Zack Follett has a bit of a split-personality thing going on.
"Yeah, there's a Zack side and a No. 49 side," the Detroit Lions linebacker said this week. "Off the field, I am laid back. I like to enjoy life. But on the field I am all business. This is my job and I am working hard to get where I want to be."
If you punch into Follett's website (zakarianfollett.com), you will see the offbeat aspects of the 23-year-old former Cal and Clovis High standout.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz isn't much interested in that side of Follett, not with the second-year player pushing to be the team's starting outside linebacker.
"Honestly, when you are on the practice field, you hardly ever hear from him," Schwartz said. "He's a worker on the practice field. He's very serious."
He started on the practice squad, after getting cut after camp last year. The 2009 seventh-round selection (No. 235 overall) eventually made his way to the active roster in October and played in a dozen games, recording six solo and four assisted tackles.
Now he's being given the chance to start.
"There's not many times when you're going to hear the word maturity and Zack Follett in the same sentence," Schwartz joked. "But on the field we're getting there."