No country club members at Youngstown

Youngstown State defensive coordinator Joe Tresey met with the media for the annual spring football press conference earlier today.

Tresey opened up by saying that him and his wife are excited about being back in Ohio and very excited to be working for one of the top FCS programs in the country historically. Coach Tresey added that he and head coach Eric Wolford meshed well right off the bat because of their similar blue collar backgrounds, and furthermore, neither have ever belonged to a country club.

A little further down the line, one reporter asks Tresey to describe his personality, to which he responds "...kind of laid back...peachy, just a feel good kind of guy". The media in attendance got quite a kick out of that answer.

This is how you prepare for a tough schedule

The University of South Alabama is entering their fourth season of existence, and have been able to make some impressive gains on the field and in the weight room.

Last year they finished 6-4 as an FCS Independent. This season the Jaguars will take on North Carolina State, Mississippi State, Troy, FAU, FIU, Arkansas State and Hawaii... talk about a tough schedule.

The strength staff will definitely have them prepared for the big boys. Take a look at the video below showing the team maxing out. These guys are throwing around some serious weight.

Video: Offensive line drills at WMU

Western Michigan is rolling out a new multi-part series shadowing the entire staff, starting with offensive line coach A.J Ricker, who is entering his second spring as the Bronco offensive line coach.

The video below is the first installment, and shadows Coack Ricker on the field during some offensive line and PAT / field goal drills, as well as some good interview bits about his  overall approach to coaching the offensive line, and why he thinks players today "have it easy".

FIU spring hype video

FIU released an impressive hype video yesterday mixing season highlights with their off season efforts.

The Golden Panthers finished last season 8-5, with only one of their losses coming by more than 10 points (and three of the five losses by a total of 10 points). From the looks of this video, Cristobal and the staff will be looking to close that gap and win at least a share of the conference title for the second time in three seasons.

FIU's spring game is slated for the March 30th.

Video: Mattison shares some valuable insight

Greg Mattison sat down with the media for the first time this offseason to talk about the progression and expectations for the defense in the second year under his leadership.

The number one goal is to get better at everything they do in the defense, one practice at a time, Mattison told reporters.

Mattison noted that every defense he has ever seen or been a part of has been "strong down the middle" starting with a good noseguard, then linebackers, and then the safeties.

The video is a bit long, but there are a few gems at the end worth hanging in there for. At one point a reporter asks about a player that had lost a significant amount of weight, and Mattison was flattered for a moment, thinking that the reporter was referring to him.

He also remarks at the end about a few guys that haven't been in pads as of yet, and have only been able to participate in conditioning. "This isn't cross country, they can come out there and run like crazy...they can be the best runners in the world and if they won't hit anybody, I won't like them as much".

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