Tom Herman: "We don't ask the quarterback to be a rocket surgeon"

It's been over a week now since the news of Braxton Miller missing the 2014 season has hit the presses, and offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Tom Herman has undoubtedly had to answer countless questions on a daily basis about the quarterback situation.

Last night after practice, Herman fielded some more of those questions on the situation, and when asked what the philosophy was for JT Barrett's first college start against Navy on Saturday

"You have to be cognizant of the fact that, not whether he can or can't handle anything, it's the adrenaline and the whole mindset of starting, and he hasn't really played since the middle of his senior year in high school."

"You have to make sure that you keep things as simple as possible for him, but you know, we really don't do a whole lot on offense despite what some people think. We don't ask the quarterback to be a rocket surgeon by any stretch of the imagination, and never have, and never will. Maybe that's why those guys (backups) have played well in our system."

Wait, what was that? I'm curious, what exactly goes into the job description of a "rocket surgeon"? Rocket scientist? Brain surgeon? Hey, let's just combine the two.

"So yes, we'll make a conscious effort to keep things simple, but not a ton less than we already do." Herman went on to explain..

Video: #StanfordSkills features players teaching drills and techniques

We noticed that Stanford is doing a new series of video shorts where they take the camera on the practice field to highlight some positional work with one of their players, and thought it's a pretty solid idea from a recruiting standpoint.

Perhaps Stanford's plan when creating these is to get more high school players watching, and learning, and therefore thinking about Stanford.

At the end of the day, I could really see recruits looking at this video (and others like it) and thinking to themselves, "I could see myself doing that with those guys," and that can be all it takes.

In their first one here, fifth-year senior linebacker AJ Tarpley teaches a few linebacker drills and techniques.

Watch North Dakota State's season trailer: "Welcome to the new age"

North Dakota State may be home to the last three FCS National Championships, but a new head coach and a #2 ranking entering this season means there's a relatively unfamiliar feeling in Fargo.

That sentiment comes across in their 2014 trailer released last night, and the music choice may be as good of a fit for the current state of the program as any clip I've come across in a long time.

Chris Klieman and the NDSU Bison open up their season against Iowa State on Saturday at noon EST. You can catch the game on Fox Sports 1.

2014 NDSU Football Season Trailer from NDSU Athletics on Vimeo.

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Vance Bedford to Texas fans: "Get off your duff and go buy these tickets"

With Saturday's opener against North Texas approaching, Texas announced Wednesday it was still 9,000 tickets short of a sell out. 

A full sell out has become rare since Texas expanded Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium to 101,000-plus in 2009. A 15-11 home record over a four-year stretch tends to thin out the demand. But the excitement and intrigue a new coaching staff brings, plus the game broadcast placed exclusively on the still-limited Longhorn Network, figured to combine to fill out DKR. Not quite.

At his weekly media availability, Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford admonished the Longhorn faithful in a way only he can.

Vance Bedford answer

(via Max Olson)

Additional context says Bedford was being less than serious throughout his answer, but either way this is good stuff. 

Updated: Here's the video:

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