Holgo: Don't act like a true freshman, get better
- by Doug Samuels 1 year ago
With only a week left in fall camp, Dana Holgorsen has noted that the staff has done a great job recruiting players up front that can physically handle what they're asking them to do, but the mental part of the game is starting to catch up to them.
"They're starting to spin a little bit. It's catching up to them." Holgo said about the mental load early on.
"Our second-team offense looks terrible. They look awful. That's what we're dealing with on offense where you put the second team in and you have a bunch of true freshmen. They don't need to act like true freshmen, they need to get better."
"Defensively, it's the same thing, but we're not having to put a bunch of true freshmen in on the offensive side, we're having to put freshmen in on the defensive side, and they need to keep getting better like our second team."
Holgo explained that instead of plugging in the young guys with the second team, you'd ideally want to redshirt them and give them an extra year to develop.
"Hopefully we don't have to play those guys. You want to red shirt 'O' linemen. Physically they're up to speed. Mentally it's going to take some time. We'll keep repping them."
Thinking back, Holgorsen noted that he can think of only one player that could shoulder the full load as a true freshman on the offensive line.
"We'll play true freshmen on the [defensive] line, secondary, some receivers, always played running backs. The O line is the one that's hard. Probably only had one guy do it in the last two years."