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Captains before game against Northen Iowa

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

spring ball continues

Spring ball week one has finally terminated. We have been able to install many new players and signals and get down all of our assignments. The guys are very motivated to succeed and get starting spots. We lost like 22 seniors and 14 of them were starters. So, the T-Birds will be seeing many new faces on the field. It's just all very exciting.

Something that I have noticed a lot lately is how tight-knit our team is. We have some great athletes, but not like we did last year. We all help each other get better, and together we all make plays because we all do our assignments very well. We've had some guys change positions and do very well there. Trevor Everett, and Dylan Fox moved to the offensive line and look like they've been there for years already. I'm exciting for the upcoming season, but I have to wait and endure through the spring and summer.

Friday, March 23, 2012

I'm kind of a star in Cedar City

Being a college football player in a small town has it's pros and cons. Some players have a cons list, but I don't. I love it. There have been many times where little kids have spotted me and known that I am an SUU football player. They ask for my autograph and I just sit and visit with them. It's nothing like playing football in Texas, where there will be a crowd of people. It's a just a couple of people, so I like to talk to the kids and their parents and get to know them.
our fans

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Yes, spring ball has finally arrived. We had our first practice yesterday, and with many new players, it was quite sloppy. Some guys didn't know where to go, some guys mixed up some plays. However, I talked to the offensive coordinator, Steve Clark, and he was very optimistic saying, "I thought today was great! Many players were playing very fast and getting down all of their assignments." I was pleased to hear that.

Coach Lamb said at the end of the practice that he likes to walk through the locker rooms about five minutes before practice starts to kind of round up the guys that are still getting ready, or are getting last second treatment or tape jobs. He said, when he walked through today, there wasn't a single player in the locker room. Everyone came out early.

I stayed after practice for a hot minute to catch some balls with Jake Allie. As we were throwing I told him, "I forgot how much I missed football. Once I ran the first play I felt so good" He concurred. 'Tis a happy time in T-Bird town!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Fran is our friend, not our enemy...

So, that dreadful day came: Fran. Everything that I explained in my post a while back about the days before, when you see everybody complaining about doing Fran, all of that happened. It was funny for me to watch it. Anywho, that day came. I was so nervous that entire day, because I know the pain it brings. Not just for one day, but I had the "Fran cough" for an entire week. I still can't laugh without having a wheezy cough at the end. However, this Fran workout was different than usual.

I decided to do the real, true Fran workout. 95 pounds, 21 thrusters, 21 pull-ups, 15 thrusters, 15 pull-ups, nine thrusters, nine pull-ups. the last time I did it, I did a different weight and it was so much easier than the 95 pound workout. There was a time in my pull-ups that I lost strength in my forearms, and I couldn't grip the bar anymore and I fell. It was the most difficult thing I have ever done in my entire life. Our goal is to get it in 3 minutes and 16 seconds. I kid you not, I finished in 3 minutes and 16 seconds. When I finished, my teammates and a couple coaches around me looked and said, "Wow, you did it in 3:16!" I was amazed and completely drained. I had zero energy left in me.

When we received our shirts at the end of the workout, I was so excited to finally get my shirt. Coach Bennion says my name and then he says, "Tag, we returned a kickoff 99 yards fro a touchdown but you clipped and brought the touchdown back." I didn't know what he was talking about. I looked at him with a half smile, and a half "what the hell are you talking about" face. The rest of the team was confused as well. He proceeded, "You picked the bar up too early, it doesn't count."

My heart instantly dropped. I looked at him and asked desperately, "Are you serious?" I was just lost. The rest of the team looked at me in amazement because we know how hard it is, and I didn't get my shirt. I'm not going to lie, I was mad for the rest of the day. I don't like to be mad, nor do I get mad that often. Today was different. Then I realized, I really screwed up.

This was one of the most difficult ways to learn a lesson I have ever encountered. Coach Bennion taught me something: be perfect. The example he used was straight to the point. That stuff happens. I'm just glad the thing I screwed up on was only for me and the rest of the team. There's nothing worse than letting down your team, and I learned a valuable lesson of being exactly perfect.

I was thankful for my teammates there that day that helped bring my spirits back up. I did the workout in the time given, but started a second early. They know the pain that goes into Fran, so they were amazing when telling me everything is okay and that I did it in time, to not worry too much. I know the type of team we have.

Spring Ball starts today. More blogs to come!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

College Football...

I just thought I'd share some of the experiences I've had being a division-one college football player. A lot of my friends back home don't think of my football career at SUU as big of a deal because I don't go to the big schools like UNLV, USC, or Texas. Just because I never show up on TV (well, in Cedar City we do. SU-TV! haha) people back home don't look at me like a real college football player. I love it! It helps me take more pride in what I have here at SUU. I don't care what anyone says; I am a college football player. Something I have always dreamed about.

