How to be a good student-athlete in college football’s new “Cult of the Catch”
College football’s “Cant-Get” cult has its roots in the NCAA, where players are often told to “go to heaven” and “go for it” to be accepted into elite programs.
Now, that same “Catch” has its own “Crazy Caught” section.
“Caught” is a nickname given to football players caught by referees, who are expected to make their calls at the line of scrimmage and call “the catch” to determine whether a player is down, a play that typically is ruled a touchdown.
The catch is a key part of the “Cavs'” game plan, according to NFL Network analyst and analyst Mike Pereira.
“They’re looking for that extra point, they’re looking to make the big play, they want to get that touchdown, and they want those big plays to come to them,” Pereira said on NFL Network’s “Mike & Mike” on Monday.
“When you’re catching a pass, the big plays come from the sideline.
The big plays are the plays that go down the field, where the ball goes in and goes out of bounds, or catches that go into the end zone, or the touchdown.
And that’s where a lot of their success comes from.”
According to Pereira, the catch can be one of the most challenging elements of the game for college players.
“I think it’s very difficult to make that call, because the only time it’s easy is when you’re doing it for the team and you’re trying to make a play, not just to yourself,” he said.
“If you’re the guy who’s going to make those plays, you need to have the confidence that you can make that catch, and you need that confidence to be able to make good decisions, and to make sure that you’re not letting the referees get in the way of that play.
That’s really the toughest part, because that’s the moment you’re most likely to make mistakes.”
When Pereira is asked if a player who doesn’t have confidence in their decision-making ability is a better prospect than a player with confidence, he said, “Absolutely.”
“That’s a hard one, because there are people who have the ability to make big plays, and then there are others who don’t have that ability, and those are the ones that are going to get the call, and the ones who are going for it.
So, I think those are two sides of the coin, because if you’re going to be in a situation like that, it’s going be more difficult to be successful in the NFL.
But I think if you have confidence, you can do that in college.”
And if you do, Pereira says it’s “just as likely” you’ll get the catch.
“The biggest thing that college football has going for them is the way that it’s structured.
It’s an accelerated learning environment, and that’s very important for the success of a college student-team athlete,” he added.
“You’re going through the college football experience like you’re a pro athlete.
There’s an emphasis on the physical skills, there’s a lot more of that.”