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Marci Harris, Particular to the Herald

BYU gamers have fun after the 2OT win over Baylor at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022.

Regardless that most followers actually want one over the opposite, the ups and downs are an integral a part of school soccer.

On a team-wide scale, these are often highlighted just by wins and losses — however they’re much more nuanced with regards to people.

Even when the staff wins, issues like penalties, missed assignments, turnovers, dangerous snaps and/or — within the case of BYU junior kicker Jake Oldroyd in Saturday’s 26-20 2OT win over Baylor in Provo — missed kicks might be emotionally devastating.

On the flip facet, when a participant does effectively and begins getting darkhorse Heisman Trophy buzz (like Cougar junior quarterback Jaren Corridor is) or a staff will get an enormous win and is knocking on the door of the Prime 10, it may be powerful to not let these accolades adversely influence efficiency.

So how does BYU take care of each the highs and the lows?

In accordance with the Cougar gamers and head coach Kalani Sitake, it is all about this system tradition.

“It is a brotherhood,” BYU sophomore linebacker Ben Bywater stated throughout Monday’s teleconference. “All offseason you are together with your boys each single day. You are working exhausting. By thick and skinny, we have got one another’s backs. That, for me, is reassuring. Our tradition is predicated on love and studying and (head coach Kalani Sitake) at all times talks about that. For us, being powerful guys is simply taking your wins and your losses with gratitude and simply shifting ahead.”

He grinned as he talked about how it’s simpler to benefit from the excessive factors.

“For us to win towards Baylor and getting the popularity we’re, I really feel like our guys deserve it,” Bywater stated. “I am so blissful for everybody on this staff and everybody who performed effectively on Saturday evening. For us, it is huge.”

However BYU offensive lineman Connor Pay identified that fame and success, notably in school soccer, might be very floating.

“Recognitions are nice however the second one thing goes improper, everybody’s going to activate you,” Pay stated. “It is essential to know that and simply keep targeted on who actually issues. That is actually the individuals on this constructing, the teammates, the coaches, the workers. We’re all specializing in our preparations for Oregon. Individuals exterior can say no matter they need to say, and it does not actually have an effect on us actually in any respect as a result of in actuality, it isn’t their opinion that issues to us.”

That is why gestures just like the seen one made by Corridor when he stood with Oldroyd on the finish of the Baylor recreation and the numerous others that had been much less obvious the place guys lifted up their teammates who had been down are so essential, in accordance with Sitake.

“I simply thought our guys, the leaders on our staff, maintain everybody,” Sitake stated. “I am actually pleased with that. It is those that the cameras did not catch too. It is the all the hugs and simply our gamers displaying their love within the locker room, issues like that. “It is exhausting to see your brother get down, so it is good for these guys to select one another up. And numerous groups do this, however I really feel actually good that our gamers really feel empowered to do issues like that.”

That additionally interprets onto the sector, the place the athletes are searching for to be their finest for themselves and one another whereas nonetheless fulfilling their particular roles within the Cougar offensive and defensive schemes.

Generally, as was evident on Saturday evening towards the Bears, attempting so exhausting to make performs for the staff may end up in errors and penalties. It needs to be tempered with self-discipline to end in success.

“I feel effort and the will to make the play doesn’t suggest that you simply simply lose your senses,” Sitake stated. “We’re attempting to guarantee that our guys have the appropriate mindset going into each play. It is by no means excellent so we all know our guys will make errors, however it’s OK. We study and get higher from them. The place it turns into an issue is that if our gamers are making the identical mistake repeatedly. Then there’s an issue from the coaches. They are not speaking effectively to the gamers or the gamers are most likely not in the appropriate mindset.”

Pay stated each participant needs to be totally conscious that they are often higher and have to be working towards that goal, no matter rankings or accolades.

“We rushed for, I do not know, like 83 yards towards Baylor and that is not superb in any respect,” Pay stated “There’s a lot to enhance upon that it is actually not price it to hearken to the skin noise. It is fantastic that we’re ranked excessive and we’re receiving recognition however none of that issues when you do not put together and go and win your subsequent recreation. You simply have to remain targeted in your opponent, getting ready the way in which you understand how, the way in which you have been coached, and you have to be OK.”

Marci Harris, Particular to the Herald

BYU kicker Jake Oldroyd makes an attempt a kick throughout the 2OT win over Baylor at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022.


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