Mental Game

It's been two full years since Chris Casher played meaningful football. The ability is still there, physically, but can he overcome the mental obstacles?

Coming out of high school in 2012, Chris Casher was one of the top defensive ends in the class. Despite having to sit out his senior year in high school, Casher showed why he was such a highly touted prospect during camps and all-star games.

Casher has the ideal blend of size, strength, and quickness for an end. For that reason it was thought that Casher would see playing time early in his career. However, after appearing in two games as a freshman he suffered a knee injury that resulted in a redshirt.

Although he had not fully recovered from the knee injury, Casher participated in spring practice and continued to show improvements throughout the duration of camp. However, he never really looked comfortable in anything he was doing.

With injuries such as the knee, recovering physically is only half the battle. You must be able to trust it mentally, and it never appeared Casher was to that point in the spring. He was hesitant in everything he did.

In the Garnet and Gold game Casher recorded a five-yard sack and rotated his reps between the first and second teams.

The potential is certainly there for Casher to be a difference maker for the Seminoles, but it's difficult to say where exactly he will fit into the rotation this fall.

Casher has a number of obstacles to overcome. First is the rust factor - essentially he hasn't played for two full years and it's unknown how he will respond in live action. That can go two ways.

Those issues can be even further compounded by learning a new scheme, in which he has a slightly different role, and having a new position coach.

No one will question that the ability is there, but for Casher to fulfill that potential he has to mature mentally and see the light at the end of the tunnel. If Casher enters fall camp fully trusting his knee as well as with the right attitude, I expect him to compete for one of the starting jobs, and at the very least be the first off the bench to see the field.

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