, like many former high school and junior college football
players across the country, is entering week two of his NCAA football
career. But Bursey is also entering just his second week as a cornerback, after
playing receiver and running back to this point in his football career.
"I'm getting more comfortable," he said of the transition after practice
By all accounts, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound California native is warming to defense. He's taken snaps as the fourth corner recently, in
part due to a flare up of Ian Bell
's ankle injury.
"I think it's going very well and I think he gets better everyday,"
secondary coach Ken Greene
Bursey has also shown some pop out on Rogers Field. Monday, he
laid a nicely timed lick on Trandon Harvey
, breaking up a would-be reception.
"It's better to hit than get hit," Bursey said, smiling.
Greene said Bursey's size makes it very important that he work to his
strengths: speed and quickness.
"I want him to cover people," Greene said. "That's the thing, to be able
to cover. He is plenty tough and he just needs to learn technique and
learn how to take bigger guys down and get off the blocks from bigger
"Then I think he'll be okay, he'll be able to get in there and give us
some plays and do a good job for us."
While a learning process, Bursey's attitude in regard to the
position change is also undergoing a transition. After saying the first
week he would prefer to play offense, Monday he said he likes defense more
and more everyday.
He said he still has work to do on eyeing the quarterback and play
recognition, but said he has improved on coming out of his breaks.
Bursey said he would love to play both ways, but it appears the chances
Coach Bill Doba
, who's worked with a couple of special
two-way players – WSU's Lamont Thompson
and Rod Woodson
at Purdue – said the
feat is a tough one to accomplish with any quality.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN Dan Rowlands
(gall bladder removal) was cleared Monday for limited workouts. He was seen doing light
jogging along the sidelines as his teammates practiced.
The redshirt freshman has been out all
spring, and is expected to be held out of contact drills for the time being.
Bell, Ropati Pitoitua
(thigh bruise) and Matt Mullenix
all returned to the field Monday.
Missing practice for the first time
during Monday's afternoon session was true freshman running back
(right knee sprain). Adam West
(concussion) and Marty Martin
both to be reevaluated Tuesday evening.
, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman from Bellevue, Wash.,
missed practice with pneumonia.
QUARTERBACK JOSH SWOGGER
has had a few days to evaluate things since he
was particularly hard on himself following Saturday's scrimmage.
"Things are looking a lot better," Swogger said, adding that he and his
teammates have picked up the tempo and focus since the scrimmage.
Saturday, Swogger seemed literally lost as to the cause of his poor play.
He said he has since found a few keys to focus on in his effort to improve.
"My footwork was off," said Swogger. "I think it was a lot of stuff – just getting the
first scrimmage out of the way. I was really nervous … I have
enough experience, I shouldn't be doing that."
The junior signal caller said Tuesday evening's scrimmage should be a good
opportunity to put the 1-for-8 passing performance
and Chris Baltzer
took their physical play a bit past the whistle on a
few plays during Monday drills. The two continued wrestling twice after
plays had been blown dead, once even taking each other to the ground.
The wrestling matches appeared to be good-natured.
PULLMAN – Lorenzo Bursey is adjusting smartly to a new position, while Dan Rowlands' status has changed. A number of players come off the injury list, only to be replaced by a couple of new ones. Plus, as the Cougs gear up for Scrimmage No. 2 on Tuesday, Josh Swogger is seeing things more clearly.
Bursey getting comfortable at CB, Rowlands returns, Swogger eyes Tues. scrimmage plus injury report