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Gruden still working at 3:30 am: It's a grind, man

In case you missed Jon Gruden’s Quarterback Camp last night with Jake Locker and Andy Dalton, you missed some great entertainment.

Parts of Gruden's feature with Andy Dalton were priceless.

Today, the former Super Bowl winning head coach talked about his experience with the show.

“It’s been a blast.”

“I get more people talking about this than anything I did as a human.  They love these shows.  They wish there were more of them.  They wish I’d yell at ‘em.  But there’s a lot of rules and regulations when you’re on TV (pause), I guess.”

“The video is the big project.  It’s relentless, never ending.”

“It’s tedious.  You get in here at 3:30 in the morning and get done at noon…and try to have somewhat of a life.  I feel like a bat.  What are those things that live in dark places?  I don’t know.  It’s a grind, man.”

Stan Drayton explains decision to leave Florida for Ohio State

When Stan Drayton decided to leave Will Muschamp’s staff at Florida for the opportunity to coach at Ohio State, the decision was a head scratcher for some coaches in the profession.

Why would you leave a situation with a new head coach at Florida…the warm weather, no state income tax, a traditional power, not to mention Drayton would be coaching an unfamiliar position (wide receivers).

The veteran running backs coach, Drayton had already moved 11 times in 18 years.  His career included stints at Syracuse, Bowling Green, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Villanova, Penn, Eastern Michigan, Allegheny, and with the Green Bay Packers.

Veteran coaches tell you don’t ever make a lateral move.

What people didn’t know is that Drayton’s decision came down to family.  Drayton’s parents both live in Ohio and his wife’s parents live a few hours away from Columbus in Detroit, Michigan.

Drayton told Ken Gordon of the Columbus Dispatch, "When you're not in your hometown or not near family, you just depend on each other. If we wanted a babysitter, we'd put them through an interview, and my wife doesn't trust people with our kids very well. So just to be able to get our kids around their grandparents and cousins, I think that does wonders for them, and for us."

Moving is ideal, “But in this business, sometimes opportunities present themselves that take you out of your comfort zone. And for me, when the dust clears off, it's always turned out to be positive situation."

Drayton’s first game coaching the wide receivers for the Buckeyes will be against Akron.  Ohio State will host Toledo the following week before a trip to Miami (FL).

Sound bytes galore: Reporters in Morgantown enjoying Holgorsen

Reporters in Morgantown are enjoying talking with Dana Holgorsen.  

You are going to get some worthy sound bytes, a little bit of Leach, and some sarcasm mixed in with humor.

Following Saturday’s practice, reporters spent nearly 17 minutes on the field asking questions to West Virginia’s offensive coordinator.

Here's one from Holgorsen...”I haven’t done anything with tight ends right now just cuz we don’t have any.  If we had 3 tight ends laying around, we’d probably use a couple of tight end sets.  Last year, we ran tight end sets about 5% of the time, but it’s hard to do that when you don’t have any.”

Or, when asked about his emphasis on body language…”We figured this out last year.  It’s the difference between lethargic and vivacious.  You’re looking for guys with bounce that have energy, that line up quick, that are anxious and alert, and are ready to make a play.”

Then, when asked how he can teach going against a 4-man front when all he sees during spring practice is the 3-3 stack…”You don’t.  Right now, you just play football.  Technique and assignment are way more important than obsessing over that.  You’re asking the wrong guy if you think I’m worried about it.”

“That’s why you meet.  We were able to meet a lot with them prior to spring.  We went over a lot of the different fronts and calls.  Then you get out here and you just play.  You coach effort, you teach ‘em what it’s like in the red zone, you get really mad when they turn it over….just the things that are important in football.”

“You worry about that kind of stuff and not the stuff you can’t control.”

Over here at FootballScoop Headquarters, we must admit that Holgorsen is pretty entertaining.  We'll try to keep you up to date.

Spring game attendance figures released

Three more spring football games will be televised this coming weekend.

Navy plays this Friday night at 7 pm (CBS College Sports).  The Big Ten Network will air the Ohio State spring game at 1:30 EST on Saturday, while Oregon plays at 4 pm EST on ESPN2.

According to CNBC sports business analyst Darren Rovell, a number of schools have drawn big attendance figures this spring.

Here’s are some of the attendance figures thus far:

Alabama (92,310), Nebraska (66,784), Florida State (53,818), Auburn (53,209), Florida (51,000).

Georgia (43,177), Arkansas (42,000), Mississippi State (36,357), Tennessee (35,891), South Carolina (29,451).

Texas (29,541), Ole Miss (28,000), Notre Dame (27,863), Clemson (27,000), Oklahoma (25,598), LSU (25,032).

Some of these figures tend to become exaggerated.  

