Sam Antoine stood up after practice last Wednesday and talked to his University of West Florida teammates about the importance of jotting down notes in meetings. The work in those meeting rooms is just as important as the work put in on the field.
“Coach (Steve) Saulnier showed us a video of Marshall Faulk when he was a rookie, sitting in on a meeting and telling guys to take notes,” Antoine said. “There is always something you might forget. It’s good to have it down on paper.”
Antoine was simply trying to set an example as a leader. But he knows what it’s like to be the new guy on campus.
He transferred in from Glenville State in 2017, quickly establishing himself as one of the top linemen in the Gulf South Conference. He’s one of 52 transfers on the 2019 roster.
Transferring has become more common in college athletics. Sometimes players fit in with their new team. Sometimes they don’t.
Antoine said the key to fitting in is being all in on and off the field.
“You have to listen, buy in and work your butt off on the field. If you do that, you’ll be good,” Antoine said.
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