I know you may be having doubts and concerns about college then to add on to that a Division I sport at the level of our program. I know how intimidating it is to open Coach Taylor’s summer workout packet with all the drills, different weight lifting plans, nutrition plans, and all of the other information that’s in there. But don’t worry to much about it. Try to relax and just focus on doing as much of the workouts as you can.

The most important thing you should be focusing on before coming to campus in the fall is being in shape. The YBMI (the run test) is one of the first things we do together as a team and if you pass it that in itself shows the coaches and everyone else that you worked out over the summer. That you have come prepared for fall ball. My advice for getting in shape for the test is simply to run the test. The more you run it the better off you will be. Last year, that is what all of the freshman did and we all passed. Another incentive to passing the YBMI is to keep you out of fit camp, which means having to do two treadmill workouts a week for the remainder of the fall.

During the summer going into the fall I really tried to focus on lifting weights and getting stronger. I am not the biggest guy to begin with, so I figured I was going to get tossed around by all the senior defenders. It is important to come in fit and lift beforehand but once you get here you will get bigger and stronger in no time. And as far as all the eating dietary information, just eat as much as you can.

Once you get here you will have morning study hall, team lifts, individual lifts, and practice. But soon enough you will get into a routine and learn how to manage your time in the best way that works for you.

Best of luck to you in preparing for the season enjoy your summer as best you can because before you know it we will be in the middle of fall practice.

Your teammate

Throughout my career motivated individuals have surrounded me. This inspiration at times was tough to feel during the daily grind, and other times the real life energy was obvious. When our paths cross, I am proud to see that the athletes come up to me for a handshake or high five and the stories they remind me about put an instant smile on my face.

This new segment will showcase the letters that many have written, myself or the athletes and coaches that I have worked with; to share their inspiration with those we call “teammates.” As you read through the messages that are shared, please remember that what is inside you can separate you from the rest. Look around and you may be surprised how many others are in need of just a little enthusiasm to push them closer to their goals: professionally, physically, mentally, etc.

I will begin with a letter that I sent to a team that I am still very proud of to this day. No names needed. Just a sincere message that I hope can impact others to pay it forward by giving energy to those around them.

Please leave your feedback in the comments section at the bottom. How are you preparing your team, coaches, administrators, staff, co-workers, sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers to have a positive mindset in both good and challenging times?