One Ole Miss beat writer tweeted during the Rebels' spring game, "Just polled reporters for their crowd estimates. Got everything from 7,500 to 18,000."



Gundy and Whittingham experience totally different scrimmages

Oklahoma State treated roughly 16,000 fans to a 49-46 shootout on Saturday inside Boone Pickens Stadium.

Things weren’t exactly similar over in Utah, where the Utes played to a 7-0 final.  One of the 12,000 fans in attendance at Rice-Eccles Stadium assured us it true barn burner.

Utah quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson told The Deseret, "We'll be fine. I'm confident in that. We've got a lot of good players. We've got a good scheme. It's proven. It works. So we'll be ready to go."

Quarterback Jordan Wynn did not play.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Todd Monken said, "We have good players. We have good coaches. The biggest thing is to work, to stay sharp and not to get complacent. Human nature is to get a little complacent when people start telling you how good you are.”

"At the end of the day it's all about finding a way to win the Big 12 and that goes with beating the guys south of here.”

Mike Gundy and Whittingham were both glad to finish spring practice relatively healthy.

Here are some highlights from the Utah scrimmage.  Check out the new PAC-12 logo on the field.

By the way, we should note that the Oklahoma State scrimmage was "thud only."  

Sark jacked up following 100-play situational practice

Steve Sarkisian was very encouraged following Washington’s 100-play situational practice on Saturday. 

In total, the Huskies went goal line (11 snaps), blitz pick-up (10 snaps), 7 on 7 (20 snaps), and open field (60 snaps).  

Overall, Sark was jacked about the play from the corners and the ability to rush the passer.  The defense played the run surprisingly well and the offense didn't turn the ball over.  

Sarkisian stated, "I thought, all in all, it was a good physical practice for us. I thought both side flashed at times."

He said, “I love the fact that we are able to rush the passer.  That put a smile on my face today.  We may have had 7 sacks in that (open field period).”

“What I appreciated the other way was our ability to lean on the run game to get right and then Chris ultimately snapping off a long run after maybe have a little bit of a frustrating day prior to that.”

“I was overly impressed by them (defense) with their ability to defend the run, especially early in the scrimmage.  We defended the run better than I anticipated.”

“Offensively, I’m encouraged there were no turnovers after 100 plays.  On the flip side, we have to create more (on defense).  Hopefully, with those 7 sacks, somewhere in there the ball is coming out when those sacks are coming, but we are blowing it down (whistle).”

Washington opens with Eastern Washington.  The Huskies host Hawaii in the second week before traveling to Nebraska.

Maryland assistant on Edsall: He's already on year two

Randy Edsall is halfway through his first spring practice as the Maryland head coach and seems very encouraged.

Focused on building a strong foundation, Edsall said, “As a head coach it is my responsibility to bring everything together. I have to bring the players, coaches, trainers, managers and everyone together as one. For the most part, I think that everything has gone pretty smoothly. In the beginning it's tough to get everyone together and communicate exactly what is expected."

One of the important things to Edsall is instilling a competitive mindset in each player.

“You need to be at your best each and every day,” said Edsall. “You can't get complacent and rest on what you did in the past. I want the mindset that you are out there competing and someone is breathing down my neck trying to take my job. If everyone plays with that mindset, you have the ability to be a very good football team."

Special teams coordinator / outside linebackers coach Lyndon Johnson says Edsall has a clear plan.

Johnson told the York Daily Record, "Every day you walk in the door you know exactly what your role is and what you need to get done. He has a plan for everything. Every day of the week is a plan, and he's already a year ahead. We're in year one of this project here and to me, mentally, he's already on year two."

Assistant recruiting coordinator Ryan Steinberg added, "He hasn't slowed down. Some people thought it was the initial rush and it would kind of wear off, but he's just constantly going.”

Edsall and the Terps will host Miami (FL) in their season-opener on Monday night, September  5th.  Three more home games follow against West Virginia, Temple, and Towson.

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at spring practice with the Terps' defense:


300 former players watch Miami (FL) scrimmage

Miami (FL) went through a 120-play scrimmage today and Al Golden was glad to see roughly 300 former players in attendance.

Golden said around 200 former players were at the facility on Friday, and another 100 showed up today for the scrimmage.

“They (our players) knew they had to represent,” said Golden.

Even former head coach Jimmy Johnson spoke to the team on Friday.

Golden said that Coach Johnson talked to the players about the grind and hard work it takes to reach the highest level.

Golden added, “A lot of people want to look at those teams in the 80’s and they talk about their swagger, they talk about their confidence, or their flamboyance, but what Jimmy Johnson made a point of last night was that you have to be in incredible condition to play like that.”

First up for the Canes… at Maryland on Monday night, September 5th.   Kick-off is set for 8 pm EST.