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If Greg Schiano gets his way, then start training your son to punt

Perhaps inspired by the Eric LeGrand situation, Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano believes he has a better and much safer alternative for kick-offs.

According to Star-Ledger, Schiano’s thinking is:

Replace all kickoffs with a punting situation, including after the opening coin toss and to start the second half. So, as an example, when Team A scores a touchdown, it immediately gets the ball back on a fourth and 15 from its own 30-yard line.

It can punt it back to Team B — the most likely outcome and a safer play since the bigger collisions usually happen on kickoffs.

Or it can line up and go for the first down, essentially replacing an onside kick with an offensive play that would require more skill than luck.

Schiano says, “It would lead to much less impact and fewer collisions, but it would still be a way to get the game started in similar field position.”

This makes us wonder if all it’s going to take is one more significant injury, maybe to a well-known player, and kick-offs are done.

If you have a ten year-old son, make sure he is punting.  Punters are going to become a premium for college coaches.  In reality, punters will become so valuable that coaches will likely put two punters on scholarship.  

After college, you can betr the average NFL salary for a punter will nearly double the current earnings.

2011 special teams analysis

Heading into the 2011 season, twenty-five BCS programs return the combination of their starting place-kicker and punter.  On the flip side, seventeen programs must replace both their starting place-kicker and punter.

Several off-season coaching changes will lead to a different identity on special teams at several places.

In the off-season, Dabo Swinney and Mack Brown split up the special teams responsibilities amongst the staff. Steve Spurrier hired former Minnesota special teams coordinator John Butler when Shane Spurrier departed for Virginia Tech.

When Joe Robinson left LSU for North Carolina, Les Miles hired former NY Giants assistant special teams coach Thomas McGaughey as the new special teams coordinator at LSU.  Robinson was honored as the FootballScoop Special Teams Coordinator of the Year in 2010.

Some of the new special teams coordinators include Charles Bankins (Vanderbilt), Michael Barrow (Miami), Dan Ferrigno (Michigan), Lyndon Johnson (Maryland), Clayton White (UCONN), Mark Hagan (Indiana), J.D. Brookhart (Colorado), and Randall McCray (Pitt).

Here are the 25 programs that return the combination of starting kicker and punter:

ACC: Boston College, Clemson, FSU, Duke, Virginia

Big 12: Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas

Big East: UCONN, Louisville, South Florida

Big Ten: Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin

PAC-12: Cal, Oregon, and Washington

SEC: Georgia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State

Independent: Notre Dame 

Here are the 17 programs that must replace both starters from a year ago at place-kicker and punter:

ACC: Maryland, NC State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia Tech

Big 12: Kansas, Texas Tech

Big East: Pitt

Big Ten: Nebraska

PAC-12: Arizona State, Colorado, USC, Utah

SEC: Auburn, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee

Here are the 14 programs that return only the starting place-kicker:

Arizona, Baylor, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Missouri, Rutgers, Syracuse, Texas A&M, UNC, Wake Forest, Washington State, and West Virginia

Here are the 11 programs that return only the starting punter:

Cincinnati, Kansas State, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Penn State, Stanford, UCLA, 

NW Missouri State head coach dies unexpectedly

Northwest Missouri State head football coach Scott Bostwick passed away on Sunday from an apparent heart attack.

Bostwick was named head coach on December 31, 2010.  He previously served as the defensive coordinator under former head coach Mel Tjeersdma.

At his introductory press conference, Bostwick said, "I've been a coordinator for 26 years and if I was ever going to be a head coach, this is where I wanted to be. It would be a challenge for anyone to try to walk in Mel's shoes, but I'm excited for it. It's what I've wanted, it's why I've stayed here and here it is."

The university said no other details of the death were available.

Bostwick was 49.  Please keep his family in your thoughts including wife, Sue, and two children, Leah and Eric.

40 quarterback coaches get returning starters

Less than two months from the start of August camp, we decided to look at the college programs that return their starting quarterback along with the same quarterbacks coach in 2010.

