Embree: Some recruits are jersey chasers and don't understand...
Jon Embree secured his first big commitment last week from a 4-star quarterback prospect from California named Shane Dillon.
Overall, the Colorado has received three commitments for the 2012 class, one that will be foundation for the future of the Buffaloes under Embree.
For Embree, recruiting appears to be the top priority (good decision). He told The Daily Camera, "There are about 15 kids who I tell them I`m personally recruiting you. I`m going to be the one.”
“Yeah, you might hear from position coaches, but I want you to understand when this spring evaluation period is over, I want you to sit there and look at if this school really wanted you, how come the head coach didn`t call you?"
Colorado's football program has a good tradition, but the Buffaloes haven’t experienced much success in recent years. They haven’t played on national TV as much and the Buffs are set to enter the PAC-12, where teams like Oregon and USC are on top of the college football world.
It all goes back to recruiting and Embree believes, "There are some guys (recruits) who are jersey chasers. They just want to go be on the team and then you`ve got guys who want to go make something happen and be a part of something special.”
This summer is going to be important for recruiting. Colorado will host two separate 3-day youth camps for grades 1-8, a 1-day OL / DL camp, two separate 1-day high school skill position only camps, and a 1-day kicking camp. Embree and his staff are hoping to get a number of top prospects on campus.
Video: Do you trust your coaches? Do you trust your players?
Trust – (noun) reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety of a person or thing; confidence.
Trust – The thing that Jerry Kill wants to build his program upon at the University of Minnesota.
Kill says, “My expectations are to get better every day. You can control that a little bit. You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. All you can do is prepare for it (tomorrow). Our job is prepare our kids and if they work hard and do the right things, build enough trust in the organization, then good things will happen to you. I believe that.”
The ninth YouTube webisode of Gophers Football hammers home the theme of trust and how critical is it for players to trust their coaches.
Kill told his team early in spring practice, “I’m going to line up with people that are here EVERY SINGLE DAY, that are going to play hard EVERY SINGLE DAY, that go to class EVERY SINGLE DAY because I can trust them. I’ve got to trust you and you have got to trust me. And you build that trust when you work together and you work hard for one common goal.”
How many people in this world do you trust? Think about it, then take a few minutes to watch the latest webisode from Gopher Athletics featuring the theme of “trust.”
Cutcliffe describes unique quarterback
Coaches enjoy working with players that want to be coached. And every so often, coaches will have a unique opportunity to tutor a player that is totally immersed in learning the game and getting better.
Based on David Cutcliffe’s comments about his quarterback Sean Renfree, there is no doubt that Cutcliffe believes Duke can become bowl eligible with this quarterback leading the way.
Cutcliffe says, “He has totally thrown himself into being the best he can be. He goes through endless hours of videotapes — NFL game tape, Duke game tape, Tennessee tape — working with receivers on perfecting routes. He is totally immersed in being a quarterback as well as being an outstanding student.”
“Sean has learned that in the world he has chosen, the most important ability he has is time management. When we talked early on about his goals and what he really wanted to accomplish in football, he told me he wanted to be as good as there has ever been here. When you say that, we are going to ask you to back that up.”
As a redshirt sophomore, Renfree finished the 2010 season with 14 TD / 17 INT.
Cutcliffe added, “You have to know who you are throwing to. Know his speed, his ability to catch the ball and where he can catch the ball; know what kind of ball he can catch. You’re not just throwing to a position, you are throwing to a person. In the backyard growing up, you understood who could catch the ball with one hand or catch it over his head at the fence post. The more you learn about how your receivers catch the ball, how they like the ball thrown to them and in what situations you know they will make the catch, the better quarterback you will be. You can’t just play the game blind. You have to know what is happening on the field. You have to have awareness on the field. That’s what makes Sean Renfree a special quarterback.”
The Blue Devils open with Richmond and Stanford. Both games are at Wallace-Wade Stadium in Raleigh. The schedule appears to give the Blue Devils a legitimate chance to become bowl eligible.
The schedule includes Richmond, Tulane, and Wake Forest at home. Road trips include Boston College, FIU, and Virginia. In Cutcliffe’s fourth year, this could also be the year that Duke pulls a serious upset.
Rising number: College assistants jumping to coach in NFL
In the 2010 off-season, 14 college assitant coaches made the jump to the NFL.
Those coaches were Eric Yarber, Scottie Montgomery, Giff Smith, Bobby Johnson, Tommie Robinson, Jedd Fisch, Richard Hightower, Corwin Brown, Brian Schneider, Jeremy Bates, Ken Norton Jr, Kris Richard, Rocky Seto, and Dave Canales.
