Mic'd up at Western Michigan
Western Michigan had one of the most impressive passing offenses in the country last season, ending the season ranked #8 (337 ypg) in passing offense and #19 (458 ypg) in total offense. This installment of their "Inside the Lines" series focuses on quarterbacks coach Ryan Cubit.
Cubit talks about the advantages of coaching the quarterbacks in the same system that he played under, what they've been able to change, and why they don't expect to be in third and long situations very often.
Bobby Petrino hospitalized after motorcycle accident
Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino involved in motorcycle accident but injuries not life threatening according to person close to coach — Joe Schad (@schadjoe) April 2, 2012
Source close to situation said Bobby Petrino had multiple broken ribs, "all kind of cuts and bruises," neck sprain, but going to be OK.— Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) April 2, 2012
Word just broke this morning that Bobby Petrino was hospitalized overnight following a motorcycle accident last night. At this time we have not seen any updates on his condition. We have reached out to contacts at Arkansas and will update this page once we know more. We're hoping all is well.
Update> Joe Schad just tweeted that while Petrino is "pretty banged up" that his injuries are non-life threatening.
We've seen another report Petrino has multiple broken ribs, all kinds of cuts and bruises and sprained his neck.
10AM Update> Arkansas has now released a statement saying that Petrino is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. They did not comment on his injuries.
Rebuilding an FCS program
Has anyone noticed the job that Trent Miles has done rebuilding the Indiana State program over the last four seasons? In short, it's impressive.
After the 2007 season, Miles was hired to rebuild what at the time was considered one the worst FCS programs in the country and it seemed like they hadn't won a game in years...
In the 2011 season, Miles' team went 6-5, missing the playoffs by one victory (would have been their first time in the playoffs in nearly 30 seasons). Wins over Western Kentucky and Youngstown State last season were huge for the program. Over the last few years, the Sycamores have built a brand new football operations building, added new turf to the stadium, added a new practice field, installed a new video board at the stadium, etc...times have changed at Indiana State and this program will continue to improve. In fact, one source we spoke with said there is even talk of building a new on-campus stadium.
Hard to believe the change in just 4 years.
One of their players sent us a link to this video they created recently. Guys are getting after it in the off-season. Big future ahead for the Sycamores.
New uniforms at Texas
Okay...so they're only practice uniforms, but after taking a look at them, we still felt they were worth mentioning.
Nike recently rolled out some interesting new practice uniforms for the Longhorns. See them for yourself...
Coachin' up the safeties at Notre Dame
Some really good practice footage here from Notre Dame's spring practices shadowing first year Irish safeties coach Bob Elliot.
Knowing that the camera is on him for the day, Elliot has some fun with the other coaches telling them that he's hosting his own reality series and the Kardashians should be coming out for an appearance about halfway through practice...
On a more serious note, there's a solid five minutes of quality drill footage starting with Elliot teaching the "slingshot drill" where the players go through a drill aimed at using the proper angle on a sideline tackle in the open field.
Video: Super Soaker drill
During what would become one of head coach Robin Pflugrad's last practices with the Grizzlies, the coaching staff had a little fun with the punt returners with some fully loaded super soakers.
"The Super Soaker drill is all about distracting the punt returner or the kickoff returner" Pflugrad told the local media covering the practice.
Pflugrad said that they came up with the idea during a hot summer practice trying to think up ways to distract the returners. The original idea was a firehose, but luckily for the players, they settled on Super Soakers (and occasionally volleyballs) instead.
Players have mixed feelings about the drill throughout the year. Early on in fall camp they love it, but as the season wears on and temperature drops, they enjoy it a less and less.
Pflugrad is a big fan of the drill, and said that a lot of coaches that have observed the Grizzlies practice have borrowed the drill for their own use. We're sure it will get plenty more borrowers after today.
Spring football movie trailer
Ole Miss has taken a unique approach to their off season highlight tape.
The Rebels have put together a movie trailer compromised of a few of their off season highlights for some added spring ball hype.
Impressive approach..and a great idea. The credits at the end are worth pausing the video to take a closer look at.
D-II video: "Guys are having fun in the weight room"
Shorter University, located in Rome, Georgia, started off as an NAIA program in 2005 and is currently transitioning to become a D-II member of the Gulf South conference. Regardless of affiliation, these guys know how to get after it.
The strength video below not only has some great footage, but it also takes the time to sit down with head coach Phil Jones, and strength and conditioning coach Ben Lampkin to talk about what their goals are during the course of the off season program.
Lampkin does a great job talking about the strength program in depth and how he utilizes it to build a great foundation for players to remain self motivated to continue the workouts through the summer.