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This Jones article concerns me because it is not does not seem to be just a question of developing physically and getting used to what is needed to compete at the level of competition needed to play at ND. If I am interpreting the article correctly, he is a physical specimen who even had self doubts about having the desire even play football.
Can people change their attitude ? Yes. Can they chance their personality ? Not sure ? It has been my experience that the one thing that an athlete needs to have in order to succeed at a high level is an inner drive. I can understand a player questioning whether to continue to play at ND or away from home, but to actually teach him to compete, that is another story. If a player has to be taught to compete, then somewhere down the road, he won' t have the "chest" to succeed. This means that he may never develop and get playing time, or he if he does, he will do well against lesser teams. or he will give in during the 4th quarter of tight games against good teams.
Again, maybe I am interpreting the article incorrectly. I hope that Jarron has the inner drive to succeed, but just needs to adjust to what is needed to play at ND since some of you debated the competitiveness of NY high school football on another post, however, if he does not have that competitive spark, we may never see much of him which would be a shame since he will be needed next year.
Will this happen to Jarron ? Who know ? Is It possible for someone without the "killer instinct" to become a mauler ? I know that players do mature, but again, in my experience a player has to have that inner drive to compete and succeed and if he does not, then he usually lets the team and himself down at some point. to me even a player who is a project has to start with a competitive spirit. Does any of this apply to Jarron ? I hope not
Your insight and concerns are on the money. I'm a big believer in mental toughness.
i just think it was a more of a "didnt know how to practice", something BK had to show the whole team when he first arrived, and something jarron jones had to find out about last season.... hes from NY and came from the same level of competition ishaq came from,, not really good... theres an adjustment period.
This. I wouldn't read anything more into it than what the article suggests. He's a kid that needed to RS, and it sounds like he will benefit from it in the long-run. That's why coaches have the option to use them.
This post was edited by dc irish 12 months ago
Louis Nix said he had some of the same misgivings. Chris Stewart and Tom Zbikowski both left school briefly to re-access. It isn't a big deal for a freshman to have self doubts. Time will tell if Jones is the real deal or not. My guess is he is now ready to roll. We'll all find out in September.
If by 'Chest' you are referring to the ability to generate controlled aggression in competitive situations, then it is a matter of his desire to reach that level and an environment that fosters and expects that outcome.
Paris Island is a great example of an environment that fosters and expects every Marine recruit to develop a 'killer instinct'. It's not innate in the vast majority of recruits but you learn to grow and adapt because you have no other choice. Are there guys that wash out...sure, but most get it because they are given the right stimulus to succeed.
If Jarron wants it, ND will give him all the tools to make it happen. Maybe not this year... but as he matures the light will go on.
It'll "click" for him. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
I think there is also an inner drive to develop insight into how performance is achieved. Often football is about overcoming adversity: physically, mentally, emotionally, etc; each singularly or in a complex of all or some of those obstacles. The coach on the Rutgers basketball team had an inner drive but not enough insight into himself or his players, let alone the methodology to develop his team and players. Larry Bird disconcerted out of Indiana and Bobby Knight and attended Indiana St instead. Bird's inner drive is legendary. No offense but I think negatively implying or raising questions about a college player's inner drives is specious at best. I think Jarron Jones coming to speak publicly about his dealing with the adversity of his first year at college speaks volumes about his high degree of inner drive and his character.
I am not being critical and I understand your concern but in life he is either going to blossom into the player he can become or he is not. We will all know in time what the story is so I suggest letting time play out, It matters not how many positive or negative predictions there are time and Jarron will decide the truth. I suggest a good shot and beer and sit back and not worry so much.
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