Incoming freshman first days have come a long way from the days when they piled all of the football players into the basement at Peabody Hall.
Now the freshmen come into Morgan Hall, which is about as upscale an experience for a perspective recruit as there is in the country. Instead of keys, the players are given swipe cards. Instead of a view of an alley, they get to see perhaps one of the best views of Center City Philadelphia anywhere. They will go to school in an exciting, vibrant, city, playing for a name that is now respected nationally.
This past weekend was the first for the 2017 true freshmen, many of whom will be redshirted. The “jewel” of the class has already been here for awhile, Dwyer (Fla.) High Toddy Centeio, who was a mid-year enrollee. It would only be a mild surprise to see Todd play a lot this year, not a major one. He performed pretty much as well as the other three quarterbacks vying for the job.
Some things change, some remain the same.
The parents still come and go and there are bags of stuff to haul through the dorms and hugs and goodbyes.
Other than that, though, it’s a whole different ballgame.
Temple players live in a state-of-the-art high rise and practice in a state-of-the-art $17 million practice facility.
It’s a long way from the days of Peabody Hall and the “largest Astroturf field in the world” (Geasey Field) in which to practice or the days when the “weight room” was located in the basement of McGonigle Hall next to the bowling alley.
Somehow, the kids of Wayne Hardin’s and Bruce Arians’ days overcame facilities and brutal schedules and won a “fair share” of games.
The kids today have it a little better, both facility wise and schedule wise.
When it comes to perspective and how they have done and how they are expected to do, it’s important to have those two items in mind.
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