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'Never making bad plays is more valuable than making great plays'

Mike Leach brought up a great point during his spring football press conference yesterday.

When asked about if he's excited to see some of the true freshman recruiting class see time on the field to start the season, Leach noted why he's excited to see all of them.

 "I'm excited about all of them. I've been wrong about that more than any other item that I've ever been wrong about. Finding freshman that can play early is like betting on quarter horses or something."

Then Leach shared the trait makes a valuable freshman, which can be used for players across the board.

"The guys that do the same things that got them there, that don't make too much out of it, that are focused on what they can do and do it every time and build on it...I think that's what important."

"I think that sometimes guys get caught up on great plays and they'll make one great play and then they'll say 'I made a great play so therefore I should do this and that'. But no, it's about how many routine plays you can make in succession and how many bad plays you can avoid." Leach said.

"A guy that never makes a great play, but never makes a bad play is typically more valuable to you than nearly anybody."

Great point.

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.