Monday, September 26, 2011
The Huddle: Play Your Position
By Lem Satterfield
The huddle is a sacred place in football; one where the team and game are the only things that count. We’re going inside the huddle by talking to football players on the POWERADE FAB 50 teams to find out their most valuable lessons learned -- on or off the field -- that contribute to their success.
In the fourth addition of the series, defensive tackle Milo Jordan of Centennial High (Corona, Calif.) talks about how to become more of a selfless player and build trust with teammates. Jordan has a 3.2 average and a desire to become a graphic designer. The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder is committed to become a Sun Devil for Arizona State.
Last season, Jordan made 94 tackles and came up with nearly six sacks, recovered three fumbles and caused two more fumbles. Not a bad season for a junior who helped to guide the Huskies to a 14-1 record and a state runner-up finish.
"One thing that I've always been able to do is be a big team player, but there were times in the past where I may have gotten out of position because I didn't trust the guy next to me to do his particular job," said Jordan.
"You want to have the numbers, yeah, but you also want to do your job, and then, a lot of times you'll find out that that makes your team a lot more solid. You learn how to play to the benefit of everyone, and not yourself."
It was that transformation that made a year of high pressure and scrutiny for the highly-recruited Jordan one that was also not without its frustrations.
"I had a lot of big games last year, so at one point, I got this idea that I'm going to make all of the tackles, and I'm going to make all of the big plays. But I had a couple of games where that wasn't necessarily the case," said Jordan.
"So I had to just learn to be where I was supposed to be, do what I was supposed to be doing, and just not having a whole lot of stats, but just playing my role and not going beyond my responsibilities. I think that it came down to learning how to play my role.
"I've seen it first-hand on many occasions during practices, scrimmages and games. When I'm doing what I know that I can do to the best of my abilities, then everybody seems to rise to another level around me. They sort of feed off of my energy, and then, we're all playing good."
ROLE MODEL: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis "Just the command that he has over his defense, and the way that he's so poised in winning and in losing situations. He plays as if there is no doubt that he's ever going to lose, whether they're down by 30 or up by 20, it doesn't matter. He's playing as hard as he can every down and getting after it. That tenacity and that drive, not taking plays off, trying to dominate in all areas. I just admire that."