BATON ROUGE, La. – “Water is for cowards. Water makes you weak. Water is for washing blood off that uniform, and you don’t get no blood on my uniform.” The famous lines Denzel Washington spoke as Herman Boone in Remember the Titans were in a tense scene, where Washington embodied the fury of the historic coach.
Although not with the same lines, Southern interim head coach Jason Rollins echoed its sentiments. The Jaguars were finishing their first practice in shoulder pads, but the energy was not at the level Rollins’ demanded. The interim head coach used “motivational” speeches and extra conditioning to get the team back on track.
“Just how do you want your team picture to be read at the end of the season? How do you want to be read? What do you want your scouting report to say? How you want your scouting report to say is how you should practice,” Rollins explained.
“Adversity cause some men to break and some men to break records. It was a little adversity today, but we had to fight through it. That’s how good champions become champions because adversity going hit at anytime in the game,” sophomore running back Craig Nelson said.
The adversity Southern faced during Tuesday’s practice involved three things: the first padded practice, the wet field from a rainy Monday and the Louisiana heat, but the players appreciated Coach Rollins’ intensity.
“He always a fun guy, lot of energy, lot of noise, but for the most part, he kept our well-being. I Just know, the team know, he want us to be better,” junior cornerback Glen Brown said.
“We needed it. Every team needs that intensity. When it’s hot out here and the team struggling, every team needs a coach like that to light a fire under them,” sophomore running back Jerodd Sims added.
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