Verner's Views

July 2, 2009

This past week has been a bit slower than the week before. My Romanian class has gotten a bit harder. We are now getting into conjugations of verbs, definite articles, and masculine/feminine forms of nouns, all of which can be very tricky! I scored another 10 on a quiz so I am starting to get the hang of it. The hours are long, but we are making a lot of progress in the class. However, speaking the language is a totally different challenge. It's hard for me to get that 'r' sound just right, but the teacher is working with me.

Football workouts have been stepped up this week. The intensity in the weight room has been pushed way up and the conditioning drills are also at a high level. The defensive backs and every other position have been competing to be the best at each of the drills. A special 'shout out' goes to fellow defensive back Courtney Viney, who works out with me at six o'clock each morning. He has been trying to make me better by challenging me in every obstacle, but I do the same to him. We had a couple of people plateau already this summer and that gets me fired up to get there as well.

It has also been going well in our late afternoon work. We have been getting the young freshmen acclimated to the system early. They are looking good while trying to learn the plays in order to get in and show what they've got. The defensive backs have impressed me with their ability to retain information and take criticism. The '7 on 7' sessions and 'scheme' workouts have been running smoothly. I've been able to teach and also work on my game, trying to keep myself technically sound even through the chaos. So it has been beneficial for me.

Aside from that, I still make time to do individual workouts so I can stay fit and focused on what I need to do. If that requires additional footwork drills, film sessions or speed work, I know I have to put the time in. I'm staying busy to make sure I am ready for this upcoming season. I also had a friend go off to Texas Southern. Just seeing the passion he displayed to start working on his game made me so amped to get started as well! So each week is another step forward toward the season as we look to take the Bruins back to the top!

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