“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”
Manti Te’o Emerging On and Off the Field
- Updated: August 10, 2016
Manti Te’o’s goals heading into his fourth training camp were simple.
Continue to improve and emerge as a leader on defense.
He’s well on his way to accomplishing his missions as Head Coach Mike McCoy summed up his play thus far with one word.
“(I’m) very pleased with Manti (in) not only his play, but in the leadership aspect,” McCoy continued. “(He’s) speaking up more and being vocal. I think that just comes with experience. The more comfortable you are in the system (then) the more confident you play. Playing next to Denzel (Perryman) and everybody up front, the more confidence you have (then) the more vocal you become. He has done a nice job.”
Despite his strong start to camp, Te’o remains unsatisfied as he has high aspirations for his 2016 campaign. Still, he acknowledges he’s been playing at a high level, and attributes it to one thing in particular.
“Confidence. It all comes back to confidence. I’ve gotten back to the basics of the game and (am) not worried about the extra stuff. I’m focused on trying my best to stay healthy. I trained hard. I trained extremely hard this offseason, and people are getting a glimpse of it. I wanted to give myself my best opportunity to be successful.”
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