The 6'5" 265 lbs offensive tackle is a team leader for the Lions and hopes the team will reverse fortunes from the 2002 season. "We just never caught a break last season. We started strong and then it seemed everything just went against us. We will be ready in 2003" stated Jeremy Burgess.
Hard work and determination are the 2 words that best define Burgess. His work ethic in the weight room has seen him increase his bench press to 260 and his squat to over 400. His last 40 time trial had him running right at a 5.0 forty.
Jeremy comes from an athletic family. His older brother Jackie played at Liberty University and will be taking part in the NFL combine tryouts in the weeks to come. Jackie stands at 6'7" and weighs 305 after gaining 40 pounds following graduation. Jeremy believes that he will also grow into that size range just as his brother did in college.
Before making his college decision, Jeremy has more immediate concerns. "You only have one senior season and this is the time for us to step us as a team" begins Burgess. 20 seniors will highlight the 2003 Loris squad and they have something to prove. "I am working out everyday, 90 minutes in the weight room every afternoon, rep after rep. After that I am on the track working on my foot speed and technique. Then it is onto conditioning, more weigh training and more technique. I am averaging 4 to 5 hours a day dedicated to making myself a better player and helping my team reach our goals this season." asserts Jeremy.
One thing for sure is very few players show the hard work and discipline that Jeremy shows during the off-season. His desire to make himself the best he can will pay dividends for him and the Lions in 2003.
The college recruiters are already on the road to Loris and have Jeremy at the top of their list. He has letters from South Carolina, NC State, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia and Wake Forest as well as dozen of other major schools. Many Division 1AA have already offered but Jeremy is keeping his options open. He plans on camping all over the Southeast this summer including Georgia, UNC, USC and Virginia.
Burgess attended the recent Junior Day at South Carolina. "I like everything I saw at USC and it was a thrill to meet Coach Holtz. The new Carolina Center was amazing and we were treated first class by everyone at USC." Jeremy will visit Wake Forest this weekend for the Deacon Junior Day and also plans to visit Virginia this spring.
"I would like to stay close to home if possible", Jeremy declares, "I liked South Carolina but have not received any attention at all from Clemson, not even a letter. If the best opportunity is for me to leave the state then NC State, Wake Forest and Virginia all offer excellent opportunities both on field and with a great education."
Jeremy has already taken care of his work in the classroom and sports a 3.6 GPA and has been prepping hard for the SAT on April 5th. Just like on the football field, he has goals in the classroom and has his priorities in order. During our conversation, he asked for information on a paper and report he was preparing for his English class. It was refreshing to talk with a young man about his academics and his athletics and know that to him both are equally important.
The Loris Lions will be strong in 2003 and are hoping for a region championship, a long run in the playoffs and possibly a trip to Columbia in December for a game in Williams Brice Stadium.
Best of luck in 2003 to Jeremy and the Loris Lions.