Virginia using Martial Arts to gain an edge
Strength coach Evan Marcus and the Cavalier staff have turned to Martial Arts this off season to help "make the team tougher, more physical and increase their hand skills for the game".
Marcus met Mike Storms, a martial arts expert, former Marine and creator of Combat Football, while he was an assistant strength coach with the Saints in 2002 and they have been working together ever since.
Storm has been teaching the course for almost 20 years, and has worked with some of the best players in the NFL during that time. He says that a great defensive line coach told him two decades ago "I don't care how big and strong you are if you have slow or soft hands, that what makes a great Defensive Lineman."
Storm and Combat Football help develop football specific skills through Martial Arts in order to gain an inch here or there that could create the edge that determines the outcome of a game.
Storm says that players are really responding to the in game application that it provides. "Take a great player and add to his skill set, make his hands and feet move in unison, strike and escape harder and faster, it's really like hand to hand combat between the D-Line and O-Line, and the Wide Receivers and Defensive Backs. Added in is some inspiring U.S. Marine discipline and hard contact drills, and the players are loving it” he explained.
Producing football videos
We try to bring you guys a cross section of videos from programs across the country and at every level. Some are produced by the football team entirely (the coaches at Southern Oregon shoot the video, edit it, add the music and effects, produce it, etc...) and some are done almost entirely by the University's full time video production staff.
Regardless of how you do it, you need to be doing videos. Recruits, donors, fans and the players love these things. Really a great way to get a positive message and association with your program out quickly and relatively inexpensively.
With all of that said, every now and then we see a video that we think is extremely well produced. This video below from Colorado is one of those. There are some pretty cool graphics, effects and transitions in here.
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This is insane
OK, insane might be a little strong, but this is something you have to see with your own eyes. The staff at Southern Oregon is all in. Judging by this video, we have to believe that the players have bought in as well.
This is some hard core stuff. Valentines Day Massacre?
Not so sure the FootballScoop bus is going to stop in Ashland, OR on our upcoming west coast tour.
On a more serious note, it truly does look like the players are working hard and enjoying themselves and building camaraderie. Plenty of ways to skin a cat I guess....
Video: 'Zona spring hype video
As a reminder that college football isn't that far away (even if it is just spring ball), Arizona has put out a video to add to the excitement.
Rich Rod and the Wildcats will kick off the first of their spring practices on Monday.
Indiana Football doing Navy Seal training?
Navy Seal training?
You be the judge.
John Thompson: "18 hours ago I knew nothing"
New Arkansas State defensive coordinator John Thompson hadn't even been on campus for 24 hours before he sat down to talk about his new job and environment, as well as his connections with the staff Gus Malzahn has assembled.
"18 hours ago I knew absolutely nothing" Thompson said of what he knew coming into his new position. Coming in, he had heard a lot of different stories on what he inherits on the defensive side of the ball and he has been able to recognize the young talent that the staff have been able to bring in since his arrival on campus.
Thompson also talked about his opportunity to join the staffs at Arkansas State in the past, but just felt that the timing wasn't quite right. After talking to Malzahn he said that he knew it was a great opportunity to return to his roots in northeast Arkansas and continue to build the program.
Western Michigan just released a video outlining their winter conditioning obstacle course that they have labeled "The Gauntlet".
The course has a little taste of everything from pushing and pulling a weighted sled, bear crawls, ropes, zig zagging around dummies, and a dead sprint all combined into a team relay set up.
Good stuff from Al Borges
The Big Ten Network's Howard Griffith sat down with Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges to talk about his first season at the helm of the Wolverine offense, his philosophy, and what it means to be at Michigan.
When asked how he would describe the offense that he ran last season, Borges told Griffin that he has never been the type of coach who wants to run an offense with a name attached to it. "If its got a name, its got a theme, and then everybody will start doing clinics on how to defend it" Borges said.
"It's our job as coaches to make it fit for them, it's not their job to make it fit for you" Borges said about the changes he made when he knew he had Denard Robinson taking snaps for him this season. "The trick is to figure out how to fit your schematics to their skill set" he added.
There's plenty more great stuff in the video.