Purdue and Mizzou coordinators on different ends
Purdue OC Gary Nord talks about Boiler’s injuries heading into game at Northwestern: "I've been here a year and a half. For this week's game, we don't have a quarterback that was here when I got here. We don't have a receiver that's going to play who was here when I got here. And we don't have a tailback who was here when I got here."
"Everybody is inexperienced."
Missouri DC Dave Steckel, on the other hand, loves his experience on defense: "I'm trying to picture in my mind who is playing this year that didn't play last year. I'm sure there are some, I'm sure you will come up with some. But I believe without thinking it through that everyone who's on that field played for us last year. So ... everything is a (closer) step to where we want to go."
"They're taking ownership in the takeaways. They're taking great pride in creating takeaways."
Billy Napier says continuity at WR will help Clemson passing game: "The passing game is very technical in terms of timing and consistency, so the competition at (wide receiver) has affected that to some degree. Last year, we knew who we had. Those guys consistently practiced with Kyle (Parker) and there was a comfort zone there.”
"As we move forward, I think we can improve in terms of continuity and comfort level and confidence. I also feel like we'll get better as a staff once we get that narrowed down and we have a comfort level with each kid and what we think their strengths are. We can show up each week and try to get the most out of what we got and ultimately that is our job."
Mike London concerned about Virginia speed: "There are players on each of the [ACC] teams that are left that have comparable speed (to FSU). You have to teach angles. You have to teach, you know, techniques. You've got to film study better, because you've got to try to create an edge for yourself that just speed alone won't beat you with."
"You respect the speed, but you don't shy from it or you don't run from it. You can only do what you do and do it with the talent that you have. And I like our talent."
Steve Sarkisian says it’s not the time to bring UW back down-to-earth: "I thought last year we beat SC and the first thought that comes to mind is you can't let the kids get on a high, you've got to get them down to reality. ... well sure enough we didn't play as well against Stanford as we did against USC, we brought them back down.''
“(This year) I want to keep playing as good as we are playing --- to bring them back down to earth doesn't make sense, we are on earth.''
Kiffin wants more from linebackers: “We’ve not gotten significant plays from that group. It hasn’t been where you watch the film and say, wow, they’re blowing a bunch of assignments or missing a ton of tackles. They’re playing OK. But there’s been no significant plays – the big sack, the big fumble, the big interception, the big play on a ball that’s going to be a first down and they knock it out. For whatever reason, that’s just the way it’s been.”
Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb is “pissed off” : "I'm pissed off. I'm practicing pissed off and I'm going to play pissed off this week. I'm sick of losing. We've lost two straight, and I'm going to motivate my teammates however I can this week for them to play with a pissed-off attitude."
Utah cancels 3-game series against Boise State: Utah canceled a three-game series with Boise State in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The buyout for the Boise State games will cost a total of $350,000.
Crowton may coach from sidelines, SEC takeaways, and Tracy Rocker's goals
Les Miles says offensive coordinator Gary Crowton may move to sidelines: “We talked possibly about being on the field for Coach Crowton. We’re still talking about it. The communication between Gary and I is not the issue. The issue is making sure the quarterbacks get the information and have somebody to meet with immediately.”
“I think the play-calling, minus the back-end (Tennessee game), was excellent.”
Takeaways by SEC teams over last 3 years : FL 72, Bama 69, Van 56, TN 54, OM 53, Aub 52, Ark 51, SC 51, KY 50, MSU 48, LSU 48, GEORGIA 34.
Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker talks about defensive line goals: “That’s a selling point everyday in the meeting room. We’re going to have to create plays as this year keeps going on and on. We’re in a big month now and it will prepare us for November.”
“Everybody keeps talking about us hitting the quarterback. I’m proud of it. I’m proud of what we do every game. I think they enjoy that, but as a coach, you always come back to, my selling point everyday… “Can you do it again? Can you do it again? And that’s what it boils down to. Can we do it again?”
“I’m not asking them to knock the guy out. Our job is to pressure the quarterback, sack the quarterback, and contain the quarterback. After that, do your job…stop the run and keep things in front of us. I want everyone to play within the defense, understand the structure of it, and keep improving.”
Quoting UCLA defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough: "We got a lot of young guys playing, so you can't get too complicated or it won't look pretty. We can do more as they understand the concepts. If you make them start thinking too much, you'll take away their speed."
Illinois DC Vic Koenning concerned about depth: "There's really not a middle ground for us. We've got to be hammer-down, playing as hard as we can play with a high motor and almost be electric -- or we're not very good."
