Jimbo Fisher mic'd up
Over a week into camp, head coach Jimbo Fisher seems very pleased with the kicking game.
Fisher stated, “I like our kickers. We have athletic guys to cover. Our long snappers, we got 3 guys battling for that job, doing a good job. We got great return guys in my opinion.”
Defensive coordinator Mark Stoops said, “(We have to ) Be consistent. There is definitely talent out there, but we don’t want to see flashes. We want to see consistency.”
Earlier in the week, Fox Sports had Jimbo Fisher mic’d up during practice. This mic’d up session is pretty good, especially near the end.
After a players' day off on Sunday, Florida State will practice twice on Monday. The Seminoles will host Samford University on September 4th to start the 2010 season.
Western Michigan DC: Half are missing their girlfriends and mommy's meals
First-year Western Michigan defensive coordinator Dave Cohen believes he has inherited some good, young talent on defense.
Cohen interestingly explained, “Now, even though they’re physically talented enough to help us, are they mature enough to grasp the sense of responsibility? I mean, half of them are still missing their girlfriends and missing the poster on their wall at home and mommy’s home-cooked meals. Can they get over the homesickness and be able to transition?”
“How quickly are they going to go from not having the warm fuzzies to playing against a Big Ten power (Sept. 4 at Michigan State). That’s the rush against time.”
Cohen joined Bill Cubit’s coaching staff after serving as the head coach at Hofstra University. After the 2009 season, Hofstra decided to drop football partly due to financial reasons.
Western Michigan will play at Michigan State, Nicholls State, Idaho, and at Notre Dame in non-conference action this season. Phil Steele notes in his preseason magazine that Western Michigan lost 53-0 to Notre Dame in 1919. Glad we were able to get that nugget from Steele!
Monday morning - Coaches Quick Hits
Some interesting quotes from around the country:
Quoting Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster: "You've got to be a smart guy to play major college football. The old adage of the old dumb jock and all that stuff? You can do that. You're going to get weeded out here. ...
"We're not a simple defense. We hope we look simple, but we're very complex in a lot of things that we do, and you've got to be able to make split-second decisions. Effort's half the battle, but doing it the right way and doing your assignment, that's the other half. You can't have just one or the other."
Quoting Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani: "We're getting the foundation. Last year we were brought into the emergency room in critical condition, and we survived, but we're in intensive care now and we still have medicine to take.”
"We're still building. ... We have enough players to win. We have a great coaching and support staff, but we we still have to overcome a lot of things. We're building our way toward the future."
Quoting Nick Saban: “I think if you watch these guys punt in specialty before practice, you would say that ‘Man, where did you get those guys. But they’ve got to learn to take that to the game. They have to learn to take it when it’s live bullets come rushing at them and trying to stay with them. I think it is just going to be experience for them and confidence and trusting in the people that are blocking for them.”
Quoting Virginia offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor: "Part of our job is to push them. We've got to keep pushing and stuffing information in there like it's a balloon, and you just don't know how far it can go. Then when it's done, you've got to make them believe it's not done. They can do more."
Marshall head coach Doc Holliday talks about Willy Korn’s switch from QB to safety: “His dream was to be a quarterback. We all have dreams. Unfortunately, his dream didn't come true.”
Quoting ULM Todd Berry: "I think that we are getting there. As I just explained to them, every time that you do something new there are some anxieties about it. What a grown man does is they don't fear the unknown. This is a whole different routine than what they are used to and it is hard and we go fast. ... This is not supposed to be fun and it's not supposed to be easy. This is supposed to be camp."
LA Tech head coach Sonny Dykes names Steven Ensminger starting quarterback: "We felt like it was the best time to name him the starting quarterback. There is still a possibility that it could change but he has done enough to distance himself from the other quarterbacks. We need time to invest a number of reps in our starting quarterback and want to do that as quickly as possible. By naming Steven our starter now, he will have some extra time to make sure he is on the same page with the rest of our offense.”
