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"We've definitely upped our talent level"

After Utah's first day of practice yesterday, one thing stood out to Kyle Whittingham.

Entering year two of Pac-12 competition, Coach Whit noted that the Utes have definitely upgraded their talent pool with the latest recruiting class.

McElwain helping to develop a mental edge

Every team in the country hits the weight room hard in the off season, but only a handful of teams are taking training to the next level in the off season.

Jim McElwain invited a mental training coach from IMG Academies to come on campus over the summer to help the Rams develop a mental edge.

According to Examiner.com, IMG came in and put every Colorado State player through a 16 class curriculum  that focused on "self reflection, teaching the young men accountability, social acceptance, character building and leadership." Colorado State was one of only six schools (Alabama, LSU, Oregon, Washington, Florida State) in the country to do that type of training.

McElwain talked about the mindset of the Rams and changing the culture during a press conference yesterday, which reinforced the importance of mental training.

“Anytime it's been a while since you've had success, you think, 'is it me?' Changing a mindset, changing a culture of thought, is something I think is very important.”

“What you do on a daily basis, and how you think, it only carries over into everything you do. It's habits that you do every single day.” McElwain explained.

Mora: "All jobs are open, including mine"

UCLA is one of a handful of programs that is taking their fall camp on the road starting tomorrow.

As Jim Mora explains, there's a multitude of reasons for taking the guys off campus to San Bernardino, perhaps the most important reason being team bonding.

Having everyone in a new environment may also help enhance the competitive nature of the team. As Mora explains, "All jobs are open, every single day, and that includes mine and all of our coaches."

Mullen gives the media guys a freebie

After their first practice of the year, Dan Mullen fielded a few questions from the media guys, and it only took about a minute and a half before he got up to walk out.

A few questions in, Mullen was asked about the status of a few guys in particular that weren't practicing. He answered by reminding the press that they have a policy about talking about injuries...but that wasn't enough to stop them from pressing.

After being pressed further, Mullen got up and made his way for the door, asking them to come up with better questions for tomorrow.

In the end, cooler heads prevailed and Mullen reminded them of the policy before fielding questions on everything from the advantages of having the majority of their freshman class for the entire summer, to the importance of having the flexibility to move and interior offensive lineman to tackle when it comes time to name the travel roster. 

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Wyoming's season teaser...is good

Wyoming went an impressive 8-5 last season, and although the future of the Mountain West is fairly uncertain at this point, Dave Christensen and his guys are quietly building a winner.

After getting ripped by Utah State (63-19), the Cowboys recovered to win 4 of their next 5, including a win over Air Force. Their only loss during that span was an 11 point defeat to TCU.

This video will have the Cowboy faithful ready for their September 1st kickoff against Mack Brown and the Longhorns. It's all less than a month away...

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