Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday--July 22nd, 2014

Former UMass star Peter McCarty has been hired as defensive line coach for UNH.

McCarty was a four-year letter (1974, 75, 76, 77). He was captain in 1977. He was All-Yankee Conference in his senior year.

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Penn State has five players on the preseason All-Big 10 list.

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News from the MAC

Akron has the look of a contender says Cleveland.com

Kent State looks to return to winning ways.

Syracuse has a lot of assistant coaches with MAC roots.

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Victor Cruz win "Party like a Sports Star" award.

Victor's also officially engaged.

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I was watching a replay of the Rose Bowl last evening on ESPNU. Stanford plays the 3-4 defense. The Cardinal was very successful last year in rushing defense; they ended up 3rd in the nation at 89.4 yards/game. Stanford missed going 12-0 in regular season by nine points.

Stanford sometimes added two stand-up defensive ends (or linebackers) to the three down linemen to play a five-man front. Sometimes they'd move a linebacker into the gaps. In passing situations they would only rush the three down linemen (and usually got a pretty good push against Michigan State) and drop everyone else back. The camera always stays close to the ball, so it was hard to see what else they were doing, but Stanford was able to use the 3-4 to play great rush defense all season.

In the Rose Bowl the Cardinal held Michigan State to 35-65 1.9 AVE rushing...

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