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The Breakdown - Thursday, August 8

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Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is making it extra hard on freshman quarterbacks: "Coach Narduzzi, he’s a mind freak. So I’m trying to keep up with him.” freshman quarterback Damion Terry explained to the Detroit Free Press about how hard it's been to make the transition to a new playbook and using audibles.

The Scoop: Andy Lutz is joining the staff at Georgia Tech & a couple of FCS programs are looking to hire video coordinators. 

No program is as efficient as Oregon. See how their players cool down after practice

This afternoon Bronco Mendenhall told his players (and then the media) that they would not wear names on the back of their jerseys this season. Instead, they would wear words (Spirit, Honor & Tradition). No one was excited. A few hours later Mendenhall reversed course and said they would wear names for all games except homecoming. 

Enjoyed this "Core Value" video from Mark Hudspeth's group at Louisiana Lafayette.

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on how he plans to use C.J. Spiller:  “It’s real simple. We’re going to give him the ball until he throws up. So he’s either got to tap out or throw up on the field. Let’s just put it that way.”

Jim McElwain on the difference in practice between year one and year two: "They kind of got their feet wet yesterday, and they kind of got their eyes opened to the picked-up intensity, but that's good," McElwain told the Reporter-Herald. "I'd rather see the intensity real high and have to bring them back. It's good to say, whoa. It's really good when you don't have to say giddy-up."

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.