USC scrimmages with only 56 scholarship players
After the second scrimmage at USC, Lane Kiffin pointed out that only 56 scholarship players were able to take part in the scrimmage.
“We had 14 scholarship players that did not go today because of injuries, so we were at 56 for today. Obviously, that’s a scary number, so in the second half we didn’t tackle, as you saw.”
On the team’s identity, Kiffin stated, “I don’t think we’ll know until we start playing. Because of the limited live drills that we don’t really know. “
Once again, Kiffin had very encouraging words about backup quarterback Mitch Mustain. He also seemed very happy with a number of true freshman, and specifically noted the excellent play of wide receiver Markeith Ambles.
USC is preparing to play the 2010 season with 71 scholarship players instead of the usual 85 allowed by the NCAA.
Neuheisel: We can't let the fog of war get us
UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel decided to go just 20-25 plays in the Bruins’ first scrimmage of summer camp.
After the scrimmage, Neuheisel stated, “Too many missed assignments, offensively. I thought the defensive play outstanding. It (offensive football) requirs everybody to be on the same page. It’s also a great lesson for the coaches to know how good they are coaching. ‘Are my guys doing what I’m telling them to do.’ If they’re not, I have to look myself in the mirror, too.”
“The effort has been outstanding. What I asked the team at the end is when they look at themselves in the mirror, are they really putting everything into being mentally sharp, to knowing everything there is to know about their position because as evidence by guys going the wrong way when all of a sudden the lights went on or the coaches left, we lost our mind. We’ve got to make sure the fog of war doesn’t get us. “
Below, you can watch Neuheisel in the middle of “Board Drill” as the Bruins mixed it up during Friday’s first day of full-pads.
Stockstill: We are playing very unselfish as a team
After a 5-hour rain delay, MTSU went through their first scrimmage of summer camp on Saturday. Head coach Rick Stockstill seemed very pleased with the mental approach and progress of his team.
Stockstill stated, "I though we showed alot of toughness at alot of positions. We executed pretty well offensively. I think we are playing very unselfish as a team at every position, both offensively and defensively."
Today, the Blue Raiders hosted "Fan Day." A record crowd of over 2,600 fans showed up.
MTSU will host the Minnesota Gophers in the season-opener on Thursday, September 2nd.
Richt: I told them just keeping whipping their tail, defense
With three offensive line starters on the bench with injuries, the Georgia offense struggled to move the ball much on the Bulldogs’ defense in the open field.
Mark Richt stated, "There was one defensive huddle where I kind of jumped in there and told them to not get tired of whipping (the offense's) tail. Just keep whipping it. Don't get tired of it or get bored or feel sorry for them. Just keep whipping it."
Richt admitted, "There wasn't much of a pocket today. Let's face it, when Jones is out, Cordy's out and J.D. is out, it's just not the same. It's not the same. You don't want to sit there and make excuses, but it's not the same."
"In the red-zone and goal-line areas, the defense did not keep that edge. Whether it was the No. 1 defense or the No. 2 defense, they were having their way until the end. But on the goal line, I think our No. 2 offense took three shots and the offense scored on two of them. At the end, the defense didn't dominate like they did and they didn't finish like they would have liked to."
Georgia hosts Louisiana-Lafayette in the season-opener on September 4th.
Sunday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Some interesting quotes from aroung the country:
Quoting TCU head coach Gary Patterson: "Defense terrible. Every job is open. We gave up almost 600 yards today."
Quoting Mack Brown: "I do think this could be our best defense. We should be really, really good on defense."
Quoting Will Muschamp: "There no such thing as a cover corner. You have to play physical in this game."
Quoting Nick Saban: “The offense is way ahead of the defense. I don’t defensively (that) we played very well at all. We didn’t tackle. We didn’t finish. We’ve got to grow up. We didn’t have the intensity we needed (on defense) and that’s all 11 of them.”
