I said I’d get a blog Tuesday afternoon and I didn’t make it. My apologies. I was busy writing up the Clyde Yandell/Joseph Gilbert story I wrote for Wednesday’s paper.
Some material that didn’t make the Yandell/Gilbert story. Gilbert said he feels “great” about his level of comfort in the system. He said now he’s not worrying about the fundamentals and footwork and the like, but more about making it his own.
Gilbert: “One of my old offensive line coaches said, ‘I’m not going to micro-manage you. I’m going to teach you how to do it well. Then you learn how to do it great.’ That’s the policy I like to apply.”
One way he’s trying to help his younger teammates is to help them stay poised when things go wrong, either when he’s on the field and there’s a mistake or when the offense is on the sideline and the defense gives up a big play.
Gilbert: “That’s the main thing I’ve tried to bring over (from Tech). You wouldn’t believe how much it helps you. When you’re tight and nervous, you start thinking. You’re not thinking about, ‘Alright, I’ve got to do this, this and this on this play.’ You’re thinking, ‘Oh, (shoot), that last play, I screwed this and this up and everybody’s going to yell at me on Monday.’ You just can’t have that mindset during a game.”
Gilbert’s comparison of Paul Johnson and Bill Curry:
“Coach Johnson brings that more Navy, hard-nosed, old-school style of coaching, more like a military institution because, of course, that’s where he coached at.”
Gilbert on Curry: “He’ll push you, but he’s not the kind of guy that’s going to be up in your face yelling at you every time, dog cussing you, things like that. He’s going to get after you, tell you what you did wrong and keep doing it until you do it right. It’s just two different styles.”
(For what it’s worth, I didn’t get the impression that this was an “I like Coach Curry better than Coach Johnson” answer. As he said, it’s just two different styles.)
Yandell was at the Tuesday press conference alongside Curry, and Curry was saying that he is “rapidly becoming an outstanding offensive tackle, and when I say that, I mean, specifically, he bugs me every week – ‘Coach, what can I improve on?’ He knows that I watch that position maybe more than I should. I’ve given him some challenges and he’s responded to each one of them.”
Yandell said that he chose Georgia State not merely because it was convenient, but because the idea of being on the first team appealed to him. He said he really didn’t consider any other school when he decided to transfer, which it sounds like he was pretty intent on doing.
On what it meant to be named a game captain (for the Morehead State game), and being a leader in general: “I know (Curry) has made some kind comments about me becoming a leader or doing a good job of leading guys and trying to teach them things. It’s something I’ve really enjoyed doing and I love being in that position. Part of the reason I want to be here too is I really want to be able to help and help people learn from my own experience. So that’s kind of what it means to me. I know Coach Curry is one of the most amazing leaders I’ve ever been around.”
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