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Of course, no one ever hears about lousy scrimmage performances, lending that option another sliver of value.

“If you’re playing a Division II school, even though it’s an exhibition game, you’d better win that game because you get killed if you don’t,” Williams said. “This way, if you don’t play well, who cares? It might be better for you because you might be willing to work at things that might cost you that particular 10-minute period, but you really gained a lot by doing it that way.”

Even if outsiders can never witness the progress.