Throughout the 2014 season umterps.com will put one of the Maryland men’s lacrosse senior in the “Senior Spotlight”. The first is White Hall, Md., native Rustin Bryant.
Question: When your playing career at Maryland is over, what is the one thing you’re going to miss?
Rustin Bryant: Definitely being with the guys, all of my friends that I’ve been playing with for four years here. The most special thing is being with them.
Q: How has being a Maryland student-athlete changed you since you arrived on campus?
RB: It taught me more about what hard work is. It’s a lot different than playing in high school. When you get here everyone is really good, so you’ve got to be ready to compete every single day. You can’t take any days off.
It was tough coming from high school because you might have been a big-name player there, but when you get here every single player is the same as you were or even better. They were all the best players where they came from and then all of a sudden we’re all in the same place competing against each other every day.
That alone has taught me that you need to prepare to be the best every day, get better every day and that’s something I’ll be able to take with me when I’m done playing here. All of the alums that come back and talk to us tell us that this place prepares you for life beyond lacrosse and that’s something we take to heart.
Q: Which of your current or former teammates has had the biggest impact on you on or off the field?
RB: Off the field there were a bunch of seniors when I came in as a freshman with great personalities and they showed us how important it was to be a close-knit team. On the field, Jake and Jesse Bernhardt worked so hard every day that you try to match their work habits and effort. If you can do that you can’t help but get better.
Q: What is the one thing you look forward to at the postgame tailgate?
RB: Dessert. I definitely look forward to the brownies.
Q: What was your most favorite childhood possession?
RB: My lacrosse stick. My dad gave me my first sitck when I was five or six years old. My mom played lacrosse growing up; my day didn’t, but he would go out and play catch with me. A lot of family and friends played lacrosse, so it was always around when I was growing up.
Q: What’s your favorite movie to watch on the bus on a road trip?
RB: I’m a big fan of Denzel Washington, so Training Day would be my go-to movie.
Q: What’s something your teammates would be surprised to know about you?
RB: I hate snakes and spiders.
Q: What’s the best thing about being a Terp?
RB: Being with all of my friends each and every day; getting to hang out with my best friends every day. Some of them I knew before I got here and some I’ve met since I’ve been here, but it’s special to be able to be with those guys every day.
When you spend as much time with each other as we do I’m sure even if we don’t see each other for a year or so when we’re gone from here when we do see each other or talk with each other it’s going to be like we’ve never been apart.
Q: What’s the best class you’ve taken at Maryland?
RB: Listening, Comm 470 with Dr. Wolvin. We do a lot of listening in that class, but it has helped a lot when it comes to listening to the coaches. The best thing I’ve learned in that class is to keep an open mind when listening to others. You know you have biases, but you can do your best not to hold those biases against those with different ideas.
Bryant and the Terps open the 2014 season on Saturday, Feb. 8 vs. Mount St. Mary's. The Terps and the Mount are schedule for a noon start at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.