Conventional widsom leads most people to believe that quarterback is the most important position in football and experience certainly helps the overall performance of the quarterback.  

It should be noted, however, that it is possible to play for a BCS national championship with a first-year starting quarterback. (Tee Martin, Mike Vick, Craig Krenzel, Matt Flynn, Todd Boeckman, Greg McElroy, Cam Newton, and Darron Thomas)

In 2011, forty programs will have the same combination of quarterbacks coach / starting quarterback as a year ago.

Here is the breakdown by conference:

ACC: Duke (Kurt Roper / Sean Renfree), Wake Forest (Tom Elrod / Tanner Price)

Big East: Cincinnati (Mike Bajakian / Zach Collaros), South Florida (Peter Vaas / B.J. Daniels), Syracuse (Nate Hackett / Ryan Nassib)

Big Ten: Illinois (Paul Petrino / Nathan Scheelhaase), Michigan State (Dave Warner / Kirk Cousins), Northwestern (Mick McCall / Dan Persa), Penn State (Jay Paterno / Rob Bolden), Purdue (Gary Nord / Rob Henry)

Big 12: Baylor (Philip Montgomery / Robert Griffin), Oklahoma (Josh Heupel / Landry Jones), Texas A&M (Tom Rossley / Ryan Tannehill)

Conference USA: East Carolina (Lincoln Riley / Dominique Davis), Houston (Kliff Kingsbury / Case Keenum), UAB (Tyson Helton / Bryan Ellis), UCF (Charlie Taafe / Jeff Godfrey)

MAC: Akron (Ron Powlus / Patrick Nicely ), Bowling Green (Warren Ruggerio / Matt Schilz), Eastern Michigan (Ken Karcher / Alex Gillett), Toledo (Scott Isphording / Austin Dantin), Western Michigan (Ryan Cubit / Alex Carder)

MWC: Air Force (Blane Morgan / Tim Jefferson), Colorado State (Daren Wilkinson / Pete Thomas), San Diego State (Brian Sipe / Ryan Lindley)

PAC-12: Arizona (Frank Scelfo / Nick Foles), Oregon (Mark Helfrich / Darren Thomas), Oregon State (Danny Langsdorf / Ryan Katz), USC (Clay Helton / Matt Barkley), Utah (Brian Johnson / Jordan Wynn), Washington State (Todd Sturdy / Jeff Tuel)

SEC: Georgia (Mike Bobo / Aaron Murray), Mississippi State (Les Koenning / Chris Relf), South Carolina (G.A. Mangus / Stephen Garcia), Tennessee (Jim Chaney / Tyler Bray)

Sun Belt: FIU (Scott Satterfield / Wesley Carroll), North Texas (Mike Canales / Derek Thompson), ULM (Todd Berry / Kolton Browning)

Independents: Army (Ian Shields / Trent Stillman), Notre Dame (Charley Molnar / Dayne Crist), BYU (Brandon Doman / Jake Heaps)

 

If this lineup doesn't get you excited...

We'll start off with TCU's offensive coordinator Justin Fuentes helping you simplify your game planning.  Then Alabama's offensive coordinator Jim McElwain will clinic you on a couple of their packages.  That night we'll have West Virginia offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen talk drop back game (please let there be a campfire and some Keystone Lights handy).

The next morning we'll have Wisconsin's Bob Bostad (OL) wake you up talking a little inside zone scheme.  Tim DeRuyter (A&M's defensive coordinator) will then educate you on linebacker play in their "wrecking crew" defense.  New Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin is up next schooling us in quarterback play, fundamentals and showing us a few of their best drills.  That night you'll enjoy some of the best barbeque, coldest beer and funniest stories you've ever heard.

Day three features Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson and Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett educating you one on one.  

Are you man enough?

San Angelo Football Clinic - Wednesday June 15th - Friday June 17th 

We'd be remiss if we didn't also add that in addition to the coaches mentioned above, there are a number of other great speakers (both college coaches and some of the finest high school coaches in Texas openly sharing their thoughts and strategies).  Truly a great lineup.  Check it out at the link above and enjoy the clinic. 

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