USFNation Last Word: Jeremy Burnett recently had a chance to sit down with the departing seniors and see what they're doing now. In todays feature former Bull Jeremy Burnett talks about his first NFL camp with the Vikings, memorable games as a Bull, games that he's like to forget, and much more. Read on for the entire story. Only on

Jeremy Burnett

USFNation: How has your first NFL camp with the Vikings been going for you?
Jeremy Burnett: It's going pretty good. I'm just working as hard as I can.  The coach told me I'm doing a good job, so I just have to keep it up.


USFN: Is it much different from practicing at USF

Burnett: Actually it's not too much different at all. I'm just trying to learn the plays, learn the playbook, but other then that it's very similar. The biggest difference is the practices are a lot shorter. It's a high tempo practice, but it ends faster and we probably have more time in the meeting room then on the practice field. Probably only go for an hour and a half at the most, but when your working, your working.


USFN: What is the competition like up there?

Burnett: The competition is pretty good, but I've been getting some reps. There's going to be competition anywhere you go. So I just got to work hard and play my game.  We got seven safeties, so I'm probably competing with about two guys, one or two guys. I think I'm fitting in good with the defense, so we'll see what happens.


USFN: Is everything indoors?

Burnett: No, we have both indoor and outdoor practice fields. Sometimes we switch up but most of the time we're outside because it's summertime.


USFN: Did you think that you might have gotten drafted?

Burnett: I thought that I might have, but they told me the main reason I didn't get drafted was because I didn't really work out during Pro day because of my hamstring. Several teams told me the same thing. They said I was projected to be a seventh round pick, but it ended up being better not being drafted, that way I could go with what was a good fit for me. I spoke with Pittsburg, Colts, and San Francisco, but Minnesota was a good fit for me.


USFN: Tell us some memorable games you've had as a Bull?
Burnett:  Got to be West Virginia, It was a great game, a great win, and it ended up being my last game as a Bull. UCF in '06, going in to a hostile environment and winning, plus it was always good to beat UCF. Louisville in '06. It was a huge Big East win and that was probably the game that I played the most in that year.


USFN: Do you have any favorite plays?
Burnett:  My favorite plays, would be that tackle for a loss at West Virginia, and the interception. The hit I made against FIU, everybody was talking about it. All the big hits really.

USFN: Any games that you like to forget?
Burnett: I like to forget the Louisville game this year, Cincinnati from this year, and Rutgers too. The UConn game two years ago. I probably can't forget that game but I'd like to. It was cold and the loss kept us from having a chance at playing West Virginia for the BE title.


USFN: What players have you become closest with?

Burnett: Players that I became the closest with, that's a good one because I became close with almost everybody. I'd say really all the DB's, Carlton Williams, Louis Gachette, Mike (Jenkins) and Trae (Williams), Pretty much all of them Tyller (Roberts) and Danny (Verpaele). We were a tight unit.

What coaches have you become closest with?

Burnett: That's a good one but if I had to say I'd say Coach Douglas and Coach Rachel.

What's one thing you'll never forget about Coach Leavitt?

Burnett: One thing about Coach Leavitt was he was a very hands on coach. He was more active then most coaches I would say. He always had tons of energy, and would pump everybody up.



USFN:  How hard was it not playing in the Bowl game?

Burnett: It was real hard but I had to move on. It was an unfortunate situation. I had a rough schedule with a tough teacher. My credits didn't add up and I was a one class short.


USFN: Did you graduate from USF?
Burnett: I'm going to take on-line classes when the fall semester starts. I'm actually working with player development to get some stuff straightened out with USF so I can get my degree.

USFN: After four years at USF, what are you taking away from your college experience?

Burnett: As a player, I learned to really fight for everything, never give up.

Where do you see the football program going in five years?

Burnett I see USF being a top ten program within the next five years.


USFN: What are your future plans?

Bunett: We had two mini camps already. Now were doing OTA's. We have about five more OTA's, and then we'll be done with our off-season program. Then I'll come back to Tampa in two weeks and train for about a month. Then I'll get back up here. I have to report on July 25th for training camp. Everything goes well, then i'll bring my son up here.



2006 – USF: Won the starting job and became known as one of the biggest hitters on the Bulls' defense. By the end of the year he had 71 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, and six pass break ups, including a huge tackle for a loss and an interception at West Virginia, but it was the bone-jarring hits that Burnett delivered that made people remember his name..

2005 – USF: Played in all 12 games...Four tackles this season, including three in USF's 45-14 win over Louisville (Sept. 24

2004 – USF: Played in nine games, primarily on special teams, although he saw some action at strong safety...Had eight tackles, including five solo stops...Season-high three tackles vs. East Carolina (Nov. 13

2003 – USF: Sat out NCAA-mandated transfer season  

2002 - Purdue. Utilized a redshirt season in 2002 before transferring to USF when he had to sit out the NCAA-mandated transfer season in 2003

JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked as No. 39 player in Florida by SuperPrep ... Three-time first-team all-conference selection. He had 103 tackles with five interceptions and three forced fumbles as senior, and was team captain. As a junior, he had 108 tackles and three interceptions... Coach was former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and current USF offensive line coach assistant Mike Simmonds

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