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Opening week NFL rosters were dominated by former SEC players

Stats LLC recently did an interesting study on the makeup of NFL rosters, and found that on opening day, 50 of the starting defensive lineman around the league were from SEC rosters.

While it's not a major suprise that the SEC is on top, that's still a pretty dominant number. The ACC was a distant second with 33 players.

Overall, the SEC accounted for 257 players on NFL rosters during the opening week of action, while the ACC once again came in second with 211 players.

Thinking of the best defensive line units in among college football again this season, SEC teams (Alabama, LSU, South Carolina) are once again at the forefront of the conversation. Bottom line is don't expect those numbers on the defensive line to tail off a whole lot in the next few years.

Bill O'Brien explains his fourth down strategy

Through the first two games, Penn State is 5 for 7 on fourth down conversions, converting at a 71% clip.

Bill O'Brien explained his fourth down philosophy recently, and why it isn't a knee jerk reaction.

"When you go for it on fourth down, you can't just, all of a sudden, go for it. Your third-down call is more of a second-down call because you're trying to get half the distance to the first down so it's a manageable fourth down. I don't think many coaches have said that in a long time."

Going for it is something that the staff prepares the offense for all week, O'Brien noted, "We prepare the kids for it, the kids know we're going to go for it."

"You're trying to create a manageable fourth down."

"You're also looking at the field position, so once we get really close to the 50, I'm pretty much not going to punt it. I'm just going to tell you that, like, we're going to go for it. Unless it's fourth and forever.''

Penn State welcomes Navy to Happy Valley this weekend as both teams are looking for their first win of the season.

 

 

 

Rich Rod: "It feels good to be undefeated over the past year and a half"

Arizona and Rich Rodriguez have started the season off 2-0 with quality wins over Toledo and Oklahoma State.

For Rich Rodriguez, it marks about a year and a half where he has gone undefeated, as he explained to Fox Sports Radio with the Loose Cannons yesterday.

“It feels good to be undefeated for a year and a half. That whole year in broadcasting I never lost a game. That was pretty nice. It was fun and I think everyone in our program recognizes that we have a lot of work to do but at the same time I really appreciate the way our young men in our program have bought in. Not just for the last few weeks but really for the last nine months. We’ve had great support from everybody here in Tucson since December and we’re on our way.”

When asked about the strength of the coaches in the Pac 12, Rich Rod noted the quality of skill players and the importance of high school 7 on 7 events as to why the offenses have been able to be so explosive over the years.

“I appreciate you saying that and I hope I’m included in that, but the reality is the quality of the skill players, I think if you look at the type of quarterbacks and receivers and even running backs that we have in our league it’s second to none."

"I think it’s always probably been that case but even more so now with all these seven on seven passing things going on this summer and all of that and all the population in California and the West Coast, Arizona, Texas kids coming out this way to play, the quality of the skill players is second to none in our league and I think that’s why there’s so many high and explosive offenses.”

This week, Rich Rod and the Wildcats take on South Carolina State for their third straight night game at home.

 

D-II Humboldt State: Overcoming obstacles and winning games

As the only full fledged D-II football member in California, Humboldt State is overcoming obstacles that many other schools on their schedule don't have to deal with, and winning games in the process. The New York times recently wrote a peice recognizing their progress.

First of all, the football program is financed almost solely through student fees and private donations. Not including scholarships, the University spends about $650,000 a year on football and student tuition has tripled over the past ten years.

Also, the University awards the equivalent of 14 full scholarships. Well below the NCAA allowed 36 for Division II schools. Lastly, Humboldt State's campus is rurally located almost five hours away from the nearest metropolitan area, San Francisco.

Despite the obstacles, head coach Rob Smith and the staff have rapidly turned around the program. The Lumberjacks are currently sitting at 2-0, and ranked #11 in Division II. Last year they finished an impressive 9-1, and sold out two games (which is relatively rare for the rural campus).

Coach Smith, who ranks 8th among active D-II head coaches in wins, has made continual progress each year at Humboldt State. After starting off 2-9 in his first season back in 2008, Smith and the team improved to 5-5 in 2009, 8-3 in 2010 (their first winning season since 2006), and 9-1 with a conference championship last season.

Coach Smith and the staff have done a great job and are looking to take the program to the next level this year. The Lumberjacks take on Simon Fraser (1-1) at home this weekend.

Franklin: "Last year the coach probably got too much credit"

After starting off 0-2, with tough losses to South Carolina and Northwestern, James Franklin noted that their record is not based on the play of the quarterback or anyone else in particular, and they need to do a better job as a whole.

"I think, last year, the quarterback probably got way too much credit, the head coach probably got way too much credit. This year the quarterback is probably getting too much blame and the head coach is getting the right amount of blame." Franklin explained. 

Later on in the clip, Franklin explains that it's important for them to get back on track with a win this weekend against Presbyterian.

"We're just going out and playing to get a win. Ugly win, pretty win, sexy win, however you want to describe it, we just want to win. At the end of the year people don't talk about, that was an ugly win, they're all good wins."

 

 

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