Dooley sends funny tweet this morning
We noticed Derek Dooley's off-the-wall tweet this morning.
Dooley tweeted, "Seven practices and first scrimmage down. Smallest room in the world -- a mushroom. Largest room in the world -- room for improvement!"
If that message doesn't make you think the Vols have a long way to go, then what about Dooley's quote from yesterday.
He proclaimed, "We have zero depth anywhere.”
The Vols scrimmaged for the first time on Tuesday. Dooley thought the offense had the upper hand, saying, "I thought the offense was mentally ready to play and the defense wasn't. And the offense kept the pressure on -- running the ball, play-action, making some big third-down plays."
Dooley also took time to share his views on the new APR that grades coaches.
"I think it's a good thing to identify the coaches, yeah, I do," Dooley said. "But what's important to realize about the numbers is that it's all relative to the situation you take over. Every school is different, too. You have to take those factors into consideration. You can't compare the head coach at Navy's APR with the head coach at San Jose State's APR. I'm not trying to demean San Jose State, but that's the only thing I caution people on."
"Also you need to look at where the program was when they arrived and then which way did it go over time. If it was good when they arrived and it stayed good, not necessarily having to improve, then that's good. If it was really bad when they arrived and it showed improvement, then that's good - even though the numbers may be low."
Here is Dooley talking about the Vols' Monday practice, the day before the scrimmage:
Beamer sends message about agents
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer has two simple rules regarding agents.
"You can't accept one single thing from an agent. You can't commit to them verbally or sign with him. You talk with that agent after your eligibility is up and then there is no problem.''
Beamer said, ''Our message is this, and this is what I believe, this has got to start with the student-athlete.”
"What we tell our players is that that agent can't do one single thing for you to get you drafted higher. I'll promise you, there's not one single thing he can do. The way you get drafted higher is to go out and play well on Saturday.”
"If you tell an agent that you'd rather not talk until after your season is over and he doesn't abide by that, then that agent is telling you something too. If he's not going to do the right thing before he's your agent, he's not going to do the right thing after he's your agent.''
Tuberville: I tried to blow it up this summer
Tommy Tuberville doesn’t exactly think much the 21x27 feet video display screen in the South End Zone at Jones AT&T Stadium.
“I tried to blow it up this summer. I’m going to loosen some bolts on it,” joked Tuberville.
“No, we’ve got plans in the future. I don’t know how far down the road, but it’s more for the fans. It’s entertainment. We want to do something, but (the athletic department’s) got a lot of construction right now. A lot of money’s going out.”
Tubs has yet to decide on a starting quarterback. Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield are battling for the position.
“As I told them, just throwing a completion is not going to get them on the field. Running the offense and keeping control of the ball and moving it down the field is what makes plays.’’
“But it’s all those things in between the deep ball — getting the running game going, being the leader in the huddle, or the so-called huddle, on the sideline. All those things are going to make a difference.’’
Practices have been closed to the public in Lubbock. The Red Raiders host SMU in the season-opener on Sunday, September 5th.
Friedgen working to build Terps' confidence
Ralph Friedgen is concerned about the Terps’ confidence level. In a team meeting last night, Friedgen stressed how close the gap is from 1st place to 6th place in the ACC Atlantic Division.
During this camp, Friedgen has decided to scale back the hitting and has also decided to spend more time in the locker room with the players.
Here’s part of Friedgen’s quotes from Maryland media day:
"You're 2-10 and like I said before, not a day goes by that I don't think about that. The biggest problem that we have to get with our players is getting them the confidence to be able to win. I set our goals for them last night and the first goal was to beat the next opponent and to just focus on that. I told them that we were picked last in the Division and when you look at the Atlantic Division, Florida State was picked first. I think everybody will admit that we had a pretty good chance to beat Florida State last year. We lost in the last 30 seconds on a long drive. The second-place team was Clemson, who we did beat. Third-place team was Boston College, who we lost to by two. Fourth-place team was N.C. State. We lost that one by seven and we had a touchdown called back and we missed a couple of touchdowns. The fifth-place team was Wake Forest. We lost by ten, but we fell behind early and came back.”
"There's not that big a gap between first place and sixth and that's what I have to convince my players of. They put the work in, they made the preparations, now we have to punch through. I told them last night that there comes that point in every game and maybe sometimes in practice where it's a matter of will. You have to want something so bad that you're willing to sacrifice to go and get it. To me, I think we've got to talk about this, we've got to convince them. I think once we do that, you'll see this team grow in confidence and I believe the ability is there. They just have to believe.”
“I've made some changes that I don't know if you'll notice. This camp is a little bit different than camps in the past. I'm going to try and really look at how much hitting we do. It's imperative that we stay healthy, especially on our offensive line. There's a fine line between getting them ready to play and getting them injured, so that's one of things I'll really be in tune to.”
"I'm going to probably spend a lot more time with our players in the locker room. I have a lot of belief in our coaching staff. They've done a tremendous job preparing for this season. As for the players, this is the first time in 10 years everybody's passed the conditioning test, so there are a lot of good signs around for us."
All-access, behind the scenes with Turner Gill
Thanks to the FootballScoop Twitter Center, we noticed a tweet from Turner Gill this evening, “Here’s what happened last week in training camp.”
We highly recommend watching this all-access, behind the scenes production with Turner Gill and the Jayhawks.
