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So my son moved into his dorm this weekend, spent Saturday and Sunday going to meetings, filling out paper work, equipment issue etc. Leading into the move in, he was buzzing a bit with excitement...anticipation...

I tried talking to him a bit, trying to set his expectations a little, he is 18 and he is going to be playing with 24,25 and some 26 year olds (and some 18-23 year olds too :)), he is no longer going to be the best player on the field, he is going to have to work harder, he is going to get his butt kicked, but he should learn from that and not get down, keep working and learning. Not 100% sure he heard me, or believed me...

First practice was yesterday, and he called me yesterday after the afternoon meetings on the way to dinner. And he was down....he didn't get the reps he wanted (or was used to getting)...and the reps he got, he felt he could have performed better...I reminded him about our talks prior to him leaving...I also reminded him, because of the two knee surgeries he had his senior year, that he really hadn't played football in 10 months, and the boys/men he was competing against had been...told him to keep working, it would get better.

He told me that one of the coaches saw him walking back to the locker room after practice and told him "Get your head up, its only the first day".

None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.


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I tried talking to him a bit, trying to set his expectations a little

(Kids are always the last to understand or accept the world of reality.)  Once he finds his groove, his chin will lift back up off the ground.  College ball can take a while.

--Dave

"The Greater the Teacher, the More Powerful the Player."

The Mission Statement: "I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go."

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I know, it was just so weird hearing him like that...I asked him again yesterday, "Can you play with these guys?", his answer previously was always, no hesitation, "Oh Yeah!". Yesterday his answer was, I dunno, I didn't get any reps."...

Well good news anyway, we decided to get him his own Riddell Helmet, because they were going to issue him a crappy Schutt or Xenith helmet (not one of the newer ones, the ones from 5 or 6 years ago) because he is a freshman...the first thing he asked me was, "Did the helmet arrive?"...I told him not yet, he says "I really need it to arrive, they gave me a Schutt, and it is crap, I have a bruise on my nose"...so I got the tracking number today for the helmet, and it is supposed to be delivered today, so after work, I am going to drive out to Commerce, get him fitted 🙂

None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.


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they were going to issue him a crappy Schutt

--That's redundant.

he says "I really need it to arrive, they gave me a Schutt, and it is crap

--Yeah, he needs to get rid of that ASAP.

--Dave

"The Greater the Teacher, the More Powerful the Player."

The Mission Statement: "I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go."

#BattleReady newhope


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So I spoke to him yesterday, trying to figure out when I can bring the helmet to him...he had a better practice and wasn't so down. Well, Fedex didn't show with the helmet, so it didn't matter...

The helmet delivered this morning, so I texted him and said, I have the helmet, call me when you can...

He called, and I could hear the difference in him right away... he said "I had an amazing practice"...he told me about his matchups in the one on one drills, things he did well, things he has to work on...but it was Goose again, not the mopey kid I talked to on Monday 🙂

We still didn't figure out when I am bringing him the helmet...he is going to call me back after lunch 🙂

None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.


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Longer update...

So I talked to him after lunch on Wednesday, we had to have the helmet to him before 8:00 PM (meetings) or after the meetings ended between 9:30 and 10:00.

We were able to get there by 7:30, handed off the helmet and chatted for a bit (brought him some pop tarts and mini-wheats too).

He said he thought he was better than their long snapper, and wanted to try it, I suggested that he talk to his position coach, to make sure he was okay with it, coach said, go for it, as long as it does not interfere with his DT stuff.

So yesterday morning, he goes to practice early and goes out with the specialists...they get him on the ball for a short snap (FG/PAT) and he is not sure of the cadence...someone says ready (which on his last team meant, snap it when you are ready), and he snaps the ball, hits the holder right in the cage 🙂 he gets clarification on the cadence, and continues to snap...the deep snapping coach also works with the oline, so he has seen his guys go against him...coach says, "You can do everything can't you McCoy?", he replies, "Yes Sir", coach says, "I don't like you", Ryan says, "Thanks Coach".

The rest of the team comes out, he goes out with the dline, and they start working, then they bring offense against defense, and they are going to do some run fits...he gets his first two reps against a starter (or a projected starter)… Stretch and he beats his guy...line up, another rep, this time, the Center gives him a shove in the back, he is off balance and starts to go down, he reaches out to take an olineman with him, and he pantsed the guy (later in the film study, that is the first play they show 🙂 ). During his first rep, he felt his shoulder pop as he ripped under the Guard, the next rep, when he pantsed the guy, his shoulder was hurting bad, so he went to the side, they examined him, shoulder very swollen, so they give him some ice and told him to rest it for the rest of the morning session, they thought he strained his rotator cuff.

After the session was over, he went to see the trainers again, and they told him if they do upper body during weights, he should do something else, let the swelling go down. So he does that, but now he notices his shoulder is popping, so he goes back to see him, they examine him again, and they think he tore his labrum...I asked if he saw a doc, he said not yet...he was to see the training staff again this morning to figure out what the next thing would be. I told him to do some reading on shoulder injuries...and to talk to his position coach, to figure out what he thought he should do...the window to play is getting smaller all the time.

None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.


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So they held him out of Practice on Friday because of the shoulder, he told the trainers he wanted to practice on Saturday, they rigged a brace to his shoulder pads and said light contact. Position coach wouldn't let him have any contact until they knew what the shoulder situation is.

Sunday, they had "mandatory church" :)...and then he went to see the team doc...who examined both shoulders, moving them, yanking on them, and he says "I don't think you have torn anything. I think you dislocated and relocated it on the same play." Then he goes on to tell him he has loose shoulder syndrome...meaning his shoulder joints are loser than normal people I guess.  Doc cleared him to practice, with the shoulder rig, and some pain killers before practice and some anti-inflamitories for after. He said if he keeps dislocating it, then surgery to tighten the joint.

