Video: Walk on tryouts at Houston
Houston conducted walk on tryouts yesterday at 7am for players hoping to earn a roster spot.
The Cougars have had a strong walk on tradition as of recent. Former walk on Patrick Edwards put up some gaudy numbers last season, hauling in 89 catches (15th nationally) for 1,752 yards (2nd nationally) and 20 touchdowns (1st nationally).
Defensive graduate assistant Matt Nicholson helped lead some of the drills and weighed in on the types of things that they're looking for.
Late for a meeting, "no soup for you"
OK so really, it's "no steak for you"; but...
Tim Beckman has instituted a rule called "Illini time" where players are required to be 10 minutes early for all team events and classes.
To stress the importance of the small details, like "Illini time", Beckman and the staff have instituted a club called "All-in-One" where players and coaches who qualify receive a gourmet meal during quarterly banquets. The first meal of the year was steak and eggs, and homemade cinnamon buns.
Those who did not qualify had porridge. 21 players and 4 coaches ended up qualifying for for the steak and eggs, Beckman explained that he was not one of them.
"I missed a meeting, I was down in Naples, Fla., speaking to the alumni.’’ he pointed out.
OU linebacker drills with Tim Kish
The camera followed new Oklahoma linebackers coach Tim Kish during a recent spring practice and got some drill footage.
Only two minutes long, but theres some quality drill footage using agile bags below.
James Franklin on "helicopter recruiting"
James Franklin has definitely been creative in landing arguably one of the best recruiting classes in Vandy football history, and one thing that sets him apart is his willingness to get creative, and hating to sit in traffic.
When recruiting the Atlanta area this past season, Franklin was able to hit two highly touted high school games to see recruits play by taking a helicopter and hopping from game to game.
“For us, it was more about trying to get as much work done in a limited amount of time, I’ve done this at other schools I’ve coached at. For us to go to two high-profile games in the Atlanta area with traffic and things like that, it makes it difficult to do. So the helicopter afforded us the opportunity to go ahead and do that.” Franklin said.
Franklin was able to see half of one high profile game, and hop in the chopper to catch half of the other game.
"Without a helicopter, it’s hard to do something like that. That was the main reason for us to do that. It was for me to be able to maximize my time and see as many prospects as I could possibly could.” he added.
Military style workouts at Toledo
A few weeks ago, we showed you footage of Toledo's MMA like cage...come to find out, that's just the tip of the iceberg of the combat drills.
Taking a look at their newest winter workout video, its evident that new head coach Matt Campbell and the staff are putting an emphasis on competitive-combative (and very physical) head to head type drills.
Keeping with the military like theme, there's some good footage of players army crawling through a sand pit to a medicine ball at about the 45 second mark.
Video: How bad do you want to win?
McNeese pulled together the video below to show their guys the dedication it takes to succeed.
Do you want to win as bad as you want to breathe?
Recruiting Video: LA Tech
Sonny Dykes and Louisiana Tech finished the season WAC champs at 8-5, with four of their five losses coming by seven points or less.
The video that they put together highlighting this past season has a little bit of everything. The usual big plays, big hits, great catches, even a 66 yard punt from their Ray Guy award winning punter...and a clip of the mascot doing the infamous "Bernie" dance (around the 2:30 mark).
Very well put together. It's evident that Sonny Dykes and the rest of the staff have something special down in Ruston.
Another excellent D-III video
The Tommies (St. Thomas - MN) had an excellent season in 2011 going 13-0 before losing to Whitewater in the national semis.
This morning, they were nice enough to send over a link to a highlight / recruiting style video they created to commemorate their 2011 season.
The video features a one minute lead in, then about 9 minutes of highlights from the season and then a nice 1 minute close out. Well produced.