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athletic support by eli cranor

Athletic Support: What to do if your season stalls

Dear Athletic Support: I’m a regular reader of your column and have respect for your career. I have two sons (12th & 10th grade). This upcoming season is a year I have looked forward to for a long time. My sons will finally get the chance to play on the same team. I sure hope school and sports go as normal, but I can’t control that. What I am most concerned about is helping my senior son get exposure for a possible college scholarship.

He started every play last year at offensive tackle and did well against larger and older kids. He gained thirty pounds since last season, and is now 6-5, 255 pounds. He can play offensive tackle, defensive end, or tight end. We have a good highlight online, but I am frustrated with the lack of attention he’s gotten from college coaches thus far. Is there anything we can be doing to attract coaches at this point?

— Proactive Papa

Dear Proactive: The best way for your son to get exposure right now is by focusing on his senior season. The better he plays, the more highlights he can put online, and the more attention he’ll get.

If, however, the season is cancelled or delayed due to COVID, you and your son could make use of the downtime by working digitally. Every college coach has a social media account these days. Target the schools that are of interest to your son. Find the coaches who coach his specific position, and bombard them with links to his highlight video (“bombard” might be too strong of a word, but you get the picture).

I can almost guarantee these coaches will at least take a peek at the video. Whether or not they offer him a scholarship will depend on his abilities. Just remember, college coaches are paid to find the best talent out there. If your son is good enough, they'll find him. In the meantime, it never hurts to make sure he’s as visible as possible.

Note on “Constipation” column: I recently read your response to a parent’s request for a solution to her son’s extreme constipation when he travels for sports.

You advised that he drink water. That can’t hurt, but my advice is for him to start each and every day with a bowl of fruit (2 cups). Then do that again in the afternoon, maybe for a mid-day snack. If he could follow the fruit with warm water, that would help push the fruit through the digestive tract. Fruit is nature’s scrub brush. It gently scrapes the inside of the intestines for better health. He could always have apples handy for eating on the go. Organic is best, of course.

I was constipated for decades. Then I was put on this food plan, and it has made a big difference. — Martha

Eli Cranor is a former professional quarterback and coach turned award-winning author. Please use the “Contact” page at to send in questions for “Athletic Support.”

Previous Athletic Support Columns:

Left behind
Travel ball leads to constipation
Collegiate sports for fun or money?
No right answer
Sunburns not part of the game
Summertime soreness
Vulnerability is key in uncertain times
Sick of COVID-19
Racial tensions rise as sports gear up again
Silver lining for post pandemic sports
Wearing masks to practice
Coach disappears after season is cancelled
What happens to the team if a player gets COVID-19?
Will there be football in the fall?
With sports gone, son’s grades tanking
Lost without sports
Teddy bears and tessellations
Cornavirus? We’ve got games to play!
Girlfriend getting in the way
A parent’s role when sports are over
Talk to your grandkids, carefully
At what age should sports stop being fun?
What ever happened to going door to door?
Lack of respect for track
Should my son take supplements?
I need your help
Help! My daughter wants to play football
Transferring to a smaller school: the good, the bad, and the ugly
What’s that smell? It’s not as bad as you think
A break from school but not from sports
Should a coach pray with his team?
Coach tells player not to shoot
Do nice guys (and girls) really finish last?
Coach cancels post-season awards banquet
No cellphones in the locker room!
Fake scholarship signing?
Withholding football as punishment
Sick and tired of losing
Late bloomer, a blessing or a curse?
Scholarship hopes dead, now what?
Is my son a butterfly chaser?
Don’t force sports on your kids
Hunting or Football?
Beat the Heat
Idle Hands
Coach’s son gets special attention

Published July 12, 2020

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