Space limitations sometimes mean that interesting comments and information don’t make it into a story. Here’s a little more from Charles Sawyer that didn’t make it into the update earlier in the week.
Here he talks about the difficulty in trying to win back a job that was solidly in his grasp at the beginning of the season, an unusual situation for guy who has started for two previous seasons.
“It’s frustrating, because you always want to compete, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to take what you’re given. If it’s 10 plays, you’ve got to make all those 10 plays important to you. The more plays you get, the more plays you’ve got to make important to you. It’s been good from learning that every play matters. That’s helped me out a lot.”
The urgency of trying to get on the field while his final college days click away has not changed anything with his practice habits, Sawyer said.
“Since I got on this campus from Day 1 I’ve been working hard in practice. That never changed,” he said.
Here’s cornerbacks coach Jason Jones on where Sawyer stands in his quest for playing time:
“He’s really starting to come along. We’ve tried to take it slow with him to get him back, make sure he’s 100 percent. He’s coming in on his own, studying tape. He’s understanding the entire game plan, not just what his position requires. It’s helping him develop into a good player, and he’s helping us out.
Here’s Jones the competition between Sawyer and Mike Hilton:
When he came back he understood that we’d put Mike there, and Mike was making plays, and Mike was helping the team. He said, ‘I just want the opportunity to compete and fight for my spot back.’ I told him to keep fighting and keep working, and that’s what he’s been doing.”