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Your mama didn’t teach you that? ” The wide receivers and quarterbacks work on “fade” routes with Coach Graham, but today the correct execution of the drill is just not occurring. While Graham forms his receivers into two lines facing downfield and settles on a couple of quarterbacks to throw to each line, Coach sets up an orange pylon on each sideline to signify the point where player and ball should meet, and then stands back to watch. He witnesses a grab bag of poor throws and muffed catches.
This is a good diversion for Tanner because he has a tank-full of nervous energy to burn. Tonight is his first night of Pop Warner practice, and he can’t wait to start. “I just hope they don’t put him at quarterback,” his father says. After a dinner of sausage and beans, it’s back down to school, where the town’s Pop Warner teams meet on the high school’s practice field. Tanner clatters in his cleats across the parking lot asphalt to join his squad, and Coach has a few moments to sit in his truck and watch the goings-on.
As he accompanies Johnston out to the practice field to start the motor on the rolling water cannon sprinkler system, he says, “I am pumped. ” But just as he gets up from his desk, there’s a tentative-sounding knock on his office door, and in walks Justin Stone, the phantom athlete everyone has been wondering about. Just as Coach had promised, he’s not a crackerjack defensive back and he’s not from Austin. ” He’s also a kid who Coach will take down to the equipment room to get him his helmet and pads, and then point to the shoe depository on the hallway floor and say, “If you need a pair, we got lots,” and who, tomorrow morning will be introduced to the assembled team by Coach as, “Justin Stone, a new Panther from Smithson Valley.
College Sports, Inc.: The Athletic Department Vs. the University by Murray A. Sperber