How would you like to be 12-deep at defensive line?

How would you like to be 12-deep on the defensive line?

Yes, you read that correctly, “12-deep.”

When Florida hosts Miami (OH) on Saturday in The Swamp, the Gators will rotate twelve (we’re guessing 4 or 5-stars) on the defensive line.

Must be nice.

Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney says, “I’m hoping to play 10 or 12 guys regardless of the score or what time of the game it is. I really want to play a lot of guys and I’m planning on it.”

“We’d like to see (an early blowout), but I’m not waiting around for that,” he said. “I’m rotating regardless of the score. By Saturday, we’ll have a real good 10-, 11-, 12-man rotation and hopefully they’ll be ready to go.”

Kick-off is set for 12 pm EST on ESPN.

Doug Marrone: We've got to get to a bowl

Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone enters his second season as the leader of the Orange.

Marrone told the Post-Standard, “The pressure now is we have to go out and win. We’ve got to get to a bowl. We just have to get to it. We haven’t been in one in a long time. We have to do it. Once we pass that hurdle I think great things could happen.”

“We have to overcome the depth situation,” he said. “How do we do that? We’re relying on these kids (the rookies). There are some kids coming in here who are probably going to be playing core special teams or key backup roles. Depth is a critical issue.”

“How do you convince a bunch of kids that they’re winners when they haven’t won? My personal thing is you start doing the little things. You start winning these little battles, gearing up for putting them in adverse situations in practice so this way when the ball gets turned over or a team makes a great play, no one hangs his head and says here we go again. That’s a tough deal now. That’s a tough hurdle to overcome.”

Syracuse begins the season with four non-conference games including at Akron, at Washington, Maine, and Colgate.

The Orange finished 4-8 under Marrone in 2009.


Wannstedt talks about challenges of playing at Utah

Dave Wannstedt talked about the challenges of playing at Utah on Thursday night.

(on playing at a high altitude) “When we were at the Dolphins, they used to go out a couple of days early. Everyplace I’ve coached for 16 years (in the NFL), we’ve gone out the day before, lined-up and played. I think that all the studies from the Olympic athletes will tell you, that if you want to try to make a total adjustment, you have to be out there for three days, it takes 72 hours. So even going out that extra day, which some of the NFL teams do, doesn’t really do anything. You go out, you line up and play. Fortunately we’re fairly healthy, so we’ll be able to play guys.”

(on ball security concerns) "You can talk till you're blue in the face and work on it every single day. And then all of a sudden in a game you're going, 'How does that ball come out like that?' You keep your fingers crossed that we've drilled it enough and worked hard enough and that we minimize our share of them and get a few of them."

(on a first-time starting quarterback) “Tino Sunseri and I talked two days ago. He came into my office and I gave him a few stories of other quarterbacks, both on this level and the NFL that were starting off their careers for the first time. I really wanted to make the point to him that he’s one of eleven players on offense. We’re not the type of offense where Tino’s the only one who needs to make plays.

(on his young team) “We all know that this is the youngest team that we’ve had since I’ve been here. However, I think that whether you have 25 seniors or you have nine seniors, it’s the quality. What is this group made up of? And when we hit the adversity, which every team hits every year, I believe our guys will respond the right way. Sometimes being a little bit younger, kids are excited about the opportunity to play, and they’re more focused on what they should be focused on rather than the things that are out of their control.”

Pitt at Utah is set for 8:30 pm EST on Thursdsay night.  The game will air on Versus.

Houston Nutt upset Masoli denied eligibility, Ole Miss appealing

The NCAA has denied Jeremiah Masoli eligibility this season at Ole Miss.  Masoli would be eligible in 2011, however.

Ole Miss has appealed the NCAA decision is guaranteed to have a decision no later than one week from today.

Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone said the decision was subjective and not weighted toward benefit of Masoli.  Boone added there was no precedence on the ruling of Masoli. 

Houston Nutt said he would like to plead with the NCAA sub-committee.  Nutt added, “All he’s done is exactly what he is supposed to do.”

Chuck Rounsaville of the OmSpirit.com said the NCAA’s stance was that Masoli was not eligible at Oregon and was kicked off the team, then decided to transfer. 

Ole Miss does not understand the NCAA’s stance.

Masoli could red-shirt this season and be eligible to play in 2011.

Update: Joe Schad has just tweeted that an Oregon source told him Masoli was dismissed from team, but not school at Oregon.  Still hope.

Tuesday afternoon Coaches Quick Hits

Some interesting quotes from around the country:


Urban Meyer wrote John Brantley’s father a letter:  “I said, ‘Enjoy the ride. Your song has grown up to be a man.’ I hope I get that same text some day from someone. That’s really cool. It’s the truth. What he’s done here in the last year has been exactly what we needed to have happen, and that is he’s grown up. He’s the leader of this team, and he’s Johnny Brantley. That’s good enough for us.”


Saban says Mark Ingram is out for the season-opener: "Mark will definitely be out for this week's game against San Jose State and we will manage this on a week to week basis beyond this week. We will make every decision in the future based on what's best for Mark and his career as we consult with Dr. Cain and Dr. Andrews on his progress. This is not an injury that will affect Mark's future ability to make a full recovery in a relatively short time frame."


Frank Beamer pumped about Tyrod Taylor: "There are so many teams each year that start out with a legitimate shot. I think we have the quarterback who can get us there. I feel the same about Tyrod as I do about Michael Vick. Whether we can come along and play consistently as a team quick enough -- that's the question right now.

Quoting Dan Mullen: “I probably don’t sleep as good as you do the rest of the yea. You’re just kind of in that whole game mentality. I think every year, the first game of the season every year, you know the routine, but you’re not into your routine.”

Dabo Swinney says ‘Don’t buy the lie’: “I tell them don't buy the lie” of doubters and also “don't buy the good stuff, either. I know it's fun to take a piece of paper and say 'whoa, they lost all this production. Michael Palmer – who's going to replace him? Spiller and Jacoby Ford – who's going to replace them?' You see all these guys in preseason NFL games that used to be wearing that paw; but that's just college – that's what it's all about.”

“Those guys were freshmen once too. It's 'next man up.' That's why you recruit, and I think we've recruited well. We've got a close football team that believes in each other and believes in the coaches. And if you've got that, then you have a chance to win. I tell our guys all the time 'we don't need anything.' We just have to work the right way.”

(on special teams) “We don't just talk it, we walk it. We believe in our routine as far as how we game plan and install things. We use our best players. Coach Powell gets first pick- whoever it is- doesn't matter. The players will tell you- if you are on that punt team that's the most important play of the game. There's not many offensive plays where you are going to get 40 yards. If a guy doesn't have that mentality you have to get him off. You have to be sold out on special teams. If you break it down, it's 25 to 35 snaps in a ball game. That's a lot of plays. So, we've got great emphasis from week to week and we do that. Coach Powell does a great job coordinating that and we've got a lot of eyes helping him out.”

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