August 14, 2006

8/13 Camp Notebook: Sights and Sounds

-Just when we thought the Rudy Burgess experiment at cornerback might be over, he gets a couple reps in the morning session and makes a nice play and then he received quite a few more reps in the evening session and played as well as the anticipated first-team starters Justin Tryon and Keno Walter. If there was one thing we learned on the afternoon, it is that if he is needed, Burgess can and will get the job done at this position.

If we were going to name a camp MVP to this point, it would probably be Burgess. He sets the tone for practice every day with a work ethic that is matched by few, catches just about everything thrown his way at receiver, finishes every rep he takes on the field and now, he's looking like he could easily be capable of starting at cornerback.

Bottom line: Rudy Burgess is a winner and every single ASU player on the roster should look to the mature, consistent approach he takes to the game. Some players will make a play, talk smack, head back to their position and lose concentration, and promptly blown an assignment or drop a ball on the next opportunity.

And what good is that?

You don't see Burgess make mental mistakes; or if you do it's about once every week. He maintains a level of focus through practice and it's something some of the younger guys could really benefit from trying to emulate.

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