Anyone who has heard the performances of Kevin Garnett and Ray Lewis knows that these two Hall of Fame athletes are generally a little behind and don’t mind being called crazy.
For Gophers foster coach Matt Simon, that’s a good thing; he wants his players to direct the way the former Timberwolves striker and former Baltimore Ravens midfielder talked about the difference between playing the game and trying to dominate it.
During Garnett’s 2017 TNT Zone 21 segment, Garnett told Lewis how the group he was talking to looked at him oddly, saying the athletes must be “a little crazy here” when he pointed to his temple. …
Lewis then shared the story of how he lay in bed in a New York hotel and watched an excerpt of Dustin Keller running the corner route. “If they choose this path,” Lewis shared, “I will separate his soul from his body.”
“Mmm,” Garnett replied. “I have a motto in sports: if you don’t step on someone, do you know who you are? They are stepping on you.
The clip touched on Chris Outman-Bell, the main receiver of The Gophers, who this week revealed why he will return to Minnesota in 2022 for season six. CrAB and Minnesota (8-4) will play first in the guaranteed bet against the West. Virginia (6-6) in Phoenix on Tuesday.
CrAB said his decision to bring him back was based on the fact that the 2021 season is not on his or his team. Ankle injuries made it difficult to start his year and he wants to develop more aspects of his game, including flexibility. Meanwhile, he wants to help young U.
Othman-Bell then spoke of his main reason for returning; there were shades of KG in his answer.
“I plan to really show what I think no one has ever seen in the next year, and I plan to be that player,” he said. “I didn’t come back to prove it to the world. I came back to prove it to myself. I don’t think I had a season that I would like this year, so I plan to have it next year. ”
A preseason ankle injury in August made it impossible for him to start the 2021 season with two games. He had four receptions for 79 yards against Colorado in week three, but then straightened his leg in his first attacking game after losing to Bowling Green in week four.
Because the offensive passing often remained neutral throughout the season, Outman-Bell only had two five-plus / 100-yard reception games (Nebraska and Iowa). He finished the regular season with 35 receptions for 490 yards and six touchdowns. While these were team highs, they weren’t exactly high standards.
Othman-Bell admitted that he was constantly wondering if he would return next season. Another season in maroon and gold should put it in the top 10 in major admissions categories.
“I want to thank my coaches for not jumping on our backs because of decisions,” he said. “They allowed us to finish the season well, and we had these conversations after Wisconsin and before preparing for the bowl. I respect these guys because they allow us to focus on the season. … These conversations were definitely difficult. We have our differences. This is the conversation you like. I think they strengthen the bond with you and the person you support them with. ”
Head coach P.J. Fleck said his motive is not to persuade eligible players to return, but rather to present facts and perspectives on how the program is treating them, as well as feedback received from the NFL.
Othman-Bell is part of what Fleck has called the “four for an encore,” a quartet of players who will be returning next season. It includes defender Tanner Morgan, running defender Mo Ibrahim and center John Michael Schmitz.
Following a bowl game next week, offensive linemen Blaze Andris and Daniel Faalele leave the field, defense linemen Boye Mafe and Esesi Otomevo are also expected to leave.
Othman-Bell said the mindset he brings to dominate in 2022 started with a few “sparks” when he arrived on campus in 2017 and has become more consistent in 2020. Fleck and Simon praised CrAB for his brutal play and how his drive to dominate plays out in the fight for a controversial catch.
Now Simon and Outman-Bell want to help other splitters understand that they need it too. This includes those who have had some success – Daniel Jackson and Mike Brown-Stevens – and those who want to break through – Lemeke Brockington and Doug Emilen.
For Dylan Wright, a Texas A&M transfer who has performed well this season, he is aware of his talents at 6’3 ” and weighing 215 pounds. Wright topped Minnesota with an average catch of 19.2 yards.
“He’s a very skillful player,” said Othman-Bell, who is 6ft 1 and 215lbs. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone with this type of physique, with the way he plays and how he attacks the ball. To get Dylan’s body and athleticism, I would die for it. ”
Returning to the kill-or-be-killed TV segment, Garnett and Lewis went on to say that they saw only one path to success.
“It’s an obsession,” Garnett said.
Lewis replied, “This is the only way to get there.”