GridironStuds Show Predicts 4 Teams In 2016 College Football Playoff

By: GridironStuds Staff
Twitter: @GridironStuds

As they do every year,  the GridironStuds Show released their college football conference by conference predictions along with predictions on which teams will make the college football playoff and win the championship.

Co-hosts of the GridironStuds Show,  Chad Wilson and Emil Calomino have been pretty adept in years past picking the playoff participants and while there weren’t a ton of surprises in this year’s show,  each host had a bit of a surprise finisher in their top 4.  Both hosts also agreed on which school would be hold up the trophy at year’s end.  It should be noted that neither host discuss their selections prior to doing the show making their unanimous decision as to who would be champion a bit  unusual.

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In This Climate, A Coach Needs to Graduate With His Heisman QB

By: Chad Wilson – Editor GridironStuds Blog
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When he stepped away from the game following the 201o season,  former University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer was widely criticized by the Gator faithful for making up a reason to leave.  Feelings aside,  there’s no denying that Urban Meyer is a very successful football coach and you don’t get to this point without knowing a little something.

2010 was also Tim Tebow’s final one in Gainesville.  Tebow did everything you could do in college football including win a Heisman and a national championship.  In fact,  Tebow garnered two rings and multiple trips to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.  For anyone who was paying attention,  it was quite clear that there was only one Tim Tebow and not likely that there would be another one any time soon.  As much as recruiting talent and developing it,  knowing when to walk away from a job and find the next place to go has as much to do with your success as the previous two attributes mentioned.  Now one must take Meyer at face value when he says he was experiencing health issues and needed to go but whether intentional or coincidental,  Meyer’s move out of Gainesville with Tebow is a shrewd move other coaches would do well to follow.

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Why Virginia Tech Can Quickly Bounce Back

GridironStuds Blog – Guest Post

For the past 23 seasons, Virginia Tech has made a bowl game—the second longest streak in the nation (behind Florida State’s 33), but also one that is in constant jeopardy.

While the Hokies remain a prominent program, the reality is that the past four years the team has not been very good, or at least as good as it once was. While Frank Beamer was beloved in Blacksburg for all he did to build the program, the modern college football game passed him by. And this year, Virginia Tech will play Tulsa, not exactly a member of college football’s elite, in the Independence Bowl. Even worse than that, perhaps, is the fact that the linemakers at Betfair have Virginia Tech as even money to just win the game. That’s definitely not good news for Hokie fans.

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5 Things the Next University of Miami Coach Has to Be

By: Chad Wilson
Editor in Chief – GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

Now that the banner requests have been met in Coral Gables, Florida the next phase is in effect.  That phase is finding a new coach to go Back to the Future at the University of Miami.  The suggestions have been numerous, comical, non-sensical and nostalgic.  Many fans feel that the next hire will be easy, just or and off we go.  Oh if only it were that simple.  This kind of faulty thinking is what got us here in the first place. If you read my previous article “Will We Ever Dance Again” you will understand the challenges facing the program and the next UM coach.

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Top 4 Ways to Get Recruited by College Football Coaches

By: Chad Wilson – Editor of GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

If you are a high school football player chances are you want to continue playing football at the college football level. In the college football recruiting game there are some things that are consistent and the following four things are just that. Here are the top 4 Ways to Get Recruited by College Coaches.

1) BE TALL:

It’s no secret, height wins in the recruiting game. 6’2″ cornerbacks are getting offers like they are going out of style. If you are 6’6″ playing defensive end and or tight end, college coaches have their eyes are on you. There’s noting like a 6’7″ left tackle and everyone is looking for a 6’4″ quarterback. So you are asking, why is he telling me this? I have no control over my height. While height is largely genetic, there is evidence to support the notion that sleep and rest could contribute to an increase in your height. If you’re young, get your rest. It could really pay off!

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The Fastest 40 Yard Dash Ever

What Research Found Out On This Very Important Topic
By: Chad Wilson   @Gridironstuds

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Football fans across America continue to obsess over the most simple drill in the game of football. Is there anything more discussed than the 40 yard dash? Every Spring, this drill takes center stage and undoubtedly the question is asked 1,o00’s of times. What’s the fastest 40 yard dash?

Just as sure as you get the question asked 1,000 times, you will get dozens of ridiculous answers. For starters, let’s find out why the 40 yard dash? When and why did 40 yards become so significant? It started in the 1960’s with the NFL team that had the most developed and comprehensive scouting department and that was the Dallas Cowboys. Prior to this time period, NFL coaches chose the 50 yard dash as the mark of measure to determine a player speed worthiness. In 1960, Gil Brandt, the director scouting for the Cowboys along with his department came up with the 40/20/10 measurement. The 40 was used for all players. The 20 yard split time of the 40 was of great significance for linemen since the thought was that they rarely run 40 yards in a game. The 10 yard split was important for wide receivers as a measure of their burst off of the line of scrimmage. With this, a drill was born and almost 50 years later, it has become the center piece of info on a prospective high school, college or professional football player.

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