Rookie linebacker Prescott Burgess put his own stamp on the first day of Ravens training camp when he tackled running back Willis McGahee and forced a fumble during the morning practice. A longer Q&A session with Burgess will be in tomorrow's paper, but here are a few nuggets that Burgess offered earlier today.
When I asked Burgess if he still talks to former University of Michigan teammate and linebacker David Harris, Burgess recalled conversing with Harris at the NFL rookie symposium earlier this summer. "He's grinding with the [New York] Jets and trying to get on the field just like me," Burgess said. "We play each other, and best wishes to both sides."
That led me to ask Burgess how he felt about playing against Harris and the Jets on Sept. 16 at M&T Bank Stadium. Burgess pointed out that he will see a lot of former Wolverines on the Ravens' schedule, including cornerback Leon Hall and the Cincinnati Bengals, wide receiver Braylon Edwards and the Cleveland Browns and linebacker LaMarr Woodley and the Pittsburgh Steelers. "It's about trying to make an impact on the teams that we're on and just to show guys that we deserve to be out here," Burgess said. "We're from a great college. We just have to carry what we learned in college and bring it out here."
One of the enduring traditions at Ravens training camp is a rendition of each rookie's school's fight song. Burgess said he has no qualms about singing. "I can sing that all day," he said. "That's one of the great fight songs in the country. So I'm ready."