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  • 85% of NFL Draft picks from the last two years were multi-sport athletes in HS


    With the NFL Draft starting on Thursday, we figured the importance of playing multiple sports in high school was worth revisiting, which brings me to the following tweet.

    As the white board illustration shows, according to the leg work done by the good folks at, of the 510 picks in the last two NFL Drafts, an impressive 85% of them were multi-sport athletes in high school.

    Of those 510 draft picks, over half of them were track and field athletes in high school, and just a hair under half of them were basketball players. Interestingly, only 15% of them specialized in football, 7% played baseball, and 3% wrestled during their high school career.

    Back in March we did a piece on how nearly 95% of NFL quarterbacks (122 of 128) played at least two sports in high school, and nearly 70% of those guys played three or more. Also in that article – 85% of the 2014 recruiting class for Alabama, Ohio State, and Notre Dame were multi-sport participants.

    The above tweet is further research for high school coaches to have handy for the players who come to them and say they want to specialize in football (or really any sport). It couldn’t be any more clear; Specializing in one sport doesn’t pay off. Be a multi-sport athlete.

  • Video: East Tennessee State has revealed the program’s new uniforms


    The East Tennessee State football program, revived this fall for their first game since shutting down in 2003, busted out their new threads earlier today.

    The Buccaneers will have a total of six uniform combinations to choose from stemming from blue and white jerseys to go along with blue, gold, and white options in the pants department.

    The uniforms may seem a bit plain at first glance, but they were designed with both the future, and past of the program in mind. The helmet the team is wearing, which was first revealed about a year ago, includes gold flecks in the navy blue paint, a tip of the cap to the program’s traditional gold helmets of the past.

    “It is a special time to be a Buc and it has been a pleasure to take great care in embracing the past, present and future with these uniforms.” ETSU senior associate AD / COO Scott Carter stated in the official release.

    “My friend Wink Baker proudly wore a uniform similar to this during his days as our quarterback in the early 1960s. Hopefully our students, fans and alumni will agree that these uniforms capture a classic look in our beautiful blue and gold.”


  • How the Seahawks (and a rugby player) changed the way Washington tackles


    Chris Petersen had been thinking about changing the way he taught his players to tackle for a while. A conversation with Michael Lose, a former player at Boise State who had taken up rugby as a way to scratch his post-football contact sport itch, enlightened Petersen to the relatively low number of rugby players suffering concussions.

    Then, last summer, the Seattle Seahawks released a video detailing how the club had moved to a rugby-style tackling technique. “A couple weeks later,” Petersen told the Seattle Times, “Pete Carroll and the Seahawks come out with their tackling video and it was like, ‘We’ve been right!’”

    Now Petersen and his staff are leading the charge in teaching other coaching staffs how to tackle.

    “We are fully committed to this,” Petersen said. “It’s the right thing to do. But the really neat thing about this whole thing is, not only is it the right thing to do because it’s the safe thing to do, it’s a better way of tackling.”

    That new way of tackling takes the head completely out of the play. Instead of using the head as a weapon, Washington coaches teach their players to place their head at the side or behind a ballcarrier and drive through his thighs.

    The way they see it, rugby tackling is an adapt-or-die moment in football’s future.

    “Let’s just open our eyes: The game’s already changed. They’re changing the rules and it’s going to change even more. So let’s just be in front of it. Let’s do it the right way. To me, we don’t have a choice.”

    Read the full story here.

  • Old Dominion’s Ron Whitcomb shares his in-depth evaluation process for QBs


    Old Dominion quarterbacks coach Ron Whitcomb, who added the title of offensive coordinator prior to the 2014 season, has an impressive proven formula when it comes to developing quarterbacks.

    Whitcomb tutored Taylor Heinicke, who won the FCS version of the Heisman as a Sophomore before going on to lead the program the few seasons during their important transition to the FBS ranks. As a four year starter, Heinicke finished his career third all-time among FBS quarterbacks in total yards of offense (16,279), sixth in career passing yards (14,959), and fourth in career touchdowns (132).

    Coach Whitcomb’s last two quarterback pupils (Heinicke and Thomas DeMarco) garnered a plethora of honors, including the FCS National Performer of the Year, the Walter Payton Award Winner (Heinicke), the Jerry Rice Award Runner-Up and being named to the Walter Payton Award Watch List.

    The list of their accomplishments – on and off the field – go on and on, so you get the picture.

    Interestingly enough, over the weekend, Whitcomb shot fired off this tweet detailing his evaluation process for the quarterback position. It’s provides an in depth look at how he breaks down, and scores high school quarterbacks.

    Every coach in the country has their own method, but with Whitcomb’s track record of success with the position, we figured this was certainly worth sharing.


    Do you have a similar evaluation sheet for your position? If you have something you feel is worth sharing with the rest of the coaching profession, shoot it to me @CoachSamz or via email at

  • Charts: Where are your players getting their news?

    According to a study of more than 2,000 Americans by Deliotte, the chart you see below represents how the average American gathers his or her news. As you can see, television is clearly the king, radio is mostly antiquated, and everywhere in between stands roughly the same.

    Total US

    Now let’s break it down by age group. Watch how the television bar steadily falls and the social media bar rises as the graphs skew younger and younger.





    Among the younger crowd, traditional media – TV, print newspapers and radio – are outnumbered as a primary news source by nearly two to one. Even among the older set of millennials, social media, online newspapers and other online sites (narrowly) beats traditional media.

    It’s a message we harp on continuously, but only because it never starts being less true: social media is the lens by which your players and your recruits view the world. You had better take advantage of it.


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