Montgomery made it to the Super Bowl with the Steelers. Fisch is now back in college as the Miami (FL) offensive coordinator after a year as the quarterbacks coach in Seattle under Pete Carroll. Bates and Brown, to our knowledge, are out of coaching for the moment. Seto almost landed the UCLA defensive coordinator job, but is still with the Seahawks.
In 2011, that number increased to 17 college assistant coaches that seized the opporutnity to coach in the NFL.
Those coaches were Grady Stretz (Arizona State to Tampa Bay), Warren Belin (Georgia to Carolina), John Settle (Wisconsin to Carolina), Teryl Austin (Florida to Baltimore), Scott Turner (Pitt to Carolina), Vic Fangio (Stanford to San Francisco), Tim Drevno (Stanford to San Francisco), Greg Roman (Stanford to San Francisco), Peter Hansen (Stanford to San Francisco), Mark Whipple (Miami to Cleveland), Chuck Bullough (UCLA to Cleveland), John Morton (USC to San Francisco), David Walker (Pitt to Indianapolis), Reggie Davis (Oregon State to San Francisco), Tyrone Pettaway (USC to Tampa Bay), Shawn Mennega (South Dakota State to Cleveland), and Tracy Rocker (Auburn to Tennessee Titans).
Rocker told The Tennessean, “After coaching 17 years of college ball I have aspirations as a coach, and it’s not just to sit there at my alma mater and just be there. At Auburn, I’d already had success as a player and then to come in and win the SEC and national championship in my second year, and to have Nick Fairley win the Lombardi Award … My wife kind of asked me, ‘What else do you think you need to do at Auburn?’ and I said, ‘I don’t know.’”
“All of a sudden, this thing happens with the Titans, so I guess that was the new calling. For me, it’s definitely a dream come true.”
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Ellis Johnson explains why hurry-up offenses are deteriorating the game
South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson believes that hurry-up offenses are ruining college football. Johnson made some terrific points during a radio interview with Bo Mattingly.
Johnson said, “One thing that has gotten into it that I’ve been pretty outspoken, that I really think is starting to deteriorate some of college football is the hurry up offenses. There is nothing wrong a pace and speeding up the play on the operation side. I get that.”
“But what’s happening now with the rules is that you can snap it as soon as you want to or you can sit on it for 40 seconds, and there is no in-between.”
“Canadian ball is very fast-paced, but the offense can’t sit there all day long. They have a 20 second limit. The NFL cut it out with Buffalo in the 90’s, they kind of put some cold water on it a little bit with the Colts not too many years ago. What they realized is they’re taking the game of football and turning it into soccer or lacrosse. There’s nothing wrong with those sports, but that’s not football.”
"What it's about now is who can snap the football before the other team lines up. You can’t hardly get your players on and off the field. You can’t get your signals in and out. It’s become who has the best signal system or verbiage system. “
“Frankly, I don’t know what that proves except someone has a better verbiage package. It’s not about blocking, tackling, running, route running, throwing, and so forth. It’s something the college football world needs to look at.”
“It sounds like sour grapes right now, but there is not a balanced playing field. The chalk is always in one person’s hand. That’s what has made it the most difficult in the last several years in the world of college football coaching.”
The Gamecocks will play Auburn and Clemson this season, two teams that rely heavily on an up-tempo style of offensive football. East Carolina, Kentucky, and Mississippi State all have the ability as well to speed up the tempo.
Profiling the PAC-12 summer football camps
Today, we take a look at the different ways that PAC-12 schools will operate their summer camps. The PAC-12 programs typically won’t draw as many campers as the SEC programs, but just like everyone, the PAC-12 coaches are trying to evaluate future prospects during their summer camps.
Arizona, UCLA, USC, and Utah will each host a 7 on 7 camp. Oregon and Washington State will each host a full contact camp. Oregon State has a pretty simple plan, a 4-day camp for grades 6-12.
Here’s the full breakdown:
Arizona will host a 1-day 7 on 7 camp, a 1-day Big Man Competition, a 3-day camp for ages 14-18, a 3-day camp for ages 8-13, and a 1-day camp for specialists ages 14-18.
Arizona State will host a 3-day camp for grades 5-12 and a 1-day JR/SR prospect camp.
UCLA will host a 1-day camp for high school campers, 1-day linemen camp, a 1-day high school camp for skill positions and specialists, a 1-day day 7 on 7 camp, and a 3-day youth camp for grades 3-8.
USC will host a 1-day OL / DL camp for high school campers, a 1-day skill position only camp for high school campers, a 2-day Rising Stars prospect camp for grade 10-12, a 1-day 7 on 7, a 1-day youth camp for grades 3-8, and a 1-day kicking camp for grades 7-12.
