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.
Malzahn on tempo: "We weren't even close"
Gus Malzahn sat down with the media to talk about the Red Wolves spring practice yesterday.
One reporter asked how close the offensive tempo was to his expectations, and he responded "We weren't even close". Malzahn says that they were operating at about half of the speed that they need to be come fall.
Pease shares 5 pillars of his offensive philosophy
New Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease addressed his five pillars of offensive philosophy at a recent press conference.
Pease says that a physical downhill running attack is his first and foremost, and that really compliments the next four pillars.
He goes on to touch on the importance of an explosive passing game, formation changes and motions, limiting turnovers, and great quarterback play.
Good material in the short presser below, including how he believes toughness is developed in the run game.
This is why TX high school football is king
The guys down at Guyer high school in Denton, Texas have got something special going on.
As you can see from the video below, they have some guys putting up some big time weight, and the overwhelming majority of them are getting it done with great form.
It's because of strength programs and committment like this that Texas high school football is so highly respected.
Niumatalolo setting the tone early
Navy struggled to a 5-7 record last season (with five of their losses coming by a combined 11 points), and Ken Niumatalolo is wasting no time setting the tone for 2012 in spring ball.
Instead of easing into things, Coach Niumatalolo is starting spring ball in full pads and full contact for everyone.
“I’m taking a big risk and making our quarterbacks live this spring, but we need some work,” he said. “Not only him, but the guys tackling him need some work. Our team needs some work.”
Niumatalolo also added that they'll likely put the ball in the air a little more next season, more along the lines with what they did in the 2010 season when they averaged almost 12 passes per game (this past season they averaged 9 per game).