Wednesday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Some interesting notes & quotes from around the country:
LSU vs. Oregon to kick-off 2011: The LSU-Oregon game in Cowboys Stadium has been slotted for a prime time kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 on either ESPN or ABC.
San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre calls Bama ‘best I’ve ever seen’: "I would say that's the best college football team I've ever been on the field against in all my years of college coaching, talent-wise, top to bottom. Now, I don't know if they'll win every game or not, but talent-wise and size and speed and athleticism, they're pretty phenomenal."
Neuheisal says Chow didn’t call his top 2-point play: "You always plan for your 2-point play in advance, and you usually have a list of two, three plays. Norm had on his list a play above the play we called, but we had called that play in a previous game on a 2-point play, and he just thought, `You know what? They'll have looked at that one, so I'm going to the next one."
Nebraska OC Shawn Watson describes offense: "When I first came here, everybody wanted to be an option team. Well, people, we are. We are. We are an option team. What happens with this (shotgun) aspect of it, they take away the quarterback, they're giving you the back. If they take away the back, they're giving you the quarterback. And we know that.”
"The other part of that is that we wanted to make sure we maintain touches for our tailbacks. So that's why we're not exclusively that and we wanted to keep multiplicity. Now if we want to dial up runs and just want to pound the ball, we can do that because we have that in our system."
Brian Kelly describes offense against Purdue: "It was really an installation fest if you will where you’re putting all these plays in and you got them all in and you go ‘Okay, what are we really good at?’ And the Purdue game gave us an indication of that and we’re certainly not there yet. We’re going to need some more time but that’s kind of what I’m at in terms of the individuals themselves and going to what we think their strengths are."
Quoting Dave Wannstedt: "We're a balanced offense. For us to win games and score points on offense -- you have to throw to score points and run the ball to win games. It is a very touchy situation when you have a young quarterback, three new offensive linemen, a new receiver in there and a new tight end."
Army head coach Rich Ellerson says he would have gone for the win like Navy: "I said, 'I would have done it.' I've been watching those guys play for 1,000 years and I've never seen them stopped on a quarterback follow. If that's me against Eastern Michigan, I would have done the same thing because we were running the ball so well. I would be thinking, 'They are going to stop us for less than a yard, are you kidding me?' "
Quoting Tommy Tuberville: “Well, we won’t press them. The biggest thing about coaching is knowing how fast you can go. I thought the coaches did a good job of being pretty vanilla on both sides. Even last week, they cut back 20, 25 percent on offense, defense and special teams."
“We’re going to change some starters in some positions. We’re going to change some starters in special teams. We’ll be a different team this week. We just want to execute better and really not worry about who we play.”
“We’ve got to protect (Potts) better. He got hit nine times yesterday. If you think about it, with as many times as we throw and as much as they blitz, you’re going to get hit some.”
Doc says Marshall needs to beat WVU to make it a rivalry: "We need to win the game at some point. For it to be a rivalry, we have to go win that game. That's what we have to do. We have to get that done."
Kevin Sumlin thanks Mike Price: "He took a chance on me. I learned everything from him. He's an unbelievable communicator. He has a great touch with players, can handle all types of situations."
"At that time, Washington State was the basis of one-back football. Very few teams were doing it. I learned that offense and all the principles that go along with it. "
Tuesday evening Coaches Quick Hits
Some interesting notes & quotes from around the country:
Notre Dame TV rating skyrocket: NBC's ratings for Saturday's Notre Dame home opener against Purdue were up 77 percent compared to last season's home opener.
Paul Johnson describes Josh Nesbitt’s passing ability: “If you are waiting for him to complete 70 percent of his passes you are going to be waiting a long time.”
