Aug. 25, 2005
So I have been sitting here, staring at the computer screen, trying to put
all my emotions and thoughts into words but to no avail. Preseason wrapped
up on Sunday with a morning practice and then a final team meeting.
Overall, preseason went extremely well and I am so proud of the commitment
shown by everyone on the team during the past ten days. Each time we
stepped onto the field, the level of intensity and work-rate was amazing
and left us pushing ourselves to a level I have never experienced. Yet I am
left questioning whether the success we experienced during preseason will
translate into great performances throughout the season. We open this
weekend with two extremely strong opponents: Auburn and St. Louis. Both
games will test our team and will more than likely expose our weaknesses,
yet I know we are ready for the challenge.
For the past four years we have been considered the "underdog," the "new
program," the team that cannot contend with nationally-ranked powerhouses.
Well.this year is going to be different. We HAVE proved ourselves as
contenders; as a team that can compete with the best; we have the
experience and the desire to win, and this weekend will only help to show
our progress as a program. Going into this opening weekend, I'm not worried
about who we're playing or what they're ranked nationally; in fact, none of
that matters. When it is all said and done, the winner will be decided by
which team shows up to play for 90 minutes and leaves it all out on the
field. I know we're ready.