There is no better example to set showing what you can accomplish with hard work on the ultimate platform than Damarious Randall. The former Arizona State standout did it all in just two seasons in Tempe.
Starting from a JUCO transfer with a lot of ability but a lot to learn, to ultimately an All-Conference performer and first round draft pick into the NFL.
For the leader of the ASU secondary going into the 2015 season, Lloyd Carrington has the perfect example in front of him to not only be successful for the team but also individually with work that goes into impressing the right people at the next level.
“Seeing the work he put in throughout summer training, the focus he had and the confidence he had in himself,” said Carrington. “Seeing all of those elements within his game it was a big thing to witness for me and to take in.”
“And really just the way he trusted Coach (Todd) Graham and his staff,” he added. “And the way they prepare us for each and every game as well.”
Carrington has come a long way under the microscope of a head coach that is a former defensive back. Which means Coach Graham is especially hard on the players on his team that play his old position. The senior has had to grow a lot and says there is no bigger way he has seen that growth than what he has learned to process between the ears.
“It’s all been mainly mentally,” Carrington explained. “I am much smarter now. I can pretty much look at offensive formations and could tell you what route combinations are going to come. That mainly comes down to Coach Graham and his coaching staff. Teaching us all to become smarter football players.”
Graham after spring practice said if you had to name a MVP from Spring practices this past April, Lloyd Carrington would be at the top of the list and went on to say he is the best corner he’s worked with in his career. The senior corner is poised for a big season with a secondary that lost some great players like Randall who is now in the NFL, but more experienced as a whole.
With what he’s learned from those older than him and his mental approach to the game, maybe he too could become that All-Conference, combine head-turner and surprise early draft pick that even at one point might not have too lofty a goal to achieve. From what he witnessed from his former teammate, seeing is believing.