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“Helmet technology is not nearly as difficult as the race car.”

How do you know when someone’s safer helmet technology looks promising? When you’ve got Steve Shaw saying stuff like this:

SEC officiating coordinator Steve Shaw was present as well and, after hearing the presentation, told Sicking, “We’ve got to get these helmets to everybody and not have a high school worry, ‘What if I break three face masks? I can’t afford that technology.’”

An SEC official saying damn the cost, full speed ahead?  Whoa.

Let’s get moving on this, boys.

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Truth in advertising

Louisville has a commitment from a 6’3″ defensive lineman out of Carver Columbus who weighs 402 pounds and sports the nickname “Big Snack”.

Good think the NCAA loosened up the training table rules.

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“I’m confused as to what coach Hocke is.”

It wouldn’t be a new year without a new philosophy in the S&C department.  And so it is:

Last year a big emphasis on defense was dropping weight, in order for players to substitute more freely and play faster against up-tempo offenses. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who spearheaded that emphasis, also hasn’t spoken to the media yet this offseason, but Jenkins indicated that the emphasis this offseason is slightly different. Not changed, but perhaps just advanced.

“We have the depth now where we can put people where they want to be put, and now that we’ve had a full season in the system, I feel like certain guys might gain muscle weight,” Jenkins said. “Like I’ve been dropping down the fat weight.”

Before you label that typical offseason happy talk, note Jenkins’ body changes.

Jordan Jenkins, the senior outside linebacker, estimated he’s at around 13 percent body fat, after being measured at 14.8. He’s also added about six pounds, up to 251.

“It’s just healthier weight that’s on me now,” Jenkins said.

Proof’s in the pudding, of course, and we can’t know if this pays off for several months.  It’s fair to say that overall, team conditioning has improved steadily over the past couple of seasons.  But it would be nice to see a little more strength and stamina to counter some of the soft run defense we saw in the latter half of 2014.

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Saturday morning buffet

I’m heading up to Athens shortly for the basketball game, but there’s still time to set out the buffet.

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“Todd doesn’t mess around.”

If you knew Gurley like Aaron Murray knows Gurley

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Wednesday morning buffet

A warm buffet for a cold morning.

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“How do you strengthen a ligament?”

Yesterday, Georgia hosted .  Ron Courson spoke, and the subject quickly turned to Georgia’s strength and conditioning program and what, if anything could be done to lessen the risk of knee injuries that it seems the Dawgs have suffered a rash of in recent seasons.

Courson, to his credit, got pretty specific with his answer.

It seems Richt had some specific things in mind with the hire of Tereshinski’s successor.

… The Bulldogs in December hired Mark Hocke from Alabama to take over their football strength and conditioning program. And one of the techniques that they’re implementing is something called proprioception. In general, proprioception is the awareness of the position of one’s body and, in sports training, it incorporates a lot of balancing techniques into training exercises.

“That’s one thing we found out (helps), learning how to land coming off a jump,” Courson said after the 90-minute program. “Because most ACLs are non-contact. The contact things we can’t do a lot to prevent. But the non-contact things we can. There’s a lot of things we can do from a strength and condition standpoint. We tried to sit down with Coach Hocke and our strength staff and tried to look at what areas we wanted to focus on. For example, we may want to put more emphasis on hamstring, we want to put more emphasis on shoulder and rotator cuff or balance and proprioception. If we can identify trends and factors, it helps us to be better at trying to prevent.”

That they’ve thought hard about the problem is good.  Whether this leads to healthier results is the big question now.  Malcolm Mitchell, who was also at the forum, is skeptical and

“An ACL isn’t a muscle. I can’t make it stronger. I can make the areas around it stronger and hopefully that prevents the injury. But you still have a chance of that happening. You just look at how Keith (Marshall) got hurt. Was that preventable on his behalf? The way I got hurt, the only thing that was preventable was if I wouldn’t have run down there (to celebrate with Todd Gurley). For Todd, how preventable was that”

“So I’m not sure ACL has one distinct motion or one thing that hurts you. It’s so varied in the way it can happen, you never know. So I don’t think as of right now. There’s nothing that proves that. The only thing that’s been proven is you can recover from it.”

Courson seems to agree to some extent, as he notes that the recent swell of ACL problems is somewhat cyclical.  But if there’s anything to be learned from studying what’s happened and there’s a course of action that can cut the risk even a little, it’s worth pursuing.  The best part to take from all of this is that there seems to be a different attitude now about what to expect out of strength and conditioning.  We’ll see where that goes this season.

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UPDATE:  The ACL stuff isn’t all Mitchell is cynical about.

Mitchell didn’t indicate any huge immediate changes under the new strength staff, other than “they’re hyped up all day” by virtue of their youth.

“Working out is working out,” Mitchell said. “How tough it is? They’re gonna make it challenging. But at the end of the day it’s just working out to get better. You just do what they say and hopefully you get better.”

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