Oregon will host a 5-day full contact camp for grades 8-12 and a 1-day kicking / snapping camp for high school campers. The Ducks call it “The premier full contact camp in the Northwest.”
Oregon State will host a 4-day camp for grades 6 -12.
Washington will host a 1-day high school only camp, 2 separate 1-day passing camps for high school teams, and a 2-day Rising Star prospect camp for grades 10-12.
Washington State will host a 4-day full contact camp for high school campers and a 1-day youth camp for K-8 graders.
Stanford gets serious. The Cardinal will host a 2-day camp for high school campers, a 2-day quarterbacks only camp, a 1-day wide receivers camp that is matched up with a 1-day defensive backs camp, a 1-day specialists camp, a 2-day team camp, a 1-day passing camp, a 2-day youth camp, and a separate 1-day youth camp.
Cal will host a 3-day full contact camp for high school campers, 2 separate 3-day youth camps for ages 6-13, and a 2-day kicking camp for high school campers.
Utah will host a 1 day 7 on 7 camp for high schools, 2 separate 3-day youth camps, a 1-day high school skill position only camp, a 1-day OL / DL / kicking camp.
Colorado will host 2 separate 3-day youth camps for grades 1-8, a 1-day OL / DL camp, 2 separate 1-day high school skill position only camps, and a 1-day kicking camp.
Paul Rhoads: Schedules are not balanced, we all should play 9 conference games
Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads believes that conference realignment has caused an unbalanced playing field in college football.
For example, the schools of the Big Twelve are set to play 9 conference games this year. Iowa State always plays in-state rival Iowa, and this season the Cyclones travel to UCONN. That makes 11 of 12 games against BCS conference opponents, something that Rhoads believes hurts the Cyclones chances of playing in the best bowl game possible.
Rhoads said, "The college game seems to be headed in that direction with more conference competition rather than less. If we're going to play nine conference games, which we are, I'd like everybody else to play nine, too.''
"What I think coaches want is some balance. You don't want to put yourself at a disadvantage when it comes to qualifying for bowls compared to teams from other conferences."
Colorado left the Big Twelve, but the Buffaloes out-of-conference schedule is difficult. Colorado plays at Hawaii, Cal, Colorado State (in Denver), and at Ohio State.
Nebraska, which also left the Big Twelve, plays Chattanooga, Fresno State, Washington, and at Wyoming.
It doesn’t seem that Embree or Pelini have an easier road to a bowl game than Iowa State, so we wonder which particular teams would prove Rhoads’ case for the 2011 season.
Here is a breakdown of the Big Twelve non-conference schedules:
Iowa State: Northern Iowa, at UCONN, Iowa
Texas: Rice, BYU, at UCLA
Oklahoma: Tulsa, at FSU, Ball State
Oklahoma State: ULL, at Arizona, Tulsa
Missouri: Miami (OH), at Arizona State, Western Illinois
Baylor: TCU, Stephen F. Austin, Rice
Kansas: McNeese State, Northern Illinois, at Georgia Tech
Kansas State: Eastern Kentucky, Kent State, at Miami (FL)
Texas Tech: Texas State, at New Mexico, Nevada
Texas A&M: SMU, Idaho, Arkansas (Cowboys Stadium)
Holgorsen: Geno has a chance to be as good as any I've coached
It sounds as though Dana Holgorsen feels pretty darn good about his quarterback Geno Smith.
Smith, a junior from Miami, FL, threw 24 touchdowns and 7 interceptions as a sophomore for the Mountaineers. He led the Big East is passing efficiency.
Holgorsen said today, “The only game I watched (from last year) was the bowl game. I felt like he (Smith) was really poised. His accuracy is good, his arm strength is good, his footwork is getting better, if he keeps working at it then he has a chance to be as good as anyone I’ve coached.”
As usual, Holgorsen had to address his relationship with head coach Bill Stewart. (You think he’s tired of that question?)
Holgorsen says the relationship is good. “Yeah, it is (good). If it’s not, we got some problems. Our goal is to win. If you’re not on the same page, you’re probably not going to win and nobody is going to be happy. I think they really want to win a championship around here real bad. That’s what we are striving for.”
As the head coach in-waiting, Holgorsen has not been allowed to recruit on the road this spring.
He said, “The one disadvantage of the head coach in-waiting is you can’t go on the road recruiting. I just work phones right now. I do golf tournaments and fund raising events and have been getting on the phone calling kids and calling coaches.”
When August camp begins, Holgorsen wants the Moutaineers to focus on getting first downs. “Leach always said that you gotta get first downs before you can get touchdowns. We are worried about getting first downs.”
WVU opens against Marshall.