We have entered the final week of February and that means spring football begins next week for many schools. This week Georgia and Texas A&M will crank it up looking to find some key pieces to fill in for the departed ones.
At Georgia the Dogs will be all about the defense in the spring and look for Mark Richt to set his practices up accordingly. Coaches can hold many controlled scrimmages allowing time for evaluation of players. I would expect a lot of hitting in Athens this spring.
In College Station Kevin Sumlin will work in a new offensive coordinator, but must also find some lineman on both sides of the ball. I think you will see a lot of passing drills and scrimmages concentrating on the pass to focus on protection and rush.
The great thing about college football is that every team in the country (even Alabama) has something they can work on.
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A lot of people took issue with Sam Montgomery's comments about his play at LSU. I appreciate his honesty and even if he didnt say it the fact remains kids get up for big games. If you look at his production last season, all eight of his sacks came against league opponents and in the bowl game versus Clemson. Both he and Mingo will be interesting draft picks because neither guy possesses great size in terms of weight. I see Mingo as a first rounder likely a rush end on a 3-4 team, while Montgomery could be a steal in the second round.
Hugh Freeze suffered his first loss in sometime as cornerbacks coach Wesley McGriff is leaving and going to the NFL. He has accepted a job with the New Orleans Saints. He was an excellent recruiter who was credited with landing five star receiver Laquon Treadwell. With his departure it leaves Vanderbilt as the only staff in the league that did not suffer any turnover in terms of assistant coaches.
There has been a lot of discussion about the possibility of adding staff to football programs that are in place just for recruiting. While many seem to dislike the idea, there is a good chance that the rule gets tabled at the next meetings in March. However I like the idea and think college programs should be run more and more like NFL organizations.
What is wrong with another set of eyes on a potential recruit? Just think how much more you can know about a kid with a staff in place? Maybe this would help eliminate problem athletes?
These are some of the positives with the new proposed legislation. The naysayers will say not every school has the money to staff like the Alabamas and the Ohio States but trust me, there is plenty of good help available for all. Think of how tough it is to get a college football assistant coaches job? 120 x9 means nearly 1,100 jobs nationwide in the FBS division. I can tell you from experience that is not very many and the field is very competitive.