Indiana “played all but one guy on the travel squad” in win over Mizzou
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
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.
Video of the Day – Trick Shot Monday at Notre Dame
Video: It’s always a good idea to use a motorcycle in your new uniform reveal
Division II Angelo State (Texas) unveiled new black uniforms on Monday, and decided the best way to reveal those new uniforms to the team was to assemble them on the field, and then have someone drive to them on a motorcycle, rip off a trench coat, and stand there in his black and blue glory. Like an extremely scaled down version of Batman or something.
Angelo State, nicknamed the Rams, usually goes with a knockoff of the St. Louis Rams for its visual presentation.
A black alternate makes sense, if only because it’s 2014 and seemingly everyone needs a black alternate, but pairing black with yellow would contrast much more effectively than blue on black.
Inside the locker room after Arizona’s “Hill Mary”
In case you missed it, Arizona had without a doubt the most dramatic win of the weekend (west of Tallahassee, at least), rallying from a 31-13 fourth-quarter deficit to defeat California on a 47-yard heave from Anu Solomon to Austin Hill. Final score: Arizona 49, California 45. They’re calling it the “Hill Mary” in Tucson.
The scene inside the locker room was about what you’d expect, but by far my favorite part of this video is Willie Wildcat on a knee hanging on Rich Rod’s every word.