Bondurant filled with confidence

Tra'Mayne Bondurant is able to succeed due in large part to his confidence. Read on for his thoughts on his play, progression at Arizona, and more.

Although there are college stars that may get more national attention, few, if any, players are going into the season with more confidence than junior Arizona hybrid linebacker/ defensive back Tra'Mayne Bondurant.

His confidence isn't misplaced. Since moving into the starting lineup midway through his freshman season, Bondurant has been the Wildcats' best defender and one of the best players in the Pac-12.

Lightly recruited out of Fairfield, California, Bondurant chose Arizona for the connection he initially felt with Coach Stoops.

"He always said he liked my game and how I was always around the ball," Bondurant said. "It meant a lot too that Arizona was a school in the Pac-12 and after I looked at everything, I felt it was the best school for me."

Stoops' stubbornness and loyalty to veterans forced Bondurant to spend the first half of his freshman season watching the Arizona defense struggle, but once Tim Kish took over things immediately changed.

"Coach Kish told me to go out there and just play and let my talent and instincts take over," Bondurant said.

The move paid immediate dividends as Bondurant put up eye popping numbers and was selected to a few freshman all-American teams.

After taking over before last season, Coach Rodriguez had a talk with Bondurant.

"He just said that he liked what I did, but everybody is starting with a clean slate and that I should just go out there and work hard and things would fall into place," Bondurant said.

Rodriguez' words proved prophetic. Although the defense struggled, Bondurant was one of the few bright spots, finishing among the team leaders in tackles, sacks and interceptions.

None of which would have been possible without a tremendous faith in himself.

"I wasn't a huge recruit out of high school because people had concerns about my size, but I knew I was really good and I would show people what I can do," Bondurant said.

"It was tough that Coach Stoops didn't have the faith to play me early, because I felt I could help the team, but I vowed once I got my chance I would never come off the field and be one of the best players in the country"

With his first goal accomplished, he is well on his way to achieving his second.

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