Around the country: Weekend wrap up

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Monday April 02, 2012


Posted by: Pete Roussel on April 1, 2012

Kevin Sumlin opened spring practice on Saturday at Texas A&M with a couple of early goals: "Getting lined up. Getting lined up and knowing what you're doing. (They need to) Learn it real fast. That seems pretty easy, but we try to stress these guys out as much as possible from a tempo standpoint and from a confusion standpoint because that's the way the game is played. You've got to be comfortable playing that way and we'll get there. There are two stages: the 'what to do' stage and then 'how to do it'. Right now we're still in the 'what to do' stage."

Steve Sarkisian is closing practice at Washington this spring.  Construction at Husky Stadium is forcing the team to utilize the practice fields, which have limited space for spectators: "Is it ideal for me to close practice No. I think spring football is a great opportunity for fans to be part of Husky football and to be out and have that excitement in the air. We're a little bit limited from a field-space standpoint. When you get on the east field when we practice over there, there's just not a lot of room. The last thing I want to be doing is telling people to get back, stay back and not coaching our guys."

Derek Dooley says Vols are making progress in the run game, but a national declaration is not needed: "The progress that we're making is everywhere.  Here's what I'm seeing.  I'm seeing the o-line play with a little more aggression.  I'm seeing the receivers taking a greater interest in helping us block on the perimeter.  And I'm seeing the runners run with a lot more discipline, they're hitting holes a lot faster, and they're playing behind their pads.  Now, it's only been 2 days in pads, so we're not ready for a national declaration that we can run the ball now.  I hesitate to say things to you guys cuz then it's, 'We're going to lead in rushing.'  No.  I'm just proud of where we are right now relative to where we were."

Auburn defensive line coach Mike Pelton prefers VanGorder's defensive scheme: "Sometimes, I thought we were paralyzing them last year by there being so many things they had to think about before the ball was snapped.This right here? Not a lot to think about. Get off the football, use your hat and hands and go make plays.  Now you just put the best guy in and they can play both sides. It's just 'd-tackle.' Everybody has to know what's going on on both sides, which is good because you can get your best guys in there."

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco indicates staff chemistry is better: "Nothing disparaging about the staff from [2011], but it seems to me at this point right now that Coach Kelly has put together a very cohesive staff. I feel like there's a shared vision, and I feel like we're as close right now from a caring, and a respect, and a loyalty and a professionalism - I feel like we're as close right now as we've ever been. It (the new coaches) seems very positive. I think anything new becomes positive just in general. I don't mean anything disparaging about the [former] coaches, but it definitely feels like there's a higher level of energy amongst those positions that have a change."

Highlight on my weekend in Oxford, MS. Bar none, Ole Miss has the best atmosphere in college baseball.  The Rebels took 2 of 3 from the #1 ranked Florida Gators over the weekend.  Here was the scene on Friday night in the right field student section when Ole Miss knocked a 2-run homer:

(That's not water flying in the air.)

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