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  • Kevin Sumlin surprises two walk-ons with scholarships using a video presentation

    Something tells me that Texas A&M starts nearly every meeting with a video of some sort to get the juices flowing.

    So when Kevin Sumlin told the team to settle in for a quick video at the start of a team meeting, to be followed by a special teams meeting, chances are nothing felt out of the ordinary.

    But after the first clip of a wide receiver making a play, the words “SCHOLARSHIP” flashed on the screen, and the room erupts. Then another clip, this time of a running back busting a big run, followed by ‘SCHOLARSHIP,” and the players catch on to what is unfolding.

    Nice touch by Sumlin and his staff finding a unique way to spring it on his guys.

  • Video: The most insane touchdown you’ll see this season

    There won’t be a more insane touchdown scored this season. It’s not possible.

    This touchdown, scored by the Massillon Jackson (Ohio) JV team, is so bonkers that it looks like Polar Bears conspired with the defense in some weird act of performance art.

    Seriously, try to come up with a more improbable touchdown than this that doesn’t involve the help of actual polar bears. You can’t do it.

  • A new award has been launched to honor college football’s best offensive line

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    College football has no shortage of awards, but a new one launched Monday that set itself completely apart from the rest of the field.

    Founded by former Notre Dame offensive lineman Aaron Taylor, the Joe Moore Award will honor the best offensive line in college football. Not best offensive lineman, best offensive line. The entire unit.

    From the official press release:

    The Joe Moore Award will annually recognize the offensive line unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone setting and finishing. The first annual award will be presented following the conclusion of the regular season.  The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media.

    The award is designed to preserve the legacy of Joe Moore, who coached most notably at the University of Pittsburgh and Notre Dame. Moore died of lung cancer in 2003.  He was responsible for developing the skills of several All-Americans throughout his storied career, including Bill Fralic, Mark May, Russ Grimm, Jimbo Covert, Mark Stepnowski, Aaron Taylor and Andy Heck. Moore coached 52 players who went on to play in the NFL, several of whom are in the Pro and College Football Halls of Fame.

    With the creation of the Joe Moore Award, let it never be said that offensive linemen are under-appreciated in college football. In theory, a highly-effective center could win the Rimington (best center), Outland (best offensive lineman), Lombardi (best interior player) and Moore (best unit) awards, in addition to all the other “best player” awards (Maxwell, Walter Camp, Heisman) in which he is technically eligible.

    Weekly standouts will be honored each Tuesday, semifinalists announced Nov. 16, and five finalists revealed Nov. 30. The winning group will be announced “after the conclusion of the regular season.”

  • Video: Follow Chip Kelly through a typical Eagles practice

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    Not a whole lot happens here, but that’s kind of the entire point. Chip Kelly was mic’d up for a recent Philadelphia Eagles practice, and it provides a great glimpse of the NFL’s most intriguing coach in his natural element.

    Again, not a lot happens. He jokes with players. He introduces himself to uniformed military members. He’s fascinated with the Juggs machine guy and Skydiving guy. But I watched all 6 minutes-plus, and you will, too.

    Check it out.

  • Oregon State is taking players beyond their comfort zone for leadership training with the Special Forces

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    Over the past few days, Oregon State has rolled out a three-part series that took a look at their approach to leadership training with the Special Forces.

    During this training, Oregon State players took part in actual Special Forces challenges ranging from 2-minute push-up and sit-up contests, to training simulations and various team building exercises, to training exercises where they have to rescue a downed team and keep them safe while also bringing supplies.

    All the challenges are designed to taking the guys out of their comfort zone to see if they can still perform, because that’s essentially what leaders – both in the military and on the field – should be able to do.

    “It looks like they’ve had a lot of fun. We have done a lot of things that are considered the high point of military training with the rappel tower, and overcoming the fear of heights, jumping out of a 34 foot tower.”

    “Putting them just a little bit outside of their comfort zone and still being able to perform is a form of leadership.” Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bruce explained.

    There’s a good reason why college football programs around the country have turned to leadership training with the military, and it’s because it clearly works.

    Take a look at the challenges players endured below

    Part 1: Players check in, contraband is collected, fitness test is issued

    Part 2: Combat simulation, critical thinking challenge, airplane jump tower

    Part 3: Making a flotation device from clothing, observing jumps, eating MRE’s and the final mission