Jim Mora: "I don't consider quarterback runs real runs"
While giving up over 190 yards per game on the ground through three games this season (ranking 98th nationally), Jim Mora noted that their run defense is actually playing pretty well when you don't count quarterback runs.
In their first game against Rice, the Bruins gave up 95 yards on 22 carries by the quarterback, and the next week against Nebraska, quarterback Taylor Martinez went for 112 yards on 13 carries. Against Houston in week three, quarterback David Piland ran 4 times for 71 yards.
After practice yesterday, Mora noted that he doesn't consider quarterback runs "real runs", and is looking forward to seeing their run defense against a more traditional style run team in Oregon State, who they play Saturday.
"Our run 'D' has been outstanding actually, except for quarterbacks, which I don't consider real runs. These guys run real plays, and when teams have tried to run real runs against us we've been pretty good."
"They're not a spread team, they'll give you some spread formations, but they're not a spread team and they're going to give us some conventional runs."
Franklin: "I don't want a punt fair caught...ever"
With the new halo rule making it's way back into college football that allows the punt returner 18 inches to catch the ball, James Franklin wants to make it clear that he never wants his punt returners call for a fair catch. Ever.
"We don't want any punts fair caught. I don't want a punt fair caught, ever, when we're here." Franklin explained.
"If they can get six inches, I want them to get six inches. There's a halo rule now again, we should never, in the 25 years that we'll be here we should never fair catch a punt."
Franklin also addresses their policy on talking about injuries with a humorous approach in the clip.
Leach mentions rattlesnakes, a rat and a dragon in presser
During his post practice presser yesterday, Mike Leach was asked if there was a reason that a certain player hadn't been seen at practice in a few days.
In typical Leach fashion, his response was anything but traditional.
"I'm sure there is. That's in that same vault guarded by rattlesnakes, rats and a dragon."
Shortly after getting a brief chuckle from the media in attendance, Leach noted that the player is actually just in study hall.
Stanford coaches and players break down key plays in win over USC
Really interesting video here from Stanford talking about the electric environment before and during the USC game last weekend and how it helped lead to a "W".
In the clip, coaches and players also break down the game plan and a few specific plays that helped lead to the win for the Cardinal.
Rich Rod: We do everything at a BCS caliber
USA Today did an interesting article highlighting on one of Rich Rod's first tasks upon arriving at Arizona. One of the first things that Rodriguez wanted to do was send a message that everything that they do is going to be done at a BCS caliber.
That includes every detail, down to the type of Popsicles they give to the team.
Yes. Even the Popsicles.
"I don't want to give out average Popsicles. We give out them bomb Popsicles. You know, the ones as a kid you love to have?" Rodriguez explained as he described the popular red white and blue Popsicles.
"These things are the mac daddy of Popsicles. We're giving out BCS-level, playoff-bound rocket Popsicles. And if they come out with a better one, we're going to get a better Popsicle."
In the original article, which is worth a quick read as he talks about the upcoming match up with Oregon and how Chip Kelly has "a lot of fast guys playing fast", Rodriguez also notes that he believes that he's the type of guy that can adapt to nearly any environment.
"I think I can fit anywhere. I would like to think I could dine with presidents and go to the rodeo with the cowboys. I could go either way."
However, if he had to choose between the two, he added that he's probably more comfortable at the rodeo.
Arizona (3-0) takes on Oregon (3-0) this weekend, in a game that will feature two of the top 12 scoring offenses in the country. Kickoff will take place Saturday night at 10:30pm ET and will be televised on ESPN
Thursday TV - Two collegiate and one NFL game
The Giants take on the Panthers tonight, followed shortly thereafter by BYU and Boise State.
Eastern time listed.
New York Giants at Carolina - 8 - NFL Network
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alabama State - 8 - ESPNU
BYU at Boise State - 9 - ESPN
Utah unveils new black lids, going all black vs. Cal
Very cool look.
"Blackout" at home vs. Cal October 27th.
Video: Vandy coaches address team pre-game and during halftime
Some good locker room footage here of the Vandy coaching staff addressing the team before kickoff, and later making some adjustments at the half.
Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop gets on the defense at the half for not communicating and not being on the same page on a play that resulted in a 100+ yard interception return. As Shoop points out, there's always areas that they can improve in, even during a 58-0 win.