Jermaine Moreira- Part II Did Snyder Steal the Best WR from Florida? by KStateFans.com Staff
Tenacious Pit-bull- that is the impression I got talking to the coach Daniels about Jermaine. This is a guy that has never been out of the state of Florida and came to Manhattan and fell in love with the school and coaching staff. This is also a recruit that several high profile schools were in on and Kansas State and Bill Snyder were able to come in and pry away from the SEC powers like Georgia and the Florida Gators as well as Miami- Late. In continuing to talk to Coach Daniels about Jermaine, what really began to stand out however was the character and work ethic of this young man. "There are a lot of talented players here in Florida but what makes Jermaine stand out is his desire to win. He will outwork everyone and not lose. He cannot lose, you want all your kids to have that attitude but Jermaine cannot lose. He hates to lose and it carried over to our other players." Jermaine is quickly becoming one of my favorite players.
Here is a little bit more on Jermaine's work ethic that gives you a window into what kind of special player he is going to be for the Cats; "His work ethic separates him from everyone that is as talented as he is. He was up here (at the school) before he went to Kansas State for the summertime working out every day. He was in the weight room everyday, out on the field run route after route everyday and playing press and coverage everyday. He was up here everyday working in the full heat trying to get ready. I mean his work ethic is incredible".
We discussed where he felt Jermaine would play for the Cats this season, his current numbers in the weight room and what type of player Jermaine was on and off the field.
At the end of the year Jermaine weighed in at 5'10 ½ and 175 lbs. and 4.5 in the forty. Since that time however, he has bulked up using coach Cole's training program "Jermaine has grown a little bit and is maybe a little over 5'11 and I would say 185 lbs. His 40 time is in between 4.4 and 4.5 but he has been working on his speed in the off-season."
As for his current numbers in the weight room:" this is before he left but he benches right around 290 lbs. and his squat is probably 400 lbs. He is really strong through his legs." Remember this is a 185 lb Wide Receiver.
As for Jermaine's best attributes on the field of play;" his quickness he is extremely quick and very strong, very strong in his lower body and he can make quick cuts. But desire to win is what separates him. He again has this desire to win that will not let him lose….He can't handle losing, he has to win. He has to catch every ball. When he on the field people can't cover him and he cannot stand to lose."
On the field and off, Jermaine leads by example. A lot of players in the game today relish in the role of trash talking. This is a guy that takes care of business on the field, gives you everything he has got in the weight room and class and does not talk about it. "Jermaine is not going to say much. He is not going to say anything.
One play that stands out for Jermaine:" Well there are so many plays he has made for us. But there is one play that really stands out. He took this little slant pass over the middle and the safety came up to hit him. The Safety came up and Jermaine went from full speed and kind of just stopped completely and the kind of swung and missed just trying to get a hand on Jermaine. Then he juked about 3 to 4 more players and just outran one and took it 80 yards for a touchdown. But has made so many incredible plays and has some wheels."
As to where Jermaine fits into the Cat offense:" He is outstanding cover corner but he has to have that ball in his hands. He is up there to compete for a starting WR spot. He has some hard work ahead of him but you are talking about a kid that triple jumped 49 feet in high school and long jumped 24'11" feet and won the state high jump at 6' 8" feet."
And so I asked Coach Daniels what he thought his Star Player would do for the Cats this year and what he wanted our readers to know about Jermaine; "He is going to make a lot of plays for them. He is going to make a lot of plays for them this season and I know that he went up there to compete for a spot and I hear that he is working himself into a spot already."
And as for what he would like everyone to know? :"Every time he has the ball- he has a chance to do something special with it."
So what is in store for this young man? Is the sky the limit?
"I don't know that we've had a freshman receiver come in and really display those nuances for the position," Bill Snyder said.
And that I think says it all.
A very special thanks goes out to Coach Daniels for taking the time to speak with us. In speaking with Coach, it really comes out in the interview how much he cares for his players and that he coaches them both on and off the field. We got a great one.
Jermaine Moreira- Part II
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