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  • Does icing the kicker work?


    Coaches that have decided to ice the kicker during a pivotal kick have been handsomely rewarded so far this season compared to statistics from previous seasons.

    According to piece done by STATS, when a timeout has been called by a coach this season before a field goal attempt to tie the game, or to go ahead, in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter, kickers have gone on to make just under 37% of their attempts (7 of 19).

    Compared to previous season totals, that’s way, way down. Under those same circumstances in 2012, kickers made just under 82% of their kicks, in 2013 it was 64%, and last season kickers nailed 80%.

    According to the article, Butch Jones and his staff did some historical research on when and (more importantly) who to ice during his time in Cincinnati. His findings? “What we found is if it was a younger kicker, you’d want to ice him and call timeout right before the snap. If it was a veteran kicker, if you’re going to ice him, you’d ice him early.”

    Take that and do with it as you please.

    Doing some quick research and math, we found this rather interesting.

    We’ll have see how this one continues to play out over the remainder of the season, but if the trend continues (for whatever reason), you have stats pretty heavily on your side that support saving a timeout late in the game to ice a kicker who could tie, or win, the game.

    Having that info in your back pocket could prove to invaluable.

    Read the full piece here.

    One reader brought up a really good point that would be interesting to see.

  • Video: “This Is Why We Work – Fourth Quarter”

    Fresh off of their thrilling fourth quarter win over Notre Dame, which prompted Dabo Swinney’s passionate “BYOG” post game interview that has taken on a life of its own, Clemson has released a nicely put together new video entitled “This Is Why We Work – Fourth Quarter”.

    “When you’re at a place like Clemson, and you have a mentality in your program that expects you to win, there is no ‘next game’, every game is the biggest game of the year.”

    The video goes on to highlight the sweat equity that players put in from every week as a reminder of how hard they work, and why they do it.

  • Tuesday’s One Minute Warm Up

    – CBS did a nice little special on the man behind the customized cleats that NFL players have been wearing on game days.

    – After the illegal bat fiasco in the Lions game last night, this is an excellent point.

    – Harbaugh really is an old soul, and this is as much proof as anyone needs.

    – Southern Miss had an in game proposal over the weekend

    – In strange news, Arizona State is asking fans that attend games to stop painting their faces

    – Remember the Starbury basketball shoe? The only shoe attached to an NBA player you could get for $15 or less…well they’re apparently making a comeback.

    The best from yesterday

    – Joe Philbin is out in Miami, and is being replaced by 39 year old Dan Campbell on an interim basis.

    – Tom Herman and his staff have taped SMU jersey’s to the floor around the facility.

    – The #Twitter12Pack of things I didn’t expect to see this weekend.

  • Video of the Day – Johnnie Tommie: The weekend

    Video of the Day

    Tuesday October 6, 2015

    Johnnie Tommie: The weekend

  • The most interesting two point conversion of the weekend

    I’d argue that Notre Dame’s attempted two point play to tie Clemson was the most pivotal two point play of the weekend; but the one you’re about to see is perhaps the most interesting conversion.

    Rowan had just taken the lead on Christopher Newport when their kicker lined up for the extra point. Playing in rain soaked conditions, the kick, a low line drive, hit the center and fell behind the line of scrimmage. Rowan’s kicker immediately recognized the opportunity, scooped it up, and…. well you kind of have to see it to believe it.

    And, for those who want to watch a linebacker fill his gap, here’s Notre Dame’s two point try.