Byndom All About Team

The Texas Longhorns have put together a terrific class in 2010, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Safety Carrington Byndom out of Lufkin is one of three defensive backs that has committed and will likely play corner for the Horns. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Byndom at length and files this Q&A.

Lufkin safety Carrington Byndom isn't your normal brash, confident talking defensive back. Byndom exemplifies team both on the gridiron and the diamond. The 6-0, 170-pounder with 4.5 speed is nearing the end of a busy summer that has included a rugged schedule of work, working out in the weight room and conditioning as well as summer baseball.

Last week in College Station, the future Longhorn took the time to speak to Burnt Orange Beat about the summer, his contact with Texas coaches, his future position and a variety of other subjects.

Q: What is your summer workout schedule?

A: My workout schedule has been lifting weights and playing a little baseball. I lift weights four days a week and we have conditioning every day. I also have a job in the mornings, so I workout around 12:30 every day.

Q: What area are you looking to improve as a senior?

A: Just improve everything really. I feel like I can improve on every part of the game. I know playing defensive back successfully, you have to be able to finish plays with INT's and that is something I want to do this year.

Q: How often are you in contact with the Texas coaching staff? What position are they talking to you about playing next year?

A: I keep up through e-mail mostly. We talk every so often. They are talking to me about playing corner and that is the way I see myself now on at the next level. I know I'll play safety for my high school this year though.

Q: Do you work on any corner specific drills?

A: A little bit, but defensive back is defensive back. You work on a lot of the same skills. I guess I'll make that transition more when I get to Texas.

Q: Has the Texas staff talked to you about playing baseball at the next level?

A: Not really. It's a little harder to play two sports at the next level, but they haven't talked to me about it.

Q: Having committed to Texas, you will enter next year with the bullseye on your chest. What type of motivation does that give you?

A: You just have to step up and play. Everybody is going to be swinging for you. They know where you are going and they know all about you. You just have to really step up and perform.

Q: Has Coach Outlaw talked to you about stepping into a senior leader role in 2009?

A: Being a senior always means taking on a leadership role. Having been on varsity three seasons, I feel like I can step into that role both on the field and off. I want to help the younger players.

Q: It's been a while since the playoff loss to CyRidge in which Russell Shepard had a career game. What made Shepard a tough tackle for you guys that day?

A: Man, he's just a heck of an athlete. He's real quick and has great feet. He keeps you off-balance. You just have to stay with a guy like that the best you can. Break down the best you can.

Q: Have you spoken with Jamarcus McFarland since he left for Oklahoma?

A: No I haven't.

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