MISSOULA — When the football pads are on, it's easy to tell the difference between Billings West alumni Braydon and Bryson Deming.
Braydon, donning the No. 93 jersey, suits up as a defensive end. And Bryson, wearing the No. 87 jersey, lines up as a tight end.
Make no mistake, though. The Deming twins, both redshirt freshmen, are making their own name for themselves.
Braydon — remember D for defense — has eight tackles this season, two of which are tackles for loss and one of which is a sack. He also has a quarterback hurry.
Bryson earned his first start of his Grizzly career against Sacramento State and has tallied two receptions for 17 yards so far this season. His longest was a 9-yard haul in against Sacramento State.
They're both ready to hit the road this weekend to take on Cal Poly.
Editor's Note: Braydon and Bryson's interviews were conducted separately. Neither twin knew how the other answered the following questions.
Q: How do people tell you apart?
Braydon: "It's kinda hard now because we're both, weight range-wise, very similar. We're within 10 pounds of each other. In high school I broke my nose. I got it reset but I couldn't get it reset far enough without having surgery. So that's one way you can tell. When you're around us for a while, you can pick out the facial features. We have different facial features, but it takes a little bit of time."
Bryson: "Facial features. Braydon has a skinnier face and a broken nose. That's the easiest way."
Q: When was the last time you switched places?
Braydon: "We did it for a football camp in high school. I was a tight end at the time and he was a quarterback. One day we switched jerseys so I put on the red jersey and I played quarterback for a good part of the camp one morning. I played quarterback and then he played tight end, switching positions. It was pretty funny. They figured it out because one of us is right-handed and one of us is left-handed. So after a while when they saw the lefty throw, me throw, they caught on. At first they thought it was impressive."
Bryson: "Our football camp my senior year at Dickinson State. We switched jerseys. He was playing quarterback and I was playing receiver. I'm right-handed and he's left-handed, so they should have known it was up because I'm not left-handed, but they didn't catch on until we took our helmets off."
Q: How is Braydon left-handed and Bryson right-handed? Has it always been that way?
Braydon: "Yeah. It just happened that way. It's pretty cool."
Q: Who's older?
Braydon: "I'm older by 30 minutes. He knows who big brother is, for sure."
Q: When did you start playing football?
Braydon: "I played one year of little guy in Billings when I was in fifth grade. I didn't play until high school. So I got one year of little guy, essentially. Then I didn't play until high school."
Bryson: "Played fifth grade and then I didn't play again until high school. I've only played six years of football."
Q: What's it like playing for Coach Hauck?
Braydon: "It's awesome. It's very intense but I wouldn't want it any other way. He's pushing us. We're getting better each day. We're making strides."
Bryson: "I love it. He's an intense guy. He brings just as much effort as we are and he's coaching too. He's always there for us. He expects a lot out of us, which gets us better every day. He never lets us get complacent."
Q: What's your major and how did you choose it?
Braydon: "I am an exercise science major. My older brother, Nate, is in the same major. He was just getting done with it. I thought of being around sports as a profession once I can't play it anymore. I just want to stay around athletics and that field."
Bryson: "I am an exercise science major. I just wanted to do something where I could stay around sports when I can't play them anymore."
Q: What is your favorite movie?
Braydon: "My favorite movie of all-time is 'Stepbrothers.' I like 'Stepbrothers.' Anything with Will Ferrell I like. All those comedies."
Bryson: "'Stepbrothers.' That has to be everybody's favorite though. That's gotta be the best movie ever made. I'm a big Will Ferrell guy."
Q: What are your hobbies outside of football?
Braydon: "I hunt when I can. I haven't really been able to do much of that with football, but I play the sports that I did in high school and don't play anymore. I'll go play basketball every now and then. I like to hang out. I'm no fun. I like to sit on the couch and watch TV. That's what I find fun. Just veggin'."
Bryson: "I watch a lot of movies. That's one of my things. Video games sometimes. Hunting sometimes, not really now with football. Football takes precedence. Movies are my biggest ones."
Q: Any hidden talents?
Braydon: "I don't have any talents. I'm not very talented. I have no talent. No hidden talent. I'm a generic person. [Laughs.]"
Bryson: "I don't really have one. I can whistle three different ways."
Q: How did you two end up in different positions?
Braydon: "That's just how we got recruited. The previous coaching staff, (Bob) Stitt and my position coach, (Brian) Hendricks, wanted me to play defense and then Bryson was recruited as an athlete. He was a quarterback in high school and they saw potential in him as a tight end. It just kinda happened that way. From what it looks like, it's worked out pretty well."
Bryson: "Most positions we can't be on the field at the same time, so if we want to be on the field together we have to play different positions."
Q: Three things you'd bring with you on a deserted island?
Braydon: "Something for my feet, flip flops. Bow and arrow. And a 10-gallon jug of water."
Bryson: "Chapstick. I can't stand my lips being chapped. Cheddar cheese Chex Mix for a snack. If it was my last meal, Chex Mix. And a knife. I watch 'Dual Survival' so maybe I could whittle something together and survive a little longer."
Q: What does being a Grizzly mean to you?
Braydon: "It's awesome. It's something bigger than yourself. This is a state that loves football and loves Griz football. Being a part of that, you're a celebrity to the state. It's awesome. It's cool. I couldn't ask for something better."
Bryson: "It's an honor. There's no other place I want to be."
Q: What does it mean to you to be able to play on the same team as him?
Bryson: "It's the same as high school. We're always together. We get to play a couple more years together. Can't complain."
Braydon: "It's awesome. Having not just him over here but my older brother as a part of this, it's awesome and memorable. It's a family. The family's close. You have your football family and then you have your family family. It's sweet having everybody here. My parents come to every game too. It's awesome. They have to watch both sides of the ball. No leaving. Have to stay in their chair."