"We have to master the things that require no talent"
- by Doug Samuels 1 year ago
On the field at Camp Randall, in front of 80,000 fans among the loudest in the country, communication's importance can't be stressed enough.
Co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash pointed out communication's importance, using their loss against Ohio State, where a breakdown in communication in the secondary allowed Ohio State to go ahead with under 30 seconds left on the clock.
“Communication doesn’t require talent. That’s the No. 1 thing we’ve got to master, the things that require no talent. That’s one of them.”
However, it's not easy. Processing the personnel, formation, defensive call and down and distance while under the gun on game day takes plenty of repetition, Ash notes.
“You have to process it first before you can communicate it. The great ones, they can process it faster.”
“Out here, it’s easy. On game day in the environment of Camp Randall Stadium, it’s a whole ’nother thing. We try to stress it, but you never know until you get to gameday.”