The Team Room - December 2020

We have moved to Substack!

Well team, we are almost there. 2020 is winding down and yet it feels as if it never got started. We have moved to Substack and in our December issue:

  • UCLA Recruiting Analyst Branden Jones finishes his 3-part series.

  • Stay ready by setting short term goals.

  • Importance of positive self talk from Chad Kanoff.

We hope you enjoy THE TEAM ROOM.


What is your WHY

The final piece of a 3-part series by UCLA Football Recruiting Analyst Branden Jones.

What is your WHY for college football? Is it a pipeline to the NFL? Is it for the love of the game? It it for the college degree? Is it to prove doubters wrong? Whatever your motivation, there is a place in college football for you; however, just because you want it doesn’t mean you’ll get it. We have talked about presenting yourself for a college program in the proper manner, but what is out there in terms of college football? Here are the levels of college…READ THE REST


Stay Ready

With lockdowns being instituted and the season slowly shifting into questionable once again, it is more important than ever for you to stay ready. As Chad Kanoff reminded us, control what you can control (“Control the Controllables”, August 2020). There is no telling what will happen in the next few months but you being unprepared when the time comes is not…READ THE REST


The Importance of Positive Self-Talk

You learn a lot playing team sports, particularly a sport that is as physically and mentally demanding as football. Of all the things I learned, the importance of self-talk may be the most important and surprising. It wasn’t something I’d spent a lot of time thinking about before I started working with professional sports psychologists…READ THE REST


Football Fun Fact of the Month

We thought it would be interesting to look at the average size of NFL players. We found research from Dr. Craig Booth that he assembled in 2013.