North Carolina sending out a message

UNC Football's video staff has put out a nice string of videos under the "Blue Dawn" title over the past few weeks. Most of the videos focus on conditioning and give glimpses into the new coaching staff. All are well produced and we hear are being enjoyed by the Tar Heel fan base. 

Then today's came out. The first two minutes follow the same script, conditioning drills featuring the players with shots of the coaches and staff mixed in. Well done...and then came the fun. Shortly after the 2 minute mark, they inserted something that might just get their opponents a little riled up. Well played Coach Fedora, well played indeed.

D-III Video: "Sometimes you're the wall, today you're the hammer"

Yesterday we mentioned the value of having some video to support your program...to exicte the kids and the recruits, to energize the fan base and the donors, etc...

Since then, several good quality videos have been sent to us (keep them coming). 

We'll be rolling them out over the next few days...and beyond.

This video comes from D-III Linfield College. The whole thing is good; but right at the end you get the money quote. Enjoy!

Fast people come from the South

CBSsports.com released some interesting information earlier today combining the 40 yard dash times of everyone that participated in the event at the NFL Combine, and then averaged it out and sorted it based on where the player was born to determine which state is the fastest. We noted that other than a couple of speedsters from Michigan all of the other top 5 states for producing fast players are south of the Mason-Dixon line. 

The in depth research that they put into the article is equally as impressive. For example, the speed rich Florida area got broken down into three counties for a closer look; Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade. The entire state of Florida ran a 4.79 average, but when it came down to the three counties, Palm Beach County came out on top with a 4.69 40 yard average time, while Broward County clocked in at 4.73 and Miami-Dade topped out at 4.84 average.

Take a look at the chart below for the full results. A couple things to keep in mind; the list only includes states that had more than two players participating, and the data for the skills positions does not include quarterbacks (or offensive or defensive lineman). 

CBSsports.com has also made a chart that is easily sortable to take a look at as well.


40 Average (All players)
State Average
S. Carolina 4.57
Arkansas 4.59
Tennessee 4.65
Michigan 4.67
Florida 4.68
Virginia 4.69
Louisiana 4.76
Ohio 4.78
Georgia 4.79
Nevada 4.79
Texas 4.79
New Jersey 4.80
Pennsylvania 4.83
California 4.85
Mississippi 4.87
N. Carolina 4.90
Illinois 4.95
Idaho 4.99
Alabama 5.01
Washington 5.12
Wisconsin 5.12
40 Average (Skill positions only)
State Average
Alabama 4.51
Arkansas 4.51
Florida 4.57
Georgia 4.57
Michigan 4.57
S. Carolina 4.57
Tennessee 4.57
New Jersey 4.57
Ohio 4.60
Louisiana 4.61
Texas 4.61
Pennsylvania 4.62
Mississippi 4.63
California 4.65
N. Carolina 4.68
Nevada 4.71


Mazzone: "Nobody has cornered the market on great offense"

Noel Mazzone met with UCLABruins.com to talk about the new offense that the staff has been building "from scratch".

Mazzone said that he has used his experiences for the core of the offense, but has been very fortunate to have guys like Eric Yarber, Adrian Klemm, and Steve Broussard around to bounce ideas off as well.

"Nobody has cornered the marked on great offense" Mazzone said when talking about the staff combining idea. That outlook stretches to the defensive side of the ball as well with some experienced defensive minds on staff.

As Mazzone put it, "A good defense can definitely show you your weaknesses on offense."

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.


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