SUU Football

SUU Football
Captains before game against Northen Iowa

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

T-BIRDS GOTTA EAT!

Before we run out of the locker room to the field, we partake in a war cry if you may. Kouri Jones is our Indian Chief and leads us younger Indians in the chant. It goes as follows: SU GOTTA EAT! MAN I HATE DEFEAT. FEED ME! (and the team comes in together and says) T-BIRDS GOTTA EAT!

It's a fun tradition that we've done for the past two season. It really gets me pumped before the games. I bop up and down to the beat of the T-bird drum.

Exit Interviews

As we depart from school to the summer, the coaches ask for exit interviews so we can find out what we need to do to be the very best player we can be. I really like these, because I like to know where I stand. I have learned to take criticism after living with my family for so long. We are brutally honest with each other, so I'm used to being called fat and stupid. Anywho, I had my interviews today and I know what I need to do this summer. It's not going to be easy, but it will be worth it.

We're still working out

So, I said earlier that our coaches are making us work out still. With finals and everything around the corner, Coach Lamb tells us even the all-academic students need to workout. So we have to as well. We've been doing these cross-fit type workouts that are super tough, but we turn it into a competition. And like any other college boy, we compete for everything. I don't know why we get so prideful about being the best or fastest, but it makes the workout actually fun.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

We Have To Lift This Week

Spring ball is over, but we still have time to get a couple good lifts in. The offense and defense will split up and lift at different times this week for a "recovery workout". I'll probably need another recovery workout after that one. I feel that this workout is going to help us out with something coach Lamb likes to do; catch Bald Eagles with his bare hands. He always invites us to tag along with him over the summer, and maybe little workouts like this will help.

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Spring Game

We were not able to hold our annual Red and White game this year due to many injuries. We just had a regular scrimmage and it was nice. The weather was probably 50 degrees warmer than last week's scrimmage. I couldn't feel my toes due to all the snow from last week, and then this week, I got a sunburn. Cedar's weather is kind of nuts.

However, it was a great scrimmage. The offense made some good plays, the defense made some good plays, and the kickers kicked the ball in the air really well. There was a great relief when Coach Lamb blew the final whistle, I thought to myself, "Yes...." My body is also relieved that it's over, but the very next day I was missing it. I have this love/hate relationship with football, and that's what sports is I guess.

So, now the summer awaits us. That long and dread period where we don't get the proper coaching we're used to. It's all on our shoulders to get better. It's going to hurt, but that's the only way we get better.

A Nice Moment

I remember the feeling I had when Coach Lamb told me that I would be receiving a half scholarship. All of my hard work had finally paid off to the point where I was recognized and I could help ease the burden of my parents paying for school. It was a very humbling moment for my family and I.

Last week, Coach Lamb announced in a team meeting that four guys were receiving scholarships. They hadn't heard anything from him until that moment. It was one of the sweetest things I had ever seen, like when the people in that Extreme Makeover show when they reveal the new house. Three of the four guys were sitting close to each other and praises and cheers and applauding broke out for those guys that really deserved it. One of them pointed up to the sky and whispered "thank you". It was very precious and it helped me realize that football is more than just a game.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Injuries

Injuries are an essential part of sports. In most cases you can't prevent it. It really "just happens". It has happened to our team a lot this spring. For the most part it has happened to many starters due to the high amount of reps they take. When they get hurt, it gives the younger players a chance to play when it didn't seem likely that they would ever play.

Probably the nastiest injury thus far in Spring Ball goes to Darron Griffin. It was a play I was involved in, and it could have been my fault. I was running to block one of the linebackers and he basically got the best of me. trailing behind me was Daron, he was pulling to pick up the next backer and he had his hand on my back to kind of guide his way through the hole. When I blown back, his finger got caught in my pads and his middle finger bone broke and ripped through the skin. I heard about his injury a few minutes later and I almost threw up because that stuff just freaks me out. the next day I learned that his bone was basically on my shoulder. It wasn't very serious, it has been repaired and he will be back on the field soon.

The one big thing that has hurt us with injuries is that we won;t be having our annual "Read and White Spring Game". We just don't have enough players to form two teams. We will be having a regular scrimmage instead. It won't be as fun, but you'll still get to see the players perform. We hope y'all can make it! This Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Eccles Coliseum.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring Ball in the Snow

Apparently, for the fifth consecutive spring there was a scrimmage in the snow. It's kind of remarkable how it only snowed this spring on a Saturday. I believe Coach Ed Lamb has some sort of special power to guarantee recovery fro an injury by working out and also to bring down the snow. Saturday morning we saw that it might snow a little, and Coach Lamb said, "We want to be the best team in America, and we will have to train in the toughest conditions in order to be that. So, let's pray for a foot of snow and some of the boisterous Cedar wind." All we got was the snow, which was just enough.

 Brian Wilson carries the ball into the end zone for one of his 4 touchdowns in the scrimmage.

It was the one of the more fun experiences I had ever had in my football career. It wasn't freezing cold, and the snow came down during the entire scrimmage. I loved running through it, sliding through it, blocking through it, catching though it, and scoring through it. The best part of it all had to be how my teammates performed in the snow.

