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    ISU Football Clinic, Chizik chills – and more…

    The football clinic for coaches conducted this weekend was once again well-organized and quite valuable. Various ISU coaches presented, both ISU and area high school coaches - plus HS coaches from TX and AL. Eric Link did a great job of coordinating the event – very happy he was held over from the previous staff!

    During the various sessions I learned a couple things. QB coach Tony Petersen talked about QB drills and fundamentals. He showed some clips of both Meyer and Arnaud going through the various drills and some of them in the scrimmage last week. Meyer seems to be making the better decisions yet Arnaud’s fundamentals look to be better. Petersen talked quite a bit about fundamentals and gave examples of Meyer not executing some of them. I saw it on the film and in the scrimmage today. Meyer is still our guy, clearly. I just can’t wait for the Arnaud years to begin as well – kid has a nice arm. Plus, the coaching staff is very high on him.

    I really like Tony Petersen as well. He’s very meticulous about everything. Works to perfection. Each play has a specific drop back. Also, he guaranteed we’ll have far less sacks this year – he’s a firm believer that at least 50% are the QB’s responsibility. He talked a lot about what coaching he’s doing with the QB’s to eliminate those mistakes. He’d be much happier with 2nd and 10, 3rd and 10 or punting than taking a sack.

    McFarland was a treat to listen to – I took over 2 pages worth of notes just in his 45 minute session. He talked a lot about offensive linemen, the drills and techniques. Showed a number of clips from drills he conducted in the past and then clips of the same drills with our players. They’ve got a long way to go but it’s still very early.

    Unfortunately Bolt was holding his session at the same time McFarland was so I didn’t get to listen to him. I actually focused on offense in this clinic having gone the defensive route last year. I listened to Jay Rodgers as well, yet nothing earth shattering there. Todd is a stud yet not perfect, Sumrall is doing well, etc. Jay did seem high on Hamilton. We’ve heard that before though, so it will be interesting to see if he can fill that Jon Davis role or if Franklin will when he shows up in the fall.

    Both McFarland and Bolt are fun guys to be around. One of the other CF members that was at the clinic told be about his time with them Thursday night and mine was no different – these guys are characters and like to have fun. They also have complete command of their units – their voices sure do carry!

    On the scrimmage today, a few players were out with injuries – yet nothing major there. Basically the ones we’re aware of plus a couple guys with minor items that look like they’ll be back from soon. A few offensive linemen from the 2nd unit got dinged up today too – hope none are serious. Did look like a 2nd/3rd unit receiver tore up his knee pretty good though. Hopefully we’ll find out more next week.

    I won’t go into details other than the defense appears to be ahead of the offense right now – as expected early in practice. They reeled in 3 turnovers between the 1st and 2nd team I think. Some nice hits too.

    At the end of the scrimmage, Chizik spoke to the team. I had chills the entire way through, he clearly has the full attention of this team. They have to be on their toes because many times he’ll pause with one word left in his sentence, an obvious one – and the team must finish the sentence together. It’s pretty neat. He talked about the certain things they’re doing well and what they need to work on. Told them he’ll never question their motivation – everyone is working hard and trying to get better.

    He specifically named Sumrall today – in a good way. He looked really good in the scrimmage and received well-deserved praise for it.

    The last thing Chizik said to his players was…

    “Today’s Saturday so I don’t want any of you going out and doing something stupid tonight. You’ll be faced with choices. Make the right ones.”



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    Re: ISU Football Clinic, Chizik chills – and more…

    Nice to hear coaches recognize that Meyer shouldn't be taking so many sacks. Seeing him get sacked so much was the most frustrating thing last year. Perhaps this year he will learn to throw the ball away! Looking forward to seeing that.
    Thanks for the report.



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    Re: ISU Football Clinic, Chizik chills – and more…

    It's stories like these that keep building excitement for the season. Great report!



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    Re: ISU Football Clinic, Chizik chills – and more…

    Thanks for the inside scoop... I really believe Chizik will be something special!



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    Re: ISU Football Clinic, Chizik chills – and more…

    How about Jackie Sherill's 2 hour lecture? WOW! Write this down!!



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    Re: ISU Football Clinic, Chizik chills – and more…

    Great stuff, 22... thanks for sharing.


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    Re: ISU Football Clinic, Chizik chills – and more…

    Quote Originally Posted by lomashad View Post
    How about Jackie Sherill's 2 hour lecture? WOW! Write this down!!
    Sat in my room and drank for those 2 hours. Didn't sound like I missed much. Couldn't have been as bad as Earl Bruce last year.


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    You should listen to Sherill's speech.

    Quote Originally Posted by lomashad View Post
    How about Jackie Sherill's 2 hour lecture? WOW! Write this down!!
    When Johnny Majors was head coach, more than one person remarked that Sherill was the brains and Majors was the spirit.


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    Re: ISU Football Clinic, Chizik chills – and more…

    How can you not be excited about 2007 Cyclone football?

    Thanks for sharing...



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    Re: ISU Football Clinic, Chizik chills – and more…

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    Sat in my room and drank for those 2 hours. Didn't sound like I missed much. Couldn't have been as bad as Earl Bruce last year.
    I had to come home and missed the last session...



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    Re: ISU Football Clinic, Chizik chills – and more…

    Great write up ISU... Its sounds like it was well worth your money. Now you can go out and coach our future Cyclones. :)


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    Re: You should listen to Sherill's speech.

    Quote Originally Posted by IsUaClone2 View Post
    When Johnny Majors was head coach, more than one person remarked that Sherill was the brains and Majors was the spirit.
    You must have been there too.............



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    Re: ISU Football Clinic, Chizik chills – and more…

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    Sat in my room and drank for those 2 hours. Didn't sound like I missed much. Couldn't have been as bad as Earl Bruce last year.
    Actually, you didn't. As interesting as his stories were his delivery of everything turned it into a circus. He had guys trying to kick the ball through the roof during his punting lecture and turned quite mad a couple of times because nobody was asking questions or volunteering to be his dummy on stage. He completely embarrased the ones who did! Even Chizik remarked that it was a" little long". I was being sarcastic the first time.



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    Re: ISU Football Clinic, Chizik chills – and more…

    i was at the conference, and Wayne Bolt is freaking hilarious. He walks to the beat of his own drum



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    Re: ISU Football Clinic, Chizik chills – and more…

    Bolt is a horse of a different color. Had a good time with Raney and Koonz as well.


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