Originally posted by nolewr: My take is that I'd rather have a guy who's picking FSU BECAUSE of mats and how much quicker and mentally stronger they'll make him over the kid who would rather not come here because of them.
I know the smell you're talking about, RO. Not pleasant. I was responsible for some of that smell a few times. Ugh.
And yes, many other schools do versions of mat drills. Miami University (in Ohio) was visiting us to study them and take them back to their program the week before DD died. Many schools visited us during those days to see what we were doing. Mats actually originated with Bear Bryant, I believe.
Amen...I would hope we only have players coming here to be the best and play for one of the best. This is no different than when you enter the military and you have to pass rigorous training to make it.
I watched a documentary on the Navy Seals and "Hell Week." Me personally, I feel better that these guys that have the mental toughness to get through that type of exercise considering they are the ones defending our country.
I watch guys like Jerry Rice and Eddie George put themselves through insane workouts to make sure they are the most conditioned and mentally tough people on the football field in their time...both were outstanding football players.
I was not a gifted athlete (an average at best) and never had the chance to play college ball, but I will tell you that I would have gone through anything to have the honor some of you have had and for those of you who made it through the drills and have gone out and left it on the field like you did - I thank you. Your work made it that much more enjoyable for people like me who went to school there and got to watch some very good years of football.
I pray we never see the day where we drop a program like mats to get cream puff recruits that want to take the easy way out.