'The Pistol' offense moving around the country
Nevada head coach Chris Ault takes a great deal of pride in his invention of “The Pistol.”
In 2010, expect to see UCLA, Arkansas, LSU, Duke, Indiana, Alabama, Kansas City Chiefs, and Miami Dolphins to incorporate the backfield set into their schemes.
Ault says, “The Pistol now is a hot topic all around the country. I can't tell you how many coaches call me in the off-season and want to talk about it. That's what I do in the off-season now. I go and talk to coaches all over the country. I could do that every week if I wanted to.”
“It's incredible. But it's a lot of fun. We've enjoyed talking to a lot of people all over the country.”
Over the last two seasons, Nevada has finished in the top three in the nation of rushing offense by utilizing 'The Pistol.' Last season, Chris Ault's team led the country with 344 yards per game on the ground.
Nevada opens on Thursday night, September 2nd against Eastern Washington. Other non-conference game for the Wolf Pack include Colorado State, CAL, and BYU.
Houston Nutt and Dan Mullen update quarterback situations
Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt and Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen spoke Thursday morning on different radio stations regarding their quarterback situations.
Nutt, who has yet to name a starter, said, “All three of them are doing really well. Nathan (Stanley) has taken off since the spring. Jeremiah (Masoli) has raised everybody’s level. Until you see Randall Mackey live, his arm is very strong, very accurate. He can do so many things.”
“Jeremiah has the most experience. He’s still not stamped clean with the (NCAA) waiver. Should be done in the next few days. He has all the intangibles a quarterback needs. If you meet him, you would wonder how does a guy like this get in trouble. Being around the right people (is important). When you meet him, you see his genuineness, how humble he is. He’s been doing everything we’ve asked him to do. Just appreciate how he’s gone about things.”
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen compared Chris Relf to former Bowling Green quarterback Josh Harris. He compared redshirt-freshman Tyler Russell to former Utah quarterback Alex Smith.
Regarding Relf, Mullen said, “He’s a completely different guy. Everything from his throwing motion, balance in the pocket, a lot of it is different today than a year ago.”
Mullen explained the bottom line is winning.
He said, “If our quarterback has a bad day, we’re going to be in trouble. A quarterback that fits our offense is one that knows how to win. Style is not as important to me as if they can win.”
Mullen added, “The 1 offensive line is a strength on offense. There is just no experience behind them. That’s the one position we don’t have a whole lot of depth.”
Nutt appeared on WHBQ56 in Memphis. Mullen appeared on “Out of Bounds Show” with Bo Bounds.
Thursday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Some interesting quotes from around the country:
Brian Kelly upset with Irish practice: "I start with the premise that we're here to win. The coaches that were here last year are no longer here and the players that were here didn't do such a good job either. So, everybody's starting with the same premise: you're here to win and I expect you to be ready to practice and be locked in for Notre Dame every single time you come out here. That message needs to be reinforced sometimes. Today was a good day to reinforce it."
David Cutcliffe talks about plan for unofficial visits: "When we came here to Duke we knew the unofficial visit would be a premium," said Cutcliffe, whose Blue Devils have 22 commits so far. "Kids will rip through this state and see UNC, NC State, Wake Forest and East Carolina. We knew we had to develop a standard routine for unofficial visits from a [campus] tour, academics, coaches and faculty. Everyone had to be ready on a minute's notice. I like this system. This way is better. You just have to be prepared for it. I actually enjoy it. It's more laid-back and I get to know the kids better we sign."
Quoting Houston Nutt: "The defense got after us today. We couldn't make a first down."
Dooley talks about the mock game: "There are 26 things I wrote down that we've got to clean up administratively, with coaches headsets, adjustments and how we do things. This is why this was important and it was good. "I told the players that they were very professional about it, they approached it the right way and I think we got a lot accomplished. We didn't really get better as a football team but we got a lot done in the hopes that the first game we can play well, and that's what we were here for."
Mark Richt says quarterback is still learning: “He’s still learning. He’s still a freshman. It wasn’t really bad, but there were a couple of times where he could have made a better decision. I’m just thankful we got into those situations and it happened today. Hopefully, the point will be driven home a little bit better because it was more of a real situation. Hopefully, he’ll learn from it.”
