That’s why the Washington Football team is selective about which players they recruit. They want talented players like every football program. But there is a huge difference between a team playing in the sunny comfort of 80 degrees year round, versus a team that slugs it out in rain, snow, and wind. To beat THOSE elements, players must master themselves. And Washington wants players who can do that very thing.
Distractions are not very significant to incoming freshmen. But they matter, and matter in big ways. From the moment a new freshman arrives to campus, they will fell the challenge of competing priorities: education, social life, athletics, family time, and finally – me time. Too few weigh out the challenges of starting their college career and what that means in terms of new lifestyle.
UW freshmen quickly learn to avoid distractions
From the moment a freshman arrives to the Washington Football team practice, they are on the clock. Focus, discipline, training, effort, maturity, intelligence, humility, humor. All factors on display are noted. Not for the sense of ranking a player, but in assessing who can handle what. Which incoming freshman can work with the starters, and which ones need more development?
Some players arrive with a plug-n-play personna. They can suit up, go out, and deliver. Some players need refinement in the weight room, or with technique, or simply familiarity with new teammates, coaches, and playbook. Don’t get me wrong, every player on the roster lives with the knowledge that they must be ready to play in each game. Everyone witnessed that “next man up” in action throughout the 2017 season. The coaches for the Washington Huskies prepare each player to start each week.