"We haven't been worth [crud] in my thought (in red zone). We don't have enough safeties or enough D-linemen to play goal-line package, so have to continue to play our base package. It’s been something we need to do a better job of and work on it. But in fairness to us, we're handicapped down there."
Doug Marrone says USF defense running to ball better than last year: “This isn’t any disrespect for the coaches last year. I’ve only seen them one year, but I do see them running to the football and doing a lot of good things technically. They’re running to the football with more discipline and more hustle, and they have great athletes on the field.”
Lane Kiffin: 12 new guys from science class haven't broken depth chart
Brian Kelly, Chip Kelly, and Lane Kiffin have all recently complimented, above and beyond, Jim Harbaugh’s team at Stanford.
When USC travels to Palo Alto this weekend, Kiffin has two major concerns. His place-kickers were 0-6 in practice on Wednesday and Stanford’s overall physical play could potentially become a problem for the Trojans.
Kiffin said, "The style that they are playing is exactly the style that we hope to play. They don't make many mistakes and they are very physical. To that end, the head coach amped up the hitting in what he called "the most physical practice since the Spring."
Depth continues to be a major problem for the Trojans.
Kiffin made us laugh when he said after Wednesday’s practice, “We brought in those 12 new guys from science class and none of them seemed to have really broken into our depth chart. We counted today we think there are 5 guys on our defensive service team that have never played football before. We really haven’t found more depth and we’re not going to.”
Saban & Nutt talk BYE weeks, big wins for Al Golden & Bob Toledo
Saban talks about BYE weeks: "Everybody out there assumes that having a bye week is an advantage. I've always answered that question by saying, 'I don't know if it's an advantage or disadvantage.' "
"I'm not saying I'm right and you're wrong, but the statistics kind of prove that it's not an advantage or disadvantage to have a bye week.”
Houston Nutt jokes about Bama: "First of all, everybody should have an open date against Alabama, because they're so good. It hasn't helped too many people it doesn't look like. ...We'll just have to wait and see. All I know is we desperately needed it."
Al Golden calls win over Army “biggest win since I’ve been here” : “That’s the biggest win since I’ve been here, make no mistake. In that kind of environment, to stay together, to be down 15 and then reel off 29 straight, that’s a big win and credit to our coaches. Matt Rhule on offense called a great second half and then Mark D’Onofrio did a tremendous job setting the defense down. That’s the biggest win I’ve had here.”
Tulane head coach Bob Toledo talks about BIG win over Rutgers: “It starts giving you credibility because you’ve been saying, ‘This is what’s going to happen, it’s going to take a while, we’re doing it with freshmen, they’ve got to mature and eventually it’ll happen. And then all of a sudden this happens and they say, ‘Maybe he knows what he’s talking about,’ instead of, ‘He’s an old fossil who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.’”
Pat Fitzgerald would like Northwestern to put it all together: "We have not put together four quarters of Wildcat football yet. We've been fortunate to find a way to win, and we've got a lot of work to do. No one around here is feeling fat and happy. There's a real focus and an attention-to-detail attitude right now."
“I take full responsibility for that. The discipline of a football team falls on the head football coach. We've got to do a better job with some of our substitutions with some of our young receivers. ... We've got to have better communication and better focus. We had five presnap penalties [against Minnesota] that were all communication-based and three of those were on [quarterback] Danny [Persa]. We've got to be better than that.”
San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke concerned about KOR and penalties: "We aren't doing some things right. Number one, our kickoff return is abysmal. We're not doing great there. We have way too many penalties for where we'd like to be, and those penalties that are before the ball's snapped are the ones that just drive you nuts as a fan and as a coach."
Paul Rhoads talks about Utah: "That's a team that understands exactly what it is they're supposed to do at all phases, and plays it lights out. You do that when you have a culture that's established, and they clearly have that culture established. When you do that, you start winning games, and when you start winning games like that, you start to feel very confident and invincible when it comes to taking the field. They play extremely, extremely confident."
Navy defensive coordinator Buddy Green proud of defense: "I'm really proud of some of the young guys that hadn't had a whole lot of playing experience. I think they've gotten better and better."
Quoting Tommy Tuberville: "I’ve been through this before. There’s nothing you can say. I’d love for the Dallas Cowboys to be undefeated, too. I’ve been a (Cowboys') fan all my life. It happens. Other teams play, too. They don’t care how good you’re supposed to be or how good you’re not. They’re going to play and try to play better than you.''
Army head coach Ellerson won't assess team
Army is 3-2 heading into this weekend’s game at Tulane. The Cadets only losses have come to Hawaii (31-28) and Temple (42-35).
