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What Todd Monken enjoys most about coaching

Watch Todd Monken coach and you'll have no doubt about his is passion for the game of football, and coaching in general. The Oklahoma State offensive coordinator will have to replace two of the most productive players in Cowboy history next year on a team that finished #3 in total offense (546 ypg), #2 in passing offense (387 ypg), and #2 in scoring offense (49 ppg). 

“Right now, it's hard to say, ‘(Screw) what we just did.' Now, is (a lot of the success) because of Weeden? Is it because of Black? Yeah, it is. But did (Mike) Leach and them have continued success (at Texas Tech) once they lost kids? Sure they did. So, where that all goes, I don't know. But there's almost no way of turning back.”

Entering the final three weeks of spring ball in Stillwater, Monken is exciting about getting back on the field and soaking up the part of coaching he enjoys the most.

“What I really enjoy doing is going out there and yelling and acting like an idiot and coaching…and those guys getting better and the ups and downs of being (ticked) and being happy. That part of it is the fun of it.” 

More new Nike NFL uniforms

More from the NFL unveiling of its new Nike gear.

Seems like they're definitely taking a page out of the book of the college gear with the gloves and focus on the lighter material along with brighter / more vibrant colors. 


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The Redskins and Broncos new cleats.

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Seahawks new uniforms unveiled

The NFL kicked off its unveiling of their new Nike uniforms with the Seahawks new threads for home and away games, as well as an alternate.

No huge dramatic changes, but definitely different (as expected).

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How many will these guys win this year?

Utah State won 7 games last season. The last time the Aggies won more than 4 was in 2000 and the last time they won 7 games was way back in 1993. 

Yes, the football program in Logan, UT is on the rise. 

Take a look at this video which they put together highlighting week one of Spring and you will see this isn't the same team that averaged 3 wins over the last decade. 

This schedule isn't easy but we wouldn't bet against these guys improving from last season. We like what Gary Andersen and his staff at doing at Utah State. 

Sumlin explains the late start to Spring

Kevin Sumlin sat down with 12th Man TV to talk about his first spring as the head coach in College Station recently, explaining why they chose to start spring ball later than usual and his insight on the battle at the quarterback position.

Sumlin explains that he felt that the March 31st start for spring ball would give the team some additional time in the weight room with director of football sports performance Larry Jackson, and the rest of the strength staff, and would be a huge asset down the road both philosophically and physically.

Sumlin also felt that it was vital to give the new staff as much time as possible around each other to get everyone on the same page. Most importantly though, Sumlin felt making the change gradual for the players to get use to the new staff was a decision that will pay dividends.

There's also a good clip at the end with special teams coordinator Brian Polian where he explains his special teams philosophy, starting with avoiding the big play so that they "don't have to hear the other band playing".

Quad-A-Thon: Competition in the weightroom

Lavell "Dinky" Williams has been at Northern Colorado as the director strength and conditioning and sports performance since January, and has moved quickly to put his stamp on the program.

One of the things that Williams implemented was a two day competitive fundraiser revolving around lifting and agility drills that they tabbed as the "Quad-A-Thon". Players would compete for points in competitions such as the hang clean, bench, 40 yard dash and broad jump, amongst others. The goal for the strength and conditioning staff was to have 15 players score over 300 points out of a possible 435.

After all was said and done the team had lifted an impressive 38,000 pounds, and the players demolished the expectations for the scoring system as well with 25 players eclipsing the 300 point mark. Williams says that they're planning another Quad-A-Thon before fall camp and he expects to have 35 guys go over the 300 point mark.

With donations being made for the amount of weight lifted, the program still has a healthy amount of donations flowing in. One guy said that he wanted to donate $1 for every pound lifted...until Williams told him of the 38,000 pound total.

The video below is a great highlight of the enthusiasm and camaraderie that the Quad-A-Thon fostered for the guys at Northern Colorado.

Excellent video: "Uncommon"

Minnesota hired Jerry Kill last off-season to turn the program around. The University has invested heavily in new facilities and the program as a whole and we think this program has significant upside that will be realized sorry rather than later. 

One of the small changes that Kill instituted when hired was to bring in some top notch video production capabilities to help tell the story of Minnesota football. Some of the videos they have produced over the past year have been some of our favorites. 

The latest release is another great video. Watch this one and let us know if you have seen a better produced video recently.

Alternative uniforms for Nebraska

Athletic director Tom Osborne announced today that Adidas will be rolling out an alternative jersey for one game this season for the Cornhuskers. However, he was quick to point out that the new addition will not stray too far from their traditional uniforms.

Part of that traditional look is the white helmet, which Adidas approached Osborne with the intention of changing for the one game. Osborne initialy told them that the iconic helmet was off limits and would not be touched....but there is word today that perhaps the helmets will be changed as well. 

The design has yet to be be finalized, but Osborne did say that they will be "futuristic" but not "outlandish" (we wonder who he could be referring to...).