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  • D-II fans storm the field as team that went 1-11 last year starts 2014 at 3-0

    St. Anselm (D-II – NH) head coach Patrick Murphy and his staff had a rough year in 2013, going 1-11. So far, the 2014 has been a far different story, as the Hawks have flipped to script to the tune of a fast 3-0 start.

    The 2014 team has already matched the 2012 (2) and 2013 (1) team combined win total and done so in rather dramatic fashion. Their three wins this season (against Bowie State, Southern Connecticut State, and Bentley) have come by a combined 8 points.

    Their latest win against Bentley (D-II – MA) on Saturday was historic because not only did they score 14 points in the fourth quarter for the come from behind win, but it also marked the first time in school history that the Hawks had notched a win over the visiting Falcons.

    Judging by the enthusiastic reaction from the fans as the clock hit 0:00, that was rather well known on campus.

    Great win for coach Murphy and his program. Having the fans storm the field Saturday had to be quite the feeling and it looks like it could shape up to be a special season for him and the Hawks.

  • Video: Stanford DB coaches up their press, and press-bail technique

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    This new video series of Stanford players teaching techniques is one of my favorite new series of the year. When players are able to teach the technique that coaches drill daily, it shows their retention and understanding of what is being emphasized, and these Stanford guys get it.

    Here, corner Alex Carter teach the Cardinal press, and press-bail techniques.

    At this point in the season, Stanford’s pass defense ranks #1 in the country, allowing just 66 yards per game, with zero passing touchdowns allowed, and 3 interceptions. The Cardinal secondary also lead the country in pass plays allowed of 10+ yards (7) and are one of only three teams in the country yet to allow a 30 yard pass completion.

    That’s as impressive as it gets.

  • Reminder to coaches: Rely upon your experts

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    On Sept. 22, 2012, USC cornerback Brian Baucham took the field against California, collapsed on the field during the fourth quarter and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance, where he spent several days on a ventilator.

    Now, nearly two years to the day later, he is suing USC and then-head coach Lane Kiffin, claiming that the school and coach knew he was ill and forced him to play anyway.

    “USC and head coach Kiffin were clearly negligent and acted with conscious disregard for Brian’s welfare and safety by forcing him to play … despite his verified medical history and seriously ill condition,” said Baucham’s attorney, Bruce M. Brusavich.

    Bauchum, who had suffered a concussion two months prior, claims he has since suffered from “cardiopulmonary damage” and “brain injury with neurocognitive deficits” since taking the field that September day.

    We do not have the slightest clue on the merits to this case, and the point of this article isn’t to lean one way or the other. We have no idea. We are putting this out there to remind coaches that if a player says he is sick or can’t go, don’t play him. Listen to your medical experts on staff. (And, again, we’re not saying Kiffin failed to do that in this case.)

    As Doug on our staff said: The days of telling players to suck it up and play through it are coming to an end.

     

  • Indiana “played all but one guy on the travel squad” in win over Mizzou

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    Being a defensive coordinator on a team that likes to push the tempo, you know that your defense is going to be out on the field more than normal. It’s just part of the gig, and Indiana defensive coordinator Brian Knorr understands that.

    However, going into their game with Missouri last Saturday, Knorr had a feeling that his defense was going to be on the field even more snaps than normal. Mizzou came into the game averaging 70 plays per game through their first four games. Combine that with Indiana’s fast pace on offense and your defense is bound to see a ton of snaps.

    To prepare for that, Knorr and his defensive staff had to make sure that everyone ranging from the starters to the third stringers that made the travel roster were ready to take live snaps against a top 25 SEC team…which is a tall order.

    “There were times out there where we had guys that were third-teamers at the time. We played a lot of guys. We’re always going to play a lot of snaps, we anticipate that, we understand that.”

    “I think this is the first time that I’ve ever been associated with a travel team that played all but one player that we took.” Knorr noted in his presser yesterday.

    While I’m not exactly sure if Knorr is saying that all but one guy that traveled as a part of the defensive unit played on Saturday, or if the entire travel party (offense, defense and special teams – minus one) played; either way, it’s impressive as hell.

    To walk out of Columbia, Missouri with a 31-27 win doing it that way is even more impressive. My hat goes off to the staff at Indiana.

  • Break down Baylor’s explosive offense with WR coach Kendal Briles

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    A few weeks back Baylor released a clip going inside the film room with corners coach Carlton Buckels to break down an interception in their game against Northwestern State

    While that was great, we now finally have access to what everyone has really been waiting for in this new series; a look at their offensive game film with pass game coordinator / wide receivers coach Kendal Briles.

    Dating back to 2011, Baylor has finished every year ranked in the top 5 scoring offenses in the country, and the Bears currently hold the top spot after three games this season, scoring a hair over 59 points per game.

    In the clip, the young Briles breaks down two plays from their 2×2 set, one from the red zone where they score on a bender route, and then a 35 yard touchdown pass.

    This is some real good stuff.