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Up Close with Tanner Balderree

Tanner Balderree's favorite play came in the 2016 Mississippi State game when he gave BYU a 28-21 lead after the Cougars' second overtime possession. (Photo by Meagan Larsen/BYU Photo)

Reprinted from football Gameday program guide, September 9, 2017

NAME: Tanner Balderree

NICKNAME:  Balder-dash (Ty Detmer coined it)

FAVORITE CEREAL: Fruit and yogurt Special K

FAVORITE KALANI SITAKE QUOTE: "People don't have a problem with missionaries until we start winning."

WHY I CHOSE TO PLAY FOOTBALL OVER OTHER SPORTS: My mom wouldn't let me sign up for hockey so I tried football instead, so far it's worked out :)

BEFORE A FOOTBALL GAME, I: listen to music and dance and have fun on the field during warm ups.

HOW DID I SPEND MY OFF-SEASON: Learning how to woodwork and got very good at tinkering with guns.

WHO IS THE BEST PLAYER I'VE EVER FACED: Myles Jack, UCLA linebacker

IF I COULD PLAY ANOTHER POSITION, IT WOULD BE: Safety

WHAT I WANT TO BE DOING 20 YEARS FROM NOW: running a sports training facility with my wife.

IF I HAD TO GIVE UP ALL MY POSSESSIONS EXCEPT ONE, THE ONE THINK I WOULD KEEP WOULD BE: a necklace with an Italian coin on it my wife got for me on a trip she took. I wear it as much as I can.

IF I WERE ON “WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE,” THE PERSON I’D CALL FOR MY LIFELINE IS: my dad, it seems like he knows everything about any topic.

BEST BOOK I’VE READ: read: the last Harry Potter book I read when I was a kid.

ONE PLACE I’D VISIT: Jerusalem

SOMETIME IN MY LIFE I WOULD LIKE TO: spend a few months living in China teaching English

MY FAVORITE ACTIVITY AWAY FROM FOOTBALL IS: building with wood or playing video games

MY ADVICE TO YOUNGSTERS: don't ever let anyone tell you what you can and can't do. I was told I would never be good enough or big enough to play high level college football. I'm proud to say I proved everyone who doubted me wrong. Work hard and fulfill your dreams

PEOPLE SAY I LOOK LIKE: Thor

FAVORITE PROFESSOR, CLASS: Brother Newell, the most genuinely saint-like teacher I've ever had. The man doesn't have a bad bone in him

MOST MEMORABLE ATHLETIC MOMENT: scoring my first college touchdown on homecoming night. I felt honored the coaches trusted me to help the team win by calling that play.

3 PEOPLE I’D INVITE TO DINNER: cheesy answer but honestly my wife and any one in my family, they are all I need to be successful.

FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: right now it's John 8:29, it'll be written on all my cleats this year.