Al Golden encouraged by Hurricanes scrimmage
Miami (FL) head coach Al Golden seemed pretty positive about Saturday’s scrimmage.
Over 3,000 fans attended the scrimmage at Spanish River HS in Boca Raton.
Running backs coach Terry Richardson and offensive line coach Art Kehoe had to be pleased with the 226 rushing yards on 41 carries (5.5 average).
Golden was most pleased with no turnovers and just a few penalties.
“Correct me if I’m wrong, did we have a turnover today? We didn’t have many penalties,” Golden pointed out.
“I think it’s our job as coaches to put our players in position to make plays. I thought we did that today.”
“I thought we caught some really good slants today. That’s something we didn’t do a year ago. We’ll continue to develop the down-the-field game as the spring evolves.”
One early emphasis offensively has been taking the check down throws to the running backs.
Golden explained, “It should be. It’s got to be. I think Jedd (Fisch) has done a great job of that. Our quarterbacks have done a good job of buying in to that. A 5 yards catch, it’s an 18 yards run, but goes in the books as a 23 and that’s what our kids gotta learn.”
There was still no sighting of the Hurricanes' receivers utilizing Michael Irvin's three-point stance. Wide receivers coach George McDonald hasn't bought in to the idea just yet. But...it is early.
Video: Up close in the action at Clemson's afternoon practice
Dabo Swinney says new offensive coordinator Chad Morris has simplified the terminology of the Tigers’ scheme.
A year ago, Billy Napier would have dialed up, “Storm personnel, flood right, A-peel, Lakers West, Z-space, hitch.”
For the same play this spring, Morris calls, “Flood right, Z-space, hitch.”
Dabo says, “(Last year), you had to call personnel, formation and movement; now we have eliminated a few of those steps in the play-call sequence, and I think that has helped a little bit.”
The Tigers returned to practice field today. Most of the 3 on 3 and some 1 on 1 action was caught up close on film.
Pretty good film, but we’d like to have Marion Hobby and Robbie Caldwell mic’d up. Now that would be some good stuff.
Mullen: The offensive line is just really really bad
Dan Mullen is hoping for over 40,000 fans on campus next Saturday for for the Mississippi State spring game.
That gives Mullen a week to clean up what he calls “a really sloppy offense.”
Following Thursday’s practice, Mullen didn't sugarcoat his thoughts about the offense and specifically, the offensive line.
“It’s just sloppy, really sloppy. The offensive line is just really really bad, a long way to go, but it’s a really young crew. We’ll get ‘em going.”
He added, “The defense was great at times. They were great at times because the offense was really bad. They were great at times because they did good, but there were really some glaring mistakes. As we keep developing and keep teaching, you want to see a consistent performance and that’s not what we are seeing right now, but we have a lot of practice time to get that fixed.”
Mullen also mentioned he would like to see consistency from his young punters, who both have tremendous leg strength.
CSS will broadcast the spring game next Saturday. Former Mississippi State head coach Jackie Sherrill will serve as an analyst. The Bulldogs’ baseball team hosts Florida at 12 pm before kick-off of the spring game at 5 pm.
To add some depth on the offensive line, Mullen visited with the Sigma Chi’s today at lunch. We heard there weren't many prospects, but a number frat guys ready for Super Bulldog Weekend.
Les Miles lands new gig with reality TV
LSU sports marketing posted their annual April fool’s joke on the LSU official website this morning.
It’s a pretty good one that pokes fun of Les Miles' habit of eating grass.
The title of the press release: Les Miles to be featured on SPIKE TV’s “Sod Wars.”
Sod Wars pits two homeowners against each other to determine who has the best yard in the neighborhood. Each contestant is given a $10,000 budget for the week to create a dream landscape in their yard, with celebrity judges determining the winner.
Within the week-long period there will be bonus points based on challenges and obstacles such as wild animals and destruction of flower beds with explosives that wreak havoc on the contestants.
Miles, who starts his seventh year with the Tigers in 2011, became a fan favorite of yard enthusiasts everywhere in 2010 when he was seen on national television sampling a piece of turf from Tiger Stadium prior to big play late in the fourth quarter in a win over Alabama. Since then, Miles has become a coveted spokesperson for many lawn and garden companies throughout the country.
The press release quotes Les as saying, "I have always enjoyed reality television and the want to be a part of a project with Bob Sacamano is something that has always interested me. I take pride in both of my yards - the one at my house and the one in Tiger Stadium. I think with my expertise in grass growing and my ability to spot talent makes this a perfect fit.”
The Tigers even created a fake “Sod Wars” website.
Once again, LSU sports marketing nails it.
James Franklin has clear priority at Vanderbilt
It started at his introductory press conference. Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin made sure to emphasize perhaps the most important thing he has to do is sign a big-time quarterback.
Franklin wants to find the next Josh Freeman and he is truly excited about his quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne.
Franklin told ESPN, “I take a lot of pride in what we’ve been able to do with quarterbacks. We hired a guy named Ricky Rahne (as quarterbacks coach), who coached with me at Kansas State. I think he’s one of the hot, up and coming guys in this profession. He’s a really, really smart guy who played quarterback at Cornell.”
