Amerson has a chance to turn a negative into a positive
Posted September 1, 2012
Updated September 2, 2012
With a few hours of sleep, and the benefit of hindsight, I've had this thought running through my mind after N.C. State's season-opening loss to Tennessee: David Amerson could come out of this an even better player.
Bear with me on this; I know Amerson is coming off a dismal night against the Volunteers.
He himself called it the worst game he has ever played. But for an elite player like Amerson, could that embarrassment be the motivation he needs to find another gear?
There's a reason they call the cornerback position an "island," and State's All-American, record-setting defensive back found himself stranded in a Gilligan-meets-Lost kind of way twice against the Vols – each time for a long touchdown.
Amerson was expecting "help" from a safety on at least one of those plays – help which would allow him to play underneath. But the bottom line is that Amerson, a great as he is, had a bad night.
Is he the reason State lost? Not on his own, but he's a part of it.
However, the chances of David Amerson playing like this on a consistent basis are very low. This is fixable.
Truly great players despise failure.
And if his reaction is any indication – apologizing to the Wolfpack nation on Twitter after the game – he's intent on not letting this happen again.
If he handles it right, Amerson could come out of this a better player.
And that's scary ...