Gary Andersen ready to play with 6 linebackers
Utah State's Gary Andersen's coaching background is deep in defensive line experience, and the head coach has always been a firm believer that the key to a strong defense is being stout up front.
So far this spring, Andersen has not been impressed with the effort of the Aggies defensive front.
Andersen told reporters yesterday, "We already play an odd front. If these guys can't play, we'll just go with six linebackers". A 1-6 defense does have a unique ring to it, but it's not quite the same as a 4-3 or 3-4.
"If the line continues to play like this, we're going to have to score 60 points every week if we want to win games." he added.
Spoiler alert: Since his first fall in 2009, the Aggies have put up 49 points or more five times (twice in '09 and, and impressive three times last season), but have yet to hit the 60 point mark......translation> those defensive linemen are in for a long spring.
Urban's impression after first spring practice
Urban Meyer hit the field for the first time yesterday, and said that it felt good to be out there again blowing the whistle and seeing guys running around.
The tempo was one thing that really stood out to Meyer. "The amount of plays was incredible, Coach Herman brought that with him. We weren't that way at Florida. We weren't rapid fire. We're rapid fire now."
However, he was not impressed with the production at receiver for day one, saying that at Ohio State, you should have a few guys that make you say "Wow" when you walk off the field.
"At Ohio State, you should walk off the field and go, 'Wow, who are those three guys?' I haven't done that yet. You've got to have one. Here you should probably have more than two. There was a time when they had two first-rounders, Gonzalez and Ginn. This is the highest level of football. Maybe we do. Maybe we've just got to keep pushing them and developing and we've certainly got to keep recruiting."
The nice part about having 29 seniors
Bronco Mendenhall and BYU have shifted their immediate focus away from spring ball and aimed it towards preparing the team for the player run practices over the summer.
Bronco says that shifting their focus on the next four months will prove to be more beneficial than risking injury in the few practices that they have remaining.
A big reason that Mendenhall feels that confidence is having 29 seniors along with the great leadership structure that they already have in place.
Last season, the players and staff voted on captains after spring ball. Mendenhall explains that looking back, he wishes that they would have voted in the fall like they had in previous years because injuries force a lot of contributors out of spring practices and he overestimated how that would effect the voting. This season, with 29 seniors, he doesn't feel the need to appoint captains until after fall camp.
Minnesota closing in on beer sales during games
Minnesota is the latest school to propose beer sales at college football games, and if passed would make them the first school in the Big Ten to offer beer to fans in general admission seating.
A few years ago, the University proposed selling alcohol at games in the suites. State lawmakers weren't crazy about the idea so they passed legislation that tied liquor sales in the premier seating to a requirement that one third of the general seating population of age also has alcohol available to them.
The two sides recently reached a compromise that would restrict beer sales within a designated beer garden inside the stadium to fans in general seating, and the suites would also sell alcohol.
The compromise passed the in Senate by an impressive 58-4 vote and will now make it's way to the House and then Governor Mark Dayton's desk, and finally the Board of Regents for approval.
Regents chairwoman Linda Cohen is excited about the new compromise and thinks it will bring some much needed revenue to the football program. "Having the availability of liquor sold in those suites makes them more attractive to corporations and allows us to sell more of the suites at a higher rate, and [that] helps the athletic budget. It came down to that this would help the athletic program a great deal, and it seemed to be a reasonable solution."
Video: Great start to the morning
Southwest Minnesota State put together a very impressive video highlighting their off season workouts that's paired up nicely with motivational messages.
This one will help you get a great start to your day...
Tee Martin mic'd up
Receivers coach Tee Martin got mic'd up for practice today, and what the video department came up with is a lot of fun to watch.
Early on in the clip, Martin goes the wrong way after a group splits off to individual time, and when he gets to his spot the managers don't seem to have any footballs ready for his drill. We've all been there.
Well produced spring ball video. It looks like the USC video department is back to mid season form with this one.
Anyone else notice that they provide his twitter handle a couple of times on the freeze frames? Twitter's blowing up. If you aren't using it now, you will be soon enough. Check it out.
Pac-12 Tour - Utah
No, we didn't actually make it to Utah (or Colorado or Washington State) on this past tour (logistical / spring break issues); but they were nice enough to capture some video for our use....
A recurring theme on our tour was facilities expansion; and Utah as you will see in the video below is getting after it as well.
After seeing what we have seen over the past two weeks, there is no doubt in our mind that come Fall of 2013, the collective facilities in the Pac-12 will be as nice, if not nicer than anything else in the country. Thank you TV money!
Watch the video. Think Whittingham enjoyed this?
Moving to the SEC helps sell tickets
Texas A&M announced today that for the first time since Kyle Field was expanded in the 1990's, they have sold out of their season ticket allotment.
Now the only way to lock up tickets for the season is to get on a waiting list and hope that someone who had season tickets last year does not renew or pray for expansion of Kyle Field...which A&M is eyeing and will happen.
Taking a look at the home schedule, ticket holders will be in for some prime action this season with Florida, Arkansas, LSU, and Missouri all make their way to College Station.
We think that Mike Sherman and his staff left the program in pretty good shape. Throw in the excitement surrounding the new staff and it could be fun times ahead at A&M.