Overview: Joshua Burris is a senior who played cornerback for SUNY Maritime College. In 2016, his teammates chose him to win the Respect Award. During his junior year, he was also selected as a Honorable Mention All-ECFC Defensive Back. He was also one of the players selected to participate in the National Bowl. He is a physical cornerback who posses good speed at the position.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Joshua, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing SUNY Maritime College?
JB: Before attending college, I worked as a deckhand at weeks marine. I loved working on the water it’s peaceful to me, but I wanted to educate myself on the industry and get qualified to have a career after football. Maritime gave me that opportunity to do both.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
JB: First show them I can play at the professional level. And secondly show my technique and speed. I have a combine in January at the dream bowl and I want to put up great numbers to show scouts my athleticism and competitiveness.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
JB: One of my strength are my ability not to panic in touch situations. Over the last few seasons at the college level I have developed mental toughness don’t let anyone or anything get me out my game. For things to work on or improve I would say always staying sharp with my technique back pedal, breaking on the ball, press coverage things to keep working on every day to become a better cornerback.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
JB: My off season not only getting bigger, stronger, and faster but the knowledge I get back home from my trainer JJ McCleskey who played 8 years in the NFL. He has been a blessing in my life and my career giving me little things to add to my game every season.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
JB: Right now, I like Marshon Lattimore from the Saints. He’s a solid cornerback in the game right now with good technique. I watch him closely when going against bigger receivers like Julio Jones to see what techniques he uses on bigger receivers.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
JB: Matt Greenman from mount Ida college he was the best receiver in the conference. It was a battle that game. I was targeted like 13 times and only gave up 2 catches for 32 yards with no touchdowns we won that game 17-14.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
JB: Football is in my blood my uncle played professional football Isaiah “Butch” Robertson for the L.A.Rams and Buffalo Bills. My dad played for LSU and Southern University. As I kid I wanted to be just like them. It’s a blessing to be able to reach my goal in the next few months.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
JB: Gavilán College my defense coordinator told me after the season that I was the leader of the defense. He told me I never had to worry on that side of the field you were on. When the ball was in the air I knew that I could trust you to make a play. That started my confidence to be a lockdown corner that belief in myself that I can do it coach T gave that to me. Along with coach Woodson for giving me the opportunity to prove that I could play cornerback at 5’9.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
JB: Before every game on Thursday I have a 48-hour rule to detox my body drink plenty of fluids, healthy meal, and cold tub. Before the game I heat and stretch and do yoga. My game day playlist goes from a little gospel to some hip hop I like BloodShotEnt and Cash Flow local artists in my community that make music they remind me of everything I been through and why I play the game of football.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
JB: Joshua Burris is a hard worker and if I’m presented an opportunity to play for a professional football team. I would not only make the team better but the community better also. Football is only a small part of who I am, but my character helps motivate and encourage others.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Joshua Burris for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a professional football player.
Follow him on Twitter: @BeingJoshBurris
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Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.