Urban Meyer: Getting better every day
A week has gone by since the start of spring ball in Columbus, and Urban Meyer still feels a sense of urgency in finding consistency in the offense, and finding the play makers for the Buckeyes.
"We're not where we need to be. But I'm not upset. I just wish we would grasp it a little faster. There's not one position. It's like offensive football, anytime you install, anytime you do something new, nine guys do it right and two guys do it wrong and it just looks like the most disgusting thing you'll ever see. So we've just got to get a little more consistent" he explained.
Meyer still feels that progress is being made daily. "We're a lot better today than we were yesterday, so as long as we keep doing that, it means there's still the bar is being raised."
New Mexico coaches talk about returning
Lobos offensive line coach Jason Lenzmeier and running backs coach DeAndre Smith each spent time as Lobo assistants in the past, and couldn't be happier or more excited to be back on campus.
Lenzmeier, who worked as a graduate assistant and eventually earned a full time spot after finishing up his playing career as a Lobo, told the local media "I was never not a Lobo". After spending the past three seasons at in state rival New Mexico State Lenzmeier explained, "Obviously the profession takes you places that you have to go along your career path, but I have always been a Lobo."
Lenzmeier said he had a lot of former players and others involved in the football program throw his name in the mix when Davie got the job, and that eventually led to his interview.
Smith says he is probably more excited about being back around the program now than his first time on staff in 2008 because of the growing support from campus and surrounding community. Lenzmeier threw Smith's name at Coach Davie and a day or two later Davie was in San Francisco (where Illinois was playing in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl) sitting down with Smith and his family talking about the job.
"I have been fortunate to work for a lot of great coaches in college football, and he's another one of those guys" Smith said about the opportunity to work under Coach Davie.
Kliff Kingsbury mic'd up
Kevin Sumlin, Kliff Kingsbury and crew have finally taken the field in Spring and now they get to really see what tools they have to work with.
As you will see in this video, Kingsbury is evaluating a number of quarterbacks; and he's trying to teach them his style (up tempo, and sling it a lot).
This video will excite your fanbase
This one is going viral on the iternet as we speak.
Sit back, go full screen, grab some popcorn and enjoy this gem from Louisiana Monroe.
Push-Pull drill at West Virginia
Good (unedited) practice footage of Mountaineers new defensive line coach Erik Slaughter working his guys.
Slaughter is running the push-pull drill here teaching the defensive linemen to use great leverage, and fight through the head of the defender to the ball carrier.
Video: Sal Sunseri on using NFL film / ideas
New Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri is focused on finding ways to make the Tennessee defense better this off season.
One of the ways that Sunseri is getting that message across is taking a look at the best defensive teams in the NFL by category. The best red zone defenses, first and ten defenses, bump and run defenses...those are all cut ups that Sunseri plans to watch with the defense as a whole and then each unit will also watch clips of the best at each position. For example, the defensive line will watch clips of guys who lead the NFL in sacks..etc.
Sunseri says the best part about contributing in Tennessee's new look defense is that all 32 NFL teams will be able to evaluate you because of their multiplicity in scheme.
Some good life lessons open up this clip with Sunseri talking about the importance of education before football, which he witnessed himself as a player.
50 labrum tears?
#Mizzou has treated nearly 50 labrum tears for football players the last six years, but Franklin is the first throwing athlete of the bunch— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) April 4, 2012
This morning we saw an interesting tweet from Dave Matter who covers Mizzou football for the Columbia Daily Tribune.
Matter's tweet was related to Mizzou QB James Franklin who is currently recovering from shoulder surgery to fix a torn labrum. The part that resonated with us was the fact that Matter said that the Mizzou team trainer told him that this was about the 50th torn labrum that the team has treated over the last 6 years.
You can read the full article here in which the trainer goes into further detail.
Dungy addresses the Gophers
Jerry Kill had Tony Dungy come in and address the Gophers yesterday, and it's definitely worth taking some time to listen to.
Dungy explains the origins of the "Uncommon" themed video that we showed you the other day. Interestingly, the roots trace back to when Dungy was a player at Minnesota and the message was delivered from his head coach, Cal Stoll.
As Coach Dungy explains, there are two ways that you can be uncommon. You can have a skill that no one else has, or you can have the desire to do the things that everyone else could do, but most people won't. Dungy says that last part really stuck with him.
There's some great material in here you've got to hear for yourself. Great job by Coach Kill and the staff reaching out to connect with the history of the program.