“I spent time in Philadelphia around Donovan McNabb. I spent time in Green Bay with Brett Favre, and in the same year, we drafted Aaron Rodgers. I go to Kansas State, and we recruit a guy by the name of Josh Freeman, who’s a first-round draft choice, and then go to Maryland and recruit and coach a kid by the name of Danny O’Brien, who was ACC Rookie of the Year.”
“I just feel like I’ve been around some pretty good quarterbacks and know what they look like and have studied the traits that have allowed them to be successful. I feel pretty confident that we’re going to be able to make an impact in the careers of the quarterbacks we have here, and we’re going to be able to attract quarterbacks for the future. We have a proven track record of being able to do it.”
Larry Smith is expected to start at quarterback for the Commordores next season. Thus far, Franklin has been pleased with Smith and likes his potential.
Vandy opens with three home games against Elon, UCONN, and Ole Miss. Franklin’s first three road games as a head coach are at South Carolina, at Alabama, and at Florida.
Jon Embree warns Colorado players about Hawaii trip
Colorado has lost 18 consecutive games outside the state of Colorado.
So when Jon Embree creates the travel squad list for the season-opener at Hawaii, he’s only interested in taking players that are legitimately going to help the Buffaloes win.
That could be 53 players.
Embree told the Daily Camera, "I`ve told the team this and you will hear me say this all the time. We can take 70 to Hawaii, but we`re not taking 70. I`m only taking guys that can play and can help us. If you can`t do what we`re supposed to do, whether it`s getting treatment or going to class, we`re not going to take them.”
"It's like I told the team. We`ve lost enough games with everybody. So there is nobody on this team that we need to go out there and lose. We can lose without them. So we`re going to try and take the guys who can help us win. Some guys have got the message, some haven`t. The ones that won`t will be here at home."
Offensive coordinator / running backs coach Eric Bieniemy offered a mere 7 clichés in 26 seconds during his post-practice thoughts early this week. (Niumatalolo is this week’s winner with 10 clichés in 26 seconds).
Bieniemy said, “Spring ball is going pretty good. Obviously you have some good days (1), you have some days where you wish you you could have been a little bit better. One thing I will say, the kids have been working their tails off (2). I’m very excited about where we are (3). Obviously, we still have a long ways to go (4). The thing that I cannot complain about is the effort and the attitude (5). The effort and the attitude has been great. It’s been positive and upbeat. (7) The thing we just want to make sure is that we keep building from there.”
Colorado will hold their Spring game next Saturday. Before the game, former Buffalo players will participate in a flag football game that will be coached by former Colorado head coaches Bill McCartney and Gary Barnett.
We've heard Barnett has been scheming.
Lane Kiffin explains no appearance at USC Pro Day
There was no shortage of NFL scouts in Los Angeles yesterday for USC Pro Day, but head coach Lane Kiffin wasn’t on hand to watch.
In typical Kiffin form, Lane explained, "You've seen our roster. I don't really have 2 hours to stand on a field."
We’re pretty sure Zack Herberer’s 38 reps of 225 on the bench press was a big talk around the facility yesterday, but probably wasn’t the biggest talk around the Red Bull cooler.
Yesterday, Notre Dame announced their game next season against USC in South Bend will be moved to primetime. It will be the first night game in South Bend since the 1990 Michigan game.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said, "While we will do this only on a selective basis, we think it is important to occasionally use the platform of a prime-time game. A number of those have been hallmark events in the history of our program. We are confident this year's USC game will continue that tradition."
Ed Orgeron is likely wondering if "a hallmark event in the history of our program” can end in an ass-whooping. Don't forget, the Irish beat USC last season in Los Angeles.
By the way, here is Herberer absolutely yoking 225 lbs:
Neuheisel hits the practice field with 5 new coaches
UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel is working with five new assistant coaches as the Bruins begin Spring practice.
The new coaches include Mike Johnson (offensive coordinator / wide receivers), Jim Mastro (tight ends / f-backs / run game coordinator), Joe Tresey (defensive coordinator), Inoke Breckterfield (defensive line), and Angus McClure (special teams). The boss man, himself, is coaching the quarterbacks.
Neuheisel is hoping the staff chemistry comes together quickly.
Following the Bruins first practice of the Spring, Neuheisel said, “I’m giving it three days. I expect us to be well-oiled by next week. I think after two practices and then a practice in pads and everybody getting to know each other and that kind of stuff, we should look like we’ve been together for a long time by next Monday. That’s my hope.”
It’s been an unusual off-season for the staff.
Neuheisel explained, “Certainly the coaches have had to do a lot of work to put together books and come together with schemes and plans. You forget all the time they need to find a places to live, get car insurance, and all the things that go with moving, drivers licenses and so forth.”
Gone is Norm Chow. Former San Francisco 49ers assistant Mike Johnson is the new offensive coordinator, but Neuheisel isn’t overhauling the offensive scheme.
He said, “(It’s) not as challenging a change from last year’s offense from the year before. When we when to 'The Pistol' exclusively, that was a bigger change than what we’re doing currently.”
Some total jackleg reporter (were trying to be nice) asked Neuheisel after the first practice of the Spring about whether he is concerned about his job status.
Neuheisel explained he wasn’t concerned and calmly responded, “I look at it as a great challenge. I think we have the makings to take a big step, hopefully a real big step. I want to be really efficient at the process of building a football team. I don’t think there is a dominant team in this league.”
UCLA opens at Houston before hosting San Jose State and Texas.
We are hoping things come together for the Bruins this season.