People dont talk about Special Teams as much as they should and the Thorpe signing kind of proves it. Back in the day..we used to wonder what Thorpe would develop into and going in to Training Camp we would hope he took a big leap forward and was going to be a starter or what not.
Instead he has made a 6 , going on 7 year career for what he does on 4th downs and after scores. There is a lesson there. If youre a talented but not special football player heading into college.. dont play running back. Try to be a cornerback, failing that a linebacker, failing THAT a safety.. and make sure you can do a lot of things. If you can sorta cover man, and sorta cover in zone, and you tackle and block and get off outside blocks..you are gonna make a lot of rosters.