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.

David Shaw believes Stanford just gained a huge recruiting advantage

During his nine years coaching in the NFL, Shaw was a part of three division winning teams that all had the same core element.

“They played great defense, they ran the crap out of the ball in between the tackles, and they made plays when we needed to in the passing game.”

“My background, playing for Denny Green and then Bill Walsh, a lot of people forget in the early 90’s when Denny Green started to turn around Stanford, we had the biggest offensive line in the nation.  We ran the ball in between the tackles and that’s how we started to win football games.  Bill’s ability to craft the running game was very underrated.  People forget first Super Bowl came on the legs of the running game.  Not only for yardage, but for the psyche of the team…it develops toughness.”

With Andrew Luck and a bevy of talented players returning this season, Stanford should compete for the PAC-12 title this season.

And the Cardinal are not going away, thanks in part to a recent and very important added recruiting tool…a nationwide television contract for PAC-12 football.

“It’s been the one thing that we have fought since we’ve been here, which is people that don’t have all the money and can’t travel across the country to see their young men play in Palo Alto.  Now, we can tell them, ‘When you can make it out here, great.  When you can’t, you will still be able to see every single game (on TV).’  That goes beyond words.  That’s why I am so grateful to Larry Scott (PAC-10 commissioner).”

Stanford opens against San Jose State, at Duke, at Arizona.  The season could hinge upon the final three games when Stanford hosts Oregon, Cal, and Notre Dame.

Kevin Wilson: You have to be a physical team to be a great team

Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson believes there is a misperception that guys like Mike Leach and Joe Tiller didn’t have physical football teams.

Wilson, who isn’t afraid to throw it 50+ times, certainly wants to implement a level of physicality at Indiana that will give the Hoosiers a chance to compete for a championship.

The Hoosiers have to be well conditioned and play physical at the point of attack in order to win consistently.

During an interview this morning with Dan Dakich on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis, Wilson explained, “One of my slogans with our team is ‘Nutrition & Attrition’ because if you’re not resting and eating well, you can’t condition well.  If you can’t condition well, you can’t practice well.  If can’t practice at a high level, you’re not going to win.  Conditioning is a big part.”

“You don’t want to lose the physicalness.  The game is still a combative physical game. You still have to be a physical team to be a great team.”

Indiana has not named a starting quarterback because Wilson is hoping one of the candidates will separate from the others this summer.  It’s important to Wilson that one quarterback “earns” the starting job.

Wilson’s first game as a head coach will be against Ball State in Lucas Oil Stadium (Indy).  The Hoosiers will return home the following week to host Virginia.

SEC West programs use different strategies for summer football camps

Coaches have different philosophies on summer camps.  Some staffs want to get as many students as possible on campus, while others want to focus on evaluating prospects and closing in on commitments. 

When it comes to summer camps, there are plenty of college assistants the dread the days.  As one coach told us, "If I could find the guy that started all these summer camps back in the day, it was probably Bear Bryant or someone, that guys would get at least some verbal abuse from me.  It would probably get physical, actually."

Today, we take a look at the different strategies from the SEC Western Division programs.  

Alabama will host two different 3-day camps for high school athletes (one in June, the other in July), a 3-day camp for ages 8-14, a 1-day high school OL / DL camp, and a 1-day high school kicking / snapping camp.

LSU will host two different 3-day camps for high school athletes (one in June, the other in July), a 3-day youth camp, two different 1-day kicking camps, and a 2-day 7 on 7 camp.

Auburn will host a 3-day camp for grades 4-12, two different 1-day camps for grades 9-12, a 2-day kicking camp, a 2-day team camp, and a 1-day special teams camp.

Arkansas will host a 3-day high school camp, a 3-day junior high camp, a 1-day youth camp, and 1-day junior/senior prospect camp.

Ole Miss willl host a 3-day camp for ages 4-8, a 3-day camp for 9-12 graders, a 2-day senior camp, a 1-day senior camp, and a 1-day 7 on 7 camp.  Houston Nutt elects to host camps from June 4th – June 11th, but also second senior camp is on July 23rd.

Mississippi State will host a 2-day camp for ages 5-12, a 1-day 7 on 7 camp (4A-6A schools only), a 2-day quarterback camp, a 2-day skill position only camp, a 2-day OL / DL camp, a 2-day kicking / snapping camp, and a 1-day 7 on 7 (1A-3A schools only).  Dan Mullen chooses to conduct all of his camps between June 2nd – June 10th.

Surprisingly, neither Alabama or Auburn will hold a 7 on 7 camp.  


Tomorrow, we will look at the SEC Eastern Division schools.

Surprising comment: Okie State assistant describes most proud accomplishment

Joe DeForest is set to enter his eleventh season as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State.  He joined the staff under previous head coach Les Miles.  Currently, he serves as the special teams coordinator / safeties coach / associate head coach.

In this day, it’s rare to find assistant coaches in college football that remain with the same school for more than ten years.  In fact, only 56 current assistant coaches have worked for the same head coach for at least 10 years.

DeForest has worked for Les Miles and Mike Gundy during his tenure in Stillwater, a tenure that has included eight bowl games and 27 total wins from 2008-2010.

His most proud accomplishment in his coaching career, however, may surprise you.

He told VYPE Magazine in Houston, "This might come to a surprise to some, but it's the opportunity to have my daughter go her entire school career in the same place. In this profession, that is so tough to do, but I'm really proud of that. She entered the first-grade in Stillwater and will graduate high school here next year. That is better than any win or getting any big-time recruit."

As much as coaches move from job to job in the coaching profession, how many college assistant coaches can say that?


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