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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Tuesday March 9, 2010

Les Miles talking "dominant and physical": "We went 40 minutes (of scrimmage) and had a lot of fun. I thought it was a nice start to our endeavor on becoming a dominant team and more physical than we have been."

(On the 1 on 1 - Big Cat drill): "To me, it is basically to make us a dominant and physical football team. If they can step in that drill and do well, then they can be a dominant, physical football team. It's about body control and being able to dominate your opponent. When you lock up, it is pad under pad, and it is strength and brute force."

Quoting Bobby Petrino: "We're doing kind of a plan on what it would take to get them (practice fields) leveled off. That's just in the real, real early stages. I imagine we'll be on them some in the spring, but the beauty of having field turf in the stadium is we can go in (Razorback Stadium) too a lot more."

(On new wide receivers coach Kris Cinkovich): "I've worked with him before. He's always traveled around and been to our spring practices. He knows parts of the offense. He's also been able to add some of the things he knows that we didn't use in our offense."

Some interesting quotes from LA Tech offensive coordinator Tony Franklin: "We have a very simple system to put in. It'll take three days to have the whole offense in. It'll all be in and it'll look like crap. Then it'll slowly be refined and by the end of the spring we'll have an idea what it should look like. The faster we get it in the better it will look."

"I really believe that the greatest asset that I have is that I'm not very smart ... and there are people who will agree with that from places I've been. My brain can only hold a certain amount of information. What I've learned is that if I coach to the player on our team with the most limited ability to learn, then I felt like I've done a pretty good job."

"I always wanted to work with him. I knew he would be a head coach even when he didn't. When I saw that Louisiana Tech had hired him, I said, 'Man they've hit a home run.' My wife and I had talked and decided to stay (in Murfreesboro, Tenn.) where we were, because our families were close. But I honestly, selfishly did this for me."

"When people say 'spread,' I honestly don't even know what it is. You think of spread as being a type of offense and it isn't ... it's a formation. There are people in college football today who will run the ball 80 percent of the time out of a 'spread' formation, like Rich Rodriguez successfully did at West Virginia. Then you have people, like Mike Leach, who ran the spread and threw the ball 80 percent of the time. Franklin said he has no particular numbers in mind about how many times he plans to run or throw the ball going into spring. And he plans to be balanced despite having the reputation of being a throwing offensive coordinator.

"Sonny's former boss (Leach) had a good comment one time when people told him he wasn't balanced at all ... you're throwing the ball 80 percent of the time. His answer was 'you're so wrong. The X caught 60, the Y caught 60, the F caught 60, the H caught 60 and the Z caught 60 ... so to me, balance is a mythical thing. We just try to get the football in the hands of our good players." Link...

Quoting Arkansas offensive line coach Chris Klenakis (Arkansas will use the term "The Shot" when referring to "The Pistol Offense": "That's the beauty of the offense here, is that there's been a foundation set in stone and it's been very successful. What we've done is take elements of the Shot offense that you apply and you can kind of build the house on that foundation."

Chris Petersen talks about new assistant Bob Gregory: "He's just a great guy. He gets along with everybody and fits in. His move up here says it all. Everybody is hung up on titles. That's not Bob's thing. He just wants to be at a place that's good for his family and if he can make it a little better here for his family, then that's what he wants to do."

Quoting Arizona co-offensive coordinator Seth Littrell: "I think the biggest thing to ease the transition is that we've all been together for a long time. We've all been in this offense for a while. No wholesale changes (in the offensive scheme), we may do things a little differently here and there, but our biggest thing is to spread the ball around to as many different positions and make defenses honest and make them cover the whole field."

Quoting UL-Lafayette head coach Ricky Bustle: "Our conference doesn't have the luxury of having three or four or five tie-ins. We have been sniffing there at the door for four or five years and we've got to take it beyond. We have a challenging schedule this year and we're going to have to be ready to come out of the chute and play well."

"When you look at our schedule, it's going to be very demanding, probably the toughest schedule we've had since I've been here. But we've got to stay focused and hopefully maybe it's time for the injury bug to go to someone else. We've had our share of it the last two years. But if we concentrate and we stay focused ... in order to be somebody, we've got to beat somebody."

Notre Dame will play Maryland in 2011 in at FedEx Field in Washington, DC.