The transition from high school to college is a tough one for anybody. For incoming freshman football players and all other student-athletes, it’s one of many tough transitions.
One day you’re a stand out player on your high school team. Then the next thing you know you’ve moved away from home, you’re learning a new playbook, you’re fighting for a position, you’re trying to impress a new coach and then probably plenty of other things that we don’t have the slightest clue about.
Then on top of all those things you have to adjust to becoming a college student and figuring out how to even get to class without getting lost on the first day.
We spoke with head football coach Scottie Montgomery on media day about helping student-athletes make this transition as smooth as possible and he let us in on some of the things they do to help them out off of the field.
“It would take me all day to tell you about that. It’s a process,” said Coach Montgomery. “A plan is put in place by the director of football operations and our director of player development. There’s probably six things throughout the day where they have to come in and have to do these things. It’s the only way they can make it. ”
Coach Montgomery understands that this kind of transition is not an easy one but he thinks teaching his players how to manage their time is a huge help.
“It’s very hard to transition,” he said. “The best thing we do is try to teach them time management skills. That’s the hardest thing that you have to deal with.”
He also went on to talk about how helping the new players isn’t all on the coaches and how older players are involved in the process as well.
“They also get the chance to have some social time with older players,” said Coach Montgomery. “All of them have an accountability group with the older players telling them exactly what they’re expected to do.”
This seems to be very important to Coach Montgomery and he feels like the things they are learning will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
“We have a lot we do for them, and then we have to teach them how to eat right,” he said. “In the end, it’s great for them.”