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August 24, 2012

QUICK CLASS 3A PREVIEW

SWEETWATER

I chatted with new Sweetwater coach Shane Mobley (pronounced "MOB-lee") yesterday.
2 reasons I like Mobley in Sweetwater: 1) he's a Sweetwater guy-- coached there before, his wife is from there...and 2) the guy has been around championship teams -- Sonora in 2000 and Prosper in 2008.

He also played for Sam Harrell at Reagan County. The one thing that has really stood out to Mobley during this fall camp is the consistency of his players. From the seniors down to the younger guys...they're showing up to work. And do you know what the first step in getting better is? Showing up.

They're picked next to last in the district which they share with Big Spring, Wylie, Snyder, Monahans, and Midland Greenwood. But they have 9 of their defensive starters back which could translate into some early season wins which could translate into some early season confidence.

BROWNWOOD

I have several good friends in Brownwood, and I played at ACU with the current Lions OC, so I try to keep a good gauge on how things are going down there.

All sources are saying that this year's team has the biggest, strongest OL and DL of any Lion team since the late 90s...and that's saying something. Cody Skains is the headlining big man at 6-3, 295, and he's an athlete...pretty rare for a guy that big to be able to move around like he can.

The former Ballinger HC is now on Brownwood's staff and his son is a QB. And he won the job towards the end of 7-on-7. Chris Keesee is his name (pronounced "kuh-SEE").
Braxton Kilgo is a name you should remember. Running back. Fast. And should be able to take advantage of running behind the behemoths up front.
Kaimon Ontiveros is also a name to remembers. He's a safety and has been compared to the Vacarro boys.

SNYDER

Aubrey Sims takes over for city-legend Chad Rogers (no relation although I wish there were). Tough times for Snyder. They lose Coach, Keenan Ward at QB, and they're switching from the wishbone to the spread. The GOOD news is they have 19 letterman coming back and games aren't played on paper or who you lost in the off-season...

WYLIE

Of all the changes in Class 3A in our area, Hugh Sandifer is the constant. His 1,000th year at Wylie...well, maybe not that many, but he's a legend.

Wylie hasn't won district in 2 years which is unheard of for them. The seniors haven't won a championship since they were freshman - so before any of them were getting significant playing time. They want that to change.


Can't wait to see how the season unfolds....3...2.....1.....GO!
  • mark rogers
  • August 24, 2012 9:23 PM

August 20, 2012

OBSERVATIONS FROM FIRST WEEK OF ACU CAMP

I spent some time on the ACU practice field a little bit everyday last week. Here are some observations...keep in mind, just because they stand out to me doesn't mean there aren't other standouts or that they are actually doing better than anyone else (I have seen a small glimpse of the overall picture):

  • Noticed a rather large human being not practicing on Monday, standing with the OL. Turns out it was Will Latu. Kid from Florida who is supposed to be at Oklahoma right now but had some academic issues (not certain exactly what) and is in Abilene. He. Is. A. Beast. I'll put a pic of him at the end of this post. He can move, too. He'll be our starting left tackle. Everyone I've talked to says he's a super nice guy off the field, but based on what I'm seeing that changes once the ball is snapped. It'll be fun watching him play.
  • With Latu and Spears anchoring the OL, Logan Hoppenrath at guard (6-5, 310, but I think he's taller than that)...we should have one of the bigger OL's in the conference.
  • Taylor Gabriel wears black wind pants every day to practice. Must be incredibly hot, but it doesn't seem to be effecting his speed...guy can fly.
  • John Parker (TE/HB) is looking good. Soft hands, quick feet.
  • Chris Summers (LB) has also impressed me.
  • Lots of depth at LB with Summers, Justin Stephens, Cy Wilson, Thor Woerner, Jesse Harper, Chuck Oputa being the guys that have stood out to me.
  • LBs are also loaded with good leadership. During an individual drill, Coach Ribaudo had to go check on something and Stephens just kept the drill going immediately without being asked...stuff like that is critical...you need players like that on your team.
  • Freshmen Cameron Briscoe and Mason Thom have stood at out as well from an effort, attitude standpoint.
  • DL looks good, too with Rob Boyd, Ryan Smith and Brandon Dornak standing out at DE. Apparently Dornak has a mean streak...
  • George Woods is a big body at DT. He intercepted a pass and ran it back for a TD during team drills early in the week...everyone went crazy.
  • Zach Agnew (converted TE) has the softest hands on the team, in my opinion.
  • Cade Stone (WR) has been impressive. True freshman, he can really move and makes the most of his opportunities...been running with the 2s and 3s but could see significant time if he keeps doing what he's doing.
  • No major injuries in the first week...just a lot of hamstring tightness from several guys.
  • Practices are upbeat and high energy...good sign.

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  • mark rogers
  • August 20, 2012 8:53 AM

August 13, 2012

LOTS TO KEEP TRACK OF...

All you college football fans that THINK you know alot about college football? Well, with the exception of a rare few of you, I'll bet you couldn't name 10 of the 28 head coaching changes in the FBS this year. With 124 FBS schools, that makes...hmmm....23% of schools are entering the ever-critical FIRST YEAR. Basically 1 in 4...that's incredible.

So to help you impress your friends, girlfriends, wives, kids and neighbors...here they are:

  1. Penn State - Bill O'Brien: I think everyone is up to speed on why this change was made.
  2. Ohio State - Urban Meyer: yet another change cloaked in controversy
  3. Arkansas - John Smith: yet another change due to ill-advised actions from an adult
  4. Rich Rodriguez - Arizona: because the Michigan test didn't work.
  5. Mike Leach - Washington State: at least it'll make the Cougars be linked with some hilarious post-game press conferences.
  6. UMass - Charley Molnar: former ND assistant.
  7. Kansas - Charlie Weiss: they like 'em with plenty of girth up in Kansas.
  8. Akron - Terry Bowden: after 19 years out of coaching...intriguing.
  9. Texas A&M - Kevin Sumlin: did great things at UH but now has to face the SEC.
  10. Arkansas State - Gus Malzahn
  11. Paul Chryst - Pittsburgh: long-time Wisconsin assistant.
  12. Rutgers - Kyle Flood: Schiano says bye-bye for the NFL.
  13. Memphis - Justin Fuente: former TCU assistant.
  14. Toledo - Matt Campbell: assistant at ... Toledo.
  15. Illinois - Tim Beckman: left Toledo.
  16. North Carolina - Larry Fedora: former Southern Miss coach.
  17. UCLA - Jim Mora
  18. Arizona State - Todd Graham: who went to Pitt for just a year, where will he be next year?
  19. Ole Miss - Hugh Freeze: left Arakansas State where Malzahn ended up.
  20. Colorado State - Jim McElwain: former 'Bama OC.
  21. Florida Atlantic - Carl Pelini
  22. Fresno State - Tim DeRuyter
  23. Hawaii - Norm Chow: long-time USC assistant and Tennessee Titans OC
  24. Houston - Tony Levine
  25. New Mexico - Bob Davie: out of the studio, into the worst program in college football.
  26. Southern Miss - Ellis Johnson
  27. Tulane - Curtis Johnson
  28. UAB - Garrick McGee


And that makes 28. Memorize them. Dwell on them. Know them.

We're just days away from college football season.

  • mark rogers
  • August 13, 2012 3:47 PM