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"We have to master the things that require no talent"

On the field at Camp Randall, in front of 80,000 fans among the loudest in the country, communication's importance can't be stressed enough.

Co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash pointed out communication's importance, using their loss against Ohio State, where a breakdown in communication in the secondary allowed Ohio State to go ahead with under 30 seconds left on the clock. 

“Communication doesn’t require talent. That’s the No. 1 thing we’ve got to master, the things that require no talent. That’s one of them.” 

However, it's not easy. Processing the personnel, formation, defensive call and down and distance while under the gun on game day takes plenty of repetition, Ash notes.

“You have to process it first before you can communicate it. The great ones, they can process it faster.”

“Out here, it’s easy. On game day in the environment of Camp Randall Stadium, it’s a whole ’nother thing. We try to stress it, but you never know until you get to gameday.”

USC places a billboard near UCLA's campus

This billboard recently popped up near UCLA's Westwood campus.

USC associate athletic director for marketing, Craig Kelley, said that the board is one of 30 in Southern California.

"You have certain locations you can choose that are favorable and have high visibility, and we chose the ones that would work best for us at the time based on what was available."

To his credit, at least Lane scrapped the one that simply said "50-0. Have a nice day."

 

Video: Fall camp at Cal

Well done video here following Cal through their fall camp.

Follow the team through their training with the military and police / fire departments, and learn how the new facilities have made camp more productive.

Video: This is what it means to run physical

Take a look at this clip from Ohio State's practice.

That's what happens when a 235 pound running back meets running backs coach Stan Drayton in a drill. Coach Drayton and Urban couldn't help but chuckle a bit.

Petersen explains how they're preparing for the Spartan run game

Friday night Boise State travels to East Lansing to take on the Spartans and 6-foot-2 244 pound running back Le'Veon Bell in a match up of top 25 teams.

Bell has at least two inches and 20 pounds on the biggest back on the Bronco's roster, so preparing to tackle a back the size of Bell has Chris Petersen spending some time thinking outside the box.

"We've taped two of our running backs together and they carry the ball at the same time to get a little feel of what it'd be like to really tackle a guy (that size)." Petersen said jokingly.

"We don't have anybody around here who looks like that." 

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