That's what went into University of Arkansas senior-to-be linebacker Wendell Davis' decision this spring to switch from number 47 to 10.
"I just wanted a change, a new start," Davis said Tuesday after the Razorbacks finished up there fifth of 15 spring practices. "I didn't like the way I performed last season and I just wanted to change completely and start all over. So I thought I would start with the number."
Davis (6-1, 222), a former Sweeny (Texas) High standout who came into the 2008 season rehabbing a knee injury, played nine games last season.
He started the last seven contests, which also doubled as the first starts of his college career.
He had 57 total tackles, including a career-high 12 against Florida and 9 in both the Ole Miss and Tulsa games.
But he felt he could have done a lot more and also dealt with a highly-publicized, off-the-field altercation that happened in the summer and also left him with a hand injury.
"It was a tough year for him coming off the knee injury," Johnson said. "He wanted to get a new start, a new outlook. Wendel has been a breath of fresh air. He is in there studying the video, he's working hard and putting in the hours. It is showing up on the field."
"We are looking forward to him bringing a lot to the table defensively with his toughness, attitude," Johnson added. "We expect him to be a heck of a lot better."
As Davis does himself and notes he is striving to do just that.
"I am flying around better, but I still have a lot to get better at, a lot to improve on," Davis said. "I am not near where I want to be and probably not where the coaches want me to be.
"I want to get better in my coverage on tight ends and improve my tackling," Davis continued. "I need to wrap up better and drive my feet."
Davis joins sophomore Jerry Franklin (6-1, 237) and junior Freddy Burton (6-2, 227) as the current starting trio of linebackers.
"Our main focus this year is three and out and off the field," Davis said. "We want to become a championship defense. We plan on going to the (SEC) championship game therefore the defense has to perform at a higher level and keep our offense on the field, instead of letting the other team's offense be out there so long."
Those guys join Khiry Battle (5-11, 222), Jelani Smith (6-0, 205) and Bret Harris (5-11, 210) as the current top six backers in spring practice with incoming freshmen Austin Moss (6-3, 218) and Terrell Williams (6-3, 217) adding to the mix in the summer.
"We are finally going to have plenty of depth at linebacker and be able to roll them in and out," Williams said. "The good thing in this defense is that whether you play Mike (middle linebacker) or Will (weakside linebacker), you should be able to play either one in our package. We are good there."
"Last year we had three guys that played mainly, but those three guys still know they have to come out here and prove themselves and that nothing will be given to them," Davis said. "We do have great chemistry and faith in each other that the job is going to get done."
Johnson knows it is the older guys that he has to rely on.
"The big thing is I have got to get this guys ready to play that are here," Johnson said. "These are the guys that we are going to have to rely on to carry the load when we get here in the fall. If the young guys can pick it up when the get here and help out, that's a bonus for us."
"With Jerry, Wendel, Battle and Jelani Smith – all those guys being back – we can't help but be better this year with them having another year in the system and understanding what we want and what our expectations are."
Johnson thinks Davis has a lot of potential, but also wants him to bring more to the table.
"Still just understanding our package, getting himself lined up and understanding his job and providing us with leadership – vocal, we need vocal leadership on the field and bringing toughness to the table," Johnson said. "We are thrilled with his growth, but he still has a lot that he can work on and improve on. I know he will. I think we've got a good one."