Quoting San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre: "50% of our 2-deep our first-time players, first time every playing in a major college football game. I would say we have 'diaper rash' as a football team. We are young."
Quoting San Diego State offensive coordinator Al Borges: “Once we master our domain here, we’ll get more flamboyant. But right now we’re going to run these plays and run them and run them until we know what we’re doing.”
“Right now, we’re not running the ball like we should. We’re not where we need to be from an offensive perspective. We know a lot of stuff we didn’t know a year ago, but we still have too many errors.”
Dwayne Walkers and New Mexico State will play 12 consecutive weeks: "Just gotta be real smart and keep these guys healthy. We have depth in some places, some places we don't have depth ... I'm not beating up on them this camp as much as I did last year. Just trying to be sensible, I guess you could say."
Fresno State WR Devon Wylie praises wide receivers coach Keith Williams: "He's an amazing coach.Not only does he coach you up on the fine details of how to be a great receiver, but he also coaches you up about life. So many dudes have just turned around who they are as a person off the field and on the field.""He's taught me not to just be an athlete but to be a receiver. To be a more technically sound receiver. To basically be the best wideout I can be. He takes what you can do as a wideout and brings it out of you."
Bill Stewart: We need to get the ball to #7
Bill Stewart spoke with Vince & Cook of 93.7 in Pittsburgh this afternoon.
The key to the West Virginia offense, Stewart said, “We do have some weapons, (but) you have to watch that you don’t become a jack of all trades. You need to be a master of some. We need to get the ball to 7. Let’s start with Noel Devine.”
Stewart added, “Right now the play of Geno Smith has been pretty solid. We can do a bunch of combo packing with him. I really like the play of our young receivers. The line seems to be getting a little bit better.”
“We’re fast. I don’t know if we are as fast as when we had Patrick and Stevie Slaton. But we are quicker. These guys are quicker, the foot hits the ground and they are right up the field….very, very explosive.”
Regarding the defense, Stewart said, “We need to do a better job disguising. I keep telling the defense ‘don’t stand there.’ If we can do that and stay healthy, we have a chance on that side of the ball.”
On the conference picks, Stewart said, “I think both Pitt and UCONN were good choices. I think both Cincinnati and West Virginia can win it. Don’t count out South Florida and Rutgers. It’s such a tough league.”
West Virginia opens with four consecutive non-conference games. The Mountaineers play Coastal Carolina, at Marshall, Maryland, and at LSU.
Below, you can West Virginia DC Jeff Casteel talk about the defense.
Charlie Strong: We wasted a day. It's about leadership right now.
First-year Louisville head coach Charlie Strong wasn’t pleased with the Cardinals’ practice on Wednesday afternoon inside Papa John’s Stadium.
Following practice, Strong told the media, “We wasted a day. We came out there today and we didn’t compete. In the stadium, you would think once we go into our house that our guys would compete, but we didn’t. It’s very disappointing because with 10 (practices) to go (before Kentucky), you would think guys would be fired up and ready to play.”
Strong added, “It’s all about leadership right now. Some guys on this team need to step up and be a leader."
Louisville will host Kentucky on Saturday, September 2nd. The game will kick-off at 3:30 pm EST on ABC.
Wednesday afternoon Coaches Quick Hits
Some interesting quotes from around the country:
Dave Wannstedt reminds players that depth chart can change: "But I've told our players -- so much they are probably sick of hearing me say this -- but I remember the story of Steve Slaton, [during his freshman year at West Virginia].”
"He was the fourth-team running back in training camp and, by the end of the season, he was a Heisman Trophy candidate for the next year. Things do happen and things change."
UTEP head coach Mike Price really high on his new defensive coordinator Andre Patterson: “I think coach Patterson is a real unusual guy. He’s a special person, and I’m surprised he isn’t a head coach in the NFL right now.”
Rickey Bustle on playing against new UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham: "Really, no film is really good. You don't know what they're going to do. It's really tough to go into an opening game not knowing other than a 3-4 defense what they're going to do."