There aren't a lot of differences between us and the other "big" schools across the country. We don't have a lot of fans, but the ones that we do have still look at us like movie stars. I was able to go visit an Elementary School in Cedar City. There was a class that donated the most amount of cans in their entire school for a food drive that was put on by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and as their reward, they won a pizza party and a visit from two SUU athletes. I had no idea what I was going to encounter until I got there. When I walked in, the kids instantly sat straight up, and moved their keesters to the edge of their chairs. I even saw one student with a camera filming me. I was just as excited as the kids were. We introduced ourselves, signed autographs, and answered questions. We let every kid ask one question and there was one student in the back with a byu football shirt. I made sure he was last. The teacher finally told me, "The young man in the back hasn't asked his question." I picked him, knowing exactly what he would ask. When he stood up he spitted out, "Hey, do you like my shirt?" I didn't even say a word, I just shook my finger from side to side and motioned him to sit down.

It was a great experience to see how much these students adored a college football player. We later ran outside and threw the football for 10 minutes where I taught them some routes and had a great time. I wound up seeing one of the students at Chili's with his parents and he was so pumped to see me. His parents told me that all he had been talking about for that day was my visit to his class.

Another experience is something I know I will never forget. It was my first ever college football game. We played against the University of Wyoming. It all started with our plane ride. As we took off, an engine blew out and we nearly lost control. A teammate of mine sitting next to me, squeezed my hand and I watched him almost cry as we swerved to safety. I was already nervous for my first game ever, but after two hours of waiting for another plane, we departed.

When we pulled into the stadium the following day, I saw thousands of fans tailgating, children throwing footballs, and vendors selling all sorts of disgusting food. I remember being that kid throwing a ball before a UNLV game. I remember tailgating at a USC game before the Rose Bowl and eating that disgusting food. It was something I'll never forget.

Now, this game at Wyoming, is still the only game I haven't played in. I sat on the sidelines the entire time and loved every minute of it. When we ran out of the tunnel and I saw the huge stadium filled with fans that weren't even ours, give me chills only Eskimos can relate to. I could have ran for hours with the adrenaline I had. We had a section of maybe 40 fans that screamed as loud as I did. We wound up losing the game 28-20, but I won an experience that is distilled in my memory forever.

I could write all day about the neat experiences I've been privileged to have by being a college football player. It's one of the most rewarding things I've ever had in my life and I'm so thankful for my family. They have helped me out when I wanted to throw in the towel years ago. They enjoy my career as much as I do because they can share these experiences with me.  

Friday, March 2, 2012

Player Run Practice

I've blogged in the past about how bad this football program used to be. I played on this team before my mission and before Coach Ed Lamb changed Cedar City's view on football. The '07 team didn't win a game, and finished the season on an 18 game losing streak. I can guarantee that that team never had a player run practice session.

Player run practice is just as it sounds: the players run the practice without coaches. The NCAA allows the coaches to maintain only a certain number of hours a week to practice and coach us. When the time has been used up, we practice ourselves. Something that the '07 team never thought of. In the spring, we do 7-on-7 every Tuesday and Thursday. No one has to go, but it's probably a good idea that you do.

More and more players are getting extra reps when our opponents aren't. Obviously, without the coaches there it isn't like practice usual is, but it's something. It's actually a lot of fun too. We don't always get to be together as a team when we're aren't working in the weight room or practicing. So, it's our time we have to be around each other and hang other do what we love: play football.

Brennan Fjord

There is a guy on our team that everybody respects because of the crazy workouts he has done. The times that he has finished the workouts, and how he never stops. I look up to this guy when it comes to the workouts, because I believe nothing phases him. We all know that he has surpassed us greatly in the weight room, and it helps us try to close the gap between us and him.

Brennan Fjord is a senior from Sugarland, Texas. He is a transfer from Snow College that earned a starting spot at safety and had a rough year. He hates hearing about this, but he lost his starting spot towards the end of the season. That has propelled him to out-work everybody on the team because he wants to have that starting spot again.

The one thing that everybody has noticed is that he has voluntarily participated in cross fit training that takes place on Wednesday, our day off. When everybody is resting, doing homework, or working on their car (I worked on my car yesterday) he is getting better with a cross fit workout. I respect him, because I know just how hard those workouts are.

I stayed after a workout with him to do some abs, and I'm not trying to make any excuses but I think it's harder for me because I out weigh him by 40 pounds. However, he is an animal when he does abs. It is so hard to keep up with him. So, this one ab workout his feet were rested on a stool and I was sitting on his feet. He had to touch my hands for about a minute. I threw my hands in many different areas to keep his abs moving. He was doing so well, that it frustrated me to the point where I farted. That's a joke that he frustrated me, but I accidentally farted on him and we shared a laugh. Mine was a different laugh than his, because I didn't get farted on.

I love the kid, and I'm very appreciative of his work ethic and his friendship. When we watch him, it really inspires us to work harder.