Joe Gaiter: What does football mean to you?
Terrence Alston: Football Means Everything to me. The game has shown me much more than how to be successful on the field, but more importantly how to be a man off the field. Football has gotten me to where I am at today. Which is not in a bad spot at all. I love the game and the game loves me back.
Joe Gaiter:Where are you from and how was your childhood?
Terrence Alston: I am from the Bay Area, CA. My childhood I had two older brothers where I learned the nuances of the game. They are two people I look up to and want to be like one day. I had both parents in the house until they split when I was about 13. Even when they split I could call either one for anything I needed. They have been a big reason for the man I am today. Family is a big part to me and my childhood was great no complaints, I was raised right.
Joe Gaiter:When did you start playing football?
Terrence Alston: I started playing football when I was 7 years old. I would consider six since I had two older brothers that also played the game. I would attend every practice due to the fact my dad was a coach, and learn the game. It gave me a chance to soak up the game and learn from the mistakes they made so I can use that in my game.
Joe Gaiter: What is your motivation for playing football?
Terrence Alston: My motivation is Family. My family is a big part of my life they are why I am where I am today. I am also motivated really because my brother should of got a D-1 scholarship, he was a dog on the field. So when I play I play for him because he didn’t get the same breaks in life that I did. He was the one in school heavy and did the right things to deserve a shot me I was just me.
Joe Gaiter: What will you miss most about playing at Utah State?
Terrence Alston:The atmosphere. Also playing other Gary Anderson who is probably one of the best head coaches that I have ever played for. I also will miss my teammates and the locker room jokes we used to throw around everyday.
Joe Gaiter: What was the reason you went from wearing No. 21 as a junior to No. 5 for your senior season.
Terrence Alston:The reason I switched numbers is because at Utah State it is a privilege to wear a single digit number. When coach asked me did I want 5 I couldn’t pass up the chance. Plus it’s a good look on me in that Dark Blue and White.
Joe Gaiter:How has going to Utah State changed your life?
Terrence Alston:It has changed me in a lot of ways, out here you have no choice to open up to people you normally wouldn’t. You have to learn how to speak and present yourself in a certain way. I know how to talk to different people and fit in with any crowd by how I speak to someone. It has also taught me about life in the classroom and out and how to be responsible.
Joe Gaiter:Being Special Teams MVP what could you offer a NFL teams that picks you up?
Terrence Alston: I could offer a lot to NFL teams, I am a great special team player as well as defensive back. I was on everything (Punt, Punt Return, Kickoff, Kickoff return, PAT block). So In that area I feel I can set myself up for a successful career in the NFL. I also played both inside and outside, meaning Nickel and both Boundary and Field corner positions.
Joe Gaiter:When did you know that football was what you wanted to do for the rest of your life?
Terrence Alston: Probably my first year after JC. I was a good baseball player and that was my first love, but my coach at the JC Level said I had to choose. I was good at both but a little better at football. So I choose to take this route over my first love, and if I had the opportunity I would make the same decision twice.
Joe Gaiter:Are you prepared enough to be in the NFL?
Terrence Alston: Well like I said I have been playing this game for a very longtime. Throughout the years I have gotten stronger, fast, and smarter on the field. I have the heart of a lion and a swagger about me on the field. So, Yes I am prepared enough to be in the NFL
Joe Gaiter:Do you have a backup plan if you don’t get drafted?
Terrence Alston: Yes, I would like to help kids in some positive way, either through the criminal justice system or on my own time. Want to be able to help them open their eyes and see what is really in front of them and what this world can offer outside of their neighborhood.
Joe Gaiter:What player in the NFL has your style of play?
Terrence Alston: If I were to choose I would say Tim Jennings from the Chicago Bears. We have almost the same body make up I might be a inch taller, and the same love for the game. He is a good Man-to-Man corner but also with great zone awareness and technique. He also has crazy feet work and the ability to get in and out of breaks.
Joe Gaiter:What are your biggest strengths on the field?
Terrence Alston:I am smart and have a knack for making plays, my feet work is ridiculous, and I have great hips. I love to go up against bigger receivers I feel I have an advantage over them crazy as it sounds. At the end of the day I just love to compete, and play the game I love every snap.
Joe Gaiter:What are the keys to play your position on the field?
Terrence Alston:Good eyes, Good hips, Good feet, and Heart. At this position heart will get you through anything. Receivers will make plays it’s the game but your heart will drive you and get you to where you need to be within the 4 quarters of that game. With heart a good player can become a great player.
Joe Gaiter:How do you plan on giving back to the community after you get drafted?
Terrence Alston: Like I said previously I would love to help kids, they are our future. I would love to make up my own non-profit organization as way of giving back
Joe Gaiter:How would your friends describe you off the field?
Terrence Alston: Cool, Calm Collective Stays to his self and just works.
Joe Gaiter:When is your pro-day and combine and how are you preparing?
Terrence Alston: My Pro-Day is March 7th. I have been working out with Larry my speed coach. I have been working out every day for about 6-7 weeks now. I am ready to showcase my skills and finally let people see in person the actual feet work and field drills skills.
Joe Gaiter:Do you think your hard work will pay off?
Terrence Alston: It has already paid off for me but as far as the NFL it is up to one team to fall in love with me. Then we will see.
Joe Gaiter:What do you want your football legacy to be?
Terrence Alston: Great! Small School guy, who made a name in the league and made his mark.
Joe Gaiter:Final Words?
Terrence Alston: Like to shoutout the whole USU Football team 2012 WAC champs, 2012 Bowl Game champs. Also I would like to shoutout my fam. Love Yall