Player blog: Manny being Manny
NorCal quarterback Manny Wilkins is giving us a day-by-day look at his perspective of the Elite 11 and The Opening. A 6-foot-3, 185-pound incoming senior from San Marin of Novato who has committed to Arizona State, he threw for over 2,200 yards with 20 TDs and eight interceptions last season and is one of the Elite Finals 18 QBs.
Here are his thoughts on Saturday’s Elite 11 experience and what it’s like to be part of such a talented group.
The relationships that I’m building with my fellow quarterbacks have been my favorite part of the Elite 11 experience so far.
If you ask any of the coaches and ask any us quarterbacks, we were pretty close before we got here which I think is really remarkable in that we’ve never really met as a group until Friday in person. Still, we’re already so close.
I think it’s because there’s this feeling between everybody that we all want to be successful and everybody wants to be great. It’s like Coach TD (Trent Dilfer) was telling us: everyone has the potential to win MVP, everybody here is a competitor and everyone out here is ripping it.
It’s definitely fun and I’m definitely excited to elevate my game.
It’s all about being sharp and consistent with what you’re doing. If you have one bad throw, don’t let it get to your head. Just take a breath and go out and rip it on the next one.
This truly is quarterback heaven, I wasn’t expecting it to be the greatest thing ever, but this has been the most amazing thing I’ve ever been part of.
The run we did this morning was brutal, but the breathing has helped a lot. Dr. (Michael) Gervais’ breathing techniques to help relax the mind and body has helped a lot. It’s something that can translate onto the field too.
My favorite part, though, had to be meeting the NEGU (Never Ever Give Up) kids. Seeing them go through their struggles with stuff like cancer and yet continue to smile touched my heart and makes me appreciate more what I have.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow and competing, putting my best forward and doing what I can to winning MVP!