No pads? No problem...

The Linfield College football program hit the 9 win mark for the third consecutive season in 2011, and is looking to build on that by making spring practices as physical, yet safe, as possible, even though D-III doesn't allow pads in the spring.

The program has finished in the top 10 every season since 2009, including last season's trip into the second round of the playoffs where they eventually lost a close one to Wesley 28-35 (who eventually lost in the semi's to Mount Union 20-8)

As you can see below, the restrictions haven't stopped the Wildcats from putting in some quality work this spring up in Oregon.

Arrive, Raise Hell, Leave

Arrive, Raise Hell, Leave!

That's the mission statement for Dickinson (D-III - PA) College's football program this year.  

After finishing 4-6 in 2011, the coaching staff put a renewed focus on competition throughout this off-season for the Red Devils. Now they compete in everything from lifting, to sprints, to practice to drills, and even the color jersey that they wear for practice. 

The 1-2-1 scheduling philosophy

In his first season at Ball State, Pete Lembo saw a wide range of offensive strategies throughout the course of their schedule. They got a heavy dose of cut blocks with the triple option from Army, the spread no huddle of Oklahoma, the spread run dominated attack of Temple, and topped it off with a heavy dose of conference MACtion during the season.

Lembo said that when he took the job, the schedule was all over the map, and come 2014 (his fourth season at Ball State), that will change...along with a new scheduling philosophy.

“At Ball State, winning was all over the map, and also, the scheduling was all over the map. No matter what you are trying to achieve in life, you have to have a plan. You have to keep the well-being of your student-athletes in mind and continue to try and think about the goals that you have for your program, and in regards to those goals, your schedule has to be set up to help you get there.”

Lembo's plan for the 2014 schedule is to line up what he calls the "1-2-1" scheduling philosophy. That philosophy includes an FCS program, two programs comparable to Ball State, and a BCS program, to see where they measure up when all is said and done.

“You want to be able to say when you look at the schedule, absolute worst-case scenario we could be 1-3, but really 2-2 is more realistic, from a fan-base standpoint, you can't schedule yourself to 0-4 and be out of the running for a bowl game by the end of September.”



Grad Assistant of the Day - Wake Forest

Ryan McManus is the offensive grad assistant at Wake Forest. The name sound familiar? Yep, he's the son of Jerry, current New Mexico State offensive coordinator (previously at Kent State, East Carolina, Wake, etc...). 

In the video above, new offensive line coach Jonathan Himebauch sat in to share some of his thoughts about McManus' importance to the program, his grasp on coaching and his future as a coach.

We'd like to thank Coach Himebauch for spending a few minutes with us talking about Ryan. 

You can follow Ryan on Twitter @RyanMcManus15


Tedford mic'd up

If your a player at Cal, and have set your Twitter profile to "Private" Coach Tedford is going to find out, and ask you about it at practice.

Tedford was mic'd up during spring ball and did just that during a stretching period, and also coaches the skill players up during a fade drill and shows that he's still got an accurate rocket arm when he calls out the exact location of his throw while warming up.

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