Video: See the creative process behind Texas A&M’s unique 1939 throwback helmets
Texas A&M’s 1939 throwback helmets and uniforms that they unveiled yesterday have already been dubbed by many college football fanatics as the greatest throwbacks ever based on first impressions alone.
Whether you actually agree with that assessment or not is unimportant, what we can all agree on is that these are some of the most unique helmets that college football has ever seen.
Today, Texas A&M released a behind the scenes look at the creative process that went into creating these one of a kind helmets. The beginning of the process actually started about 10-11 months ago, according to equipment manager Matt Watson.
There was no mass producing these on an assembly line. A lot of sweat, precision, and painstaking details went into each helmet
“This really isn’t something that happens overnight. It really plays out of the course of about a year.” Watson explained.
“We really saw an opportunity to do something special, in my mind, and that’s where we challenged everyone involved with the project to really try and make this the most authentic, and really the best throwback that has ever been done.”
“We’ve won over 91% of our games when rushing for one more yard”
A year ago, Georgia Southern ran the ball 626 times for 3,964 yards – 6.3 yards a carry and an average of 360 yards in its 11 games. While the Eagles weren’t eligible for any mythical rushing championships as a transitional member between FCS and FBS, they led all of Division I, 32 yards a game over second-place Auburn, and fifth among all teams in college football.
That success led head coach Jeff Monken to taking the Army job, to be replaced by Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz. And now, with a new staff and a new, more challenging conference, the Eagles’ rushing attack has gotten better.
Fritz and his staff have proven to be the perfect marriage between Georgia Southern’s triple option foundation and Fritz’s spread option scheme.
“Forever around here at Georgia Southern — with the exception, I guess, of one or two years, they’ve just been a true man-blocking triple-option scheme,” offensive coordinator Doug Ruse told Nicole Auerbach of USA Today. “We’ve had to transition to a zone, which is probably about 70% of what we do in the running game, all off the inside zone. It all looks different, but that’s the base scheme up front for the O-line. That was the biggest hurdle — we had to teach different footwork, a little bit slower tempo and mentality coming off the ball. …
“We’re still running the option, which Georgia Southern has done around here for a very long time and has done extremely well. We’re just doing it from a zone scheme with a quarterback in the gun. That’s the biggest difference.”
“The biggest difference wasn’t for the quarterbacks, running backs or receivers — it was for the offensive line. We’re more of a zone blocking team with our offensive line,” Fritz echoed. “They were more of a fire-off-the-line kind of offensive line. Those guys had the biggest adjustment, that’s been the real secret for us. Well, it’s not a secret — we’ve got a really good offensive line.”
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Every new head coach dreams of stepping into a situation where five of his top six offensive linemen are seniors, which is the gift Monken left behind for the new staff.
Georgia Southern has taken the Sun Belt by storm, threatening to win the league in their debut season. The Eagles are 6-2, with losses to N.C. State by one and Georgia Tech by four, a play here or there from maybe playing themselves into a College Football Playoff New Year’s Six bowl.
Everything came to a head Saturday, when the Eagles dropped 69 points and 613 rushing yards on upstate rival Georgia State. Georgia Southern scored 10 touchdowns and punted once.
Those 613 yards push the team’s rushing average to 400.38 per game, nearly 50 yards ahead of everyone else in Division I and third in college football. For Fritz, his ground-before-air philosophy is rooted in the most basic of all statistics: winning.
“In over 22 years as a head coach, we’ve won over 91% of our games when we had one more yard rushing (than our opponent),” he said. “We set our offense up to be able to run the ball effectively, and our defense to stop people from running the ball.”
James Franklin has a simple plan for keeping freshman in the program
In nearly every level of college football, there is a certain level of attrition. A freshman recruiting class of 25 is bound to lose a handful of guys for a variety of reasons that life throws their way.
James Franklin and his staff spend countless hours on the phone, on the road, and in the living rooms of those same players, so he and his staff have a plan in place to help keep freshman in the program.
Franklin and his staff start off by meeting with each freshman about once a week throughout the course of the season just to touch base and continue to build rapport with kids going through a very challenging transition.
“The freshman meetings are important because something that I noticed as an assistant is that you recruit these guys, you love them up, you bring them in, and then 90% of them redshirt and they just kind of get pushed off to the side…and then I would see that you have attrition.”
“Then you’d have guys leave, guys struggling with the transition. So those meetings are; How are you doing academically? How are you doing socially? Is there anything that we need to know? Anything that we can help you with? Who’s homesick? Is there anything that we can help you with? You know, whatever it may be.”
“It’s usually a pretty good dialogue both ways, I ask them what they’re learning from a football and academic perspective, we talk about a lot of social issues and problems that we have right now in our society and the importance of making great choices. Just trying to reinforce that over and over again.”
#VoteTretola for Heisman – Arkansas has some fun with their fat guy TD pass
Sebastian Tretola is a name you had probably never heard before last weekend. But following the offensive lineman’s crazy trick play against UAB that went for a rather surprising touchdown, his name was plastered all over places like our site, as well as ESPN and every other sports outlet.
When the season is over, the play will go down as one of the most memorable plays of the entire season. It was that good.
Now, Arkansas has released a video having fun with the moment, in a 30 by 30 type short where Tretola, his other teammates involved in the play, and offensive line coach Sam Pittman give him some love as a Heisman dark horse candidate.
It’s nice to see the Razorbacks having some fun with this one.
You can’t help but laugh.
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Thursday October 30, 2014
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