Georgia isn’t waiting to see if there’s going to be a change in the substitution rules. Mark Richt is embracing the physical reality of defending the HUNH.
The rise in up-tempo offenses prompted a change in the Bulldogs’ summer conditioning plans that have been in place these recent weeks leading into August and the start of preseason practice.
“One of the big things for us is football is now becoming a very high up-tempo game,” UGA coach Mark Richt explained recently. “It used to be 30, 40 seconds between a play. Now it could be as short as 10-to-18 seconds between plays. So you’re exerting and then resting for a short period of time. So now, even in the weight room, we want to go hard, rest a short time, then go ahead. A quicker recovery time. We’re not going to run the longer distances anymore. We’re going to run the shorter distance.”
During previous summers, the Bulldogs have run 200 yards, 300 yards and other long distance drills. But they planned to do away with that this summer.
“We’re going to train these guys all summer long in exactly the way we think that you have to go,” Richt said. “We’re going to go hard and recover — quickly. So that’s a big change in how we’re going to train everybody.”
Will it work? I have no clue. Do I appreciate him being proactive on this front? Hells, yeah.
By now, you’ve probably seen something about the new NCAA guidelines on contact practices, the key thing about them being guidelines, i.e. suggestions, and not mandated rules. Read this quote from Ron Courson and you’ll understand why that’s all they could do at this point.
“Common sense would seem to think you would have a decrease, but where do you draw the line?” Courson said. “That’s the debate in coaching circles. For example if you say, we’re only going to do contact once a week, that might translate better in the NFL than in college because in the NFL you have guys that are very experienced and know how to hit. In college, maybe you bring in an 18-year old freshman and they need to have good fundamental work. If you don’t get that in practice, are they more prone to get hurt in a game because they’re going out there and they don’t know how to practice?”
Where do you draw the line between player safety and game preparation? I suspect Courson would draw it in a different place than, say, George O’Leary would.
The ADs are the ones stuck in the middle. But I also suspect a couple of bad concussion verdicts and most of them will start siding with the Coursons of the CFB world.
This is just awesome.
SEC! SEC! SEC!
I’d love to see a Venn diagram of Share of Adults Missing Teeth and Share of Adults Marrying Cousins.
The shipment from Destin has arrived. Dig in.
- Nick Saban thinks Boom is gonna be just fine, thanks.
- The White House convenes a summit today on the potential long-term effects of concussions in children engaged in sports activities. This issue ain’t going away any time soon.
- Adjusting to the new recruiting rules won’t be easy.
- Two interesting facts from CFN‘s South Carolina preview: One, the last time the Gamecocks lost a game when they were on the plus side of the turnover margin was against Georgia in 2009, being in the negative in 15 of the 16 losses since then, finishing even in the 2011 loss to Auburn. Two, Steve Spurrier never won eleven games three times in a row at Florida. (Yes, the season is longer now, but, still… South Carolina.)
- The SEC is revisiting its tiebreaker rules, ‘yo.
- Year2 clues us in to the real reason Florida is dropping FCS opponents from its future scheduling.
- Georgia director of on-campus recruiting Daryl Jones is leaving the program. According to McGarity, the next move is Richt’s.
- If Nick Saban doesn’t understand how the selection committee is going to pick the teams for the semi-finals, how should we?
Remember this comment from the spring?
(Tray) Matthews missed Saturday’s G-Day game after aggravating a hamstring injury, according to head coach Mark Richt. Matthews also missed five games last season because of hamstring problems.
“He’s had some chronic hamstring issues, which we probably need to re-evaluate what we’re doing with him,” Richt said after Saturday’s spring game. “And how we train him. I mean if there’s something going on. And he’s probably gotta take some ownership of it too. If you’ve got a deficit in some areas you might need to spend a little more time with flexibility stuff in the offseason than another guy would have to.”
Tray, help Mark Richt help you.
Partly in response to the injury issues of a year ago, Georgia football this offseason has “just started a program called Fusionetics,” Richt said last week.
It’s a way to perhaps reduce the risk of injuries in the fall with the way a player conditions now.
“What the players will have is a way on their own to work on some of their deficiencies and get them in balance better,” Richt said. “Our strength staff and our training staff are both on the same page on the type of exercises these guys need to do to get them in better balance where they can have less chance of injury. So that’s going to be a big thing.”
Obviously, this is more than just about Matthews. But it’s interesting to see Richt push some of the responsibility players’ way.
You still get hungry on a long holiday weekend, so here you go.
- I guess Georgia’s bad luck with offensive linemen follows some of them even after they leave. Hope he recovers.
- If I didn’t know any better, I’d suspect Kansas State was deliberately trying to provoke a challenge to the transfer rules by the way it’s handled Leticia Romero’s transfer request. A union would be worse for her, though.
- Can the early signing day for football proposal be saved?
- Now the sharks are really beginning to circle around the antitrust litigation.
- Fresno State’s Pat Hill knew what was coming a decade ago: “For Fresno State to make the cut, Hill said, the university would have to grow its fan base and invest in infrastructure (i.e. a 70,000-seat stadium) so the big boys could literally not afford to leave the Bulldogs behind.“
- At Georgia, athletics spokesman Claude Felton told the Times-Union the school is against selling alcohol at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field when the Bulldogs play Florida and “would not be in favor of alcohol sales in Sanford Stadium at this time.’’ So you’re saying there’s a chance?
- This pretty much sums things up: “The NCAA is a product of its own membership. Then again, LSU doesn’t want non-football playing Marquette to have the same voting rights when it comes to deciding how it does business.“
- “Thirty-six teams will be banned from the 2014-15 postseason because of sub-par scores on the newest Academic Progress Rate, which was released Wednesday. Not one of them comes from a power conference.”
When it comes to long-term consequences, this story should scare the people in charge of college football even more than the concussion suits do.
“From a safety aspect, you can’t teach a kid everything he needs to know in two weeks,” said Chase Palmer, a school board member who played football at Marshall, referring to how long coaches had to get their seventh-grade teams ready before their first games.
However subtle, the change in thinking reflected in Marshall’s decision about football may signal trouble for the N.F.L. — and the sport more broadly. ESPN reported in November that participation in Pop Warner football declined nearly 10 percent from 2010 to 2012. Every young athlete steered away from football contributes to a gradual erosion of the sport that is, by far, the most popular in the United States. This happened to boxing during the past several decades after it became associated with brain damage.
I’m sure the NCAA will get right on it.
On a more serious note from that Lorenzo Carter interview, you have to wonder what the coaches are telling the kids in Athens if they’re this blunt about it with the ones who haven’t stepped on campus yet:
What expectations do UGA’s coaches have for you this season? “They tell me I need to be ready to play. I need to get into shape. I think that’s a big problem up there right now, trying to get the players in shape so they can play fast for a long period of time. That’s what they let me know: That I’ve got to be ready to play fast.”
For once, it seems we’ll have a way to measure the summer happy talk. If we hear the players reacting positively to the way offseason conditioning comes off, their bodies won’t be able to lie about it.
Here’s to a chiseled August.