More From Lee Hull
I talked with Maryland wide receivers coach Lee Hull about Adrian Cannon recently. Here is some more from that interview:
(How big is the change in Adrian’s attitude and focus from last fall?)
It’s a huge difference. Everything finally clicked with him. It’s tough knowing you’re not going to play a lot. Sometimes that hurts you in other aspects of life. You’re not enjoying football then you’re not trying in classroom. We knew he could make plays and had great hands. It just clicked, ‘It’s my time.’
(Were you concerned about him last fall?)
I knew he had to pick it up academically. All these guys have been stars and the man in high school you come here and you’re not the man for a couple years. ‘I have to wait my turn.’ Some people handle it the right way and some people don’t. Adrian struggled a little bit. It’s hard when you have always played.
(How do you see the difference this camp?)
When you try to give constructive criticism, they take it as you are getting down and picking on them, whatever. We tell him you have to have thick skin, and he was a bit more sensitive. What we were saying to him is no different than what we are saying to him right now. Same exact thing. I am as hard as him as last year. He is just taking it differently because he is playing.
(What’s your relationship with him like?)
We have a very good relationship. My door’s open. We are always texting during the summer. Talking. We had a conversation about what he needed to focus on. The main thing was that he had to get his academics in order because if you’re not here, you can’t play. He wants to go to the NFL but academically he needed to pick it up. We had a heart to heart talk about what he needed to do. He has done everything we laid down for him to do. Just after the bowl game. Spring semester was going to be very important and he needed to pick things up.
(When did you start seeing the change in the spring?)
Beginning of spring semester. He was always coming to me and saying I got an A or a B on a paper. He had said that before, and I was just like, 'Okay, right.' We started getting progress reports and teachers said he was doing a great job. We get tutor reports and they said he was doing a great job and really knows the stuff. He wasn’t really bringing his books before. Wasn’t prepared for study hall and now he is. We saw the change and it was his time. It was time to buckle down, and he did that.
(In your eyes, how has he done on the field in camp?)
He probably has exceeded our expectations. We have a lot of guys who can play, but we have been looking for a guy who can be that go-to guy and separate himself from everyone else. He is the guy who has done that. We thought that he had that ability, we didn’t know he was going to be the guy. We have other guys who have that same ability, and he just happened to be the guy who has stepped up.
(What do you expect from him this season?)
I expect a big year. He is a big strong physical guy with great hands. Those kind of receivers don’t come along a lot. Especially those who can catch the ball. And he has good speed, too. He is faster than what people think he is. He is on a mission. He has a goal. It doesn’t seem like anything is going to stop him from reaching that goal. He wants to be the best receiver in the ACC.
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