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2022 ATH Bryce Anderson relishes putting the team on his back

ATH Bryce Anderson is a terrific Texan talent that’s making waves in the Class of 2022.


Anderson, from Beaumont, TX, was recently invited to play with the US National Team.


Youth1 spoke to coach Chris Olexa and Anderson himself to learn a little more about the standout athlete.


Name: Bryce Anderson


Class: 2022



City: Beauford, Tx


Position: ATH (QB and S)


Height: 5-foot-10


Weight: 155 pounds


40-time: 4.7


School team: Legacy Christian Academy


Recognition: Participated in NextGen’s ‘’The Show”, USA Development Game, FBU Top Gun, Under Armour All-American Camp; named to ER 300 All-American watch list.


What the recognition means to him: I stay humble and keep working. Competing against the best ups your talent and makes you better.


What he likes about playing football: I like being aggressive and making plays.


What playing football has taught him: Being a leader. As a quarterback, I have to make the right plays and right decisions.


The responsibilities of playing quarterback: I love being able to put the team on my back. I try keep my body language in check when the game is on.


Favorite football memory: Playing in the Super Bowl when I was 12 going against 13 and 14 year-olds.


His approach to being a good teammate: My body language and communication. I make sure to pick them up when they’re down.


How he studies the game: Me and my dad go over the film each night to go over the plays that I made and the plays that I should’ve made to break down defenses and how to beat coverages.


What he’s learned from his coaches: They tell me hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.


Favorite player: Cam Newton. He’s a dual-threat quarterback and I can relate to that.


GPA: 3.7


Favorite subject: Math


Colleges he’s interested in: LSU, Alabama, Texas


What he’s interested in majoring in: Chemical engineering.


Coach’s take


Chris Olexa - Anderson’s coach at Legacy Christian. Coached Anderson for three years (Pro Bowl) and coached against him for five years in the Southeast Texas Junior Football League.


Best qualities as a quarterback: His desire to win and do his best. His size, speed and strength. His physical size and speed compared to the other kids on the field is unmatched. He has always had a mindset that he can't be stopped. He has a willingness to never give up.


Football IQ


He’s very smart on both sides of the ball. On offense he identifies the weaknesses of the defense and will pass to that side. We will call a run, he can read when to turn it up instead of running a sweep.


On defense, with his speed he will lay back knowing they’re running or throwing to his side and close in and make a big play.


Leadership abilities


The team always looks up to him. He always pumps the team up before and during the game. He never has blamed anybody for a mistake. "Let's just get it done.” is his mentality.


An example of his big-play ability


This last year at Legacy Junior High, his 7th grade year. We were down in the fourth quarter. We called a long pass to [Chandler] Rivers. The safety cheated over so he ran for a 70-yard touchdown, with cuts across the fields multiple times. We won the game and that was the final game of the year to secure a top-3 finish.


Work ethic


He gets to practice early and stays late. First in line. Goes to every camp that offered. The kid knows knows the work and dedication it takes to improve.


Areas of improvement


Arm strength, reads and footwork.   


Anderson’s potential: For sure a D1 school. He has the athleticism and a drive to prove it. And the best part, he’s just a great kid to be around.

See Bryce's complete Youth1 Player Profile.



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