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Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:02 am

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LeopardAlum wrote:
Guys I know we are excited about spring ball and hearing about the new coaching staff and what they're doing. But, saying that each period is ten min long and every player seems to know where to go once the horn hits is nothing to get riled up about. To say that no player has enough time to hang out during practice because things are so upbeat isn't anything to get wet in the pants about. Many high schools run practice the same way. And every college does it as well. Now I havent watched practice as closely as most of you fellas (and i love the updates you guys give) but I played under Tavani during the Heff and Loose days and practice was run the same way. Maybe because we gave a shit and whatnot but everything was uptempo that we did. Bc football is supposed to be taught in the meeting room on the chalk board and on film. Not on the field. Defining the tools is whats being done and giving you more film to dissect after practice.
However, I am not going to lie, I was a little weary about this coaching staff (and still kinda am), but if the aggressiveness and mentality has changed within our guys in maroon and white, then I'm on the Garrett train as well.

I really hope they turn this thing around and dont just get content about winning the patriot league or beating lehigh. I really hope they are looking to push the gas pedal and expect big time wins in playoffs. It always seemed like "as long as u beat lehigh" was acceptable. Well bullshit. Going into the national playoffs with a 6-5 record after beating lehigh has been an embarrassment long enough. Why Not Us for once! End of rant!


Haven't seen a practice, but tend to agree this is sort of normal by D1 standards.  It is however a giant leap forward from the last 7 years or so, and the kids are receiving quality coaching and solid leadership.  I don't know if the Leopards will be consistently better prepared than their opponents, but they will no longer be at a disadvantage before stepping on the field.  

Garret is a pro and knows how to run a program.  Looking forward to seeing a well coached team take the field next year and moving the needle in the right direction.

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Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:20 am

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I've been to dozens of Tavani practices, sure he used a segment timer/counter (JG was using the scoreboard last week) but the practice I saw was noticeably more uptempo. Maybe because it was a no-pads practice that several segments were only 5 minutes and then on to another part of the field, keep 'em moving. The main difference of course was the involvement of the head man. Frank had taken to standing apart usually kibitzing with people. I hope you can get out to Fisher, LeopardAlum, and give us your impressions.  

BTW I've kept VHS tapes of many of the games from your era.  If you or anyone on the board has interest in any I would be happy to have them converted to DVD.

Good stuff, p-friend!  I especially like and agree with your observation of a slimmed down, quicker, DeSean. I'd love to see him operate with an effective OL.

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Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:00 pm

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Andy wrote:
I've been to dozens of Tavani practices


No doubt, and from what you are saying there is a noticeable difference. I know what leopardalum is saying, but the last few years that had changed a lot under Frank. Excited to hear about the developments.

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I especially like and agree with your observation of a slimmed down, quicker, DeSean. I'd love to see him operate with an effective OL.


I'm interested to the the offense in general. But the one I am most curious about is Rajhan. I fell in love with his film out of HS, his burst, and his strength but because of injury and lack of development he never saw the field. I hope this battle is as hotly contested as the QB race.
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Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:28 pm

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LeopardBall10 wrote:


Andy wrote:
I especially like and agree with your observation of a slimmed down, quicker, DeSean. I'd love to see him operate with an effective OL.


I'm interested to the the offense in general. But the one I am most curious about is Rajhan. I fell in love with his film out of HS, his burst, and his strength but because of injury and lack of development he never saw the field. I hope this battle is as hotly contested as the QB race.


Yeah, man. Looks injury free and very fast! A crowded field at the position, but he brings the pure speed maybe lacking in the other contestants (non-freshmen).  Kind of another Rudolph.

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Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:28 pm

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I am happy about DeShaun's rededication but fumbling at crucial times is his Achille's heel.

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Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:30 am

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Some video from the most recent practice

https://youtu.be/1KeK8ZRVWXs

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Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:18 am

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Yankeefan1922 wrote:
Some video from the most recent practice

https://youtu.be/1KeK8ZRVWXs


This is not practice footage.

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Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:01 pm

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1990honda wrote:
Yankeefan1922 wrote:
Some video from the most recent practice

https://youtu.be/1KeK8ZRVWXs


This is not practice footage.


It's the 2nd time in this thread that he's linked it. I think YankeeFan has "reached his ceiling."

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Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:07 pm

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Next fall will be the fifth anniversary of the league title.
Ideally Frank will be ready to return for any commemoration of the 2013 season. Just four years ago. Somehow it seems longer.

