Kevin Sumlin sat down with 12th Man TV to talk about his first spring as the head coach in College Station recently, explaining why they chose to start spring ball later than usual and his insight on the battle at the quarterback position.
Sumlin explains that he felt that the March 31st start for spring ball would give the team some additional time in the weight room with director of football sports performance Larry Jackson, and the rest of the strength staff, and would be a huge asset down the road both philosophically and physically.
Sumlin also felt that it was vital to give the new staff as much time as possible around each other to get everyone on the same page. Most importantly though, Sumlin felt making the change gradual for the players to get use to the new staff was a decision that will pay dividends.
There's also a good clip at the end with special teams coordinator Brian Polian where he explains his special teams philosophy, starting with avoiding the big play so that they "don't have to hear the other band playing".
Lavell "Dinky" Williams has been at Northern Colorado as the director strength and conditioning and sports performance since January, and has moved quickly to put his stamp on the program.
One of the things that Williams implemented was a two day competitive fundraiser revolving around lifting and agility drills that they tabbed as the "Quad-A-Thon". Players would compete for points in competitions such as the hang clean, bench, 40 yard dash and broad jump, amongst others. The goal for the strength and conditioning staff was to have 15 players score over 300 points out of a possible 435.
After all was said and done the team had lifted an impressive 38,000 pounds, and the players demolished the expectations for the scoring system as well with 25 players eclipsing the 300 point mark. Williams says that they're planning another Quad-A-Thon before fall camp and he expects to have 35 guys go over the 300 point mark.
With donations being made for the amount of weight lifted, the program still has a healthy amount of donations flowing in. One guy said that he wanted to donate $1 for every pound lifted...until Williams told him of the 38,000 pound total.
The video below is a great highlight of the enthusiasm and camaraderie that the Quad-A-Thon fostered for the guys at Northern Colorado.
Excellent video: "Uncommon"
Published: Monday, 02 April 2012 19:15
Minnesota hired Jerry Kill last off-season to turn the program around. The University has invested heavily in new facilities and the program as a whole and we think this program has significant upside that will be realized sorry rather than later.
One of the small changes that Kill instituted when hired was to bring in some top notch video production capabilities to help tell the story of Minnesota football. Some of the videos they have produced over the past year have been some of our favorites.
The latest release is another great video. Watch this one and let us know if you have seen a better produced video recently.