Briean Boddy-Calhoun excelled at both football and basketball in high school. One day, his football coach asked him how many recruiting letters he had received for football, and he said he couldn't count them. His coach then asked how many letters he had for basketball, and he said he had received one.
"Reality hit me right there that I'm going to be a football player," Boddy-Calhoun said.
A junior cornerback, Boddy-Calhoun said that he likes going in on blitzes, but would consider himself more of a "finesse" corner.
"I like to get the ball in my hands," he said, like the basketball player he still is when he has the chance. During fall camp, he has gotten his hands on the ball several times. In a scrimmage last week, he snared two interceptions.
Boddy-Calhoun has impressed during fall camp.
Boddy-Calhoun played in every game last season after transferring from junior college. With an added year of experience, he is part of the secondary's increased depth this year. Boddy-Calhoun said he thinks the Gophers now have 10 or 12 defensive backs who can truly play well, as opposed to four or five last fall. The secondary has been called the best group of Minnesota's defense, but Boddy-Calhoun doesn't want to put too much stock into that praise.
"Of course we like hearing that, but we're just out here trying to compete against each other every day," he said. "I think we have a lot of depth, and we have a lot of competition going on. I don't think we like to sit here and say...we're the best on the team. But we like to carry ourselves like that and we want to push the wide receivers and push the tight ends and linebackers to just compete."
Compared to last year, Boddy-Calhoun is pushing himself more now. As newcomer in 2012, he was happy just to be there on game days. But now he is happier to be in the competitive mix for more playing time.
"It's like night and day, how much I've progressed and how I feel," he said. "I'm taking a different mindset because I'm ready and I'm more comfortable in the defense."
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