The 2014 FootballScoop High School Video of the Year is...

After another close vote, our panel has decided that Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) has won the 2014 FootballScoop High School Video of the Year award.

Bishop Gorman is the second consecutive program from the Southwest to claim the honor, following the inaugural winner from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. Here's our story about Chaparral's winning video, and the remarkable rise for the coach who made it.

In the end, Bishop Gorman garnered three of a possible four first-place votes from a group of six finalists.

"I loved what Shiloh Christian brought to the table and the high school football feelings it brought back, but Bishop Gorman gets my pick as No. 1," wrote Bleacher Report lead columnist Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs). "The sound of cleats on concrete was a brilliant way to start of the video, and anyone who played (or even followed) high school ball in any capacity knows this sound. From there, it only picked up. Again, I struggle to fathom that this is a high school production and not from a college given the presentation. The addition of Eminem throughout much of the highlight portion of the video was a huge boost."

The production value was so absurdly high in this video, we felt compelled to throw in some of our favorite still shots:


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Grantland contributor Chris Brown (@smartfootball) also selected Bishop Gorman as his winner and Shiloh Christian (Springdale, Ark.) as his runner-up. "What a great video! Maybe the best technical video out of all them, even those from the colleges, complete with beautiful crane shots over the stadium and Matrix-style pans with stopped time," he wrote. "It also had a great tone and feel, keeping the action moving forward while quickly investing you in the team."

Brown also had nice things to say about Shiloh Christian's work. "They took a very traditional highlight style video but by integrating older clips (nice shot of Gus Malzahn getting a Gatorade shower) and great editing gave it a timeless feel."

As with his votes in the two other categories, Sports Illustrated columnist Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) cast a dissenting opinion. He gave praise to three other finalists, Aurora Central Catholic (Aurora, Ill.), Perkiomen Valley (Collegeville, Pa.), and MacArthur (Aldine, Texas). "This was the toughest choice," Staples wrote. "I loved McArthur’s take on the Maserati Super Bowl ad. It was short, sweet, and it definitely got the blood pumping. Perkiomen Valley’s video also got me pumped. I can see how it would be especially effective to show the team before a game coming off a loss. But I have to give the nod to the Aurora Central Catholic video. First, that was a weekly video, not a season highlight or a preseason pump-up. The production value was fantastic for something put together after a game. Also, the video did a great job explaining to the viewer why that game was so important. So the payoff at the end actually meant something even for someone who didn’t know anything about either program before watching the video."

Our fourth panelist, SB Nation managing editor Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) picked Bishop Gorman as his winner and Aurora Central Catholic as his runner-up. "These are tough because the high school videos are so good. I've got Bishop Gorman first. Again, well-produced video that shows off a lot of things."

The FootballScoop staff would like to extend a special congratulations to head coach Tony Sanchez and his staff, video creator David Muscarella, and the entire Bishop Gorman program. We would also like to issue a heartfelt thank you to the five remaining finalists - Bethlehem Catholic (Bethlehem, Pa.), Aurora Central Catholic, Shiloh Christian, Perkiomen Valley, MacArthur, on the outstanding work that was submitted, and to our panel for taking their time to judge these outstanding videos.  

The FootballScoop staff continues to be blown away at the quality of video production at all levels of football, and we are especially thankful to all those who shared their work with us. Quite literally, this contest could not happen without you.

Here's to an even better 2015 Video of the Year contest. 

Brace yourself for the official LSU 2014 season trailer

Zach said last week that LSU has the hype video down to a science, and this release today is further proof that these guys are among the best in the business with the hype video genre.

You've got Les giving a passionate pregame speech in the background, then head strength coach Tommy Moffitt takes over as dudes start to fly around and make plays, combine all of that with some brilliant editing...what else could you possibly want?

LSU opens up 2014 against Wisconsin at Reliant Stadium in Houston. That should be a doozy.

Advice for your freshmen: "When you don't understand the terms, become tactical"


Derek Mason is one of 20 new FBS head coaches leading new programs through fall camp. Over the coming days and weeks he's evaluating his new roster of players for the first time in pads, which prompts countless questions from every beat reporter wondering "How does so-and-so look so far?"

Yesterday at practice Mason was asked a question along those lines about a newly arrived freshman, and his response could not have been phrased any better, and is a message fitting for freshman everywhere as you begin camp.

"When these guys press a little bit, they all want to have a great showing, but it's not about pressing, it's about letting the game come to you."

"Football is a game that's meant to be played. You dictate the terms when you understand what the terms are. When you don't know what the terms are, you become tactical and you understand what your job is and you lead the men around you to do theirs. That's what we need from those guys right now."

A couple Pac-12 coaches are going literal with their motivational metaphors

Ask anyone in Eugene, and they'll say the problem with last year's Oregon football team was that the Ducks started to believe their own hype. They believed a BCS berth was a given, and that victory was assured as long as they showed up in whatever uniform combination they happened to wear that day.

"And that's the thing, everything has to be earned at this level," left tackler Tyler Johnstone told the Oregonian. "We can't win on talent alone. That's what we took away from it. You actually have to work, and you have to take care of the little things.''

Mark Helfrich has stressed that Oregon needs to get back to being a blue collar team in 2014. He should be unable to tell, Helfrich tells his team, if they love practices or games more. 

To drive home that point, Helfrich has put blue collars on Oregon's practice undershirts.

"We know within our team why we lost two games,'' receiver Keanon Lowe said. "And (the blue collars) is a cool representation and symbol to always keep in our minds that this is a process. There are steps on the ladder, but you can't skip steps. You can't expect to win just because of the O on the helmet.''


In the Pac-12's South Division, Arizona State is building off a season in which the Sun Devils got to host the conference title game, but fell to Stanford for the second time of the season in a thorough 38-14 defeat.

Todd Graham says the Pac-12 Championship is the goal for Arizona State every season but, just in case his players have forgotten, he's had his equipment staff put Pac-12 championship trophy decals on the back of their helmets for fall camp.

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Video: "Bleed" provides a unique off season perspective

Over the course of a few years on staff here at The Scoop, I've watched and evaluated thousands of off season videos, and to be quite honest, I used to be under the impression that all of them were created relatively equal.

However that notion was shattered 30 seconds into West Virginia's "Bleed" highlight. This video is not only well produced, but the most interesting part is the unique access into the words of wisdom and motivation from the strength staff that was shared with the team over the course of the off season.

Just in case you needed a reminder, West Virginia opens up the season against Alabama in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

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