It was a group of incoming freshmen four years ago that made a commitment to join us in our quest. And that was fun to see them grow and develop over a four-year period of time...so that was the joy of having a group that stuck it out through some tough times to get to a point where we all felt like this was gonna be a real launch.
We competed toe to toe with absolutely everyone in the league and I don't think there is anyone that doubts our ability to do so and I'm even more confident that we can do so next year and be successful.
The perseverance, the relentlessness, and showing up day after day at practice and having had a challenging day academically and having a paper holding over their head or a final or a midterm that’s kinda been on their brains, but been able to shut it down and still ball and compete in practice and come back day after day after day believing we’re gonna do something great.
I absolutely believe that they are understanding their value and not allowing a win loss record to define them, but being defined by truly being a person of excellence.
It’s pretty cool when you look back on the whole thing and you look at how relentless they are, the fact that they came for a specific reason four years ago to turn this thing around. Expectations were different than the results, but they haven’t wavered...to watch these guys just keep going, it’s pretty unreal.
Controlling what you can, I think that’s hard to learn as a teen, twenty, twenty-one year old kid. But having the ability to just focus on your effort, your attitude and realizing there’s gonna be a ton of things that are out of your control that you can’t control, but you want to so bad, but you can’t do it and it’s better to just focus on you and what you’re supposed to do.
I want to be able to go all out and just know that I left everything out on the field on Saturday. When it comes down to it, ten years later, I don't know if I'm gonna remember exact plays. I don't think I'm gonna remember what happened during the game. What it comes down to is I’m probably gonna remember being part of the team and the memories I formed with all of my teammates. But for this weekend, with all that in mind, I can say that I just wanna ball out. I wanna have that memory that whatever happens...that I left everything out on the field because I don't have another chance.