"Trust creates hope, hope creates belief, and belief creates wins"
- Published: Monday, 10 September 2012 08:33
- by Doug Samuels
After being counted out by many while down 28-7 against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Todd Berry and the Louisiana-Monroe coaching staff didn't panic, they believed that they had mentally trained their guys for moments like this.
As Berry explained looking back on the 34-31 overtime win, "We took a very aggressive approach to try get those kids to switch their brains to where we were going to go out and try to win rather, than try to play games close.''
The players trust the guys that roam the sideline and the coaches reciprocate that same trust. No statistic shows that kind of mutual trust more than the Warhawks being 6 of 7 on fourth down conversions on Saturday against a top ten opponent.
As we've all seen at this point, the biggest fourth down conversion of the game came in overtime when they passed on a field goal to tie the game and instead scrambled for a touchdown to win it.
"There's a calmness. I don't think our guys are too worried about the venues or the helmets anymore. I think we just kind of go out and play.''
That belief will be put to the test this week as UL-Monroe takes on Auburn (0-2, 0-1), who is looking to rebound after tough losses to Clemson and Mississippi State.