Kelly on uniforms: 34 times I've liked them, 6 times I haven't
After practice yesterday, Chip Kelly was asked about the new uniforms that had just been officially released.
Kelly noted that 15-20 players gave Nike input on the design of the uniform, and how that was a unique experience for them, and was then asked which uniform has been his personal favorite thus far.
Coach Kelly responded, "Whatever we win in. I don't care about anything else. So 34 times I've liked them and 6 times I haven't liked them."
Kelly's record since taking over the Ducks is 34 wins and 6 losses.
Herman: The pressure we feel as coaches is all internal
Tom Herman is entering the first season as the offensive coordinator for the Buckeyes, but says that he feels the same amount of pressure now as they head into week one as he did as a young assistant coach at the D-III level.
"I don’t feel any more pressure than I did when I was a wide receivers coach at 23 years old at Texas Lutheran University, a Division III school, making $5,000 a year.”
“The pressure you feel as coaches is all internal. You want your guys to go out and play their best no matter what logo is on the helmet or on the jersey or what name is on the jersey." he explained
"I think the most pressure we feel as coaches comes from inside, and the ones who let the internal pressures get to them are probably staying up real late at night, and the ones who can handle their own internal pressure and make sure the product on the field is as good as it can possibly be every Saturday, then can rest easy at night.”
Herman admits to feeling pressure, but that type of pressure comes from expecting the best product from himself.
“I had a lot of internal pressure,” Herman said in reflection. “I still do to this day. Whether it’s a group of Division III wide receivers taking the field or an entire offense for the Ohio State University, you feel like your name is on that. Whatever the case may be, you want that product to be good.”
Mic'd up at Texas
Good video here from the Longhorn Network with tight ends coach Bruce Chambers mic'd up.
Chambers coaches his guys up on proper hand placement and blocking techniques before breaking off to a period with the quarterbacks.
Solid slate of Thursday night preseason action. Arizona at Tennessee will be featured on ESPN.
Eastern times listed.
Green Bay at Cincinnati - 7
Jacksonville at Baltimore - 7:30
Arizona at Tennessee - 8 - ESPN
No games tonight...but one week from now we'll have some good games.
Oregon's latest uniforms - Nike sets the bar again
In a much anticipated move, Oregon unveiled their latest uniform addition earlier today.
Eleven different materials are used in the jerseys and pants, with 16 different materials total used for adapt to the specific needs of the players during game day.
The feathers on the shoulder pads are similar to the ones that they wore in the Rose Bowl last season, and a new material, called "Chain Maille Mesh" was incorporated into the uniform to make it the "lightest and fastest uniform ever made."
Word is that a metallic green helmet, much like their chrome Rose Bowl helmet from last year will also be in the mix.
Chip Kelly weighed in on the new technology being featured and the new look overall.
"Nike has always done a tremendous job of integrating the input they have gathered from our players with a cutting-edge technology that maximizes their performance on the field. Every year I ask how they possibly can surpass their previous innovations and every year they deliver. Once again, Nike has set the standard in revolutionary uniform design."
Really good video from Wofford
Really good video here from FCS program Wofford.
The video takes a look back at last years highlights and shows many of the reasons that these guys made the playoffs and finished the season 8-4. There's also a few passionate pre-game speeches featured.
Head coach Mike Ayers is entering his 25th season at the helm of the Wofford program, which is a longer tenure than any other head coach in school history, in any sport. Ayers has led the program from NAIA to the D-II ranks and from D-II to the FCS.
Since 2000, the Terriers have made the FCS playoffs 5 times and won the Southern Conference title 3 times. Their winning percentage since 2002 (81-39, winning 68% of their games) is second only to Appalachian State.
As you can see, Coach Ayers and his staff have built quite the program and show no signs of slowing down.
Urban rewards team with a nap
After touching on the idea of "tapping out" and wrapping up a practice where Urban Meyer commended the team on practicing like an Ohio State team should practice, he rewarded them with some extra down time. Most players took that opportunity to get some extra shut eye.
Before camp started, Meyer had ordered a ton of air mattresses for the team, and explains why at the end of the clip. Great job here by ESPN.
Tuberville: The game is about to change
Tommy Tuberville believes that football, as we know it, is about to change.
With the renewed focus on head injuries, Tubs believes practice and overall game preparation are going to see some big changes.
Naturally being cautious in treating head injuries means that players will miss more game time which has the potential to have a major impact on the outcome of games.
“You’re going to see a lot of guys miss games, more than you ever have. Get ready. You’re going to have a lot more touchdowns.”