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Tyrice Beverette on Stopping Oliveira, Importance of Special Teams

1 on 1 interview with Montreal Alouettes linebacker, Tyrice Beverette. Conducted Saturday at Tim Hortons Field ahead of Grey Cup Sunday.

I previously spoke to Reggie Stubblefield and Jeshrun Antwi about the commitment to special teams. You were the 3rd highest special teams graded player by Pro Football Focus. Could you elaborate a little bit on the approach to special teams and the commitment?

“I mean, the approach to special teams is just basically where my career has started out for me, you know. Coming into football, talking to other guys, I know that’s something that you have to do to gain your trust in this game. And, just to be able to play the game of football, I just play every play like it’s my last one. That includes special teams, you know what I’m saying. I know that some people look at that like the dirty work position, but I love it actually, You know what I’m saying. So coming here even though I’m a starter, you know, I told him I wanna continue to be out there on special teams and contribute that way.”

Jeshrun mentioned a little bit when you started out with Hamilton. I wanted to, spin-off now to the matchup coming up. Brady Oliveira, the takeaway, everyone’s talking about how he exploded with 96 yards his first eleven carries, but it wasn’t really spoken about how he was pretty stopped the second half. So when you’re watching the film, what were basically your takeaways on that preparing, to stop the run?

“I mean, you know, just like we did last week, you know. Just follow what the game plan is. You know, our coaches do a great job of analyzing what the other team does, their weaknesses, and their strengths. And, you know we trust in them and they, and they put us in the right position. So just like last week, if we come out and play our game. We know what we have in this room. We know the type of plays we have in this room, and we’re very confident.”

Montreal began the season 9th on the power rankings. It seems like Montreal has totally bought the underdog mentality and kind of uses that as a motivation. What are your thoughts on that?

“Yeah. Of course. For sure we can use it as motivation. You know, we felt like it disrespect, but at the end of the day, we don’t focus on too much of that. We know what we have. We know what our goal was set to be.”

“And, honestly, we loved things like that for people to doubt us because at the end of the day, in the beginning of the season, we came together and told each other we don’t see ourselves as the underdog. We the top dog. So if everybody wanna keep sleeping on us, let ‘em sleep, you know, and then we’re gonna see what’s gonna happen tomorrow.”

Other Interviews ahead of the Grey Cup:
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
: K Sergio Castillo, DE Willie Jefferson, QB Dakota Prukop, RB Brady Oliveira
Montreal Alouettes: LB Tyrice Beverette, LB Reggie Stubblefield, DT Mustafa Johnson, K David Côté, DE Shawn Lemon, CB Kabion Ento

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Jonathan Clink joined CFL News Hub in early April of 2023. His primary responsibilities are covering the BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes. He self awarded himself the CFL Rookie Journalist of the Year in 2023 following the 2023 CFL season. He also proclaims himself to be a "really cool guy". He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and lived a large portion of his childhood in Northwest Ontario. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and misses being being able to have 4 months of skating every winter. Clink has written over 240 articles for CFL News Hub. He was the publication's boots on the ground at the 2023 Grey Cup in Hamilton. Clink has always had an obsession for sport and has a background in other sports as well having played hockey all his life and soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in high school. As a young child he used to log his hockey statistics after every game which is either an indication that he was destined for the role or perhaps and indication that he is rather strange.
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