USC grad assistant Keary Colbert explains role

USC offensive grad assistant Keary Colbert is helping tutor the Trojans tight ends.

Colbert, a former USC wide receiver, was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 2nd round of the 2004 NFL Draft.  He played with the Panthers, Broncos, Seahawks, and Lions before joining Lane Kiffin’s coaching staff.

Colbert explained his new role after practice:


Miami (FL) OC Whipple misses practice

Miami (FL) offensive coordinator Mark Whipple missed Saturday’s practice, so that he could support his close friend, Chris Berman, in Canton, OH.

Berman was recognized Friday evening as the recipient of the Pete Rozell Radio-Television Award.  The annual award recognizes “long-time exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.”

The long-time ESPN analyst, Berman, and Whipple were college roommates at Brown University. 

Randy Shannon has pushed back Sunday’s practice to 3 pm EST.  Whipple will be on the practice field for Sunday’s practice. 

Update: Urban Meyer just tweeted that he is flying to Canton, Ohio right now to see Emmitt Smith's Hall of Fame induction.

Garrick McGee: They've made a decision to 'go after it'

Arkansas offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee seems really pleased with the Razorbacks have four practices.

Quoting Garrick McGee: “You can see they have made a decision they want to do good this year.  I do think they have made a decision to ‘go after it.’”

“When I said it seems like these kids have decided to concentrate, focus, be more aggressive... I wasn’t just talking about the offense.  Our practices are more competitive.  You can just tell they’ve put in a lot of work this summer.  I’m talking about everyone on the team.”

(on the difference in going from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator): “That I take full responsibility for their performance.  We believe that we coach this offense.  This is our offense.  This is our deal.  I do delagate, but we coach it together.”

(on the immediate goals he talked about with the offense) “The first goal is ‘our standard of performance.’  This is how we are going to meet. This is how we are going to approach the practice session.  This is the effort we are going to give everyday.  We have to set a standard of how we are going to perform.”

“The second thing we talked to them about is what we call “FBI” … Football instincts and intelligence.  We have to become students of the game and be experts of your position and the person that is playing in front of you.”

Video of Garrick McGee's meeting with the media



Houston Nutt explains Masoli decision

As Ole Miss sets to open camp on Sunday, Houston Nutt talked about Jeremiah Masoli.

Nutt stated, "You have an obligation to this organization and that's what I felt. After weighing everything out, especially after we got him here on an official visit, got Jeremiah here, looking him in the eyes, and he understood. I'll have a contract with him. He understands it will be zero tolerance and he has to do what's right."

"I just felt like this was important and the right thing to do at this time. You can always argue both ways and I understand that. I've got to be oblivious to that. I have to be focused about our team and the players. Sometimes that doesn't always feel good, it's not a feel-good decision. But I do feel good about this."

"I feel like we have enough good going on in our locker room, we have enough leadership, guys like Jerrell Powe and Kentrell Lockett and Johnny Brown, Lawon Scott, Jonathan Cornell. I feel good about these guys that are leaders and the heartbeat of our team and they also were very adamant about having another guy like that in our program."

Until the university officially admits Masoli into a graduate program, he will not be allowed to hit the practice field with the Rebels.  Ole Miss will practice for the first time at 5:30 EST on Sunday.

Stockstill holds mock funeral to bury 2009 season

Rick Stockstill buried the 2009 season during a mock funeral with his players on Thursday night. 

A year ago, Stockstill led MTSU to a ten-win season and New Orleans Bowl championship over Southern Miss.  But that’s in the past and Stockstill wants his team to lay it to rest.

Stockstill stated, "We're a hungry team. We're a team that's got a chip on our shoulder to go out and prove something. I don't think we have to address it. The only reason we did that little mock funeral was just to make sure this is the start of a new season. 2009 is behind us, and now ... how is this team going to be remembered?"

"As a coach, your expectations are to win games. We had those expectations every year. I just want to start 1-0 and then move on to the next game. It gives your program credibility. Only two teams went undefeated and only 21 teams won 10 games. It is hard, but I embrace the challenge."

MTSU hosts Minnesota on Thursday September 2nd.  The game will be air live on ESPNU.

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