Lorenzo Burns wasn’t on the team last year, but he still knows the mentality of the returning players.
“I believe that we are trying to bring in a whole new attitude,” Burns said. “We don’t want to be doubted anymore and we want to have the attitude that we are something that doesn’t want to be dealt with and we want to make a name for ourselves.”
In order to be able to do that, there has been plenty of transition for Burns.
“Getting adjusted to the speed and waking up early in the morning and being able to operate on a mental and physical level are the biggest adjustments,” he said.
Thankfully, Burns’ dad is a football coach and gave his son some insight into what to expect.
“He really gave me the inside track on everything with how it was going to be and what I would see,” Burns said. “He told me college life would be hard, but not hard to the point where I am going to quit. He coached me hard and gave me life lessons on and off the field.”
Burns learned to separate his father on and off the field.
“It can be a bit much at times because you are around him all day and then you go on the field and he is your coach now,” he said.
“Sometimes it is difficult to separate your dad from the coach, but at the same time it is rewarding because at the end of the day you’re getting something not a lot of kids have.”
Now that he is at Arizona, Donte Williams is doing the majority of the coaching.
“Coach Williams has been great,” Burns said. “He’s really honest with you. He tells you what he wants and what he expects and he doesn’t hold back.”