Quoting Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson: “Overall, since I've been here, it's probably the best first scrimmage that we've had. Particularly our offensive front, that first group played pretty well. I thought offensively for the first time it was well executed.”
Quoting BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall: "Too early to say. I will watch the film. Anything I say today regarding the quarterbacks will be really well thought out and really well-evaluated. I will have to go watch them and will be able to tell you later in the week, or at the beginning of the week, what I thought. I thought it was an excellent day. I thought we were able to see a lot of really good things."
Quoting Bobby Petrino: “We wanted to come out and be physical and I thought there were times in the scrimmage we were physical on both sides of the ball,” Petrino said. “I didn’t think it was good enough.”
Quoting Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster: "I'm pleased that we got 117 plays in today. We came out of the scrimmage healthy. We had a chance to evaluate a bunch of young guys. I saw some really good things. Overall, it was a very important day for us from a development standpoint. I feel like we accomplished what we set out to do. "
"I thought we ran the ball well. Defensively, I thought we really ran to the ball well. We attacked the football. I feel like there were a lot of good things. But there are a lot of things we need to clean up. At this point, we're 19 days out and we've got a lot of work to do in a short period of time. But I like the urgency with which our players were working."
Quoting Gene Chizik: "We cut down on the mental mistakes in terms of penalties and things, it was much better. That was what we were looking for, a noticeable improvement from scrimmage one to scrimmage two. I think we got that today."
Quoting Les Miles: (on true freshman QB Zach Lee) "He's going to know what to do. He comes onto the field with that. He gets the ball where it's supposed to be. He's a team guy. He understands what he needs to. He's got a quarterback mentality. It's very difficult for me to predict where he might end up."
"He's very bright. He has great moxie. He's going to know what to do. He understands the position really well. He'd be a guy certainly that will compete to play snaps this fall."
(on if Lee will redshirt) "Nooo. We would well have had he come in like, 'Gee willikers, gosh, this is really.' But no, he came right in, is picking it up, understands it and is very bright."
Quoting Marshall defensive coordinator Chris Rippon: “The strength of our team is our defensive line. Potentially, they are a BCS conference defensive line. Athletically, every one of them would walk into a BCS camp and they would say, 'Yes, come. We want you.' And they'd run the tires and all that other stuff and they'd say, 'Wow, we've got us one.'”
Quoting Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone: "We’re looking for multiple uses from that position (tight end). We’ve got some players who can run at that position, which I think is important. It can open things up on the perimeter, and I think it keeps people honest down the middle of the field. But we also have some big targets, which is always good for the quarterback. You’ve got to have the combination, and that’s a hard thing to find."
Quoting Lane Kiffin: (on trying to replica past USC teams) “We do it a lot. We talk that way. We show them the film. I think we’d be crazy not to. If something was really successful like it was here before, why not try to have the same product? Why not try to get the same type of pieces. We try to do that in the recruiting classes. We tried to move people into those slots and recruit that way. It worked before. If we can figure out that magic formula we had here before, I think we’ll all be happy. You even see it with jersey numbers. Robert will go into [Steve Smith’s old] No. 2 next year when C.J. [Gable] is gone as well.”
Quoting Dabo Swinney: “I thought the offense performed well. Very crisp. I don’t think we had a single penalty with our first two groups. I thought it was a very good performance today offensively. “
“Defensively, and we were down a couple of guys today, but it looked like there were some busts on defense, but good offenses will make you do that and I think we have a good offense. We did have a big stop of 4th and inches, so that was good.”
“I'm pleased where we are right now, but we’re not game-ready yet.”
Missouri beat writer Dave Matter writes: “In every Pinkel scrimmage I can recall covering, the first play from scrimmage starts from the worst field position imaginable, the offense’s 1-yard line.”
Dan Mullen to ESPN: Dan Mullen will be in Bristol, CT on Wednesday for the ESPN “car wash.”
Cincinnati training camp week #1 Behind-the-Scenes: Watch it here.