One of the players Bearcat fans will have their eyes on this spring and fall is Terrill Byrd. The defensive tackle out of Colerain High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) found his way onto the field early and never looked back last fall. How has the winter been for the big-man with the major motor on the field? We spoke one-on-one with the Byrdman to get the latest.
BCI: Terrill, spring ball is almost here and winter workouts are just about finished, talk about how things have gone for you?
TB: I'm excited this year you know. There's a different atmosphere here and I really have a different vibe going into the spring. I had the chance to go through winter workouts this year and we're at the end of those and getting ready for spring ball with everyone getting competitive now. I believe everyone is just ready to hit right now.
BCI: There's been a lot of talk about how you've done in the weight room this winter. Are you going for some records soon?
TB: I don't really like to talk about it that much, but I'm going to go for the record. I'm getting close to the benching record and I'm only about 10 pounds off the squat record, so they want me to come in and try and break them. But I don't know. I'll see how I feel and then maybe go for it.
BCI: Last year you were in high school, what's been the biggest difference over this year from last year?
TB: I think the year has gone faster and that's because coaches are expecting more from me this year as compared to me being a senior in high school. They don't want me to just go around and just be lazy, so they were on me more then what it was like in high school. Now it's just time to go out there and not think too much about it and go hard and just play.
BCI: Again the defensive front is going to be young. Guys like Trevor Anderson and other younger players are looking to make a statement. Talk about your teammates.
TB: Last year we had a difficult and disappointing season. This year we have to leave all that behind us and keep working hard. There are no more excuses about us being young, we have the talent and we need to take care of our business on the field and play as one. So we have to do the right things on the field and take one play at a time.
While Terrill Byrd will be looked upon as one of the Bearcats young leaders, he won't be alone. The Bearcats had several players who took the field for the first time last season and big things are expected from them this spring and next fall. The coaching staff will not listen to any excuses and the players aren't looking to give any.