Meet Burke Ellis

April 13, 2010

The competition for former player offensive guard Gregg Peat's spot is a fierce one. Hoping to prove himself for that spot is junior walk-on Burke Ellis. With a big sense of humor and an even larger drive out on the field, Ellis is expected to be a major contributor this season. He hopes to prove himself on the field and show Coach Cavanaugh that he can take over the guard position and fill the shoes of someone he personally looks up to, 'the' Gregg Peat.

Whats it like playing for Coach Cavanaugh?

'It's a very unique experience; an honor and a privelege to get to hang out with him everyday and learn from the best.'

Being a veteran offensive lineman do you feel like you are becoming more of a leader for the younger freshman?

'Right now I'm just trying to get all of my stuff down. Alex [Linnenkohl] and [Mike] Remmers I think do more of the leadership stuff than me.'

What's the competition for the guard spot like and how is that going?

'The competition is fierce. I think it's going well. There are four guys and we're all rotating each day. Today I started with the right and tomorrow I'll probably be back up for the right and then the next time I'll be starting at left. Everyone is just trying to get reps and trying to get better.'

What is the most important thing every guard needs to know?

'Listen to the center. Listen to what Alex [Linnenkohl] tells you.'

Is there anyone in the football realm you model yourself after, or look up to as a significant inspiration in the sport?

'The Gregg Peat.'

What are your goals for next season?

'Compete for the starting spot and hopefully contribute to the team.'

Do you have a most memorable athletic moment?

'We were playing Arizona State last year and 'the' Gregg Peat's helmet broke so I came in and a few plays later we were in the end zone doing a little touchdown dance.'

Do you have a favorite sports movie?

'The Big Lebowski.'

What is your favorite meal to cook?

'French toast. I'd say I can make a pretty good breakfast, a decent omelet.'

What would be your dream job?

'Anything that makes the most amount of money without having to work very much.'

What is your favorite book?

'`Hatchet', from fourth grade. It's a good book by Gary Paulsen about how to survive in the outdoors. It is definitely my favorite.'

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