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Samuel McKewon @swmckewonOWH
Urban Meyer: "A lot of times the spring game makes or breaks whether we'd trust them to play in a game."
To me, this is an example of championship thinking.
Contrast this with Bo's approach to the Spring Game..."It's a show for the fans".
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Depends on who you are evaluating.
If you're looking at guys who have been in your program for a few years and now it's time for them to step up, then the statement about "trusting" them in a game based on how they play in the spring game has some merit.
If you're talking about young players who might progress by leaps and bounds from where they were in the spring by the time fall practice concludes, the statement is totally irrelevant. Urb won't be holding back on a young guy who lights it up in the fall just because he wasn't up to speed 4 months earlier in the spring game.
It's less an example of championship thinking and more an evaluation process for a select few players. Meyer (and any other head coach) probably has a pretty good grip on who he has regardless of spring game results. He probably already "trusts" all his returning players. A few back-ups that haven't done much that now get slotted with the #1's will come under this description, but that's about it. The new hot shots, and I'm sure he has several, aren't going to be fully evaluated until the end of fall practice. The spring game will be an afterthought by that point.
Meyer is a great coach, but making a big deal out of this statement is a stretch.
Championship thinking, by pushing players and making sure they know this game matters, regardless if he thinks it does or not.
Of course he is evaluating, thats what that statement is about, but he is challenging guys.
Why practice in spring if its going to be an afterthought?
Who said practicing in the spring is an afterthought? It's certainly valuable, but then it's only a fraction of the process.
If you add spring and fall practice time together, you are only 1/3 of the way through preparations for the upcoming season at the time of the spring game. Obviously, your incoming group of recruits isn't even participating.
I guarantee you Urban Meyer isn't going to be thinking about how well certain players performed in the spring game a week before his season starts. He's going to be focused on how those key scrimmages in the fall went down and who is making the most progress. Same for Bo Pelini and every other HC out there.
It goes without saying that the new kids are going to be highly motivated to play in front of a crowd at the spring game. If you have to challenge your guys to put forth a good effort in front of 60,000 fans, then you've got bigger problems.
This post was edited by TheUnknownFan 12 months ago
Kind of disappointed in Sam on this one. Such a stretch to actually compare how coaches talk about their spring game.
Do you honestly believe Bo doesn't take spring seriously? He wrote a book for his kids to take home over spring break.
Usually a fan of Sam but this is pedestrian commentary that I can't agree with
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Best pracice when dealing with Urban Meyer is to believe half of what you see and none of what he says. Dude constantly talk out of the side of his face.
"FUNDAMENTALS ARE A CRUTCH FOR THE TALENTLESS".
- KENNY POWERS
Frankly I don't care what Urban has to say.
Secondly, maybe we need to give the BO bashing some time off before the season starts.
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