Editor’s note: This is a regular feature profiling senior athletes at Bryant High School.
NAME: Kurt Calley
PARENTS: Paul and Laryssa Calley
SIBLINGS: I have a sister, Kenzie Calley. She’s 21.
FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Science.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME? I like to play football, watch The Walking Dead, hunt and fish.
FAVORITE FOOD: Crab legs
FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST OR GROUP: Brantley Gilbert
FAVORITE MOVIE: Friday Night Lights
FAVORITE TV SHOW: The Walking Dead
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TOY AS A KID? A football
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL? To attend Henderson State University, physical therapy or nursing.
OTHER THAN YOUR PARENTS, WHO HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE? Probably my sister; she’s shown me how to be an adult, taught me how to grow up. I’ve always been hanging around her friends ever since I was little so I always felt more mature than I actually was so I guess that taught me a lot.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT FOOTBALL? One, hitting people; two, just demolishing people when they don’t even think you have a chance to win.
WHAT DO YOU FEEL LIKE IS YOUR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY ON THE FIELD? Keep the line in check, keep the middle locked down, make right calls and tell everybody what to do.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE SEASON SO FAR? I think we’re doing pretty good. We’ve overcome a lot of things that a lot of people didn’t expect us to. We’ve done good things, we’ve done some bad things but I think, in the end, we’ll be victorious. It’ll be good.
WHEN THE TEAM’S PLAYING WELL, WHAT’S THE KEY TO THAT? Preparation; the whole week we prepare like we can’t win. That’s the motto now. You have to prepare like you can’t win if you want to succeed beyond.
WHAT’S IT GOING TO TAKE FOR THE TEAM TO BE SUCCESSFUL THE REST OF THE SEASON? All 11 men on the field on the exact same page, doing what you’ve been taught to do the whole time.
INDIVIDUALLY, WHAT ABOUT YOUR GAME ARE YOU MOST CONFIDENT ABOUT? Knowing what to do and my technique.
WHAT DO YOU WORK HARDEST TO IMPROVE? Steps, lifting and staying low, bending my knees; just doing all that small stuff to make big plays.
AFTER YOU’RE THROUGH PLAYING FOOTBALL AT BHS, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL REMEMBER MOST FONDLY ABOUT IT? Probably the people and the coaches. I’m going to remember a lot of the games. I’m going to have a lot of memories of the games but most of all I’m going to miss all my friends, just being around everybody every day since we played summer ball and all of that together. We don’t ever have a summer break away from each other so we’ve spent years and years with each other. We never really stop.