10 Questions with Kansas Football's Brandon Bourbon

Kansas football hit the practice fields for the third time this spring on Tuesday afternoon. It marked the first time this spring the Jayhawks donned full pads.

Prior to the team hitting the practice fields, various players were made available to the media. KUAthletics.com caught up with senior running back Brandon Bourbon. The following is 10 Questions with the Potosi, Mo., native:

Q: What are your personal goals this spring?
A: Just to get better altogether. To get better personally and make sure other people are getting better and the team’s getting better, those are my goals.

Q: What have you concentrated on in the off season?
A: Basically, just working out and getting my strength back because you’re going to lose some of that throughout the season. I tried to get my body healthy again, clean up any nicks and bruises, get stronger and get that explosion back that you lose throughout the season, as well.

Q: With new coaches in the mix, how has practice been this spring?
A: I think with new coaches, it brings a unique energy to the team, which is definitely beneficial. Practice has been surprisingly efficient. You would think with a couple of new staff members things might be a little chaotic, but it has not been that way at all. 

Q: Where is your focus during spring training?
A: Right now it’s just learning the new offense, and trying to figure out how the process goes, how we execute things at the line of scrimmage and trying to pick up on all the new installs that we’re doing.

Q: What is your favorite part about spring football?
A: My favorite part is the day in between practices, because it’s more spaced out and relaxed, which makes it a lot more fun and a lot less stressful.

Q: Who in the NFL do you aspire to?
A: Adrian Peterson, because he’s a beast. He’s the strongest, fastest and most fun to watch running back.

Q: Who is your role model?
A: My dad. Because, everything he’s done and sacrificed for our family and me personally.

Q: Statistically speaking, what are you hoping to achieve next season?
A: I don’t really care about stats. I’m just trying to have a really good senior year, help our team win more games and have a chance to play at the next level.

Q: What motivates you every day?
A: A lot of times I think about all the kids that want to play college football, especially from my home town, and a lot of my friends that I played high school football with – they would have done anything to do it. I think about them and I think about how lucky I am to be in this situation.

Q: What are your emotions like going into your final season as a senior?
A: It’s crazy. It means a lot more to me now, and I’ve been through a lot, and seen a lot of people come and go and I’m just happy to be here with these guys, especially the ones who have been here the full five years with me.

Q: What is your favorite Kansas football tradition?
A: Waving the wheat for sure, because it means we scored!