Category Archives: Football

Checking in on Talent on the Coastal Plains

Andrew McGowan (Eric Nahlin/IT)

Increasingly football has become a year-round sport, and with it having the most scholarships to offer, that only makes sense. Gone are the days when athletes would show up to camps saying they were rusty, or haven’t thrown a football in two months because they were playing baseball.

Found in translation

Tom Herman at his first spring practice of 2017 (Joe Cook/IT)

Tom Herman is the “new guy” around here, so consequently, he needs a translator. Since I’ve been occupying this particular space for more than 12 years now, I’m uniquely qualified for the role, and am thus hiring myself. You’re welcome.

Let’s talk about John Bonney

John Bonney. (Will Gallagher/IT)

John Bonney was once a fairly well regarded recruit. He was a four-star out of Houston Lamar (DB High?), an opening invitee, and a kid boasting offers from just about everywhere in the nation. At the 2013 Nike SPARQ combine he ran a 4.62 40, a 4.1 shuttle, tossed the ball 41’, and jumped a 34.3” vertical, which puts him amongst the top echelon of athletes even at defensive back.

Second spring practice notes

Holton Hill (Justin Wells/IT)

In the second Spring practice for 2017, the prevailing theme was tempo and intensity.

I think a lot of coaches in CFB talk tempo, but only a few actually demonstrate it during an actual practice. What is fast and quick to some, isn’t so much to others. With Tom Herman and his staff, there’s no doubting the uptick in tempo and reps performed during each drill.

The Demarcus Ayers Template

Demarcus Ayers (via Ayers' Twitter)

One of my lasting impressions in this job is pulling up to Lancaster’s Spring game in 2012. As I was walking to the field, I heard the instrumental to the timeless classic John by New Orleans musician Lil Wayne playing during the team stretch/hype period. At this point one might want to put the pads on too, at least until they started popping.