Oklahoma State wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer talks about importance of blocking: "The perimeter blocking has been a huge thing for us in leading the Big 12 in rushing each of the last four years. The receivers have had a big play in that, especially on the explosive plays. Somebody breaks the first tackle, then you have to have somebody else blocking the linebackers and the secondary on the third level. It's been a mindset and it's been a forte of the guys that have been here and taken a lot of pride in that. As Coach Holgorsen will tell you in the screen game, the perimeter is so big and in this offense with guys getting the ball in space, guys have to match and block downfield also, so there's no difference between the two offenses as far as blocking. How we block won't be any different. Hopefully, between the inside and outside receivers, we'll be able to maintain that tradition that has been started here for the last four or five years and be a dominant blocking receiving corps."
Ken Niumatalolo after only 2 upper-class players decided to hang it up upon learning they would be on the scout team to start 2010: "This is not something you can force on anybody. Either you want to be out here or you don't. It's hard enough to just be a Midshipmen here. To also play Division I football at the highest level... I don't think too many people understand how hard that is. To juggle all three things - academically, militarily and on the football field - is tough."
Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen talks about quarterback Brandon Weeden: “He’ll make some bad checks. But if you handcuff him because he makes a bad check you’ll never see him make a good check. You have to give him freedom and let him roll with it.”
Joker Phillips on the impact of the Louisville season-opener: “The biggest thing is momentum. Not only do you leave this game with momentum to carry you through the rest of the season, you leave with momentum in recruiting.”
Mark Dantonio moved top recruit Gholston to from LB to DE, requested by player: "To be honest, he came over and poked me in the back on Thursday down at Ford Field, and said, 'Hey, coach, I want to become a defensive end permanently. I said, 'OK, how much do you weigh?' He said,'260.' I said, 'Yeah, let's go.'”
"That was his decision. That's the way I wanted it to be. If he made that move, it needed to be his decision or he'd still be a linebacker."
"We never planted the seed. I think as he continued to rush the passer, he saw himself as a guy that could maybe help a little more in that area. He can be a force and he's still a freshman. I think we all have to remember that, he's still young. He has great skills”.
Jimbo: Don't build an indoor, we'll be here until midnight. I'm not joking.
Jimbo Fisher had to wait out a long rain delay before finishing the Seminoles’ practice on Tuesday afternoon.
Fisher took the opportunity to stress that his program needs an indoor practice facility.
“You don’t build an indoor, we’ll be here until midnight. We ain’t not practicing. I’m not joking. We ain’t not practicing. I’m tired of losing.”
So Coach Fisher, what did you accomplish when you took the team in the small turf room?
“Nothing.” Fisher said, “Waste of time. Complete waste of time.”
Florida State AD Randy Spetman estimates a new football-only indoor practice facility would cost about $16 million dollars.
Florida State opens the season on Saturday, September 2nd against Samford University.
Duke football sold out of season tickets
Duke University has sold out their allotment of season tickets for football under third-year head coach David Cutcliffe.
According to the Raleigh News Observer, it’s the first time in at least a decade the Blue Devils has sold out of season tickets.
Senior associate AD for external affairs Boo Corrigan says, "I think it's huge, for the momentum it's building for this program, for Coach [David] Cutcliffe, the players, for being more recognizable. Obviously, the Alabama game does help ticket sales ... but even beyond that game, there's a lot of excitement around this team."
On September 18th, Duke will host the defending national champions Alabama. The home schedule for 2010 includes Elon, Alabama, Army, Miami (FL), Virginia, and Boston College.
Duke’s Wallace-Wade Stadium has a capacity of 33,941.
Following Tuesday night’s scrimmage, David Cutcliffe said, "One of the first things that pleased me on both sides of the ball was so many young people making plays. The play of Sean Renfree (QB) for the most part was consistent. He played the strategy of the game, threw the ball well and managed the offense well. The only negatives I saw were a couple of holding penalties in critical situations. Otherwise, I thought the offensive line played better than its played since we've been here."