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Read somewhere that he 'messed up' on a drill and then acted out when being called out for this and ran Laps for a long time. This guy is a senior right? I know nobody likes being told that they are making mistakes but this worries me about our starting tailback having an attitude problem. Any thoughts ?
Personally, I have always liked Marlin Lane better. Neal seems to always try to bounce it outside too soon. Lately, I have been wanting Alden Hill to play! He looks for the contact and he will run right over you.
Sounds like he's going to be doing a lot of running and I don't mean in the game. I don't like the sound of this, I thought that ME attitude went out the window shortly after CBJ got here. All the more reason for Lane to step up and gain the coaches trust again and take the #1 spot with hill backing him up. Neal has the speed and power just never seems sure about where he wants to go with it.
Maybe this should have occurred a lot sooner. GBO
Come on. Its hotter than Hades and tempers are bound to build up at times. One flare up is nothing to worry about. Don't know if he has a history of it. Being in the Army there are plenty of times even my best Soldiers made a lapse of judgment. No need for holier than thou speeches, we weren't there. That being said, GO VOLS.
agreed.....wouldnt jump the gun just because he got flustered....
Yes, and as someone said in an earlier post - maybe he needed some discipline earlier in his career. I like that the coaches are as hard on the Sr. Starters as they will be on the incoming Frosh. No favorites, equal balance in discipline = team chemistry improvement.
We are all assuming that 'read somewhere' means it happened. I personally don't know but I do know he broke off several good runs against the number 1 defense in practice.
I think a lot of it is the coaches hold Raijon to a higher standard because they know they are going to need him and want him to set a good example... With that said give me Marlin all day. In the videos you could hear Butch yelling at Raijon STAY UP. He's just to soft.
It was in Evans11, but I don't think it's that big of a deal.. I mean heck, if my wife wasn't afraid I'd have a heart attack she'd make me run laps every time I folded the laundry!
I know what you are saying about 'soft' but I think a big part of his problem is he gets tense at impact. All the truly great running backs are more relaxed at impact. It was in the dark ages but we were taught to relax at impact and concentrate on keeping our feet under us. Coach said it's like lifting something soft as opposed to ridged. It is always harder to lift the soft item even if it weighs the same as the ridged item. I don't know that Neal will ever learn that lesson.
I didn't know that but it makes sense and you're right.
To put a finer point on it if you watch a Walter Payton, who loved to initiate contact, he would explode on the tackler and then just relax and they would often just fall away. Guys like him almost seemed to ignore the contact at the point of impact.
That's very interesting. I wonder how much of him tensing up has to do with him being labeled with fumblitis early in his career. I remember a couple years ago popular take on Neal was "if he could just hang on to the ball, he would be a really good back". Maybe he's overcompensating for this by not driving through tackles and just gripping his body around the ball instead.
I read the same thing. Neal planted on the wrong foot twice in a row during a drill late in the practice and Coach G made him run laps. I honestly don't think it is a huge deal. Sure, Neal made mistakes in practice but he also broke off a few big runs in the 11-on-11 period at the start of practice. Senior or not he will not be perfect.
This post was edited by utkdominic 8 months ago
Interesting, I never thought of it that way. Makes sense tho. A "roll with the punches" kind of thing.
This post was edited by uscgkenny 8 months ago
Come and take them.
+1 for teaching me something about being a running back. One step closer to making the team as a walk-on!
Neyland Stadium seats 102,455 people, making it the third-largest non-racing stadium in the United States.
Relaxing doesn't work in every circumstance. In particular when you have a tackler who wraps up and drives through the ball carrier. That's when you continue to drive but most kids and pro's today and when I played(dark ages) don't tackle correctly. They hit, wrap up but don't keep the leg drive going and that's when relaxing helps. I think at the core of Neals problem is his inability to adjust to the college game. I live in Tyrone where he played and he was a beast. His speed and power were too much for almost all HS players. However, in college he has not made the mental adjustment to faster, stronger opposing players and he just goes down much to easy. Maybe the light will go on and his on field ability will match his strength and speed. I hope so because the kid can be a beast.
I never really thought about it this way be it makes sense!
Good posts here! To add to this, I just hate that he hasn't been able to translate his straight line speed and weigh troom prowess to the field. I remember Wes saying he owned all the weight room records for a running back except for a few which is crazy if you think of the running backs we've had here!
Was talking about some of the talent that has come out of Sandy Creek HS with my next door neighbor and we both agreed that Neal 'MAY' be a workout warrior. By the way, this guys kid is a 6'4" WR for SCHS and has already heard from Dabo, according to his Dad. I will keep you guys up to date on him once the season starts. I have no idea how good he is but 'the creek' is loaded again. They may have as many as 6 potential D1 players Freshman to Senior.
For the record. From Evan's original post in his story which I will paraphrase from: 'Rajion messed up during a drill in practice, he was still running laps when we last saw him'. It never indicates he had an attitude about anything, not sure where you got that assumption. Unless you heard it second hand from someone who made the assumption for you. The original post is here: http://knoxblogs.com/evanseleven/2013/08/05/tennessee-football-practice-q/
Thanks for the update.
i have always seem him like arian foster for some reason attitude wise.... no where near the production on the field but i have a feeling he will go to the combine and show out and do well in the pros in a few years
Here's the article the OP was probably referencing.But again, I doubt its a big deal we all have our "moments"
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