August 28, 2001
leadership apparent on sidelines as well as on field
by Rusty Simmons
than seven minutes remaining in the first half, TCU junior
quarterback Casey Printers stood on the sidelines grimacing
first time during Saturdays, 21-7, loss to Nebraska,
Printers pain didnt stem from his ailing quadriceps.
Instead, TCUs starting quarterback couldnt stand
the sight of someone else doing his job.
a quick series with the Frogs backup Sean Stilley at
the helm, Printers obtained his rightful position as the leader
of the football team.
has been the starting quarterback at TCU for the better part
of two seasons, but the starting quarterback title had yet
to translate into a title as the teams leader until
Printers beat out Patrick Batteaux as the starting quarterback.
But Batteaux, who had switched from wide receiver to quarterback
to fill a void in the teams plans, remained the leader.
Printers took the majority of the snaps again, but then, he
immediately handed the ball to LaDainian Tomlinson, who ran
his way into the record books and the leadership role.
there is no one else to overshadow Printers leadership,
and he proved he is ready for the role with his perseverance
leadership courts unselfishness. When a player is willing
to sacrifice his or her own well-being for the team, the other
players begin to follow.
only scoring play, a 67-yard pass from Printers to Matt Schobel,
Printers felt a twinge in his quadriceps. As the game progressed,
it became obvious that he would no longer have the mobility
that he has grown to expect.
than relying on his athleticism, Printers rallied his troops
with his leadership.
He became more vocal, demanding that his players and coaches
remain calm despite the deficit to the nations No. 4
team. Then he grimaced.
turned and ran away from the Cornhuskers constantly-blitzing
defensive line. Then he grimaced.
on the defense, willing it to halt Nebraskas offense.
Then he grimaced.
With each direction, each run and each cheer, Printers was
becoming a leader. And with each grimace the team rallied
around his ability to play through pain.
which was ranked No. 1 in the nation last season, was inspired
by Printers, and it stifled the Nebraska rushing attack for
most of the game.
struggled without the complete package Printers usually offers,
gaining just 186 yards, 65 after halftime. But Printers managed
to complete 10 of 21 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.
werent enough to win the game, but Printers desire
to lead the Frogs through the battle was enough to capture
the trust of his teammates. That trust will breed more than
one victory in the future.
teammates now know that when he is grimacing, that only means
hes about to take control.
Rusty Simmons is a senior news-editorial journalism major
from Woodbridge, Va.
He may be contacted at (firstname.lastname@example.org).