“One of our core values is finishing.” Ogunrin said. “When you finish it gets you to another one of our core values, pay day. So if you’re not going to be disciplined and tough, then you’re not going to finish what you started. You have to finish to get that pay day."
For Tompkins, everything is a process.
Practice, getting better, being prepared for the season, every one of these things is part of the process. Every player and coach in the program takes that process to heart as they seek to build and use that process to get better every day they step on the field.
“That’s one thing that we talk about a lot is the process,” said Tompkins head coach Todd McVey. “Their process has to be elite each and every day. That’s what makes it special for these guys is how much hard work they put into it. Sometimes there may be things in the process they don’t like but they buy in. It’s a great thing to see and it’s something that we just have to continue.”
Tompkins is back on the field this week as they begin fall practice and work towards the season. The Falcons started off Monday with a decent practice, but they knew they could do better, so they came back Tuesday, attacked every drill and brought an intensity to every minute of the session.
“Our goal is to get one percent better every day,” McVey said. “But the key to that is you can’t go backwards. The intensity was better today and that’s what we need because there’s a crimson line standard that we expect to uphold at all times. One percent better is how we have to take that and that’s how you continue to grow each day.”
A big part of that crimson line standard comes from the standard that returners set, and Matthew Ogunrin, a senior wide receiver and Tulsa commit, has taken that to heart this year as he has stepped up into a leadership role and helped the teams younger players along as the Falcons get closer and closer to the season.
“I’ve really just tried to se the right example,” Ogunrin said. “I’m listening more, paying attention to detail and trying to stay locked in. If you aren’t locked in, you aren’t going to get better and you won’t understand those little things that make you better and help the team.”
Ogunrin and the rest of the Tompkins players know how important it will be for them to take these first few weeks seriously, get conditioned and be prepared to play four full quarters against any level of competition.
The Falcons are ready to compete, and ready to keep getting better every day.
“One of our core values is finishing.” Ogunrin said. “When you finish it gets you to another one of our core values, pay day. So if you’re not going to be disciplined and tough, then you’re not going to finish what you started. So you have to finish to get that pay day. And you have to work, in practice, out of practice, in games and everywhere you can, if you want that payday.”
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