Holgorsen talks about what DeForest brings to the staff
Dana Holgorsen sat down with ESPN's David Ubben to talk about the switch to the Big 12 and what new defensive coordinator Joe DeForest brings to the staff.
Holgorsen said that the change is exciting, in part, because of his familiarity with the conference, "I've been at every venue, and I've seen every team. I know what's out there and I know what we've got to do to get better and be able to compete."
That familiarity with the Big 12 stretches to the defensive side of the ball with the recent addition of Joe DeForest as the Mountaineers defensive coordinator. Dana said that one thing that DeForest has brought with him from Oklahoma State is the idea of not worrying about giving up a big play.
"Everybody's going to give up a play in the Big 12. The offenses are so good, but if you give up a play, it doesn't mean that you're going to lose a game." Holgorsen went on to say that is one thing that DeForest preached as part of the defensive staff with the Cowboys last season.
"Just keep playing and make a play at some point to win the game, get turnovers and play with tremendous effort no matter what happens." he added.
Jim Harbaugh slinging passes to Randy Moss in the California sun may seem like a far fetched idea, but that's exactly what's on tap for Randy Moss' workout with the 49ers today.
No Niners quarterbacks are allowed to throw for a workout until the league year begins on Tuesday, so Harbaugh decided to come out and toss the rock to Moss.
49ers CEO Jim York said that Harbaugh is "excited and a little nervous. He’s a competitive guy. He doesn’t want to look bad."
London gets creative to reach recruit
During the recruiting season we see plenty of unique approaches from coaches trying to make their impression on recruits.
Nick Saban mailed 105 letters to a recruit in one day, James Franklin goes from game to game in a helicopter to avoid traffic, and Mike London used a personal video for a quarterback that visited campus when he couldn't be there due to a previous engagement.
Greyson Lambert was the prospect visiting campus and also happened to be the #1 rated quarterback out of Georgia. Lambert described the video presentation where London sat behind his desk and addressed him and his family before going on to talk about his coaching philosophy, the team rules, why he came to Virginia and what players learn from him and his coaching staff. both on and off the field.
Lambert said the video really struck a chord with him, “It was like he was talking to me in person. I just felt like for him to take the time out and do that, it was pretty special. My dad asked the coaches to rewind the video so he could tape it on his phone and show it to my mother. It meant a lot.”
London explained that getting to know Greyson through the recruiting process made all the difference in knowing what type of content that the video staff needed highlight for him. “You have to do that. With competitive as it is with recruiting these young men and vying for their time, you better have a message that they can identify with." London explained.
Holgo wants to speed it up on offense
Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers experimented with a fast tempo last season, but as Holgo put it " it looked like crap so we quit doing it."
Through the first six games the Mountaineers went 5-1 and were averaging 76 plays per game, but after Big East losses to Syracuse and Louisville the staff decided to slow things down so that players could get the most out of the plays being called in from the sideline.
In the final 3 games of the regular season, the offense averaged 67 plays per game and went 3-0 in that span against Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and South Florida. In the huge bowl win over Clemson, the offense ran an impressive 89 plays on the way to a 70 point performance.
Quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital said "the difference between the Clemson game and the rest of the year was our thought process coming in was to play as fast as we can".
"We think changing the tempo is probably as important as the playing fast part of the offense," said new receivers coach and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson. "Think about this...if we play extremely fast and go three-and-out twice and they have long drives, our defense is probably gassed. It's not smart to go out and play fast and go three-and-out again."
Dawson went on to say that they'll likely use the tempo to their advantage against blitz heavy teams to force them to simplify what their doing and make them play more of a base defense.
Mickey Marotti on the "Ohio State way"
Coach Mick spoke at a recent clinic about how he prepares his players.
Ohio State Football - Strength & Conditioning.
When you want to win the championship: Mat Drills
Jacksonville State is preparing to win the 2012 National Championship....beginning with 5:30 AM conditioning.
These boys are getting after it...and each other.
Strong takes team to aid relief efforts
Charlie Strong loaded up the Cardinals football team and headed north to Indiana to aid in the relief efforts for the recent tornadoes that ripped through the state.
Strong split the offensive and defensive units up between the Marysville and Henryville communities, and said that the ride up to Indiana was very quiet and somber.
You can see from the video that the region can use all the volunteers that they can get.
Video: UCLA DC Lou Spanos
UCLA's Football Friday series was released earlier today and this week they decided to spend some time with new defensive coordinator Lou Spanos.
Spanos talks about what it is like to work for a defensive minded coach, as well as how being able to face offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone during spring practices will provide a great measuring stick to where they sit defensively.