He practiced last night, said everything was good...

None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.


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Monday was another "blue" day for him...they cut short practice because of the weather, and he got no team reps...I suggested that he talk to coach and ask why he is not getting more reps, ask what has he got to do to get more...or he could sit and stew on it...

He opted to talk to coach Monday night after meetings...and they went over the film, coach asked him what went wrong on the reps that went wrong...and he knew what it was each time, bad foot work, or not getting up field (their defensive line is to penetrate and cause chaos)...he also struggles with Double Teams (600+ pounds of body is more than he has ever had to deal with)...coach told him his ball get off is probably the best on the team, but he needs to use it to get up field, then he won't have to worry about the double team, the Tackle will never get to him. Coach also was concerned that "he got him hurt by putting him up against the 1s"...Goose told him it wasn't him who got him hurt, but the C who held the crap out of him...

I asked him why he wasn't getting up field if his get off was good...he said, that through 4 years of HS, they drilled into his head, hold the heel line...he just has to change his thinking...

They had a scrimmage on Tuesday, he got 4 reps in against other Freshman (and Red Shirt Freshman), and he felt he did really well, tapped off on the QB on one of them, he felt all of the reps were wins.

None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.


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So he moved into his official room for the semester on Wednesday...and he said the guy(s) who was living there was a disgusting human, he didn't clean it up at all, left his trash everywhere...chicken on the floor...he wanted to know what the hell his parents taught him to think it was even remotely okay to leave the room like that 🙂

Yesterday, he called me out of the blue...said he hurt his bursa sac, and his knee swelled up like a balloon...ice and rest for a couple of days was what he was told...I asked him how it happened...

One on one pass rush, Junior Center got beat on the first step, so he started holding him, so Ryan started to bull rush him, C was going backwards, so he latches onto Ryan and brings him down on top of him, he banged his knee on the Centers knee brace...

Last night we brought him the rest of his stuff, dorm fridge, more clothes, blue tooth speaker...and he seemed genuinely pleased to see us 🙂 He was complaining his clothes had been in the dryer for two days and were still wet...I went down to the laundry room, and had him show me what setting he picked...he did and it was the right settings...so I asked, did you try another dryer? He said no...so we moved his clothes to another dryer, and when we left, we checked, they were drying...(some learning going on)…

He told us his position coach was giving "tips" to the players after meetings yesterday, "Work on you get off", "Use your hands better"...he told my son "Quit getting hurt"... 😛

None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.


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he told my son "Quit getting hurt"... 😛

I hope these dings don't come back to bite him when positions are handed out.

Sucks that hes gotta dorm with a kid that lived in a trash can

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I hope these dings don't come back to bite him when positions are handed out.

Sucks that hes gotta dorm with a kid that lived in a trash can

He called me today after lunch, he was allowed to practice today, felt he had a good practice. He got a pass rush rep against one of the starting Gs a senior, and he said the senior "destroyed" him...against another "varsity" G he beat him...and he beat all of the underclassmen he went against...he knows that the missed time is likely going to mean a red shirt...they have 20 defensive lineman on the roster...(or at least in the Dline picture 🙂 )

He is not living with Oscar, Oscar occupied his room for 8 days...before they moved everyone into their school assigned dorms...hopefully the kids name isn't really "Oscar" 😛

None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.


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.and he beat all of the underclassmen he went against

One of Tylers QB trainers was Jerrod Johnson, He gave Tyler probably the best advice he could. He said to "Win your class" He was mostly talking about leadership, but it all goes the same. You win the class and everything else takes care of itself.

He is not living with Oscar, Oscar occupied his room for 8 days...before they moved everyone into their school assigned dorms...hopefully the kids name isn't really "Oscar" 😛

That would be too funny if it was.
I just like thee fact you knew my reference  ;D

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Been a while since I posted here...lots of stuff...

They gave him his red shirt last week. They red shirted all of the freshmen except for 2, a LB and a WR.

He was a bit grumpy, not necessarily about the red shirt, but on how as a red shirt they are not spending as much time on him. We talked about that, and I suggested that while he was important to the team, he wouldn't be on the field on Saturdays, that's where the coach's focus needed to be.

He did exchange hands (fight) with one of the traveling teams Guards, Guard was holding him, then shoved him after the rep, he turned around and shoved him back...then the fists flew...no one hurt 🙂 coach said to him "Do you know why he wanted to fight you?" Ryan said no...coach said "You kicked his a$$."...one of the traveling dlineman said "Good $hit, way to stand up".

He started classes on Monday, seemed to have a good time with that.

Yesterday morning, out of the blue, I got a text from his position coach "Your boy is working his tail off. Giving a good look on scout team and getting better with his technique". He went on... "He is developing everyday which is rewarding to see, he always asks questions which I like because it shows he cares and wants to be good. He is a goof ball and everyone has fun with him". I suggested that he coach him hard, kick him in the teeth and hug him and he will run through walls for you...coach replied, "I will be that guy daily"...

Proud...

None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.


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Redshirting as a freshman is not a bad thing. 4 and 5 star kids redshirt all the time.


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Redshirting as a freshman is not a bad thing. 4 and 5 star kids redshirt all the time.

From a pure academic stand point, it is outstanding, he could get his Masters under scholarship 🙂 and as a Physics Major it could mean some bigger numbers in his first salary...especially if he sticks with his plan to be a HS Physics teacher and coach...starting with a Masters is an automatic bump...

From an athletics standpoint, I think it is also good...he had two knee surgeries in 4 months, while his knee is recovered, the stuff around his knee is not where it needs to be, gives him a year to get bigger stronger faster...and they have the "young buck" game for the redshirts and non-traveling guys every week, so he will still get to compete...

None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.


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