Safety Michael Lowe met new Cal defensive backs coach Greg Burns for the first time back in January after spending a month at home in Maryland during the holiday break.
“I made a bad first impression,” Lowe said. “He said he didn’t think I was taking it seriously.”
That’s because Lowe returned to school 20 pounds over his playing weight. “Mom cooks very well,” he explained.
Burns, hired by new defensive coordinator Art Kaufman, said Lowe had been described to him as a player with “potential.” He admits he wasn’t sure what to think about him.
“He was a little out of shape initially,” Burns said. “We told him the things he needed to do. By the end of the summer he had accomplished everything that we asked.”
That includes absorbing the new defensive playbook, demonstrating the leadership the coaches sought from the senior, and shedding 20 pounds.
At 5-foot-11, 203 pounds, Lowe has been good enough that no one has wrestled away his position during a competitive fall camp. So Lowe will be in the starting lineup Aug. 30 at Northwestern?
“That would be safe to say,” Burns said this week. “Haven’t made that official decision yet, but right now Lowe has clearly said it loud and clear that he’s ready for it.”