Posted On: 08/26/20 6:24 PM

Confidence is a huge part of competitive athletics. If players do not have it, they react slower, question themselves, and usually do not play near their potential. When they do have confidence, things that would have been a problem without confidence – like size – suddenly all but disappear. Such was the case for Grand Rapids’ running back Caden HofstadCadenHofstadRBGrand Rapids | 2021StateMN.
"I didn’t start at running back as a sophomore, so I took it upon myself to win a starting spot as a junior," Hofstad said. "I gained confidence. As a sophomore, we were all hyped up for the season, and then in the first game, I got lit up by Mora. I was taking a kickoff back, and some guy lit me up and gave me a concussion. That kind of shellshocked me for the rest of the season. I was tentative after that."
His lack of confidence would spill over to the defensive side of the ball.
"I played safety sophomore year on defense. It was a rough year," Hofstad admitted. "I struggled. In my junior year, I played with more confidence and didn’t worry about getting lit up. I was used to playing

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