Head coach Rich Ellerson wants total focus on defeating Tulane. When asked to assess where his team stands at this point after 5 games, Ellerson responded, "I'm not going to address that. I want to honor the expectations of our football team, and that's to win our next game. This is not a moment to be sticking our head up and looking around and trying to gauge where we are from a season perspective. I'm not going to engage in that, and I'm praying that our players are not engaging in that. Those are the kinds of discussions, those are the kind of thoughtful distractions that will subtract from our chances of winning this week. We have to try to be 1-0 this week. We have to be prepared for the next practice. You've heard me over and over again say that, but the good news is that we're playing well. I can honestly say that. I think we're playing well enough, and have played well enough, in every phase of the game. We're close enough that we feel like we can play with these guys. We've got a chance, but it's so fragile. We have to be so right. We have to be so on point. We have to be emotionally calloused so that as the game ebbs and flows, we can clear and stay in the moment and win the next snap. That's our challenge. The good news is I think we're up to it. Now, we have to go out and practice and prove it."
Part of the reason the Cadets are playing better is their #2 national ranking in turnover margin.
Ellerson said during Tuesday’s press conference, “We're not going to run anybody out of the stadium with our speed and strength and athleticism, but we're strong enough, fast enough and athletic enough. If we're on point and precise and executing our systems we can play with anybody on our schedule. That's the good news. The good news is we can compete. The bad news is there's no margin for error out there. We need to be on point, and we need to be there this afternoon."
Kick-off in the Superdome is set for 2:30 pm on Saturday.
Wulff trying to bring team together, encourages fans to come watch coach's film
During Paul Wulff’s regular Tuesday night radio show, the Washington State head coach explained not wearing a headset during the Cougars’ 42-28 loss at UCLA. Wulff also encouraged the Wazzu fans to come watch the coach’s film at a weekly luncheon, so the fans can see first-hand where the breakdowns are occurring.
Wulff explained, "It really was strange. I have never been a head coach in a game where I never wore a headset, ever. There are times during a game where I might take it off, but this was the first time I never wore one. As to why, I felt I needed to do this for the team, and I wanted to see how they are communicating on the sideline, what their attention level and focus is during games. I was also able to interact with players a lot more, and I really liked that. I still did have a headset available, and I did put it on occasionally, but I stood by our coordinators and talked to them directly. I was more concerned about the players on the field and what was happening on the sideline."
A frustrated Wulff told the Wazzu fans, "IF people come to the Spokane Club luncheon every Monday, I CAN HELP people see and understand what happened with different plays. If they come out see the coaches film, I will explain to them what we are looking for and what is happening, then they will understand. It is part of my job, and I want to explain and educate people what we are doing right now, going through building the program. A lot of things you have questions on, when I explain it in depth people usually come away from it with a better understanding of what's going on."
"Just yesterday I showed 8 plays from the UCLA game - 2 poor plays, 6 really good plays. On the really good plays, I told them that this is PAC-10 football, this wins you games. Other plays showing the blown assignments and how those can hurt your chances. These plays weren't the only mistakes we made in the game, but if 2 of the 11 on the field make a mistake or blow an assignment, look at the result. WE CANT have that! It's not about the individual, it's about all 11 of them doing the right thing."
Wulff, no doubt, is trying to hold his team together through this difficult streak. For the first time, the Cougars entered the field for the second-half with interlocked arms in a swarm. Wulff said, "It's all about bringing the team together. We have got to get them to bond and form together as a team. These little things we have to do to pull ourselves together. We know people are unhappy with the results but we have a job to do and continue to work and grow together. Nobody on the outside will help us win or lose, what we have to do is get together to grow and win."
Washington State returns to action on Saturday when the Cougars host the Oregon Ducks.
Kelly wants no distractions, McGee wants Mallett to understand run game
Chip Kelly all about avoiding distractions: "We don't deal with outside expectations. I've had people tell me last Saturday was a statement win. It wasn't a statement win for anybody on this football team. I can tell you that. We expected to win that football game. We don't let people govern us from the outside, whether we're losing and people say we're not supposed to win games, or we're winning and people say we're supposed to be winning by that much."
"If you go to Dairy Queen every day and get a Blizzard, the Blizzard doesn't taste as good on the sixth day, you know what I mean? If you get one once a week, or once every two weeks," it tastes better.”
Arkansas OC / quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee talks about running game problems: “We’ve tried to get committed to a core run game and get our kids to concentrate on our run schemes and run to the ball with their pads lower and accept the contact, and not run away from contact. All the small details that go into building a run game we’ve tried to go back to this off-week. Part of it is Ryan Mallett has to get us out of bad plays. If we’ve got a play called and it’s a bad look, and they’ve got extra guys, we’ve got to change it. Our quarterback has the ability and freedom to change it. It’s a part of playing quarterback for us. He has not done that at times in each game."
