Coaches Quick Hits
A few interesting quotes from around the country:
Boise State players react: Since Boise State head coach Chris Petersen banned twitter, his players have reacted by placing a whiteboard in the locker room. Players can write anything on the whiteboard, but it has to be under 140 characters (just like twitter).
Quoting Rich Rodriguez: “We have quite a few guys in very good shape, a handful who are in OK shape and a small handful not ready to play Division I football,”
“Our young guys look like they’ve grown some, gained weight and strength, and some have shaven now for the first time.”
Quoting Kevin Sumlin: (on the first day in full-pads) “Usually the same thing happens every year…Some guys that look good in shorts disappear when we start puting pads on and we’ll never see those guys again, probably until next year.”
“There are some other guys out here that have surfaced that will run around and hit people and those guys will continue to get better. That’s who we’ll play with.”
Quoting Akron head coach Rob Ianello: ''This is the first time in 23 years that I don't have my own position to coach. 'I am coaching the whole team. I will get a young man from Columbus, from Akron and from Staten Island. How do I get them to come together as a team? It's a challenge and it's fun.''
Quoting Dabo Swinney: "It was a better scrimmage than I expected for the first scrimmage. We had a lot of new guys in action in Death Valley for the first time and we did a lot of mix and matching during the scrimmage. We need to perform better in the red-zone on both sides of the ball."
Quoting Mark Dantonio: "Top to bottom, this is probably as talented a team as we've had" in his time as MSU's head coach.”
Jimbo working the Noles today
Florida State will practice again this afternoon.
After the morning session, Jimbo Fisher said, “Guys are ‘pulling the pin,’ learning to compete.”
"Now is the time we've got to grind and keep pushing them because they're getting tired. We're through six practices, going into seven, and that's when it's easy to take the easy way out."
"I do (2-a-days) because I think it's a great mental conditioning deal and it's a great challenge for guys to push themselves. Until you hit the limit you don't know what you're capable of and that's what we're trying to do."
“We’re an athletic football team in my opinion. We can win that yardage battle (special teams) every game.”
You can watch Jimbo's interview here.
The Seminoles will practice again later this afternoon in shells.
Dantonio applauds Spartans' strength coach
It’s that time of year when head coaches offer up kind words about their head strength coach.
We’ve already heard in the last few days from Doc Holliday, David Cutcliffe, Charlie Strong, Dan Mullen, and Pat Fitzgerald. Each head coach complimented their strength & conditioning staffs.
Today, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio singled out his strength coach Ken Mannie.
"He is truly one of the masters of strength and conditioning. I’ve always thought that you hit that 350 mark in bench press, you know that’s quite an accomplishment. We have strength, we have good team speed, we have talent."
Greg Roberts of the Grand Rapids Press wrote today, “Dantonio said 86 players are bench pressing more than 300 pounds, and 57 players are benching between 350 and 470 pounds.”
Mannie has now served as the Michigan State strength coach for 16 consecutive seasons.
Dabo: I relate it to when Peyton Manning left Tennessee
Dabo Swinney talked with Scott Van Pelt on ESPN radio early Monday afternoon.
Swinney compared the loss of C.J. Spiller to the time when Tennessee lost Peyton Manning.
Said Swinney, “I kind of relate it to when Peyton Manning left Tennessee. When he left, that’s all people talked about. All they did was go win the national championship with Tee Martin.”
“Hopefully, everybody will pick up the slack. We’ll be more blue-collar. “
“When I was at Alabama, they want you to win the national championship every year. At Clemson, it’s every other year. I don’t think they think about anything other than winning.”
“The interim thing was a difficult task. I’m thankful for the opportunity. When I was able to put the staff together and build my support staff, I began to think ‘we’re putting this together.’”
With the passing of defensive end DeQuan Bower’s father, Swinney said, “We’re going to take the team down on Friday and see DeQuan.”
Charlie Strong lunch-time presser
Charlie Strong just met with reporters during lunch. Here’s a quick wrap on Strong’s presser:
(on strength coach Pat Moorer) “Best strength coach in the country, without a doubt. He has installed a confidence back in our players. The discipline is unbelievable. The players know there is no issues. When you have a strength coach like that, his whole time is dedicated to the players.”
“I told him (Moorer), ‘How we are as a football team will depend on how are offensive and defensive lines.’”
(on the quarterbacks) “Who can go lead this football team (will be the starter)? It’s critical that we get the leader. I don’t need you to go out and make a bunch of great plays. I just need you to play within the system. We haven’t made that deadline (naming a starting QB), yet.”
“Our seniors need to go play their best football.”
Mike Riley praises Jacquizz, talks TCU
Oregon State head coach Mike Riley had some high praise for running back Jacquizz Roders and defensive lineman Stephen Paea. Riley, also, talked about the season-opener against TCU.
On Monday, Riley made the statement, “They are as good at their positions as any players we’ve ever had. It’s hard to distinguish between players of the caliber of all the backs we’ve had with Yyenson (Bernard), Kenny Simonton, and Steven Jackson. For right now where we are, you’d have to say Quizz is as good as it gets and I don’t know if we’ve ever had a defensive lineman as talented as Stephen.”
(on Jacquizz Rodgers) “He entered in with quite a bit of a claim, the all-time leading touchdown maker in Texas running back history, is a pretty good resume to start with. I don’t think he’s changed at all. He remains one of our very very best workers. Very conscientious about everything he does and probably the best thing is he’s just one of the guys. He’s a good friend, a good teammate to all.”
(on playing TCU in the season-opener in Arlington, TX) “I think it’s one of the great matchups we’ve had in a long time, and we’ve had some good first games through the years (to start the season) with Penn State, LSU, and Louisville. We’ve haven’t always fared well, but the team has always grown from that start. Now, what we want to do, is grow after a win. It’ll be a tough chore. This is a very tough team (TCU) with a very experienced quarterback.”
Larry Porter: We need the heat to grow and develop this team
First-year head coach Larry Porter directed the Memphis Tigers through their first practice of summer camp on Monday.
Porter said, "It was a typical first day. It was overcast and we still had some cramping, but not necessarily any heat exhaustion, so I was happy about that. All in all, I thought they fought through it. You could tell the intensity and that this is a new and improved team in terms of attitude, so I am excited."
"We are on point in terms of our evaluation of the quarterbacks and I feel good about where we are. It shows that the community and our fans care because that is the million dollar question right now. Everybody is concerned about who that guy is and I appreciate that. I can tell you that they are all working hard to become that guy so I am excited about that as well."
''We need the heat to grow and develop this team. 'That's part of them learning how to overcome adversity and not let things like (the weather) dictate how we play. It's going to take a team effort to overcome the heat, to fight through it, so we can become stronger than the elements. That's part of football.''
Coaches direct drills around the Big 12 (Videos)
Iowa State defensive coordinator Wally Burnham says he has a tall challenge this year:
“This is one of the top ones.”
“Even the guys who have played a little bit in our front four have not played a whole lot of football. We need those guys to be lot better than they were last year. That would take a little bit off the linebackers to do it right every time.”
“To the naked eye you probably won’t be able to tell. We are going to add some things that we didn’t do last year that’s going to help us.”
Videos from around the Big 12 conference:
Dat Nguyen directs Texas A&M linebacker drills: