Brandon Burton is hoping the work in spring football will lead to a time to shine during the fall. The University of New Mexico safety transferred from UCLA last year and took a redshirt season with New Mexico.
Now, Burton is back in the thick of the action and hopes to show Lobo fans what made him a four-star recruit coming out of high school in Los Angeles.
“I was going to go and help anywhere,” said Burton. “It took a long time with me mainly just playing special teams at UCLA. New Mexico gave me the opportunity to come and play the position I love.”
Burton is coming to a team that needs help on the defensive end. The Lobos finished their second consecutive 3-9 season in 2018. Many fans blamed a defense that didn’t have much success stopping any opponent. Burton is one of many players on that side of the ball that should log significant minutes for the Lobos this season.
“You know, this spring I’m trying to shed a couple of pounds and I’m trying to learn the defense fully,” said Burton. “This is a time to pick up the defense, you know, of course, win a spot, win a spot on the starting defense. That’s priority number one.”
Burton is not one to shy away from a leadership role. He plans to lead by being very physical. He said that is what he brings to the table.