For every program in the country, spring ball is a time to compete. Players have the opportunity to prove where they belong on the depth chart and coaches have a ton of time to evaluate where guys are going to fit before fall comes and the freshman report.
For Mario Cristobal and his staff at Oregon, that means lots and lots of competition and they’re going to amp up the adversity level as well, because he firmly believes that is their job as coaches.
“We keep telling our guys, everybody in life, for the most part, wants an easy path. We are teaching nothing if we provide that for our guys.”
“If we provide the path of least resistance in such a competitive world, what are we doing for our young student-athletes?
Cristobal went on to share how that approach prepares guys for the NFL, and how college ball and playing in the NFL are very different.
‘We tell them one day, “God willing, you’ll be in a room with 600 other wide receivers in an NFL camp, and a couple of you guys are going home. The guy beside you has been there eight-years and has an eight-bedroom house and he doesn’t want to give that up. The guy behind, well they just drafted him and he wants his shot and he’s not going to help you. So we’ve got to teach our guys to be in the shark tank all the time.”
“The difference is college is that it’s more of a partnership. Competition must be embraced and that’s how you build a better team. Well we all know, that when there’s someone nipping at your heels, our best is going to come out, or our worst is going to come out – but either way we’re going to have an answer on what we need to have.”
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