Edsall stressing technique in spring
Randy Edsall and the staff have decided to take a back to basics approach to spring ball this season, opting to focus on technique and mastering the fundamentals.
Edsall says that the biggest thing for him and his staff is making sure that the players take the technique that they learn during individual work with their coaches and applying it during team drills.
"It doesn't matter what scheme we play if we're not good at executing the techniques that are being taught, or the fundamentals of the game" he said.
Exciting changes at Mississippi State
Over the next few seasons, Davis Wade stadium is going to undergo some big renovations in Starkville.
Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Stricklin says that 16 consecutive sell outs and a lot of excitement surrounding the program have forced the athletic department to make some critical decisions in recent months on providing some additional seating in the stadium.
Stricklin says that they plan to bowl the open ended north end zone for general seating and provide "premium seating" options in that end zone as well. Brick will also be added to the exterior of the north end to compliment the rest of the campus' architecture.
The goal is to begin construction in 2012 on the bowl section for the north end zone and the entire project should be done by the start of the 2014 season.
Video: Fedora's first spring practice
Larry Fedora and UNC opened up their spring practices Wednesday and the Tar Heels aren't wasting any time getting after it.
Good look at the first practice below, with plenty of drill footage.
Patterson warns players of spring break temptation
With spring break just around the corner, Gary Patterson understands the temptations out there for his players, and reminded them to be smart and enjoy their break after yesterdays practice.
"People do stupid things like playing beach volleyball and turning their ankle, breaking their leg jumping in three-foot pools." he said.
Patterson added that many of his players are just heading home to enjoy their break with family and friends, as opposed to the normal spring break hot spots.
"A lot of our kids can’t afford to go to one of those places, so they’ll go home, get a chance to see their buddies. They need a break. They’ve been going hard since January. We’ve been pushing them pretty hard."
TCU will resume their spring practice on March 27.
Holgo's offense starting to run itself
For the first time in three seasons, Dana Holgorsen's offense is returning a starting quarterback and a good percentage of the supporting class.
When asked about the new found familiarity, Holgo said it was a welcomed change of pace.
"It felt good. I probably did less coaching [at Sunday's opening spring practice] than I've done the last three springs, it was like it was with Case Keenum coming back at Houston. After you've coached him for a year, you didn't have to tell him a whole bunch."
Video: Winter workouts at Notre Dame
We came across a very impressive winter workout video from Notre Dame yesterday that we felt needed to be shared.
The video starts with a great opening talk from Brian Kelly, followed by some good outdoor workout footage in the snow, and then some weight room footage, before it's all wrapped up with an unexpected feel good moment at the end.
Very well put together video, you can tell it was edited with a purpose in mind.
Todd Graham encouraged by progress so far
Todd Graham has a few spring practices under his belt at Arizona State, and is encouraged by the progress made from practice one to practice two.
"We had a good first day, but a great second day. I was really encouraged, markedly different. We want to make sure we don't make the same mistakes every day. They're nowhere near being comfortable going as fast as we're going, but they're getting there." Graham commented.
Graham was encouraged with the way they've been able to tighten things up early on, hit some big plays, as well as their ability to take care of the ball much better.
In an effort to make the end of the play clearer when they review film, Graham says that he has a few guys waving flags to go along with the whistle so that players can visualize the type of effort they're looking for whistle to whistle.
Video: Plenty of good material from Chad Morris
Clemson's Chad Morris met with reporters yesterday, after their fifth spring practice, to talk about their focus and the progress that they've made, as well as plenty of great classic southern analogies.
Morris spends some time talking about his visit with the Nevada staff, and how he plans to use some of their run game approach to cure some of their short yardage woes of last season.
At one point (about the 3:45 mark), Morris compares one of their star players to a Fourth of July sparkler...and a few others sprinkled in that you'll have to hear for yourself.