A message from Leon Searcy Jr to UM Juniors

datcaneguy

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"What is it about a 6-6 season which says you're ready for the NFL. I hate to see young men being exploited by dream sellers!!! Everybody in the league is big, strong, and fast. What seperates the men from the boys is the development of fundamentals, techniques, and work ethics which is essential to you're survival in the NFL. I hate to see kids chase the cash then a few years from now, they can't get a call back from their agent and are told their careers are over. Look, I could have come out my junior year and was projection 1st round. I decided that being a CANE was more important plus I wasn't ready!!! I needed to develop. If you're a baller, the cash is coming and he NFL ain't going no where."
 

DrJay23

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From his Facebook
"What is it about a 6-6 season which says you're ready for the NFL. I hate to see young men being exploited by dream sellers!!! Everybody in the league is big, strong, and fast. What seperates the men from the boys is the development of fundamentals, techniques, and work ethics which is essential to you're survival in the NFL. I hate to see kids chase the cash then a few years from now, they can't get a call back from their agent and are told their careers are over. Look, I could have come out my junior year and was projection 1st round. I decided that being a CANE was more important plus I wasn't ready!!! I needed to develop. If you're a baller, the cash is coming and he NFL ain't going no where."
this is what needs to be instilled in these kids head
 

LuCane

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You can't change those personalities and mentalities. You just have to recruit different type of players.
 

Larry

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You can't change those personalities and mentalities. You just have to recruit different type of players.
One of the problems my man, the line of succession is gone.

I remember Warren Sapp talking about what drove him to be great...he had to look to Russell Maryland and Cortez Kennedy, these monsters that came before him that he tried to best. And then talking with Russell Maryland a few years ago, he spoke about how he tried to be better than a guy like Lester Williams and guys who came before him.

I mean, if you're a receiver, and you got Michael Irvin on the sidelines looking at you, and you don't recognize that its Michael fucking Irvin and you don't shift your game into high gear take over a game, what the hell you doin with a U on your helmet?
 

LuCane

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You can't change those personalities and mentalities. You just have to recruit different type of players.
One of the problems my man, the line of succession is gone.

I remember Warren Sapp talking about what drove him to be great...he had to look to Russell Maryland and Cortez Kennedy, these monsters that came before him that he tried to best. And then talking with Russell Maryland a few years ago, he spoke about how he tried to be better than a guy like Lester Williams and guys who came before him.

I mean, if you're a receiver, and you got Michael Irvin on the sidelines looking at you, and you don't recognize that its Michael fucking Irvin and you don't shift your game into high gear take over a game, what the hell you doin with a U on your helmet?
I think it's much broader than that. I really think it's a social phenomenon. A whole bunch of guys now live life in a social fantasy land. Twitter is a cool tool. Facebook is a great entertainment tool. Reality TV (not for me) can be cool for entertainment. A lot of our players confuse these "communities" with real life. And, life (football) has a tendency to require more work than it does "on paper." That 2008 class is a perfect example. Generally speaking, they won championships in their heads before they put in the work to win the ACC or even be individually great. This happens a lot in a place like Miami. Everyone seems to "take their talents to South Beach." Unfortunately, not everyone is the most talented player in their sport.

Do some guys still have the grind mentality? Sure. You just have to find them and then balance those attributes with their physical/athletic attributes. A recruiter these days should be as much a behavioral specialist as he is a football expert. This is the single most important thing on why I lean toward optimism with Golden. I believe he understands this and plans to execute it. Otherwise, I'd be indifferent to Golden as a leader.
 

Fear The Tie

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From his Facebook
"What is it about a 6-6 season which says you're ready for the NFL. I hate to see young men being exploited by dream sellers!!! Everybody in the league is big, strong, and fast. What seperates the men from the boys is the development of fundamentals, techniques, and work ethics which is essential to you're survival in the NFL. I hate to see kids chase the cash then a few years from now, they can't get a call back from their agent and are told their careers are over. Look, I could have come out my junior year and was projection 1st round. I decided that being a CANE was more important plus I wasn't ready!!! I needed to develop. If you're a baller, the cash is coming and he NFL ain't going no where."
Spot on.

Great posts by Lu and Larry too. Recruiting kids that fit into the culture we're trying to build is key.
 

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Alonzo Highsmith


[h=6]Alonzo Highsmith
[/h][h=6]Im with you Leon and if your not ready physically or mentally it's going to be a rough go..... These guys are good at the next level and average college players don't cut it.....[/h]
 

SFbayCane

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In defense of some of these kids, the succession is not just about a line of players, its about a line of success. I think a lot of the kids in question believe (the same as many here) that 2012 is going to be as bad or worse than 2011. Given that, why would they stay other than for personal reasons? Its a double edged sword. I think it goes to each individual kid who's considering coming out early.
 

UMFarArcher

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Golden said it himself.

You can't instill football smarts and the required work ethic.

You have to recruit it.

Which is exactly what he's doing.
 

Cuse2Miami26

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Alonzo Highsmith


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[/h][h=6]Im with you Leon and if your not ready physically or mentally it's going to be a rough go..... These guys are good at the next level and average college players don't cut it.....[/h]


This

for a former player, father of a current player to say this on a public forum leads me to believe its a lot worse than we think.

I think the divide between players who have bought in and players who havent is pretty wide.

Im honestly not surprised, i remember hearing rumblings of players flat out quitting last year after FSU
 
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