Football is supposed to be fun.
Kids start playing the game at 7 and 8 years of age, growing up with football as a passion, not a hobby.
According to Southern Methodist University senior defensive lineman Serge Elizee, the new coaching staff headed by Coach June Jones has restored the fun for him and his Mustang teammates.
"This is a great coaching staff," Elizee told PonyStampede.com last week. "They make it a lot of fun out on the field for us. The way it's supposed to be."
Elizee explains that his job on the defensive front has gotten easier for him over the spring season.
"They give us more flexibility to do things we can do as athletes," Elizee said. "They tell us what they expect from us and they let us go perform up to the best of our ability. They want us to use what works for us."
Elizee agrees with new defensive coordinator Tom Mason on how the new defensive boss describes their philosophy.
"They want the quarterback no matter what," Elizee said. "Everything is designed around that philosophy. We will blitz a lot more and it's our goal to be a fast attacking defensive unit."
The senior defensive tackle, a junior college transfer, was SMU's most consistent player on the defensive front last fall. He had 22 tackles on the season, and had perhaps his best game of the season against Memphis where he recorded seven tackles against the Tigers. Elizee started in five games and appeared in 11.
"Serge has big time talents," Coach Mason said. "My job is to get it out of him all the time. He is definitely an impact type player."
With the new coaching staff has come a new attitude and confidence.
"The players want to do their best for this coaching staff," Elizee said. "They are doing a great job getting our best out of us. We want a bowl game; I think we are going to surprise a lot of folks before this season is over."