Aug. 29, 2007
Sophomore running back Bryan Payton will chat with IUHoosiers.com periodically this season and share his thoughts on the Hoosier football team. In his first installment, Payton lets us know how he thought camp went and what he likes about this year's team.
Training camp is officially over and it is now game week. Training camp went very well for us as a team. We made great strides in the span of three weeks and are now ready to play our hearts out. I think I speak for all of my teammates when I say that we are so ready to play against someone other than ourselves. I swear if I have to see Adam McClurg in the hole one more time I'm going to go crazy!
I feel that I, personally, had a good training camp. My goal for myself this camp was the same that I had for myself in the spring. I wanted to make it VERY hard for the coaches not to play me. I want to be a guy that changes the game in one way or another. I want to be an impact player. I've worked at doing just that by paying attention to details and focusing on the little things such as tracks (the RBs course to get the football), my form in pass protection, reading the defense, getting more out of film study, route running, catching the football, etc. Coach Lynch has stressed focusing on the little things and attention to detail. Though I can't say that I've been perfect, I've taken his words to heart and have done my best to transfer them to the field.
Training camp was no walk in the park, nor was it the toughest thing
I've been through. I went through daily three-a-days in prep school at
Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. While this was definitely not
three-a-days, I did have some bumps and bruises this camp. It was
sometimes frustrating but I just prayed about things and I knew that
whatever went wrong, it would pass.
One thing that I really enjoyed seeing was the over-aggression of the freshmen. All of them are so eager to make a name for themselves and earn the respect of the rest of players and coaches. They try so hard to not only do things correctly, but also to the do them fast. The game is so much faster for them at this level. Some adjust faster than others, but they all will get it soon.
One player that has really stood out to me is linebacker Tyler Replogle. He runs around the field like a madman. I think he's in on about every tackle, he plays hard all the time, is a hard hitter and sometimes forgets what "thud up" means. But I love it. I don't always like to get tackled in a "thud" drill but I try not to get too upset because I know the motor of this guy and the other freshmen will do nothing but help our football team.
Check back soon