured Bradley Dewberry in Moving the Chains two years ago, Bryce is his own man.

Learn more about Bryce in this week's Moving the Chains Q&A.


Hometown:  McDonough, Ga.

High School:  Eagles Landing


What’s the most surprising thing you’ve encountered in college football based upon what your perceptions were in high school?

Our high school wasn’t a football-focused school, it was a basketball-focused school, so the transition from high school to college was different for me. I wasn’t used to lifting weights, early morning workouts and meetings. Plus, there’s just the adjustment to college life with going to class and everything else.

Who on the team would be the most successful playing another collegiate sport?

I’d say [wide receiver] Robbie Lofton. He can do a lot, like long jump in track.

As a kid what was your least favorite chore around the house?

I’d say cleaning my room. I like cutting the grass and stuff like that, and cleaning the house wasn’t a big deal, but I just didn’t like cleaning my room. That, and doing the dishes.

What is a personality trait that you have that has gotten you into trouble over the years?

Being laid back. My teammates even say that. People assume by my facial expressions that I’m having a bad time but that’s just who I am. I’m a laid back person. 

When you do have a tough day, what do you do to shake out of it?

I look at where I’m at. I’m in college, playing football. I have a family that loves me. I talk to my mom, my dad, my brother. I just sit back, relax, and try to enjoy life.

What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?

Tampa Bay, Florida. The beach and the Florida vibe. The palm trees, the sun, the beach. It’s hot. It’s fun. 

What is a food you have given up to be a better football player?

Sweets. Cookies, ice cream. It’s hard. It’s challenging for sure. I might cheat a little bit, but I’m good most of the time.

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