Signing my letter of intent to come to the University of Memphis was a dream come true for me. My whole life I had wanted to do nothing but play division 1 football and now I was going to do that. When I first showed up I knew the program was coming off of a 3-9 season but I really believed in the coaches and what they were doing. I had faith that they could turn this place around and that’s what happened.
When I first arrived I knew I had a lot of work to do my first off season in order to catch up and put myself in a position to get meaningful snaps. I worked day in and day out in the weight room and in the playbook in order to put myself in the best possible position to get real playing time my first year here. In the end it paid off for me and I was named the starting left guard where I made 13 starts as a junior.
I had a great time as a junior and we won a lot of games but I knew going into my second offseason that I could still get so much better. I set some personal goals in the offseason and made it my mission to accomplish these goals knowing that they would only make me a better football player
Entering my senior year and final fall camp I knew we needed to have a good one and also knew we were set up to have one with the all the hard work that we had put in that summer and spring. Knowing it was my final fall camp in college made it different for me. Knowing that it was the last chance I would have to go through a camp with these coaches and these teammates that had become as close as family to me meant a lot. It made me work as hard as I possibly could not only for my own success but also for the guy next to me. Not letting my teammates down became the most important priority to me.
Now that camp is over and we head into our first game it is important that we not only learn how to practice but how to prepare. As a senior I know I don’t have many of these games to prepare for left so I want to make sure that I always prepare to the best of my ability.