After wrapping up his career as a Beaver, and playing a few years professionally before transitioning and working in the private sector for three years, Mitch Meeuwsen joined Mike Riley's staff as a graduate assistant working with the secondary.
In the clip, Meeuwsen gets mic'd up and teaches their read progression out of trips, some press coverage technique and also gets into how he combines what he learned as a player with how he uses that to coach.
Wisconsin special teams going lean to adapt to rule changes
The new shield consists of two tight ends and a fullback, undoubtedly adding more mobility.
"We're still training the big guys. We'll have both sets of people into our arsenal and carry both groups into all games and react to what we're getting from the opponent." said assistant coach Charlie Partridge, who works with the punters.
The rule change is expected to force punt block teams to attack the edges of the shield, much like Michigan State and Ohio State did successfully last season when they blocked Badger punts.
"When the shield first came out people would take four bigger tackles or defensive end types and try to push the shield into the punter. When they realized there wasn't a lot of production to be had there they went to getting the fast guys to turn the edge or make them miss in the middle of the shield.
"It makes more sense to match that." Partridge explained.
“It makes sense,” Long explained. “Additional plays would allow you to score a lot more points. It also puts a whole lot of pressure on the defense.”
Long has even started to implement the ideology during scrimmage periods of fall camp regardless of the distance needed.
“It’s a day-to-day theory. I haven’t decided because we’re getting a feel for it out here. I just read about this guy, and I don’t know if I can do that because everybody in the world is going to say this is not Football 101, right?"
“But there’s a reason why he’s winning those games. Maybe he just has better players than everybody else; or maybe it’s their team gets used to playing like that and the other teams don’t get used to playing like that. It’s fourth-and-seven — most defenses run off the field. And now they’re going to stay out there. ‘What? How come the punt team isn’t coming out?’?” Long explained.
Virginia Tech has added some interesting white helmets that are getting mixed reviews from current players. The new white helmets will be worn for their September 8th "White Effect" game against Austin Peay.