In other Kansas related news, Gill spoke about the running backs situation.
Says Gill, “The running back competition is still up in the air. We have quite of few running backs with a lot of different styles. I don’t care what their personal style is. However, I do want them to be a physical runner, to be athletic, make people miss and hopefully we have a home-run- hitter that has the speed and can go the distance. We are still evaluating and trying to figure out the best fit for our running game. We won’t have a true answer until we are in game situations, but once we get into some games we will be able to see what our guys can really do; who are the strong blockers and what guys can really get it done. We are in a strong evaluation phase and there is not a leading guy at this point.”Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Chuck Long added, “There’s a misconception out there about running backs that if they can run, just give them the ball, that it doesn’t matter whether it’s one time or 25 times. That’s not really true. They need a rhythm just like a quarterback needs rhythm. That’s why you want a guy to get 20 or 25. Some of your best production are carries 15 through 25.”
Oregon RB coach Gary Campbell pumped up
Chip Kelly hasn’t decided on a quarterback just yet, but one thing is for sure…the Ducks are loaded at tailback.
Watch this video interview of running backs coach Gary Campbell. You can tell Campbell is stoked to coach this group of backs.
Of the quarterbacks, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich says, "If there's one overarching principle in this whole deal, it's taking care of the football. Take care of the ball, absolutely, that's No. 1. Then get us in the end zone - if that's running it, throwing it or handing it off to the right guy in the right situations.''
"So many things in our offense come down to just handing the ball off, based on what somebody else is doing. And those are decisions those guys have to make in a split-second with a high level of consistency.''
Oregon hosts New Mexico in the season-opener. The Ducks travel to Tennessee the following week. Portland State has the luxury of facing the Duck's backfield the following week.
Florida assistants take 'nonnegotiable' physicals
Urban Meyer made it nonnegotiable for his assistants to take physicals.
The tests included blood panels, stress tests, and physicals.
"I've had ridiculous amounts of correspondence or people who have, because of what happened, said, 'You know what, I'm going to get checked out,'" Meyer said. "I made our staff; it's nonnegotiable. We're going to take this day and we're going to take care of some business here."
"I think coaches have been brought up in an environment to just work through everything, just go work a little harder, as opposed to let's take advantage of these great resources here at Florida and make sure everybody's all right."
Neuheisel talks about "The Pistol" offense
Rick Neuheisel talks about “The Pistol” offense. The third-year UCLA head coach also spoke with reporters after practice today.
Says Neuheisel, "I hope it's a permanent fix. Is it a permanent offense? No. But I want to be in a permanent place in the top half of the conference in rushing offense. If we can do that, I know we can handle the rest of it. We'll get right back into the conference race and we'll get back to UCLA winning Rose Bowls again."
A couple of quotes from Neuheisel during media day:
Describing “The Pistol”: The easiest way for me to describe the pistol, and the Nevada coaches may cringe when I say this because it may not be anywhere close to what they envisioned, but I'd say it is a veer offense from the gun. Pistol is borrowed from the gun offense so the quarterback is in the shotgun. Normally in the shotgun, backs are offset, either to your right or to your left. In Oregon and Florida's offense, they almost always have a guy to the side and there's a lot of lateral movement. Veer offense is a ride to the side, if you will, where you are reading a guy as he's coming down hill and you are leaving an end of line defender unblocked so that you can get up to the next level with an offensive tackle or offensive guard or what have you. So our tailback in this new offense is directly behind the quarterback, maybe a half a yard to a yard deeper than he would be if we were under center. So we have the ability now to hold the defense. They can't just see lateral movement and predict which way this back is going. He could go either way. It has been hugely successful for Nevada. They had three 1,000-yard rushers last year, two tailbacks and a quarterback. And as our special teams coach, Frank Gansz likes to say, `that's proof.' That's validity. We believe that this can give us an answer. I know there's been a lot of question as to Kevin's (Prince) durability, how many times he can carry a ball. In watching the offense and having my own experiences going with a veer and a couple of veer schemes when I was coaching at Washington, the quarterback certainly does get tackled at times, but you can control how many times you want that to happen. In the plays that our quarterbacks got hurt, they were both passing plays where he was scrambling. So it is not as though you can completely take him away from harm's way."
On the risk/reward of the pistol offense: "Certainly there is a learning curve, and that's why we had to dive into it during spring ball and not spend any time doing anything else that we know how to do. And we are going to invest in it this fall. Does that mean it will be 100 percent of our game plan when we get to Kansas State, I don't think so. But we have to get to a level of efficiency at it that allows us to think that it's a prudent move. But, when you talk risk/reward, there was zero risk in making a change, because what we had done wasn't working. We couldn't sit and tell ourselves, like some person looking in a mirror and telling ourselves we're skinny, when we're not. You got to go get on a diet. You got to face the facts. And we had to face the facts that we needed to change who we were as a running football team and figure out another way to do it. Our depth isn't at a place that we can go out there and line-up and whip people doing things the old-fashioned way. You have to keep up with the trends in football and not be afraid to put your neck out there a little bit. I hope it is a permanent fix. Is it a permanent offense, no? But I want to be at a permanent place in the top half of this conference in rushing offense. Because if we could do that, I know we could handle the rest of it and we'll be right back in the conference race and we'll get back to UCLA winning Rose Bowls."