In fact, Burzynski is right in the mix, competing with redshirt senior Elliot Mealer and freshman Kyle Kalis. And according to Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk the competition is a dead heat.
While the competition has been fierce so far through fall camp, Burzynski said his goal is to start.
"Well, obviously, you know, I am trying to improve and compete every day," Burzynski told GoBlueWolverine.com. "The ultimate goal is to start. It's kind of funny, cause coach Funk every day during the off-season would ask me, ‘Oh Joey, You okay with just being second string? I heard you don't want to be a starter.' I have to tell him every single day, ‘No, I kind of want to start.' Obviously the goal is to start. But at the end of the day that is not my decision. That is up to the coaches. So basically I am trying to improve, and hopefully whatever decision they make I'll live with it. That's that."
At 6-foot-1, 295-pounds, Burzynski said he's been putting in the work in the weight room this off-season too. He said has been working extra hard to make up for his lack of size as an offensive lineman.
"I have been working really hard in the weight room with coach Wellman and those guys," Burzynski said on his off-season workouts. "Trying to get a lot bigger, stronger, because obviously I am not the proto-typical size for a guard. So I am just trying to improve that. I have been doing some technique work too."
With just over a week into fall camp, Burzynski said he already see's a cohesion on this year's offensive line unit.
"I think we have real good chemistry no matter who is in there," Burzynksi said. "We have all played with each other before. So whoever is in there, we all know how to play with each other. We're doing a real good job of playing together and playing well.
"I'm just out there trying to compete and improve every day. So that's what I am doing. That's kind of the plan."
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