“It is what it is. I think there are games that he is going to throw the ball really well, and he has in the past, and there are games where he may struggle sometimes. What you hope is if he struggles, it is a game that you don't need to throw it. I really believe that we could have won the game on Saturday not ever throwing the ball. We have played a lot of games that way. We are going to be more efficient, but six attempts is a pretty small sample size to announce something dead. Especially when one guy dropped, one was a pass interference, it wasn't that big of a deal to me. Would I like to see him throw a couple of balls better? Yes. But I have seen the kid and he can throw the ball.”
Bo Pelini not concerned about poor defensive performance against WKU: “If you look at my history — our style of defense — you get better as time goes on. I’ve been here before and I’m not real concerned.”
“We game plan. We get pretty specific on a weekly basis on how we’re going to do things.”
Jim Grobe talks about Duke’s offense: "You can be on your A-game and still give up a lot of yards to these guys. It starts with the quarterback [Sean Renfree] - he is really special. [Conner] Vernon, [Donovan] Varner, and all those receivers are all the real deal. Not only do they have good foot speed and run really good routes, but they also have great hands. I'm real impressed with the quarterback, but you don't complete 80 percent of your throws without people catching the football. It's very rare to see any of their receivers or tight ends drop a ball, so it's going to be a great challenge."
Virginia head coach Mike London talks about USC: “I do know this - you'll have to take some time off the clock against Southern Cal. USC is a team that plays fast and that tries to capitalize on the things that you don't do. So we need to make sure that we can keep the clock running, with the running game, short passes that are caught, keep the clock moving, keep the chains moving.”
The key to slowing down a hurry up offense
When Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman met with the media on Monday to recap the Aggies 48-7 win over Stephen F. Austin, Sherman talked about the importance of an up-tempo offense.
Sheman stated, “The key component in this game is that we wanted to run 100 plays.” Amazingly, the Aggies finished with 99 offensive snaps.
With the Aggies' up-tempo style of play, Stephen F. Austin tried an unusual way to slow down the game. Check out the video:
Shannon: UM players in awe of D-Wade & A-Rod, won't be of The Horseshoe
During a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Randy Shannon described this week’s game at Ohio State as just another game.
Shannon also thinks his players won't be in awe of the atmosphere, citing Miami players see guys like A-Rod, D-Wade, and the Wayans brothers.
Asked if his players would be in awe of the traditions at Ohio State once inside The Horseshoe, Shannon responded, “I’m not sure but I don’t think so. I think the thing that when you’ve been at Miami, that you see so much, you see a lot of traditions in small towns and little cities like Ohio State, Florida, like guys like you mentioned Tim, but it’s not enamored with it because when you see when you go out you may see an Alex Rodriguez, or one of the Wayans brothers down, and you may see Dwayne Wade. Those are like big name guys. When you go to places like Ohio State, Michigan, places like that…it’s great to play there, but you’ve been in awe already, and I think it kind of helps us out being in Miami that you’ve been in those situations.”
“It’s just another game. It’s no different. They are going to be ready to play. They (UM players) were excited about playing Florida A&M. The great teams always have the mentality of ‘I got to play to my standards.’”
“The difference will be probably be the noise crowd. You can no matter what happens, you can’t assimilate that in practice at all. I mean, that’s just totally different. That will probably be a factor, but it won’t last long because all the matters is what happens on the field after that.”
There is no script for a first-time head coach
Overall, it’s refreshing to listen to Willie Taggart’s optimism about the future of Western Kentucky’s football program. As a first-year head coach, Taggart has been very straight-forward, honest, and optimistic about his team.
Regarding his first head coaching experience, Taggart said, "It was surreal. To be honest, I didn't know what to do. I was asking myself what the head coach is supposed to do. I just ran out with the guys and said, 'Let's go have some fun. That's what I'm going to do as a head coach -- just go have some fun."
"Before I gave the team our pregame speech, I had to take a minute and breathe a little bit. But to be honest, it was like another football game for me. I was calling some plays and making some decisions -- a whole lot more decisions than I made before."
Following the 49-10 loss at Nebraska, Taggart, however, expressed his concern about the tackling from his defense.
