Never give up
“I’m an offensive lineman. You can put my grandmother back there and I don’t care, I want to be able to run the ball. That’s an offensive linemen’s attitude. I am not denying that some [running] backs are better than others, but we’ve got to take that challenge upon ourselves. If one of our backs goes out, we have to put it on our back and we’ve done a poor job of that.”
Sophomore offensive lineman Mason Walters on the mentality that the Texas offensive line needs going into the Holiday Bowl. Known for his fiery disposition and recently compared by Mack Brown to former Longhorn and all-around nasty dude Kasey Studdard, Walters is quickly becoming a leader along the line. Not to mention the most quotable.
“Linemen are literally the unsung heroes of the game. Their situation is analogous to the infantry in warfare. They do the hard, bitter fighting for victory. As the generals reap the headlines in war, the backs reap the headlines in football. Yet in their hearts, the generals and backs know that victory and the accolades came to them through the work of the footsoldiers and linemen.”
“We are offensive linemen, part of the o-line. Five guys working as a unit within the football team to establish the tempo and demeanor of the game. Our job description doesn’t sound fun, interesting or flashy, nor should it. Those who know football know the game is won or lost in the trenches, along the line. We start the play and if we are good we finish it. We are the O-Line, we set the examples, we “LEAD FROM THE FRONT.”
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As a running back some of the most important traits are awareness, speed, running ability and blocking ability to name a few and you also need to be intelligent in order to know the plays and understand your role on each and every play.
All of these aspects can be developed and there are a number of different things you can do to improve as a running back. Here some tips to help you do just that:
Notice Your Weaknesses
If you are able to watch back a tape of your performances then do so and make a note of where you are making mistakes. Maybe you are having trouble following your blockers or making the correct cuts when required. When you know and understand the areas you need to improve you are on the way to becoming a better running back. Ignoring criticism and problems is no way to develop as a player.
Define Your Style
Depending on your build and physical attributes you will be suited to a particular style of running. For example if you are a big and powerful build you will be much more suited to carrying the ball between the tackles whereas if you are a smaller, quicker player you will be better running to the outside and beating players with speed and agility rather than power. Make sure you know what your strengths are and play to them.
Work Hard in Drills
There are so many different drills designed to improve all the areas required to be a good running back. Rather than practicing full contact running, working through running back drills can be much more effective in helping you improve skills such as your ball control, agility, making cuts and awareness.
Work on Your Strength
When developing your strength training, don’t simply focus on one area of your body. If you build up upper body strength without working on your leg strength, then you aren’t going to develop as a running back. You need to work on getting stronger in the legs and the upper body and you will cause more problems to defenders.
Know Your Plays
Understanding the plays and knowing where you need to be following your blockers is a simple step to improving as a runner. Being organized and aware of what is going on will make it much easier for you to gain yards consistently.
The running back position is not all about carrying the ball from the line of scrimmage. Being able to run routes and catch the ball downfield will make you a much more versatile and dynamic running back.
Occasionally you will not be involved as a playmaker during the game and you will be needed to protect the quarterback. Simply developing your blocking skills will make you a much more valuable running back and benefit you with more time on the field.
WHAT IS MENTAL CONDITIONING?
Mental conditioning is a dynamic process of self-awareness and mental skills training that works to help performers and groups optimize thinking in order to optimize performance. Mental skills affect our performance whether we want them to or not. For example, in an intense pressure situation, confidence is going to be a key ingredient for success. So mental conditioning will help to ensure that we are better able to manage and maintain confidence in that clutch situation.
For the individual performer:
It’s about going from good to great. More importantly, mental conditioning helps performers
- Understand what their great looks like and what gets them there
- Learn how to use mental training and preparation to get great performance more consistently
- More effectively manage challenges, obstacles, and pressure
Essentially, it involves learning how to condition your mind to make sure you are able to do the right things at the right times in order to get your best performance no matter what the circumstances.
Getting your best performance requires working on and improving your mental game…how you prepare for, think about, react to, and evaluate performance situations. Mental conditioning can help individual performers improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of their training and performance.
Whether you’re trying to get back to the performance you once had (performance restoration) or improve your performance closer to your full potential (performance enhancement), mental conditioning gives you the tools to put you in a better position to succeed.
For groups and teams:
Mental conditioning helps team members and leaders better understand the dynamics of the group and learn how to more effectively work together to achieve group goals. The goal is to help everyone get on the same page, which is essential if the team is going to reach and consistently perform up its full potential.
Some key areas of focus for groups include…
- Outlining a clear and consistent vision, purpose, and identity for the group
- Identifying group goals and plans to achieve them
- Aligning individual goals and roles with the aims of the group
- Resolving and working through conflict
- Optimizing the group processes and system
Example mental conditioning topics:
· Practice/Performance Preparation
· Energy Management & Regulation
· Biofeedback Training
· Dealing With Pressure/Anxiety/Burnout
· Composure/Emotional Control
· Teambuilding/Team Cohesion
· Mental Toughness
· Self Awareness/Performance Profiling
· Quality Practice
· Confidence Building
· Learning From Mistakes
· Self-Talk/Thought Management
· Dealing With & Recovering from Injury