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Daniels must play with ‘shared fear’

Posted Sep 14, 2010 by Adam Adkins

Updated Sep 14, 2010 at 09:21 PM

Motivation, determination, passion, pride and competitiveness are some of the biggest strengths inherent in QB B.J. Daniels. Those same strengths, however, also happen to be Daniels’ biggest liabilities when it comes to managing the game, according to USF coach Skip Holtz.

“He gets in that environment and I think every single play he’s got the ball in the arm he says, ‘I can win it. I can make that throw, I can win it, I can do it,” Holtz said during Monday’s Big East coaches teleconference.

Coaches want to see Daniels improve in his game-management skills, and one way in which to do that is adopting the “shared fear” mentality offensive coaches preach, according to offensive coordinator Todd Fitch. That shared fear is the fear of letting their teammates down, which is why coaches emphasize things like playing hard and knowing their assignments.

While constant reinforcement from coaches on what to do in different situations and game experience obviously will pay dividends, keeping in mind how his decisions affect the offensive unit as a whole could go a long ways as well.

“When he feels that I’m letting those other people down when I’m making those mistakes,” Fitch said, “then I think the importance of doing the right thing really becomes magnified.”

Reader Comments

Por (Dan Alatorre) on September 15, 2010 (Suggest removal)

I agree; Daniels can make some gret plays, but he takes on too much, tries to do it all himself, and makes some bad decisions that cost us. BJ, there are guys out there studying film JUST to figure out how they will attack you, how you react to certain pressures, what your tendencies are. Typically, after they get a few game tapes, they know what to do, they just may not have the players or talent to do it. That’s why guys like Grothe kickes butt their first year, and went flat in later years. make better decisions; sometimes throwing the ball away is your best play. Sometimes punting and living to play another down later is your best play.

Good luck! Go Bulls!

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