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Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:22 am

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Sorry, Yankeefan made me laugh with that one.  How bout a supercut of Frank's greatest hits?  That would be awesome.  

As Mr. Jordan may say "the ceiling is the roof" for the football program under Garrett and excited for his "hard to beat" Pards.

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Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:16 pm

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Andy wrote:
Andy wrote:
edge29 wrote:


Did anyone go to the first practice? Will anyone be attending any? Would love some reports!


Soon.


Ok, edge, so Paul was right on with his "non-stop action" description. It's a 6 ring circus, a 78 rpm record played at 45, a precision practice on speed. At the end of every 5or 10 min segment, the position groups hustle to a different part of the field(s), somehow the kids know where to go. The staff is encouraging, instructive, sometimes scolding, loud but not a hint of the formerly rampant profanity. There is extremely little down time for individuals. There is so much running built into the 2 hours Coach doesnt even have them doing wind sprints (although Coach Sammis had his guys doing some extra conditioning after practice. Tanner is far from where he'd like to be condition wise, I'm sure.)

No pads, yet.


Awesome report.  Thank you, Andy.

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Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:21 pm

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Pardsfriend wrote:
edge29 wrote:
Great info Andy!!

A head coach on the practice field early?? That's new!! Wink


Visited a wet, spring practice at Fisher tonight, and observed second half, 530-630.


Great stuff, Pardsfriend!

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Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:26 pm

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Pardsfriend wrote:
edge29 wrote:
Great info Andy!!

A head coach on the practice field early?? That's new!! Wink

I will start with Special Teams. Coach N is totally engaged, and I observed the punt team going through reps. It is basically a 7-3-1 formation. Great day to do this work, because the guys will have to play in the same weather during the season. Chenoweth and Mrazek handling returns.



It didn't take the new staff very long to gather that those two have the best hands on the team.

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Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:24 am

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I don't agree with exposing Mrazik that way - #Jason Sehorn.

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Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:42 am

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my take on Saturday's practice (second one I have made).

all the energy is still the same.  good up tempo.  to be clear as a previous poster mentioned - this is at the level I would expect.  its not that it is really super fast compared to our competitors, its where it should be.   go to a Chris Ash practice sometime, that is an almost insane pace.

a lot of work on ST this week.    

Dline looks like the strongest group so far.  Bosch had a really strong practice hard to judge secondary with walking wounded.   Backers look good too.

Offense will be interesting.  IMO Crum stood out.   Line needs better unity.  marotti tweaked an ankle but came back.  

few live drills were generally dominated by defense imo

good showing of rising seniors watching practice.  no idea who was who.   recruits only one I know is Jordan.   he was there.   he hung out with two other guys.   one is a house was wearing a Parsippany football shirt, so that would be Burk.   Other went to position coaches with Jordan so assuming it may be Dickens.

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Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:51 am

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Andy wrote:

Yeah, man. Looks injury free and very fast! A crowded field at the position, but he brings the pure speed maybe lacking in the other contestants (non-freshmen). Kind of another Rudolph.


He may be a step slower than Ruddy (I mean he did win the PL 100m dash while here). But Ruddy is 5'10 and listed at 170...

Rajhan is about the same height but weighs in around 210. Imagine if you can get his speed with the added size. That is a dream back if you ask me. I just don't know enough about what has happened since he got on campus to know why he never really got a shot to show what he can do.
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Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:37 pm

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I am glad to hear that the coaches are working on player weaknesses. In a discussion with my son, he told me about some constructive criticism that he was given. The analysis was spot on. I can't wait to get up there the week of the 17th. I will be there for the whole week. Although I probably won't be able to match Andy's report, I will try to deliver as much information as I can.

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Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:23 am

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A couple of camp updates from The Morning Call.

http://www.mcall.com/sports/colle...otball-update-20170405-story.html

www.ramblingsfromthebench.blogspot.com

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Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:00 pm

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1990honda wrote:
I am glad to hear that the coaches are working on player weaknesses. In a discussion with my son, he told me about some constructive criticism that he was given. The analysis was spot on. I can't wait to get up there the week of the 17th. I will be there for the whole week. Although I probably won't be able to match Andy's report, I will try to deliver as much information as I can.


Looking forward to your reports, Honda. I'm back from vacation; Monday Night Football as described by Paul sounds interesting; thinking about heading down.

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Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:56 am

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Any news from the hill. Anyone  planning on coming to the game?

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