FSU's assistants were extended by a year and given a 10% raise. It's a good move that shows FSU is serious about football.
In a disappointing development, Andrew Carter reports that Willie Haulstead is down to 205 pounds. Not sure if this was intentional. Perhaps the coaching staff feels he isn't able to move as well at 215ish? I don't see how that is a positive development. But another part of me says to give this S&C staff the benefit of the doubt despite Willie having spindly arms.
In some good news, I've been told that Bert Reed is showing well in off-season workouts.
In some even better news, Miami may be suspending stud tackle Seantrel Henderson for the 'Canes' season opener against Maryland.
Here's a glowing review of Christian Ponder.
Q: With Florida State having a great recruiting year do you see them as a top 5 teaming entering the season? Heather Dinich (1:50 PM) Again, I don't think fans should tie the 2011 recruiting classes in with the 2011 results. Some will have FSU ranked that high. I think they're more of a 7-12 range.
Finding new play makers on offense. No more Da’Rel Scott, who accounted for more than 2,200 rushing yards over his final three seasons. No more Torrey Smith, more importantly, the team’s leading receiver in each meaningful category and quarterback Danny O’Brien’s security blanket. The losses at receiver are very troubling: Maryland must also replace Adrian Cannon, who finished second on the team to Smith in receptions and receiving yards. O’Brien had a very strong debut season in the starting lineup; to repeat — or improve upon — last year’s totals, Maryland will need to find him targets in the passing game. The competition for snaps at receiver is Maryland’s biggest position battle of the spring.
Getting experienced players to buy in. It’s not a very common occurrence, but Al Golden’s first season may — we have no way of truly knowing — give him his best chance at success with the Hurricanes. At the very least, he has the roster to have immediate success, which might help Miami regain some lost momentum on the recruiting trail. The key in 2011 will be to have an older roster buy into what Golden is selling from the start: seeing that the schedule takes off immediately, it will be vital that the team is on the same page come the first weekend of September.
About this defense. Last in the A.C.C. in total defense, allowing 450.1 yards per game; second-to-last in scoring defense, giving up 35.4 points per game; last in sacks, posting all of one per game; and 10th in turnovers forced, leaving the Blue Devils a whopping -10 in turnover margin on the 2010 season. It doesn’t matter if David Cutcliffe puts together a strong offense, as he has before and surely will do again. If the defense doesn’t step up, the Blue Devils will again struggle topping five wins. The key factor will be beefing up a front seven that was not able to stand up during A.C.C. play; the defensive line in particular needs to improve, both against the run and in getting to the quarterback.
On another note, word is that Miami is going to two TE sets and not using a fullback. Recent position changes support the idea.
N.C. State: What will NC State do about its quarterback situation? Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien will approach spring practice as if three-year starter Russell Wilson will not be back for his senior season. Wilson, a fourth-round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2010, will play professional baseball this spring and summer. If Wilson decides his future is on the diamond, he won't be back. But Wilson has always believed he can play both sports professionally, and his athleticism on the football field suggests he could find a place in the NFL even if it isn't at quarterback. So N.C. State will move forward with 6-6 redshirt junior Mike Glennon, who has patiently waited for his turn. Last spring, he guided the first-team offense only to be supplanted when Wilson returned from baseball. Glennon, the younger brother of former Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon, finds himself with a little more power this time around. He is on pace to graduate in May, meaning he could conceivably take advantage of the same NCAA transfer exemption used by cornerback Ryan Smith (Utah to Florida in 2006), quarterback Greg Paulus (Duke basketball to Syracuse football in 2009) and quarterback Jeremiah Masoli (Oregon to Ole Miss in 2010). Essentially, if Glennon isn't happy with the situation at N.C. State, he could declare himself a free agent. So it probably would be best for all involved if N.C. State gets a firm decision from Wilson soon. "The door is always open," O'Brien said on Feb. 2. "You always have to have options in life and he has that as an option."