Taggart said, “They ran the same offense they ran in the bowl game. We just got to tackle. We missed a lot of tackles. That guy got a lot of yards because we missed tackles. You missed tackles, that’s what going to happen. We gotta get better tackling. We’re going to get better tackling.”
“Our goal was to make them earn everything they get. We didn’t do that. We gave up some big plays.”
One of the bright sides for WKU was rushing of tailback Bobby Rainey, who rushed for 155 yards on 30 carries in the loss to Nebraska.
That prompted Bo Pelini to say, "We were sloppy. We didn't make calls. We didn't get lined up. We didn't play well. I can't say one thing that I liked on the defensive side."
WKU travels to Kentucky this weekend.
Chip Kelly: It's not like it's our first rodeo
Oregon travels to Knoxville this weekend to play the Vols in front of 100,000+ fans.
Chip Kelly, however, knows he has an experience team that has been in some hostile atmospheres.
Kelly says, “We go on the road so we are going to be the away team. It’s going to be loud. It’s the same way if we go up to Husky stadium, down to USC or where are going to Neyland.”
Kick-off is set for 7 pm EST on ESPN 2.
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Spurrier: All we know is we can play with 'em
Steve Spurrier knows the Gamecocks' game against Georgia is pivotal in the SEC Eastern division.
Spurrier said today, “Hopefully this is first of a lot of big games this year for us.”
In recent years, the game has been close (41-37 UGA), (14-7 UGA), (South Carolina 16-12), (Georgia 18-0), (South Carolina 17-15).
Spurrier explained, “Rehashing those games doesn’t do any good. We’re not going to dwell on that. All we know is we can play with ‘em. If we want to win, we know we got to play better. The prior games have no bearing on this one. We’re going to try to make more plays than Georgia on Saturday.”
“One thing that concerns us this week is special teams play. We need to make sure it’s pretty good. They can make some big plays.”
“The quarterback that plays the best with the fewest mistakes will probably win it. We hope to get Connor in their in the first half again, I don’t know.”
“Georgia is somewhat returning to what they did in the past. Run and play good defense.”
“I think our fans have been instrumental, for three quarter (last week) at least. I think we all almost went to sleep there in the fourth quarter. I think you gotta have feeling that good things are going to happen for you.”
Kick-off is set for 1 pm EST on ESPN 2.
Bronco praises coordinator: I have not been in a defensive meeting all camp
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall thinks the conditioning level of his team helped the Cougars defeat Washington 23-17. Mendenhall also spoke highly of his defensive coordinator Jaime Hill and praised the way his two quarterbacks are “working together.”
(on the two QB’s) "Right now, there is zero friction. And I think they are really sincere and authentic in how they are working together. It is an awesome thing. It is really fun for me to see. I don't think many places that can happen.”
"Jaime Hill, I thought he called a great game. A couple of the fourth down stops, and to get what he got out of our defensive players in the first game, I was really impressed with the job he did. I have not been in a defensive meeting all fall camp. So I have been focusing on special teams. So it was fun to be able to delegate completely, do something else, and have that side come through. So I am happy for the defense."
(on the team’s conditioning level)"I think it could have been, and maybe that contributed to, it looked like we played, in my opinion, we played with more energy. It looked like we held our conditioning, and gained momentum in the second half. That might have been attributed to how the first half ended. But it looked to me as the game went on that we were better conditioned. That's just my assumption. That's not belittlling our opponent. As I saw the momentum shifting, it looked like we were handling the pace at a higher level than our opponent. So I hope that comes out right."
(on coaching the kick-off team himself) "Absolutely. One of the reasons that I am coaching the kickoff team, and structuring the special teams emphasis, was knowing that we are going to need it, because of our relative youth. I don't know how fast we can get our execution to go, so field position has to be something we win. And I think that played out today, just from an overall execution."
BYU is on the road the next two weeks....at Air Force and at Florida State.