How Todd Graham teaches team to avoid penalties
During his radio show Monday night, Todd Graham was asked how he teaches the Sun Devils to avoid penalties.
"We teach our players how the officials officiate the game." Graham explained.
"In other words, we teach them in each formation, 'What is the head linesman looking at?' We actually bring Pac-12 officials into our meeting rooms and the umpire goes over the offensive line: Here's what I'm looking at, here's what I'm looking for. Here are the no-nos."
"For instance, on kick-off returns. If you're blocking on kick-off return and the guy passes you and you chase him, that's what they're looking for. You touch that guy and it's going to be a penalty. So we try to educate and teach them the rules. Then, also perception is reality. When our players are out there, the only thing the umpire should hear them say is, 'Yes, sir.'"
We are aware of a number of the larger programs that do this; but interested to know how many other programs out there do something similar?
"We missed two tackles the whole game, we missed 100 in 4 games last year"
As we all know, one stat that's not officially kept track of, but is important to head coaches and defensive coordinators is missed tackles.
During his presser yesterday, Dave Doeren noted an interesting improvement along those lines, after having a chance to review the film.
"You know, I think we missed two tackles the entire game. On defense, I think we missed maybe a hundred in the first four games combined last year."
That's an interesting statistic.
Normally, while breaking down film, you can point out a play or two that had a huge impact on the outcome of the game. Against the Hawkeyes, Doeren can think of about 20 plays that could have been game changers.
"You know, when you lose a game like that, there's always one play. In that game, there were probably 20 plays that if you had over, maybe the game goes the other way. Whether it's a call you didn't make or made as a coach or a kick that barely went in, or a read that you didn't make right at quarterback, or a check you could have made better on defense. There's always one thing that could've possibly changed the outcome."
Saturday, the Huskies welcome Tennessee-Martin, who are fresh off a 20-17 win over Memphis. The Huskies enter the game on a 15 game home winning streak.
Relentless episode highlighting Penn State week
Watching Ohio and Penn State battle it out on Saturday, we thought to ourselves, "This week's episode of Relentless is going to be good."
...and it doesn't disappoint. Once again, very well put together with footage of Frank Solich addressing the team before kickoff and plenty of good game action.
"The punch that knocks you out is the one you didn't see coming"
After beating Troy 31-17 last season, Mark Hudspeth and the Ragin' Cajuns have a feeling this game has been circled on Troy's schedule, and they aren't expecting to come in and be able to use the element of suprise to beat the Trojans this weekend.
"Joe Frazier once said, 'The punch that knocks you out is the one that you didn't see coming.' So I'm sure that was the case last year, they hadn't had any trouble with us in the past." he explained.
The match up will also act as a reunion of sorts with Troy offensive coordinator Kenny Edenfield on the other sideline. Edenfield served as Hudspeth's offensive coordinator for seven years at North Alabama where the two put up some impressive offensive numbers, set numerous school records, and made deep runs into the Division II playoffs on a consistent basis.
Hudspeth noted that his staff's familiarity with Edenfield and the Troy staff sometimes makes it more difficult to game plan for them because their similarities in beliefs and schemes makes them over think themselves on occasion.
NFL season kicks off - Wednesday TV
Dallas takes on the Giants tonight to kick start the NFL season. Football is officially in full swing.
Eastern time listed.
Dallas at NY Giants - 8:30 - NBC
Headed to LSU this weekend, Sark brought a live Tiger to practice today
"It is a pantheon of concrete and steel...it is haunted and it is loud..."
When Sark leads his team into Tiger Stadium Saturday night he doesn't want them freaked out by the environment.
Yes, from time to time LSU has been known to place their Tiger "Mike VI" next to the opposing team; but hey, what's a little fun amongst friends right? And, I mean who would be intimidated by a 500 pound Bengal Tiger right next to them?
So, what did Sark do? Yep, he had a live Tiger brought to practice today (this one only weighed about 300 pounds).
If you've never been, Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night is a magical environment. Put it on the list and get there one day.
Update> Here's video of the Tiger at UW's practice today compliments of Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. Note to UW guys, if you put your hands near Mike's cage (like the guy does in this video), you'll lose your hand.
Best tweet we saw related to this was...
Bielema not sharing game footage with Oregon State
Oregon State's week 1 game vs. Nicholls State was postponed / cancelled due to Hurricane Isaac's impact on the south Louisiana area where Nicholls is located.
This week Oregon State will host Wisconsin in what will now be Oregon State's opener. Due to the fact that Oregon State has no week 1 game footage to share with Wisconsin, Bret Bielema has decided that he will not share their week 1 film with Oregon State.
It's an interesting tactic by Bielema. Your thoughts?
There is no integrity in the AP Poll
So a few weeks back, "for the integrity of the poll" USA Today & the AFCA chose to out Lane Kiffin's confidential vote in the Coaches Poll. Ah yes, making his confidential vote public surely helped maintain / restore the integrity of the poll [insert sarcasm font].
Fast forward to today, the AP releases their poll following week 1's games. Fairly quickly the twitterverse seized upon the fact that a writer from the Bay Area, Ray Ratto, had some let's say quirky votes. For example, Ratto has West Virginia at the bottom of his ballot placing them at #24. Yes, your memory is correct, West Virginia coming off that 70-33 spanking of Clemson in the Orange Bowl did open up this weekend with a thorough trouncing of in-state foe Marshall 69-34.
So Ratto has WVU #24....let's see where everyone else has them....the Coaches Poll has them at #8...and the full AP Poll has them at #9. Anyone else find this odd? Where is the integrity monitor?
Take a look at how Pollspeak.com analyzed Ratto's votes. Some might take issue with Texas State at #16; but they did beat Houston with a first time starter at quarterback [there's that sarcasm font again].
There's plenty more in there to make one scratch their head; but really why take the time. This is pathetic.
For what it's worth, below is the full AP Poll.