When used by football players, the term “fundamentally sound” isn’t always a compliment.
Much like describing a quarterback as a game manager instead of a gifted passer, the phrase is sometimes used to disguise criticism. If you truly wanted to praise a teammate or opponent, you would call him a playmaker and save “fundamentally sound” for the untalented backup.
But in the case of Texas Tech linebacker Sam Eguavoen, he has only good intentions in mind when he throws out “fundamentally sound” to describe Kansas State. Starting for a team that has been penalized 46 times for 422 yards in its first four games has taught him to appreciate the basics.