“I do know we’ve got good kids. They’re willing learners and they want to do good. They’re not fighting it so I have a feeling you’ll see some of the work we’ve put in the last week come to life.”
ULL head coach Ricky Bustle concerned about Oklahoma State tempo: "Middle Tennessee was an up-tempo team and caught us off-guard a couple of times. So we've seen it already and learned from our mistakes. If you think Middle Tennessee is fast, wait until you see Oklahoma State."
"If we can't stop the running game, we are going to have problems."
Paul Johnson’s response upon hearing a lineman say “we all need to get on the same page” : “Maybe it’s just me, but I get tired of hearing that stuff. If you’re supposed to block a linebacker, there’s only one page to get on.”
Mississippi State OC Les Koenning says Relf’s job tied to ball security: "He has to realize that's part of his life - ball security, job security. If it wasn't for turnovers, we'd be in really good shape."
Ole Miss DC Tyrone Nix looks to address pass-rush during BYE week: "We're just trying to give guys an opportunity to show flashes and see if they can make a play for us, especially in passing situations. Who's the guy who gives us the best chance to get pressure on the quarterback?"
Cam Newton compliments Gus Malzahn: "During recruiting, he mentioned that he and I have to be very close, that I had to start trusting him. I trust Coach Malzahn, that he has my best interests. Anything he tells me, I’m going to try to do it 110 percent. That’s not only my position coach, not only my offensive coordinator, but my father figure away from home. A person like that, he’s a great leader to look to. I’m striving to be good every day because of him."
Tressel and Petersen talk philosophy, Al Groh downplays UVA story
Jim Tressel’s office philosophy: "We have a saying with our players that nothing good happens past 10 (p.m.). That's fairly well-documented. We have a saying with our coaches that any idea after 10 won't work. And that's pretty well-documented."
Chris Petersen talks about creativity: "After meeting a few times, I had an epiphany. Bam! I started realizing game-plan wise, there wasn't enough creativity. I started looking at things a different way. We need structure, we need order, we need schedules and we need our system taught a certain way. But within that there needs to be a creativity to keep growing, to keep the energy and the enthusiasm. What new wrinkles do we need to make us better? I think that's one of the reasons we're not afraid to take chances and do different things. We have to do that to be who we are."
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Al Groh downplays game against Virginia: "This is the eighth time I've coached against the team that I've previously coached for, including doing it against Virgina once before (when he was head coach at Wake Forest). I have the veteran professional's perspective on that.”
"I'm not sentimental about institutions. I'm sentimental about people. I have a great affection for so many players and coaches who were part of our successes and they continue to be among my best friends and the most admired people in the whole world. Those relationships have remained where I happened to reside. Those are the things I remember the most and mean the most to me."
"We do what we do, especially since we are in the process of installing our system of a radical change right now which really throws our compass off. Clearly, the advantage is on the Virginia side. I say that because one, I taught our defense that we are doing here to the head coach and to the secondary coach. They have all my play books and all my cut-ups. Those two coaches and the linebackers coach have sat through endless hours with me discussing defense, making game plans, and analyzing our performance. There is no dilemma or no secret analyzing how Al Groh thinks."
San Diego State DC Rocky Long talks about progress: “When you understand the scheme a little better and play harder, you get better. I think we’ve added some talent; we’re playing a lot of redshirt freshmen in the secondary and at linebacker who’ve been in the scheme for a year, which helps some. But it’s mostly veteran players deciding to play harder and try harder.”
“Here, I don’t think it has anything to do with coaching. It has to do with the players responding. We’re maturing. This was foreign to them. We’re pretty complex. It’s totally speed and quickness. Every once in a while you might run into a team that’s big and strong — it could be this week — that wants to go shoe-to-shoe with you and mash you. But, with the spread offenses, few teams just run the ball now.”
Mike Stoops concerned about Oregon State: "The immediate concerns are stopping the two Rodgers brothers, and understanding Oregon St., how dangerous they are in the as an opponent.This is going to be an important game in deciding the outcome of the Pac-10 championship." "I think it’s important that we get out to a better start than we did two weeks ago against Cal."
Steve Addazio says moving Pouncy is ridiculous: "Change for what? Absolutely not. Are you kidding me? We're talking about a first-round draft pick, the best offensive lineman in America and a phenomenal football player and the leader on this football team. Unequivocally, that never even entered the realm of possibility."
You think Kirby Smart knew the jump-pass was coming? See the 1:13 mark: