“Even last week, after halftime we settled down and played a much better ballgame in the second half,” he said. “If you don’t have butterflies going into any game, it doesn’t mean anything to you. It’s about overcoming that; understanding that not every play is going to be the big one and not pressing for that, because it’s just not going to happen. Just come out and play consistently and they will come.”
Much of that leadership falls to quarterback Jakcob Dean, the former wide receiver who started his first game under center last week. Dean was poised on the outside and performed well, but Nation expects even more improvement out of him this week. Coaches said he entered the Crosstown Clash over-excited if anything, and will improve as he learns to let the game come to him.
One thing that isn’t in question is how hard Dean will work to reach that point for both himself and his team.
“He’s the hardest worker on the field and has had a really good week of practice,” Nation said. “Even in practice you see it. He’ll keep running 20 yards after the end of the play just because he’s still going hard.”
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