"The main thing I worked on this summer was improving my strength while maintaining or improving my quickness," Byrd said. "I felt as comfortable as I've ever felt in the first game.
"I felt I had a good read on what the opposing team was doing and things have slowed down for me."
Byrd's football instincts impressed the Arizona coaching staff.
"The coaches love everything about my game," Byrd said. "They like that I'm always around the ball and that I'm not afraid to play physical.
"I take pride in really trying to get into the receiver's head, letting them know that I'm around."
The Arizona commit feels he fits in well with the Arizona defensive scheme.
"The way the coaches run their program is what really interested me in the first place," Byrd said. "I like that they play an attacking style, and, on top of that, they play a lot of defensive backs, which is obviously a big advantage.
"The way they use their safeties is also something I like. Because of the defense they run, it's important that the safeties be able to help out in the box, and that is something I feel very comfortable doing."
Although Byrd is committed to Arizona, other schools haven't stopped recruiting him.
"Right now, I'm solid to Arizona," Byrd said. "I'm still looking around, though.
"There are some schools that are still pursuing me and I want to continue to look at all my options, but, as of now, I'm expecting to be down in Arizona later in the year."