Elite cornerback dishes on his secret weapon and Usain Bolt

Elite cornerback dishes on his secret weapon and Usain Bolt

Secret Weapon

Elite cornerback dishes on his secret weapon and Usain Bolt


As a future member of Ohio State’s football team, Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, Ohio) senior cornerback Cameron Burrows doesn’t typically agree with anything that has to do with Michigan football.

Still, when Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson famously said that he could beat Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt in a 40-yard dash, Burrows concurred.

“I understand what Denard means because I think that I can beat Bolt too,” Burrows said. “I know that sounds crazy, but I am the type of runner that explodes out from the start so I think if I get a good start I can take him. Speed is my thing.”

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Indeed, Burrows clocks a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash.

“That’s what separates me from the rest,” Burrows said of his secret weapon. “I know how and when to use my speed so I don’t just run fast, I run smart. It’s my strongest asset I think.”

Trotwood-Madison coach Maurice Douglass agrees.

He recalled a play during Burrows’ sophomore year when he darted down the field to catch a streaking receiver, who started with a 35-yard head start, and saved a touchdown.

“I could not believe Cam caught him,” Douglass said. “He came all the way from the opposite side of the field too, so he had to put the perfect angle on the guy. I knew then and there that he wasn’t just fast, he had that special type of speed.”

Burrows thinks that it can get even more special.

“I’m chasing that 4.3 speed,” he said. “I know not very many people ever get that fast, but I feel like with proper training I can get there in college.”

His method for attaining the elusive 4.3 is simple.

“When I’m running I just keep thinking to myself, ‘Push off harder with every stride',” Burrows said. “That and I try to keep my arms pumping faster and faster. That’s important. I have to train all the time to get faster and faster because quarterbacks don’t throw to the side that I’m on, so I have to chase down the running backs and the receivers. I haven’t found one that I can’t catch yet.”

Jason Jordan is a High School Sports reporter for USA TODAY. He can be reached at jcjordan@usatoday.com. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayUSATODAY


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