Monday Morning Tomahawks 06.02.09

  • First up, Bert Reed turned 21 yesterday.  If you see him around campus (and I hope some of you are watching Ponder, Manuel, and the wideouts throw in the afternoon!), wish him a happy Belated. 
  • Last night via Facebook:  Corey Surrency:  "missing my team y'all boys hold it down for me and I will do the same for y'all its time for me to get to the money....NFL...pray for me..."  I'll keep him in mine.  If you pray, do the same in yours.  
  • One guy on our official TomahawkNation.com FACEBOOK Page didn't like us discussing UF's legal troubles.  Since he had been repeatedly rude over the last week, I decided to examine his argument
  • FSU baseball got the Super Regional!  Go to the games!  
  • A tip of the cap to Warchant.com.  I was writing a piece on WR Jarmon Fortson, and Gene Williams wrote a quality piece on the guy.  It's definitely worth a look.  Gene and I have had our differences, but I'll give credit where it's due.  I'm not blowing smoke when I say that Jarmon is the closest thing to Terrell Owens I've seen.  Their on-field mannerisms and movements are exactly the same.  From the way they catch the ball, to their hop into the end zone, to their similar build: 

  • Before BYU's offensive coordinator hit the big time, he was the offensive line coach under Mike Leach, the offensive genius.  He also wrote about his pass protection beliefs:  "I believe the first fundamental of pass protection is to stay between the defender and the quarterback. As you leverage yourself between the defense and the quarterback the next step is to offer enough resistance to form a pocket. Centers and guards keep the pocket tight to the line of scrimmage. Tackles keep the pocket wide to the quarterback. Pad level and a powerful punch are the tools used to offer resistance to the defense. In the course of doing this, there are occasions in which you need to switch guys. It is our approach that all first level guys that twist should be switched-off. When picking up the twist, you use the same fundamentals you would if you were blocking individually up until that point where you bump hips, then simply switch guys and continue to protect. The basic idea of picking up the twist is that you have to set the drive guy first. Once you have set the drive guy, the freedup lineman needs to trap his helmet into the drive guy. This force alerts the lineman next to him that he needs to switch. There are basically three types of twists. Two-man, three-man and four-man twists. Everyday, we work on picking up the twists during individual period. We later go on to pass rush with the defensive line and work on picking up the twist also. We view picking up the twists as fundamental as pass blocking an individual rusher. If you are to be successful in picking up the twists, you must devote practice time."  This is now in our scouting report page!
  • Recruiting Note:  I was informed that FSU commit Chad Abrams was offered by Alabama.  Nick Saban is an excellent evaluator of defensive back talent and this makes me very happy.  During the nepotism era, FSU rarely beat the recruiting services to a kid, but rather waited until rivals had finished their rankings before they offered.  They were even "rumored" to use the rivals.com rankings as their guide, and were also rumored to have relied on highlight tapes rather than game film to make their evlaution.  Want to know a major change Jimbo brought?  Our coaches now could legitimately be called movie buffs.  The amount of film they watch is a credit to their improved work ethic.  When Abrams was initially offered by FSU(video in link), he was a complete unknown to all the major services.  Now, ESPN loves this kid (see link in his name), as does Alabama and I assume rivals will soon follow suit.  Chantrant had a solid interview with his coach sometime back.  When Miami made their run to the top under Butch Davis, they didn't land all 5* recruits.  Obviously the 5*'s are the best on average, but they are not guaranteed, and the difference between an elite recruiting class and a good one can be one or two 4* types who the coaches correctly evaluate and know will blossom into a star. 
  • Steve Ellis of the Democrat updates us on the NCAA process.  Today's the extended deadline for the NCAA Committee on Infractions' response to FSU's appeal of sanctions. Upon receipt, FSU has 15 days to file a rebuttal. The university has already requested a hearing before the NCAA Infraction Appeals Committee. This garbage could stretch into the fall and we allegedly would not be in this mess had T.K. not had a vendetta against Dave Hart.  Meanwhile, Andrew Carter provides some clarification on the matter:  The COI isn't responding to FSU today, but rather to the NCAA's Division I Infractions Appeals Committee, which is the ruling body that has the ultimate say on FSU's appeal.
  • Scalpem, the newlywed that he is, has a very in-depth breakdown of the 2010 softball team.  I read it with interest.    
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