World of Payne: A Gamecock Diary
Chris Payne Journal #4:
To me practice in college is more intense, and the players seem to have much more fun at what they are doing. Practice is more organized and runs smoother than a high school practice. College practice is cool to watch because I love to see who's going to make the big play so they don't have to run after practice.
When I go see them practice I always go with the defensive backs. I like to watch what they do, whose footwork is better, how they act, and who the leaders are. They are a unit. That is what I like about them, they are a unit, and always want to make the big play.
The one thing I love about Carolina is how they treat me like family, and most of the players talk to me and tell me they are glad I am coming to play with them. Since they treat me like family, when I get there I won't be scared. Most of the times I am with the defensive backs, and they always do things with me. I sit in their meetings, seeing what they do best, and how they read the sets on the offensive side. Everyday I have come, Coach Cooper always says, "there's my boy". I love that. And I am really glad that he is going to be teaching me.
This is another reason why I chose Carolina: They are 15 minutes away, and after I graduate I can go right over there and start lifting, get the playbooks, and learn everything about the program. This is when I will get the edge over other prospects. I feel that I am a hard worker, and I know how to conduct myself as an elite player. I really know football, and I am a player who always wants to get better. And that is why I love Carolina.
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