We had zero fumbles throughout the scrimmage. The quarterbacks were making their throws, the receivers were catching the balls, and no very many players were slipping. It was very impressive by everybody who played. I was proud of my team, and I had a whole lot of freaking fun!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Two More Weeks

I think our program extends Spring Football longer than anybody in the country. You're allowed 15 full practices, and it's up to you how and when you want to have them. Schools like LSU, Alabama, and USC are already done with their Spring Football training, but we still have two more weeks. I love that we get it for so long, but my body hurts so badly! I just want it to be done so I can rest for more than just one day and not put my body through so much fun. It's great the way we do it though, because a football season is much longer and even more painful. So, it's a great training for everybody.
So, we only have two weeks left of practice, installation, and film sessions with our coaches. After this, it's up to us to practice the plays and get better. The coaches help us out so much by breaking down the film and pointing our flaws that we may not see. Now it's our responsibility to get better. The off-season is always interesting. Many players make great strides and it's usually because they want to. Time to enjoy these last few practices and get better after every practice.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Football Really is Life

My Mom has the greatest quote of all time , "There are only two real sports: Football and Spring Football"

 (photo courtesy of my mom. Saturday Spring Scrimmage. I'm #25!)



I'm so happy I had a Texas momma to raise me and teach me what's important in life. Like treating people right always, and that you ate Thanksgiving dinner at half time of the Texas vs Texas A&M game. She has taught me way more important lessons in my life that I will never forget, but there are a few things that she taught me that not a lot of mother's would ever teach their kids. especially if they're from Oklahoma or Nebraska (rivals of University of Texas, or in other words, my Mom hates them).

She was the one that got me to play football, my Dad and brother taught me the game, and my two sisters cheered me on more than anybody. And for that, they live in the successes I have and enjoy the wins and cry during the losses with me. Our family loves football so much, and it really brings us together and it makes us closer than we already are. Although my Dad played it, I believe the love of football we all have comes from my Mom.

She was raised in Texas and football there is like church in Utah. It's the most important thing in the world. She brought that to Vegas for us. I am so happy she did, because if it was up to me I wouldn't be playing college football right now. It seems as though she has forced me to play, but it's because she knows my potential and that I can go through with the pains and become great. I still have a lot to prove, but I know there's at least five people I never have to prove it to.

Football really is our life. Family vacations include seeing a football game or traveling to Cedar City to watch my game. Then, of course, we go out to eat wherever there's a TV to watch even more football. My family is motivation to keep playing. I love them so much.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Game Time

This is when I get those feelings that I can't explain. It happens to every player. The moment you hit somebody or make a big play, you just scream. You hit people on the hits, and for the most part, we just yell out cuss words. It just happens, there's no other way to explain it. We have a crowd cheering for us, teammates encouraging us, coaches correcting us, and enemies trying to kill us. there's tons of adrenaline for the entire game. It is unreal. Sometimes when I line up for a kickoff, I will look into the crowd for my family and friends. I'll take it all in and to myself I will say things like, "wow" or "this is unreal". It is a blessing to be able to take part of this awesome experience.
My roommate Chad Hansen and I celebrating a play

Pre-Game

Game day is like the new hot girl that just moved into town. It's an excitement that you keep to yourself until you hit the field and finally release it. You make all preparations for Saturday afternoon, and everything in the world revolves around those few hours.
Waking up in the hotel on Saturday morning automatically gives off the vibe that there is something special going on. It's just one of those feelings, something that I can't describe. I feel like I will say that a lot in this post. something we do at SUU is dress up in a business casual attire. When we do that, I feel more professional. If it's a home game, we leave the hotel and head towards campus where we walk through all of our plays. We try and stay quiet so we can focus on the "task at hand". With everyone dressed up and focused in, you can feel the emotion everyone is harnessing and waiting to unleash it on an unfortunate opponent.
After we polish up on every play, we walk over to the pre-game meal. Small conversations are dispersed throughout the tables. The tone is hushed and the laughter is held in as if we were in the library. the main point is that we stay focused on the game. From the meal, we head over to another meeting. We watch final film on our enemies, and we go over our reminders. We have another meeting after that meeting about special teams. We call out all the special teams with their backups so nobody screws up. Following that, the coaches leave the room and the floor belongs to the captains. They talk to their team, with no coaches. We do what we can to pump each other up and give us last minute speeches to help our team win.
Then comes the drive to the locker room. Everyone is listening to some sort of music. It starts to set in more and more that we have a game in front of thousands of people. The nerves slowly kick in, and usually my palms get a little sweaty. We dress up and put on the proper tape and make ourselves look good. "In order to play good you gotta look good". I like to put a little bit of tape on my wrists, and this year the running backs will wear white socks. I don't do as much as other players, but I still think I look smashing.
Coach Bennion calls out the position groups to get on the field to warm up and stretch. We're out on the field for about 20-30 minutes and then we return to the locker room. We get a drink of water and then we say a prayer. We line up to head out the door to run out in front of the crowd.

Then there's a feeling that I can't describe. I'm giddy/excited/laughing/angry/a little bit hungry. Running in front of a crowd is exhilarating. It's time for the game....

Football is Fun

Almost three weeks of Spring ball already. Wow! It just blows my mind how fast the time is going. It seemed so slow at first because at my position, we had a few guys injured and I was getting lots of reps. I'm not going to lie, I got tired. Exhausted might be a better word. My body is in so much pain. I feel like someone took my voodoo doll and accidentally dropped it on the free way. I have bruises and scratches and pains in many parts of the body. After practice, I walk out with at least two bags of ice on me; but I love it.

Now, we have more guys free of injury and we have more guys getting the reps they need to get better everyday. We are improving and playing faster everyday. It's just so much fun to play this game, especially here at SUU.

It's a joyous time of year for many sports fans. So, hoo-ha!