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Watch every Oregon touchdown from last season. All 89 of them.

We're now in the middle of February, which means the 2012 season is becoming more and more of a distant memory and the 2013 season still feels a full 12 month away. So why not take 14 minutes to watch all 89 touchdowns Oregon scored in the 2012 season?

First, a few observations:

- It seems like every touchdown pass comes off of play action.

- Much is made of the Ducks' speed and how quickly they get the ball in space, but a great number of Oregon's touchdowns come after first (and sometimes second, third and fourth) contact. When you get a hand on these guys, you'd better get them down or they'll make you regret it. 

- Marcus Mariota demonstrated a great ability to keep plays seemingly alive from Day 1.

- I can't decide what's more under-appreciated about Kenjon Barner, his patience or his toughness.

- The most impressive score of the bunch comes at the 8:20 mark when De'Anthony Thomas scooped up a punt off a bouce, retreated and then raced 73 yards down the left sideline in a 70-14 win over Colorado.

- For those not keeping score at home: Oregon totaled 48 rushing touchdowns, 35 passing, four interception returns, one punt return and one kickoff return. 

- Joe Tessitore and Matt Millen called a lot of Oregon games.

- With the exception of Kenjon Barner, the vast majority of Oregon's touchdown makers are back in 2013. 

(H/T @DuckStud)

North Carolina is getting after it in the weight room

This is what a typical Monday looks like in the Tarheel weight room.

You can see the up tempo approach in this short clip, and now, in the second season under head strength coach Lou Hernandez and his staff, the expectations are clear and the sky is the limit coming off an 8-4 season.

VIDEO: Tennessee holds its inaugural VOLympics draft

Every head coach seeks to do two things when he takes over a program: establish new traditions and find out who his leaders are. New Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has accomplished both goals with the creation of the VOLympics. 

The Vols' roster was split into 10 teams headed by two captains, which were selected by the players, who will compete throughout the spring in a variety of activities in the weight room, classroom and community. Negative activity, such as being late to a workout or missing class, will result in punishment only for the offending player's team captains. Ideally, this will allow Jones and his staff to learn who his team's leaders are, and are not, in short order. 

"We have a lot of work to do but I have been encouraged by our leadership to date. The VOLympics will spring off to that," said Jones.

The event was handled NFL Draft style, complete with photo and team hat snapshots after first round picks and quality control assistant Terry Fair playing the role of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Team captains were dressed up in business attire, and I don't know about your college wardrobe, but it took a very special occasion for me to put on dress clothes in my college days.

 Redshirt freshman Drae Bowles was the first overall selection. The full rosters can be viewed here and a Twitter account has been set up to track the event's progress. 

"It's very humbling," Bowles said, about being the No. 1 overall pick. "It means a lot to know my teammates have that kind of respect for me. I'm going to do everything I can, like FCA events, community service, go to class on time and just make sure I have my priorities straight."

While his players are racking up points, they'll also build leadership and accountability without the coaching staff having to lift a finger. 

Mike Gundy explains what he likes in Mike Yurcich

Considering who held the position previously, Mike Gundy's offensive coordinator opening was one mof the most anticipated non-head coaching hirings this offseason. 

A brief synopsis: current North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora was Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator from 2005-07. Dana Holgorsen was the Cowboys' offensive coordinator in 2010 before becoming the head coach at West Virginia. His replacement, Todd Monken, took the head coaching job at Southern Miss in December.

Each of those coaches had big-time experience before arriving in Stillwater: Fedora had 15 years experience in FBS, the last three at Florida; Holgorsen had been an offensive coordinator at Texas Tech and Houston, and Monken had a decade and a half in FBS and four years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That's why it was such a stunner when Gundy announced that Mike Yurcich, from Division II Shippensburg University and just two years of FBS experience under his belt.

It turns out the success of his predecessors had a hand in Gundy going off the radar to hire Yurcich. Gundy looked for someone to run a system that has been so successful in his time in Stillwater, and he believes he found that in Yurcich, who ran Division II's top-ranked offense in 2012.

“I was looking for a quarterback coach that had a good relationship with his players and had good experience in the passing game, and also would come in and run our system,” Gundy said in the interview with Sirius XM. “It’s a unique job here, because I believe in what we do here. I’m not interested in changing plays, I’m not interested in changing terminology. We’ve got 67 guys on our offense, and they all know all our plays. There’s no reason to change what we do."

Yurcich inherits an offense that returns three quarterbacks who each threw more than 130 passes this fall, four of its top five pass catchers and loses only three members of its two deep on the offensive line. 

“I would rather hire a coach that’s willing to come in and learn our system and continue to teach it," Gundy concluded. "That’s what we get out of Mike. He’s got a great pedigree. He played the quarterback position, had success as a quarterbacks coach, receivers coach and an offensive coordinator. I feel like he’s a good fit for us.”

Inside Scoop: Raise $20,000 for your team

Fundraising typically isn't fun or easy; but Kevin Emerson, head football coach at San Bernardino Valley College, has created a platform to make it quick and easy. 

Emerson's platform, AllSport Fundraising has just completed their first football season and has raised over $200,000, generally earning about $200 / player that participates. 

The system is basically a modern twist on the old letter writing campaign...using current social media. 

After speaking with Emerson, this seems like a very efficient way to earn $10,000 - $30,000 extra for your program. To learn more or start your own campaign visit AllSport Fundraising now!

 

 

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