23 days (give or take a few hours)
On whether working 60 percent under center in practice will translate to the same amount during the regular season: I think it is probably a little bit early because different ballgames are going to dictate different things, but we are working under center a great deal and will continue to do that. The good thing that we are doing is that most of the things that we are doing under center, we can also do from the gun, and so when we go to the gun, it is not like the zone read being your feature play. We have plenty of things that we do, and we haven’t even put the zone read in yet, but it will go in before too long.
He wanted to find a quicker step. He wanted to produce a bigger burst. He wanted to shave a split-second off the time it took him to get from the slot to the end of his route.
And that's why he ended up spending much of his free time with Texas track and field coach Bev Kearney and a group of elite-level sprinters.
"I went to the fast people," Chiles said.
Sports Illustrated looks at college football's future.
Tim DeRuyter knows how he wants this whole thing to work. Maybe it takes the offense a sack or two to figure it out, but Von Miller's 16.5 in 2009 should serve as plenty of notice.
Maybe Miller will be lurking behind a three-man front. Maybe he'll be in a three-point stance, his new trick as part of the "Joker" position, a hybrid defensive end/linebacker. But at some point, an offense will be ready to double team him, and DeRuyter will be ready with a counter, a last-minute switch to a different blitz with different personnel while Miller drops back into coverage.
Check out the Heisman Pundit's take on Miller's stats last season.
Everyone is doing the 3-4.
Over time, the 3-4 gained prevalence in the NFL -- nearly every team has employed it at some point in recent years -- but in the past two decades, the defensive scheme became more of an oddity in college football. With most teams operating run-oriented offenses in college, defensive coordinators preferred a 4-3 scheme to have four linemen filling running lanes.
But heading into the 2010 season, more than a dozen teams will use the 3-4 as their base defense, and a few more teams plan to sprinkle odd-man fronts into their game plans. Georgia, Georgia Tech, Houston, Notre Dame, Stanford, Texas A&M and Texas Tech are switching their base defense to a 3-4 this season, and Alabama, Air Force, Army, Navy, BYU, California and SMU will continue to have three down linemen and four linebackers on the field in 2010.
The only projected starter on Oklahoma's offensive line that has never started a game may have the most potential. His raw skills have been compared to former star Trent Williams. Now he's being asked to fill a key role, protecting Landry Jones' blindside.
Bob Stoops does not approve of cream puff schedules.
"I don’t think in today’s world you’re rewarded for it. Look at the AP poll last year. We beat Oklahoam State at the end of the year, 27-0, and beat another ranked team in Stanford. Well, Oklahoman State’s ranked ahead of us. Why? At the end of the day when they go ranking teams, look at how it’s ranked every year. AP as well as the coaches all look at the loss column and if one team has one less loss than you they’re ranked ahead of you.
"Oklahoma State was ranked ahead of us. We just played. Please don’t make it look like I’m worried about Oklahoma State. But in the end I don’t know if you’re rewarded for it. You’re not. Eveyrbody talks about it early. By the end of the year everyone’s talking about wins and losses and you’re ranked accordingly."
And he just provided bulletin board material for the Pokes.
Bill Byrne is a lightning rod.
"He tends to be the lightning rod," said Billy Liucci, owner and senior writer of the independent A&M fan site Texags.com. "The thing about Bill is that he's fine with that."
Byrne, in his eighth year in College Station after leaving Nebraska – where he helped form the Big 12 in the 1990s – said the Aggies are just starting to tap into their massive athletic potential. He said the Big 12, while issues remain, is the right place for them to do it.
"People who make decisions create tensions for others," Byrne said. "They're going to make some decisions that people like and some people don't.
The SEC has no peer.
The working premise for a preseason college football poll voter is so idiot-proof a "Jersey Shore" character could do it.
Just put a Southeastern Conference team on top and let everything else fall into place.
But in reality, it isn't quite that easy. The hard part is picking the correct SEC team to win it all.
This, from the network that has the SEC television contract.
I Am The 12th Man dreams of winning the Big 12-2 South division.
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