Sounds like all you gotta do is beat out the undersized kid who is scared of contact...sounds familiar...that's exactly what I had to do to start at corner.
Hey guys, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s that time of year again, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s another exciting year of football for me. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m heading into my junior year in high school, and I thought I could keep a record of my spring training and season for the next 2 years or so.
Just as a brief overview of whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s happened so farÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
I was originally a defensive end for my few years of playing, and I not only loved that position, but I became really good at it. Until recently I became somewhat of a health freak right before summer thanks to football and our off-season program, and I started loosing weight fairly quickly. After about 3 months I lost 45 pounds while still weight lifting and I was really in shape. Because of that I easily became the fastest DE, but was by far the smallest. We periodically test our 40 yd. dash times, which we do by running in groups consisting of 3 guys at a time. I asked the receiver coach if I could run with a couple of the receivers. He thought I was joking, and he jokingly said that he would let me, but if I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t beat at least one of them IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have to run a couple timed 400Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s as punishment. I was pissed off, and accepted his offer. I ended up beating that group of our receivers, and ended up running a 4.75. (Very skeptical considering our coaches are the ones timing, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a time none-the-less) The DB coach pulled me aside, and asked if I had ever played safety! I was so excited, and all the coaches were fine with my position swap. I have been learning the position ever since, which has been a tad bit difficult with my coach, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve come along adequately. Anyways, this all happened near the end of last year. I think that basically covers everything thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s significantly happened in the past off-season so far.
To get started, today was our first day of our 2-a-days. I walk into our team room, and I notice a depth chart on the walls. When I started looking at it I noticed that I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t listed with the safeties. I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sure what was going on and asked one of our coaches if there was a mistake. He then showed me the other DB list, and that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d moved to corner. That was really frustrating, and it was a horrible feeling knowing IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have to learn another position while I was just getting the hang of safety. One side of our defense has a really solid corner, while the other side has an undersized kid whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s scared of contact. I was placed behind the former. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s now an even steeper uphill battle to start.
We got started at 9:00 on the dot with each of the positions breaking up into our stretching groups. It was followed later by position specific drills. I did horrible during our agility drills, and my footwork was sketchy at best. But I can work on that, so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not too worried. Disappointed, but not worried. The agility drills were followed by coverage skills, and I did really well in most of those, but just because of my recovery speed. After that we got together as a defense and did a form of pursuit drills which I only participated in once because of the plethora of corners in our program. Today we reviewed our basic scheme (split strong 3), which is simple and isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hard to grasp by any means, and just 1 variation thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also extremely simple. We then had about an hour for lunch. We returned with some more agility drills in which I did better, but not good enough to impress anyone. I then participated in our scout offense, our special teams, and any other way to contribute and try to show some flashes. I was tired at the end, to say the least, and we had to do conditioning drills. Three Gassers, each timed. If you didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make them you have to run them every day after practice. If you make them, you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to run them till the season starts. Needless to say I made, them and ended the day strongly. We headed into our locker rooms at 4, with a full day of football behind us.
This year our school is picked to go all the way, and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re excited of where we might end up. Of course, saying weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re that good isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worth a darn if we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go out there and prove it. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s to tomorrow!