Faces Off the Field: Hunter Burcham, sr., RB, Brentwood Christian

What did you do in the summer to prepare yourself for the season?

I went to two combine/skills camps, including the Adidas combine and the Abilene Christian football camp. At each camp, I learned crucial skills and information to help me grow from a good running back to a great one. I also spent every weekday in the summer working out at Brentwood with the team and coaches (from 9 to 11 a.m.) each day.

What kind of season do you expect Brentwood Christian to have?

We have the talent to shock everyone this year and come out with the district title. Each position has changed so much by getting bigger, faster, and stronger this off-season.

What are your personal goals?

To rush for 800 yards, be the best leader I can, lead by example, take the team far into the playoffs and to play football at the collegiate level at ACU.

This is your school’s second year of 11-man football. How much spirit does your school show for the sport?

Like my dad always said, it’s like playing for a small town in West Texas in Austin. It is so special seeing and being a part of new traditions being put in place that are likely to last a very long time. I could not be more proud to be a Brentwood bear.

What’s the best thing about playing for a small school?

Playing for everyone that I have grown up around, it is so special to know that you are representing a school that you love. Also Brentwood being a pre-K-through-12 school, there are little kids that look up to me and want to do anything that I do. It’s so great because I know that I will set the example that those kids need and lead them on the right path.

How do you motivate yourself to work out on days you don’t feel like it?

There is no greater motivation than to know that I am working toward a goal that I can only achieve if I give it my best every single day. At the end of the day, the team is bigger than any problem life can throw at me, and I just have to know that and push through.

What do you like most about the sport of football?

The team bond and the game atmosphere. The feeling when all that blood, sweat, and tears being poured onto a field together unites a team is a feeling like no other.

What are your plans after you graduate?

After I graduate, I plan to take my talents to ACU and play football for them. I also wish to leave a lasting legacy of work ethic that will not be forgotten anytime soon.

What’s your favorite football memory at Brentwood Christian?

Causing a fumble and getting the ball to secure the win (in 2015). The crowd went insane as well as my teammates and coaches. This would go on to be the first-ever Brentwood football victory.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Before each game, we leave school early and go have a great meal at Blake Benton’s house and play ping-pong, pool, and just hang out.

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