Your translation guide to fall camp coachspeak

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Coaches and players will bust out the cliches during fall camp, we try to tackle what they're really saying.

Fall camp begins at WSU to today which marks the official start to football season. It also marks the return of coachspeak. Coaches and players will say a lot during interviews over the next month, without really saying much. Considering there is no coachspeak option on Google translate, we've developed a simple guide to help you decipher what is really being said.

Coach: "Player X is healthy and happy to be here."

What this could mean: Player X doesn't like his friends and family back home, so he's just happy to be in Pullman.

What this really means: Player X is injured, maybe severely, maybe not, but either way I'm not going to tell you.

Player: "We're in much better shape this year."

What this could mean: Everyone says they are in the best shape of their life in fall camp, but we REALLY are in the best shape of our lives.

What this really means: We, like every other college football team in America, worked out during the offseason.

Coach: "I thought some guys did some good things."

What this could mean: The entire team is great, but a few guys are standing out as All-American types!

What this really means: Did you watch practice? We have a long way to go.

Player: "Guys are giving good effort and playing with a lot of energy."

What this could mean: We all love fall camp. We'd practice in 100 degree weather everyday for the entire year if we could. We're just so excited to be here.

What this really means: No one wants to have to roll the length of the field, so we practice hard enough to not get in trouble.

Player: "I thought practice went really well."

What this could mean: I watched all 104 other guys intently and thought everyone performed well, even without watching the film.

What this really means: I just spent three hours running around in full pads. I'm exhausted, want to take a shower and get something to eat. Can you please stop asking me questions.

Coach: "The offense* really had a great day today."

What this could mean: The defense wasn't bad, but the offense was just unstoppable today and would have given the best defense in the country problems.

What this really means: Sure the quarterbacks threw 27 touchdowns, but they were going against walk-ons and converted wide receivers. Still, I'm going to highlight the positive and act like we don't have to play defense this season.

*This one can work for the offense or defense

Player: "We're taking it one play at a time, one day at a time."

What this could mean: I don't even know who our first opponent is. We've been so focused none of us have even thought about the season or looked at the schedule.

What this really means: There are 20,880 minutes until we play Auburn. Fall camp can not end soon enough.

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