Coming from a highly successful high school program at Warren (OH) Harding, Prescott Burgess is not too familiar losing. “I’ve never gone through a season and lost five games since I’ve been playing football" Burgess said of last year's 7-5 record.
After enduring all of the hardships of 2005, Burgess is determined not to let his final year as a Wolverine be a repeat of past misfortunes.
"We need to not make the mistakes we did last year,” he said. “We have to overcome last year…not even look at last year. This is our team. This is the seniors’ team right now and we have to make sure that doesn’t happen to us. We are out here to do the job."
According to Burgess, there was a silver lining to last season’s struggles. The adversity the players endured together helped strengthen the team’s chemistry.
“We’re all a family on defense,” he said. “This whole team is a family. We’re out to make sure we don’t go 7-5 like we did last year. We want to take it all the way to the top and we want everyone with us when we go. My feeling is that we are closer now than we’ve ever been. I feel great about this team.”
The Ohio native also feels the team made needed strides in off season workouts.
“We just went hard during the runs” said Burgess. “We challenged each other. Even when we were doing drills, we competed. We never loafed. We never stopped. We didn’t let the heat or the tiredness get to us. We fought through it. I felt good about this summer. We each had our goals and I think we all succeeded.”
One of the noted successes of the off-season was the overall weight loss of the team. The commitment the teamed showed in becoming more trim is a sign of things to come according to Burgess. “
“That shows right there that we are out here to do business,” he said. “We made up our mind that 7-5 isn’t for us. We came out here and did what we had to do. We did the conditioning, we did the weight lifting, we changed our diet up, and that’s where it starts at. We just came out here for camp and we are ready to go.”
The senior linebacker was one of the players that made the biggest strides along with slimmed down Jake Long and Kevin Grady. "In spring ball I was 248,” Burgess said. “Now I’m down to 235. I feel real good, I‘m just ready to get it going.”
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for Part two coming later today.