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.
— Ronald Whitcomb (@ronwhitcomb) April 27, 2015
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 Doug@FootballScoop.com.
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.
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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Video: “Molding Champions” at Michigan State
One of the hallmarks of Mark Dantonio’s program at Michigan State has been creating champions, both on the field and off.
In the “Molding Champions” video that was released out of East Lansing over the weekend, narrated by the golden voice of ESPN’s Mike Tirico, a light is shed on Michigan State’s championship process. More than a hype video, this clip is clearly a statement of the Spartan approach that has become so successful under Dantonio and his staff.
“What does it really mean to be a Spartan?” narrator Mike Tirico asks part way through the clip.
“It means being a part of something bigger than yourself. Being a part of a family – a team. A culture of hard work, forged by sacrifice and dedication, stressing excellence in the classroom, and the community.”
“It means pursuing championships with a never quit attitude, all happening in the spotlight.”
Fans will appreciate this one, but it’s recruits that this will really resonate with.
Video of the Day – UNI spring game highlights
Video of the Day
Monday April 27, 2015
UNI spring game highlights
Guess who is now jumping aboard the satellite camp train?
Gregg Popovich hates the Hack-a-Shaq, a technique that intentionally sends an opponent’s worst free throw shooter to the line. “I think it’s awful. I hate doing it. Seriously,” he said last January. “I think it’s a pain in the neck, fans don’t like it, I don’t like it, nobody likes it. It disrupts the flow of the game. If there’s an equitable way to get rid of it, I’m all for it.”
That said, who has used the Hack-a-Shaq more than any NBA coach during these playoffs? Gregg Popovich. “It’s part of the rules now and if you think somebody can’t shoot a free throw you might as well take advantage of it,” he said. “If you think somebody can’t shoot you don’t guard him the same way.”
With that in mind, let’s examine this quote from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer earlier this month on college football’s lighting-rod-of-the-week, satellite camps.
“Am I a fan of that? Not really. A big lore to Ohio State is getting them here on campus,” he said at the time. “I think what happens is monkey see, monkey do, they did that so lets go do it. There are ways to evaluate how your camp went: Did you get anyone out of the camp? We’re not going to do it only because other schools are trying it.”
With That Monkey Up North going on a tour of satellite camps through SEC country, Texas and California, guess who is about to partake in his first satellite camp two months from now? Urban Meyer.
The Buckeyes will join Florida Atlantic’s camp in South Florida on June 17. There’s a connection between Columbus and Boca Raton as FAU athletics director Pat Chun served as Buckeyes AD Gene Smith’s lieutenant before heading south.
— Sleeper Athletes (@SleeperAthletes) April 23, 2015
Like the Hack-a-Shaq, satellite camps may not survive until next spring, though they are perfectly within the rules for now. But until then, smart coaches will grab hold of an advantage where they see one – even if it makes them feel a little uneasy.
Also, Ohio State player personnel director Mark Pantoni has a suggestion for next time around. Make it happen, Urban.
I was hoping we would do a satellite camp in Hawaii or the Bahamas
— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) April 24, 2015