Gaining Confidence

Last week against Georgia Tech freshman wide receiver Lance Leggett scored his first career touchdown. Quarterback Brock Berlin found Leggett for 57 yards on a deep post for the score. Leggett has been one of the team's top freshmen after playing for Grace Prep School in Arlington, Texas.

Lance Leggett's touchdown came immediately after an interception on the defensive side of the ball to set up the big play. The score gave the Hurricanes a 20-3 lead in the second quarter. Catching a deep pass for his first touchdown excited Leggett.

"It was great to catch a deep ball for my first touchdown," said Leggett.

Prior to the play Leggett knew he had to be ready.

"Brock came to the huddle and said go deep because I am about to throw it to you," Leggett explained. "I just had to run."

The post opened up for Leggett because there was not help from the safeties. As Berlin made his throw Leggett caught the pass in stride with outstretched arms.

"I ran a post and I saw there wasn't any safeties," Leggett recalled. "I took the inside of the cornerback and Brock just lobbed it up there and I just had to go get it."

One reason why the play was successful was because Leggett thought it would work earlier in the game. He noticed something in the Georgia Tech defense that would allow a big pass play.

"I noticed an opening earlier in the game," Leggett said. "I knew we were going to call it later. I just had to wait for it."

On the game, Leggett finished with four catches, 80 yards, and a touchdown. Having a productive day helps the young receiver gain confidence. His confidence level has changed since he first arrived on campus.

"I am gaining more confidence out there," Leggett said. "I think I had a little bit of confidence when I came here, but I had to catch on to the speed of things."

The wide receivers are led in receptions by Roscoe Parrish (10) and in yards by Sinorice Moss (153). According to the coaches the wide receivers have been improving each week and were a focal point of the offense's success this season.

"I think we are coming along real well," Leggett said. "Everyone is thinking we are down right now, but we are doing well."

The older receivers have been helping Leggett with transition to college. He is glad the transition has gone well and points towards their willingness to help with any question he might have.

"We get along like brothers," Leggett said. "They are like my big brothers and that is how I look at them. Anything I need help with they are there. They call me to see if I want to hang out or go out, but I don't really go out."

This week the Hurricanes host the #17 Louisville Cardinals on Thursday, October 14 at the Orange Bowl.

"I think they are good team," Leggett said. "But we have to think every team is a good team. We are just going to go in there and play our game."

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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