Thursday September 17, 2009
Wow, 47 former LSU players in the NFL: An LSU record 47 players opened the 2009 football season on NFL rosters. "The last few years we've flirted with having 40 in the NFL, but it's never been this high," LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said.
All-access with Tim Brewster pre-game speech vs. Air Force:Video...
Bob Toledo throws his team out of practice at Tulane:Link...
Quoting Texas A&M defensive coordinator Joe Kines (about Utah State offense): "The first thing that pops in your mind when you think about Utah State's offense is their imagination and how they do some good things with their formations and personnel groups," Kines said. "They have a quarterback who is not only fast, but he has that make-you-miss move. He's a courageous runner, hard to tackle. In one series (against Utah), they went from wishbone, to empty, to one back, to two backs in the backfield. How they move their formations around to how they use their personnel is really a classic thing. They really do a nice job with that. ... Their formations and how they spread you out will be the thing that's hard to handle on Saturday. They'll give you indigestion, heartburn, all that stuff just watching them on tape," Kines said of USU's offense. "We really have our work cut out for us. I'm glad we have a couple days to work on them."
Quoting Army head coach Rich Ellerson, this guy is hilarious: "But as the game wound down, we had a couple of plays where it looks like a guy dropped out of a spaceship he's so open. The fourth quarter and that goat rope at the end, you have to say that the critical situations were lost. Again, there are some silver linings in there, but clearly we're going to have to find some positive field position for our offense. I still maintain that our personality is not going to be an aerial circus, but there are some opportunities that we need to take advantage of. We watched the whole game start-to-finish as a team to see how a game flowed, and to watch the other side of the ball play, to watch them be successful, and in some cases to call some guys out and say ‘Hey, we need you here,' and see how fragile, but also how doable this task is. This is going to be an ongoing process. We love to play. "
Chris Petersen's role at Boise State: Petersen made it clear well before his former boss, Dan Hawkins, left for Colorado that he would not serve as a head coach and offensive coordinator simultaneously - a difficult combination that many college and NFL coaches attempt. Three of the five full-time offensive coaches on the Broncos staff either coached or played under Petersen before he became the head coach. Offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin worked closely with Petersen on game-planning when Harsin was the tight ends coach. "I definitely think it's the right thing to do if you can get the guys that are on the same page as you are," Petersen said of giving up the playcalling. Petersen puts many labels on what he does with the offense. Mother hen. Quality control. Sounding board. Idea guy. Big-picture guy. Link...
Quoting South Carolina special teams coordinator Shane Beamer: "You've got to put your best players in there or you're going to get your butt worn out by other teams because they're putting they're best players in there - and that's offense and defense," Beamer said. "You can get hurt playing defense. You can hurt playing offense. I don't worry so much about injuries. I will try to rest a guy if he's on a lot of different special teams." The 32-year-old Beamer was a long snapper for his father at Virginia Tech. While Beamer appreciates the Hokies' special teams tradition, he wants USC to build its own. "I'm an assistant coach coaching special teams. Frank Beamer's the head coach at Virginia Tech coaching the special teams," he said. "And he's developed that reputation over a lot of years. It's a reputation that excites me. But I'm also Shane Beamer. He didn't give me Virginia Tech's playbook and then I just copy it and try to do what they do. We do what we do."
Tulsa head coach Todd Graham moving to the press box: "I did not go upstairs because I physically can't be on the sideline," Graham said. "I went upstairs because we thought strategically it was the best thing for us to do." Like Paterno, Graham's move has something to do with an injury - but he considers it only a conversation starter. Eventually, Graham will need surgery to fix a degenerative disc condition that causes him chronic pain in his neck and back. But he was prepared to spend the season on the sideline, and that's where he started out. "I've struggled with my back and my neck and stuff and, to be real honest with you, on some days when it's bad I'm afraid I can't get out of the way," Graham said. "If I get run over, I'm going to be done. I'm going to tell you that right now."
Ball State OC moving from press box to sidelines: Ball State assistant football coach Eddie Faulkner is returning home -- to the sidelines -- for the rest of the season. "We need a presence down on the sideline offensively, a leader ... because I have a multitude of tasks (during games)," said Parrish, who calls plays for the Cardinals. "I'm trying to get it right. Sometimes you have to probe to get it right. We have to do a better job during the game of seeing things, getting things communicated."