Video: Winter workout highlights
The guys at UNC Pembroke, an independant D-II school located in Pembroke, North Carolina, sent us a well put together video highlighting their winter workouts.
Since bringing back football in 2007, head coach Pete Shinnick and his staff have put together some impressive teams, including an 8-3 finish last season and back to back 9 win seasons in 2008 and 2009. They were also an impressive 7-1 last year when scoring over 30 points.
The video is a good mix of weight room workouts, on the field agility and conditioning, and some interesting combat drills to take note of.
Fresno State focused on tempo
New Fresno State offensive coordinator Dave Schramm was not impressed with their latest scrimmage and afterwards challenged the pride of the offensive group.
"You can't come out and play this game if you're not sure you want to. If you don't want to, don't. We'll find 11 guys that want to play. And this game, it's a team game, so every guy has got to do their job on every single play." he said.
Looking back on the scrimmage, Schramm noted it was a different guy on each play that wasn't focused because of the new tempo and less than perfect conditions.
"The thing that we've got to come out of spring ball understanding is that we can stress people with our tempo. We have to know how to get lined up, we have to understand what our assignment is, we have to get lined up in the right spot, we have to know the snap count and we've got to go." he explained.
"It's just new to them. They get tired and they get gassed, and all of a sudden the brain slows down a little bit. But it's good. Our defense is doing a nice job, and we're making some plays at times."
Indiana coaches getting reps at quarterback
Head coach Kevin Wilson and the Hoosiers returned to their spring practice schedule yesterday and the staff is getting more involved than ever.
Towards the end of the clip, Wilson explains that since they're only 2 deep at quarterback right now, a few coaches (including himself) have worked their way into a few running drills and commented "that's not good to see", which got quite a few laughs from the reporters.
No country club members at Youngstown
Youngstown State defensive coordinator Joe Tresey met with the media for the annual spring football press conference earlier today.
Tresey opened up by saying that him and his wife are excited about being back in Ohio and very excited to be working for one of the top FCS programs in the country historically. Coach Tresey added that he and head coach Eric Wolford meshed well right off the bat because of their similar blue collar backgrounds, and furthermore, neither have ever belonged to a country club.
A little further down the line, one reporter asks Tresey to describe his personality, to which he responds "...kind of laid back...peachy, just a feel good kind of guy". The media in attendance got quite a kick out of that answer.
This is how you prepare for a tough schedule
The University of South Alabama is entering their fourth season of existence, and have been able to make some impressive gains on the field and in the weight room.
Last year they finished 6-4 as an FCS Independent. This season the Jaguars will take on North Carolina State, Mississippi State, Troy, FAU, FIU, Arkansas State and Hawaii... talk about a tough schedule.
The strength staff will definitely have them prepared for the big boys. Take a look at the video below showing the team maxing out. These guys are throwing around some serious weight.
Video: Offensive line drills at WMU
Western Michigan is rolling out a new multi-part series shadowing the entire staff, starting with offensive line coach A.J Ricker, who is entering his second spring as the Bronco offensive line coach.
The video below is the first installment, and shadows Coack Ricker on the field during some offensive line and PAT / field goal drills, as well as some good interview bits about his overall approach to coaching the offensive line, and why he thinks players today "have it easy".
FIU spring hype video
FIU released an impressive hype video yesterday mixing season highlights with their off season efforts.
The Golden Panthers finished last season 8-5, with only one of their losses coming by more than 10 points (and three of the five losses by a total of 10 points). From the looks of this video, Cristobal and the staff will be looking to close that gap and win at least a share of the conference title for the second time in three seasons.
FIU's spring game is slated for the March 30th.
Video: Mattison shares some valuable insight
Greg Mattison sat down with the media for the first time this offseason to talk about the progression and expectations for the defense in the second year under his leadership.
The number one goal is to get better at everything they do in the defense, one practice at a time, Mattison told reporters.
Mattison noted that every defense he has ever seen or been a part of has been "strong down the middle" starting with a good noseguard, then linebackers, and then the safeties.
The video is a bit long, but there are a few gems at the end worth hanging in there for. At one point a reporter asks about a player that had lost a significant amount of weight, and Mattison was flattered for a moment, thinking that the reporter was referring to him.
He also remarks at the end about a few guys that haven't been in pads as of yet, and have only been able to participate in conditioning. "This isn't cross country, they can come out there and run like crazy...they can be the best runners in the world and if they won't hit anybody, I won't like them as much".