Athlete Profile: Tanner Bleskin

Name: Tanner Bleskin
Sport: Football
Position: Wide receiver
Hometown: Great Falls, Mont.
Major: Microbiology
Year in School: Junior athletically, senior academically

What is the best part of playing wide receiver?
Being able to catch passes.

When and why did you start playing?
I started playing because my dad coached at CMR [C. M. Russell high school Great Falls, Mont.]. He got us going, so ever since then it’s been a family deal.

What is your favorite thing about football and why?
Camaraderie. There are very few things in life where you can walk into something and have 90 friends. You don’t necessarily love everybody on the team, but you respect everyone.

Why did you come to MSU?
I felt wanted here. In high school, I played basketball, football and baseball, but I didn’t know the direction I wanted to go. I felt I could play [football] at this level.

What do you do to prepare before a game?
I’ve had injuries this year, so treatment, get stretched out and just make sure my body’s ready to go. I’m not big on rituals.

Do you plan to continue competing in football in the future?
Football to me is temporary and short-term. I’m not going to make the mistake of saying I’ll go to the NFL.

What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete?
Time management. Also, don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. There are things you’re confronted with every day.

Have you received any awards while playing football?
I was second-team All Conference this year, among others. It’s cool, but awards don’t mean anything to me.

Is there a person or quote that inspires you?
“The entire water of the sea can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you,” — Anonymous.
This quote is relevant because no matter what I do I’ll be criticized. You just have to ignore the negativity.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Get outdoors, fly fish and watch movies.

What is your favorite class at MSU and why?
Virology. I’m a KISS “Keep it simple, stupid” guy. Viruses start simple and then get more complicated.

What would you like to tell students/readers about MSU football?
The environment at the home games is second to none with the support of our fans. Keep supporting us.