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Auburn looks for these seven traits in an offensive lineman. Two are non-negotiable

 

Auburn offensive line coach JB Grimes has a coaching career that spans 30 years including stops at East Carolina, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, UL-Monroe, and Delta State.

His accomplishments as an offensive line coach are too long to list here (just listing the accomplishments from last season would be more than enough to impress), and those accomplishments are just a small part of the reason he's regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in the business.

To play offensive line for coach Grimes, offensive lineman must have a specific set of traits, and when he looks at offensive lineman while recruiting he's specifically looking for seven things, according to a recent piece by AL.com. According to the piece, these are the seven traits that Grimes looks for, some are more obvious than others:

    • Size
    • Quickness
    • Balance
    • Strength
    • Football IQ
    • Character
    • Toughness

Ask any offensive line coach in the country worth their salt and their list will look nearly identical, but the one trait that stands out to me that might be overlooked on the lists of other coaches is balance. But when you really think about life in the trenches, having balance on your short list makes a whole lot of sense.

The two traits that are non-negotiable for Grimes are character and toughness, and the veteran offensive line coach believes that just possessing two of the remaining traits is enough to "contribute at the college level", according to the piece.

The full article talks about one player in particular, freshman offensive line phenom Braden Smith (who repped out 515 on the bench as a senior in HS), but those nuggets from Grimes are what really stood out. Read the whole article here.

Dana Holgorsen on close losses: "It beats getting your ass kicked."

West Virginia missed a bowl game for the first time in more than a dozen years in 2013, though they weren't as far away from late December/early January paydirt as their 4-8 final record indicated. 

The Mountaineers lost to Texas Tech 37-27 after holding a 27-23 lead entering the fourth quarter, fell to Texas 47-40 in overtime after taking a 40-37 lead into the game's final minute, and blew a 38-21 fourth quarter lead in the season finale versus Iowa State, collapsing into a 52-44 triple-overtime loss. Swing those games around, and West Virginia is 7-5 and possibly in the Holiday Bowl against Arizona State. And that's not even taking into account whatever that terrible mess was against Kansas.

Holgorsen was asked what his team has done to correct that result heading into this season. He said that work began as soon as the calendar turned to 2014.

"We've focused on that. That's one of our goals," he said. "We've got a couple of goals that we've talked about in here with our coaches and players and one of them is finishing. That was frustrating last year. It wasn't anymore frustrating for myself than my team to sit in that locker room after losing an overtime game, or losing a 10-point fourth quarter lead. We have focused on that since January. Not only have we focused and talked about it, we've done specific drills where we work on finishing. Finishing periods, finishing practices, finishing reps. It's something coaches say a good bit around here."

When asked how tired he is of talking about losing close games, Holgorsen shook his head and paused. "It's better than getting your ass kicked," he answered.

When you put it that way, Dana. 

This Georgia preseason hype video will get you ready for football

Camp is underway across college football. Whistles are blowing and pads are popping on fields across this great land of ours. This video, entitled "Finish the Drill" from Georgia feels appropriate to mark the occasion. 

Georgia has long produced some of the best hype videos in college football, and their 2014 preseason edition is no different. The Dogs are ready for football. 

2014 Fall Preview from Georgia Football on Vimeo.

Toledo starts fall camp with no drinkable water, and their rivals at BG come to the rescue

Imagine starting camp, or two a days, with no access to clean water to drink or shower. Would your rivals come to the rescue?

That's exactly what happened down in Toledo after Governor John Kasich declared a state of emergency. Residents were told not to drink, boil, shower, or even brush their teeth with the water until further notice. Almost three days later, residents still haven't been given the green light to drink the water. (Monday AM update: The Toledo area water ban has been lifted)

The National Guard has trucked in countless shipments of giant vats of water, while stores completely sold out of bottled water (local reports have no bottled water within 50 miles), and some gas stations were price gouging the little water that they did have for $14.99 for a 12-pack.

In the midst of the chaos, the University of Toledo started their fall camp on Sunday, prepping for their home opener against New Hampshire later this month. No water presented quite the problem for the staff at Toledo, but the good folks (and rivals) down at Bowling Green helped come to the rescue, stripping their vans of the seats and packing them with as much water as possible.

When it was all said and done, the staff at Bowling Green transported about 500 gallons of clean drinking water 20 minutes up I-75 to their rival neighbors. Quite the class act.

"Rivalry aside, they needed something. They'd do the same for us." BGSU director of sports medicine Alfred Castillo told Sporting News.

Castillo and his colleagues have offered to make the 20 minute drive to transport clean water up to Toledo for as long as the Rockets need it.

Could you imagine being in the shoes of first year Toledo DFO Greg Brabenec? You've got everything ironed out in the days and weeks leading up to camp, and then as camp starts this bomb drops. We hear Greg has done an outstanding job adapting and finding food and water for the team. He's definitely earning some nods for the FootballScoop DFO of the year already.

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Start your Monday off with Clemson's mannequin prank

Michigan State and Wisconsin have done their own mannequin prank versions, and now Clemson takes center stage with their own version featuring quarterback Cole Stoudt.

The best reaction has to be the player with the open hand slap to the helmet after nearly crapping himself.

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