Brian Peavy on the impact he made during his time at Iowa State
Tommy Birch, email@example.com
AMES, Ia. — The last time Iowa State football fans saw linebacker Willie Harvey in a Cyclones uniform, he was running off the field for the final time at the Alamodome following his first half ejection for targeting. His Iowa State career had effectively ended in an abrupt, surprising way.
But Harvey is getting one more shot to play football in college on Saturday when he participates in the 2019 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the Rose Bowl. He’s one of four former Cyclones who will play, joining wide receiver Matthew Eaton and defensive backs Brian Peavy and D’Andre Payne.
Harvey’s last chance to suit up is especially meaningful, given what took place in the Alamo Bowl.
“It happened,” Harvey said. “Life happens. You have to move on. But … this is another opportunity to showcase my skills before Pro Day and all that stuff.”
A redshirt senior linebacker for Iowa State in 2018, Harvey was one of the most productive players on defense. He finished the 2018 season ranked second on the team in total tackles (76), sacks (3.5) and tackles for loss (nine). He ranks sixth in tackles for loss (31) and eighth in sacks (12.5) in Iowa State’s career record book.
But as solid as Harvey’s career was, it ended with a blemish in the first half of Iowa State’s 28-26 loss to Washington State in San Antonio. That’s when Harvey was flagged for targeting and tossed from the game. Harvey was sent back to the locker room and forced to watch the rest of the game on some TVs.
“I was a little upset at first, but life happens and that’s something I live by,” Harvey said. “You’ve got to move on. You can’t sit there and (be mad). The biggest thing for me was, when they came in at halftime, I was just trying to encourage everybody and let them know I’m fine — ‘You all have to go out there and try to handle business without me. I’m going to be all right.’ That was me. It wasn’t anything selfish like, ‘Ah, man, this is my last game. I got ejected.’”
It still stung, but Harvey quickly moved on to Saturday’s game.
“This is another opportunity,” Harvey said. “I really don’t even think about the Alamo Bowl.”
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl gives players an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of nearly 200 scouts, player personnel staff, general managers and head coaches representing all 32 NFL teams. They’ll be watching watch live practices, conducting player interviews and reviewing tape.
All four Cyclones have something to offer.
Peavy is a four-time all-Big 12 Conference selection who ended his career with 47 starts, 289 tackles, six interceptions and six forced fumbles. In 2018, he led the Cyclones in passes defended (nine) and forced fumbles.
Payne was a three-year starter who ended his career with 31 starts, 130 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and two interceptions.
Eaton started all 13 games in 2018 and caught 27 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns.
And then there’s Harvey, a steady linebacker who flew under the radar for most of his career but was quietly productive.. Harvey said good conversations with teams this week has given him faith he can land in a NFL camp.
Saturday is his shot to show that.
“I’m confident in what I can do, what I bring to the table and how I work,” he said. “I feel like I bring a lot to any team.”
Source: Des Moines Register