I feel like a lot of people are giving up on Jake. The problem is that most of these kids that come into a college program have never faced this kind of talent before. They were always the best at whatever highschool they were at. This doesn't get enough thought IMO... general numbers seem to go like this (according to a Urban Meyer interview). Out of 25 kids who get recruited and sign...it's a successful group if 6 see the field as starters by their senior year. Half of them have a career of being lower on the depth chart...about 1/4-1/3 (nope, math doesn't work) don't stay an entire 4-5 year career, either leaving the sport or going to a different program.
Urban's point was this: every kid they recruit has the ability, talent to be that starter/star...it comes down to the intangibles...and much of that is driven by confidence. Most kids haven't been challenged athletically in their lives to this point. they've always been the best; it's come easy. We'll call it the UT syndrome.
When they step on the field, they typically face older, more mature, technically more advanced players...and they have to work through that 'poke in the nose' moment. will they back down? or will they 'find a way'?
Seems many fans want to just think it's about physical talent and ability. Most often it's about finding a way through some pretty stiff challenges that just haven't been faced before. Football is a game played best by tough kids with tough minds. Developing the tough mind is a lot less understood than the physicality part. I see it; I suck at it. typically I have to substitute hard work and stubborn-ness.
I've long thought that one of the true genious examples of HCBS is that he teaches/coaches them to 'get better one day at a time'...to focus on the little things...which keeps them from focussing on how badly they got beat on that last play.
It's about managing psyches to have athletes in best place to execute.
So what do I think? Waters is progressing. I expect he'll be fine. Not so sure about us fans.