The incoming freshman class is working out separately from the vets, but that doesn't mean they aren't working hard.
By the time my lifting group is about to start, they are pretty much wrapping up theirs. From the looks of it, coach Darin Lovat and coach Marco Candido are working them pretty good.
Like I said in my last entry, the offensive line is continuing to work hard on our own, and the new additions to our team up front have joined us.
The summer is a great time for them to get a jump-start on learning our schemes and concepts. The young guys are taking everything we tell them and are picking things up pretty quickly -- I'm excited to see what these guys can do when the pads go on.
I really appreciate the words of encouragement you guys gave on my last entry. That's one of the reasons why I came here to WSU - the loyal Cougs that are always behind us. The family atmosphere here really does go a long way.
I want to take this opportunity to personally thank you all for the love you show to us. I'll relay all of it to the guys. Now some of you guys had a question for me…
-Cougb4u: What was your experience like sitting out last season and trying to get back into playing shape for this year after what you went through (the illness, losing weight, fatigue, etc.)?
-SFCoug: As a follow on question, do you feel like you are fully recovered at this time? Do you think the illness helped you in some way (e.g., slimming down so that you can put on more muscle)?
Sitting out, especially after already earning the opportunity to compete in at the Pac-10 level, was rough.
I love the game, and the two and a half months of not being able to practice, lift or even do anything physical was a tough time for me. But I was able to keep a positive attitude with the help of my family and Cougar family. By the time we got into our winter lifting and conditioning program, I was 100 percent.
I was able to gain my strength and weight back in a decent amount of time - crazy how the human body works, right? The only thing that the illness helped me with is implanting in me the knowledge that football can be taken from me at the blink of an eye. I feel like I got a second chance.
When you get a second chance, you're going to leave everything on the field.
Thanks for the questions and notes of encouragement, guys. I'm happy to answer any more questions you have for me.
Until next time,
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