Re: Alabama RBs
posted at 6/7/2013 3:40 PM EDT
In response to pcmIV's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
The age is a factor. Also, the extreme competition in highschool football too. These guys are mostly converted Iron Men from highschool where they play both sides.
So last spring I had three FB players, all three top 10 recruits at their positions.
One was a QB (good luck with that at LSU buddy), another a WR, and a third an OT.
The OT, who was from Chicago area, played only OT.
The other two who were from Louisiana and Georgia, played Iron Man football. The WR was a WR and Safety, the QB was a QB only.
A lot of "skill" guys who play WR and RB also play another position too. That is a lot of abuse early on.
Also, not NFL caliber, but NFL size and dimension is just far more common.
Interesting perspective as always. I guess I never gave the impact of high school football much of a thought. My sense was that the top recruits just outclassed the heck out of most of the competition so they couldn't be taking that much of a pounding. Perhaps I'm not giving the high schoolers enough credit. As a coach do you think there should be any kind of limits on what kind of abuse these kids should be taking. They are mostly not legal adults. That definitely seems to be a bit more in the spotlight lately here in Chicago (where I live now) although I can't say I've followed the issue that closely.
I don't know how skill factors into it. I was only a mediocre high school athlete.
But I have a couple of issues that are related to it, the big one is my back, which is now always out of line. I was hitting up the chiropractor at 16.
My doctor told me I should have surgery on it, which I cannot afford. It's not so bad anyhow, you just live with the occaisonal pain, but I'll have to get something done as I press into my 40s.
At any rate, if I were good, and did play college -> pros ... I'm sure I would have had surgery years ago. Plus other inuries.
Coaches? Certainly coaches shouldn't lean so much on a few kids, but that is how it is.
When it comes to monitoring injuries that are just health related (i.e., not an obvious type like a broken bone or torn ligament) it is a lot murkier. You don't have team doctors that ask all the time and are capable of spotting what a dinged player moves like. At that age a coach doesn't monitor his players that way either, nor can he really. A lot of injuries that hurt bad down the road start small, and aren't, in fact, a cataclysmic impact type affair.
It's up to the parents, who as they do with teachers, look at HS football like extended daycare. My parents were up on it, and even sat me for the second game I was supposed to ever start. It was terrible then, but I can't say I'd do it any different if it were my kid.