The Pac-12 Network is taking a page from Gruden and ESPN
Everyone that enjoys football, and especially coaches, love what ESPN has done with Jon Gruden the past few seasons. Leading up to the NFL draft, Gruden (the president of the FFCA) sits down with draft eligible quarterbacks to break down their game and get on the white board.
While out to eat the other night, I caught a bit of the NFL Network doing something similar with on the field demonstrations with former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner working with quarterbacks, and Michael Irvin working with the receivers. Now the Pac-12 Network will be doing their own version with Rick Neuheisel called "Under Center".
The first episode airs tonight at 8pm Pacific time with decorated Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion, one of the top quarterbacks in the conference and one of the most efficient and prolific passers in the country. The series will continue every Wednesday night with Neuheisel sitting down with UCLA's Brent Hundley (April 30th) and Arizona State's Taylor Kelly (April 23rd) in the next few weeks.
The sneak peak looks similar to Gruden's QB camp, and I'm fine with that. I'm sure 99% of coaches will agree that we'll take as much of this kind of content as we can get...as long as Neuheisel leaves the guitar at home.
How many routes/concepts do you recognize from this pro day play sheet?
Below is a list of 54 pass plays that Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray ran through earlier today during his pro day.
Since there essentially is nothing original in the coaching world in this day and age, after looking over this list a few times I couldn't help but wonder how many routes / concepts I recognized, and am sure that most coaches that give this sheet a look will share that same thought.
Now there are quite a few repeats on here, but there is some universal coaching jargon on here such as; naked, slant, corner, out, cross, vertical, dig @12, and swing and comeback. But then there are also some buzz words that would better suited with a diagram like; dart, bang 8, and Vandy. Regardless of what they're all called, chances are we've seen all these routes and concepts, but the vocabulary depends on who you've learned them under.
Maybe you look at the list and find a new buzz word to use, or maybe it just helps you close your eyes and imagine football season...either way it's interesting.
(H/T Coy Wire)
Video: Russell Wilson speaks to the N.C. State football team
Russell Wilson's official Seattle Seahawks bio lists Wisconsin as his college of origin, but the folks in Raleigh are quick to remind any who dare bring that up that the Richmond, Va., product was a Wolfpack quarterback first. Wilson graduated from N.C. State in three years, played football and baseball, and threw for 8,545 yards with 76 touchdowns in his three seasons. On Saturday, he returned to his alma mater to speak to the 2014 N.C. State football team before their spring game.
"It was a mindset," Wilson said of what drove the Seahawks to their Super Bowl victory in February. "Every day that we stepped into the locker room, every day that we stepped onto the field for practice, every day that we stepped on to the field for a game, we mentally believed that we were going to be better than everybody else and we were going to prepare that way."
The three minutes and 27 seconds in which Wilson speaks really give an insight into two things. First, how much he echoes each of Pete Carroll's coaching points. And second, how much love he has for N.C. State. "It's an honor to be here," Wilson said. "It's just a special thing to go to this school. I graduated here in three years. I'm proud to be a part of N.C. State... I love this school to death."
NCAA announces tightened restrictions for recruiting mid-year enrollees
On Wednesday, the NCAA announced severely tightened restrictions for recruiting mid-year enrollees in football and basketball.
Previously, prospects could sign financial aid agreements with multiple schools, which then gives schools more freedom to recruit a player that has signed with their school. For example, a recruit could sign a scholarship agreement with Tennessee, Auburn and Ole Miss, and each school could recruit the mid-year enrollee as a signed prospect without knowledge of agreements with other schools.
Moving forward, schools can now recruit players that have signed multiple financial aid agreements - at the risk of violating recruiting rules if they do not ultimately land the player.
Essentially, mid-year enrollees will now be treated equally to recruits signing NLIs in February.
In the NCAA's words:
Video: Rich Rod lets fans pick red zone plays during the spring game
Every college program with a spring game is looking for ways to engage the fan base and keep them happy, and all of them should take notes from Arizona.
During the Wildcats' spring game, Rich Rod went up in the stand with a microphone and his own version of Vanna White (director of on campus recruiting / player personnel Matt Dudek) to hold up the card that was full of diagrammed plays for randomly selected fans to choose from.
The plays were all ran from inside of the 5 yard line to maximize the potential for scoring. This would have been a lot less exciting if the plays were all ran from -25 yard line.
Rich Rod looks like he had quite a bit of fun acting as the emcee, and this had to be a fan favorite as far as activities go at any spring game.
These helmets are among the most unique high school helmets out there
These helmets from Anderson County HS (TN) have a lot going on.
Not only do they have the huge "Mavericks" logo on the back, but the stripe going down the middle of the helmet spells out "MAVS" and they've even managed to work the "AC" logo in near the facemask.
Imagine being a defensive player chasing down a ball carrier and looking up to see that that logo staring right back at you. That's a bit intimidating.
When it comes to high school helmets, these have to be some of the most unique lids out there. I can imagine the kids loving them, and the more I look at them, the more it grows on me.
What do you guys think?
Video: Behind Cal's uniforms and Nike branding
When you are one of 50 college programs in the country to share the "Bears" mascot, you've got to do somethings to set your program apart.
Here's a great look inside the equipment room at Cal with equipment manager Jake Rosch who helps to break down how Nike has helped brand the Cal program, starting with their uniforms.
Nike helped give their threads a lot of one of a kind features, including the new modern mascot, the custom numbering and lettering, and the mascot's place inside of every number.
This kind of stuff is great for both the uniform nerds (like myself) out there, as well as recruits.
Video: The Temple football team does the Nae Nae dance
I have no idea what the Nae Nae dance is. I didn't know it existed until seeing this video of the Temple Owls breaking up a recent practice to hold their own Nae Nae dance contest. For all I know they completely made it up. That said, the Owls rock the heck out of this dance.
"You put a dancing challenge and we at Temple answered the call," said head coach Matt Rhule.
You should see this thing for yourself.