Video: Fall camp at Cal
Well done video here following Cal through their fall camp.
Follow the team through their training with the military and police / fire departments, and learn how the new facilities have made camp more productive.
Video: This is what it means to run physical
Take a look at this clip from Ohio State's practice.
That's what happens when a 235 pound running back meets running backs coach Stan Drayton in a drill. Coach Drayton and Urban couldn't help but chuckle a bit.
Petersen explains how they're preparing for the Spartan run game
Friday night Boise State travels to East Lansing to take on the Spartans and 6-foot-2 244 pound running back Le'Veon Bell in a match up of top 25 teams.
Bell has at least two inches and 20 pounds on the biggest back on the Bronco's roster, so preparing to tackle a back the size of Bell has Chris Petersen spending some time thinking outside the box.
"We've taped two of our running backs together and they carry the ball at the same time to get a little feel of what it'd be like to really tackle a guy (that size)." Petersen said jokingly.
"We don't have anybody around here who looks like that."
Gundy: You fall into one of three categories when recruiting
Mike Gundy joined Sirius XM College Sports Nation a few minutes ago to talk about facilities and how support from guys like T. Boone Pickens have really helped the program, especially from a recruiting standpoint.
"If you don't have something bright and shiny and new it makes it extremely difficult to recruit the quality young men that you have to bring in to win games."
When asked if recruiting had gotten easier because of the recent facility upgrades and success of the program, Gundy explained "We have a lot of talks in our staff meetings about recruiting. For the most part we talk about recruiting every day because we're only as good as the people in our program."
"We feel like there's probably 6 or 8 schools in the country that can walk in, at any particular time in recruiting, and throw their hat in the ring and have the chance to get a young man. And that's based on tradition and winning and the logos that are recognized all across the country."
"Then there's another group of about 20-30 schools that can fare very well and just about get in on any player that's in their geographical area...and then there's everybody else."
"At Oklahoma State, we used to be the 'everyone else' but we've moved up, in our opinion into the second group, we're not into that upper echelon yet. We haven't built enough tradition here, but we've moved up into that second group."
"This is the only place I've been where we don't have a playbook"
When Todd Monken was brought in to take the reigns of the Cowboy offense after Dana Holgorsen departed for West Virginia, there was no playbook to look at.
According to the Tulsa World, Monken learned the offense by getting with assistants and quarterback Brandon Weeden in the off season to learn the ropes, and then adjusted some things schematically to fit his taste.
During a recent golf outing, Weeden, now a rookie with the Browns, admitted that adjusting to a playbook (a thick NFL playbook at that), was one of the biggest changes for him.
"We give our guys what they need in increments - formational stuff, play stuff, whatever for their individual meetings. They have a book that they take notes on, but as far as this is the Oklahoma State offense and this is what we do, no."
Over a year on the job an still no playbook. Monken says that he encounters situations every once in a while where it would be nice to have a playbook, but doesn't believe that having one provides any advantages. In fact at times he thinks it can be "overkill"
"But then there are other times that you are like, do we really need it?Is it just a waste of time to make sure that we have just this huge binder of how we do things? I don't know. Somewhere in there lies the middle."
"Did I think at times in the NFL with that big playbook, was it overkill? Yes, I think it was way too much information. You are not going to look at all that."
Instead of ink on paper, Monken says that plays are taught by using film and getting players plenty of practice reps.
"It's really what is pertinent to you." he explained.
USC also featuring Twitter names on depth chart
USC is now featuring player's twitter handles on their depth chart.
USC keeps innovating.
Borges explains staff chemistry
Kyle Meinke, a Michigan football reporter, put together a really interesting article on the Michigan staff and their history together.
In the article, Al Borges touches on why Hoke's lack of an ego helped them to mesh as a staff last season.
"That’s what makes chemistry. When chemistry gets screwed up is when guys get too selfish, and I’ve seen it. I’ve been around it. We try to avoid all that."
"I don’t know that it’s rare that a head coach is so ego-less, but it’s not common, but with Brady Hoke, I don’t think you get a hell of a lot different guy you get as a head coach than you do as an assistant. The core personality is no different." Borges explained.
The full article, which can be read here, has some really good back stories on Hoke and the coordinators, such as why Brady Hoke slept on Greg Mattison's couch for a few weeks years ago, why family played an important role in Mattison's decision to leave Baltimore for Ann Arbor, and how Brady Hoke once "saved" Al Borges' career.
Kiffin: Nobody's going to roll over because of where you're ranked
Lane Kiffin admits that he hasn't addressed the Trojan's high preseason rank a whole lot with the team.
While talking on XX Sports Radio in San Diego, Kiffin was asked about how he felt about the attention that USC had been getting in the polls after a 10-2 finish last season.
“We didn’t make very much of it within our team. We don’t talk about it really. It’s got nothing to do with whether we’re going to be any good or whether we’re going to win games."
"Nobody is going to roll over because of where you’re ranked. On the other side of things, outside of our team, I think for our fans and for our University it’s very exciting, especially with what they went through and having so much taken away from them." he said.
Kiffin also explained why he feels it's important for a head coach to be heavily involved in the recruiting process.
"I think as a head coach you better get to know everybody around the situation because you’re the head coach. At the end of the day they’re coming to play for you so I would consider myself very hands on.”