Lorenzo Mauldin’s Amazing Transformation from Angry Foster Child to NFL Prospect

April 28, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It was one of the first preseason practices, and Louisville coach Charlie Strong barely knew freshman Lorenzo Mauldin. It was getting-to-know-you time for Strong and his freshmen, when these kids were still just jerseys, helmets and numbers.
What Strong did know was that Mauldin was loafing on a drill.
"I'm always yelling, 'Run to the football. Run to the football,'" Strong, now the coach at Texas, said the other day. "Lorenzo wasn't running. I stopped him and said, 'Listen! I want to talk to you after practice.'"
It is called laying down the law, breaking a kid down to build him back up. And then Strong looked into his huge defensive lineman's face.
"Tears were coming out of his eyes," Strong said in disbelief. "He said, 'Coach, this isn't me.' I told him, 'When you finish dinner, come up to the office and we can sit down and talk.'"
When he came up later, Strong said Mauldin "just really opened up. 'This is what I've been through, Coach. This is what I'm deal...

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