200 A PRIMER OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
not his game, and no other athletic sport.
A player may have strength in abundance,
but without sand it profiteth him nothing.
High moral courage and unconquerable
spirit are the prime requisites of a good
By moral training, as has been said, is
meant the mental state, the spirit, of the
eleven. The spirit of the eleven has to
do with the execution, and execution is
everything. Formation counts for little.
It is not the play, but the stuff that is
put into it, that makes it succeed. With¬
out this spirit a team may know all that it
is possible to know of the game, and may
be in perfect physical condition, but can¬
not hope to win. It is one thing to know
how to fight; it is another to be able to
fight; but greater than either or both is
the fighting spirit.
Each and every man of the whole team
should enter a contest or match imbued
with a just sense of the responsibility