Football team – FC Dnepr http://fc-dnepr.com/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 12:30:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://fc-dnepr.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Football team – FC Dnepr http://fc-dnepr.com/ 32 32 ‘I really like our football team’: South Dakota football coach Bob Nielson will rely on team depth this season | Football http://fc-dnepr.com/i-really-like-our-football-team-south-dakota-football-coach-bob-nielson-will-rely-on-team-depth-this-season-football/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 12:30:00 +0000 http://fc-dnepr.com/i-really-like-our-football-team-south-dakota-football-coach-bob-nielson-will-rely-on-team-depth-this-season-football/

University of South Dakota football program fires majority of last year’s players The FCS playoff team and coach Bob Nielson said Tuesday the Coyotes are mostly healthy and ready to go as fall camp begins this week.

Nielson was one of six Missouri Valley Football Conference coaches to speak at the conference’s virtual media day.

“I really like our football team,” Nielson said. “We have more depth than we’ve ever had since I’ve been here at the University of South Dakota. We’ve talked since the end of the season last year through the spring and summer that we have to be ready to play our best football straight away.

Carson Camp finally had a moment to step back and understand what happened in a crazy 2021 season.

The Coyotes made their second FCS playoff appearance under the Nielson era last season. The Coyotes return to starting quarterback Carson Camp, who is a sophomore in eligibility but in his third season as a starter.

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“You consider him an experienced player now, and he has a very good understanding of our attack,” Nielson said. “He sees things he didn’t see a year ago, being able to make decisions better. We need a quarterback to be a decision-maker, and the more experience he has, I think the more it’s easy to make those decisions and make them quickly.

Camp suffered a shoulder injury last season, Camp didn’t miss a game but was injury-limited the last four games of the season, including the first-round playoff loss to Southern Illinois at home.

On the defensive side, the Coyotes lost Jack Cochrane and Elijah Reed, among others, but returned Miles Harden as top corner, who is also fully healthy after injury.

“Defensively (we have) a lot more depth in the secondary than we’ve had in the last two years,” Nielson said. “We’ve lost a few key people defensively, but I think we’re in a good position to replace those guys and continue to make the kind of progress we showed last year defensively.”

USD opens the season at Kansas State, and the part of Nielson’s squad he says has grown the most is the offensive line, including preseason All-American Alex Jensen at left tackle. The offensive line returns four starters from last year.

“I think our offensive line continues to improve,” Nielson said. “I really like this group heading into the season with four returning starters, a group that I think has improved over the past year.”

The Jackrabbits have offensive depth

Ahead of its season opener at Kinnick Stadium against Iowa in a month, South Dakota State’s football program has a strong core returning to the offensive end, but needs to put its new coaches to the same length of play. wave as the players.

Two coordinators left Brookings for head coaching positions and took another staff coach with them. One of the goals of Spring Ball was to get the coaches on the same page first.


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“That was our main goal at Spring Ball was to prepare our coaches, not our players,” SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier said. “Obviously, you had to do both, so during the spring ball, we put our coordinators and staff in the press box, and simulated game situations.”

The semifinalist Jackrabbits lost starting running back Pierre Strong Jr. (drafted by the New England Patriots in April), but fired the majority of the team’s skill position players through the field.

As last year’s starting quarterback Chris Oladokun graduated, the Jacks return Mark Gronowski, the starting quarterback of the 2021 spring season when the Jacks made an appearance in the championship game national. Gronowski injured his knee during this championship.

The question on the offensive end comes from the offensive line, where there is some turnover from last year. Depth elsewhere gives the Jacks reason to be confident heading into Kinnick on Sept. 3.

“We need to have three offensive linemen who haven’t played a lot of football to get up to speed really quickly,” Stiegelmeier said. “We’re playing Iowa out of the chute and it’s a tough job. So we can talk about skill, but if your quarterback doesn’t have time or the running back doesn’t have blocked people.

Coaches open up on NIL developments

The NCAA allowing athletes to enjoy their name, image and likeness (NIL) has impacted the college football landscape as much as the conference realignment, and coaches at Tuesday’s virtual press conference opened up on the impacts so far.

Every coach interviewed on NIL admitted to the benefits some athletes derive from agreements signed with local businesses.

“When the NIL rule originally came out, the NDSU was completely okay with our players making money with their name, image and likeness,” the head coach said. NDSU, Matt Entz. “And we’ve had a number of players in our program who have benefited from that. And it was merit-based. We’ve had players who have been able to create additional revenue through the following they have on social media or by advertising in town for a local industry.

Most coaches shared a similar sentiment about the NIL their players received. SDSU and USD players have also seen NIL offers which have earned them some cash.

Nielson also said players being able to offer private lessons through NIL is a benefit, but higher levels of college football are abusing the system.

“There are good things about it. The idea that your guys could never give a private lesson and not get paid before this rule was passed was not a good thing,” Nielson said. “At the same time, some of the things that are happening right now, especially at the Power Five level, are not good for college football.

“I think they’ll have to be sorted out at some point to ensure that our game continues to be the kind of game we all love,” Nielson continued.

Entz also said his group lost three recruits due to NDSU not being as up-to-date on NIL as other schools. Entz and the NDSU athletic department plan to have more talks about NIL to try to keep pace, but he said the problem he sees is incentive-based deals.

“What it’s become unfortunately, across the country, and I think a lot of my coaching peers would see it, is it’s become incentive-based, and I don’t know if it was at the originally what the plan was behind,” Entz said.

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Clutterbuck takes the women’s national football team to Finland http://fc-dnepr.com/clutterbuck-takes-the-womens-national-football-team-to-finland/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 18:00:00 +0000 http://fc-dnepr.com/clutterbuck-takes-the-womens-national-football-team-to-finland/

Ryan Clutterbuck of Guelph has a challenge ahead as head coach of Canada’s national women’s soccer team at this year’s world championship tournament, but it’s a challenge he’s up to.

“It’s a surreal experience to go out to Finland, get to the training ground, meet people from all over the country, and then have the chance to compete at the highest level,” he said. said in a video call from Finland where the American Football Federation’s International Women’s World Championship tournament is currently taking place. “This is a dream.”

Of course, the tournament brings the challenge of playing the unknown. It’s not like professional or college football where teams play every year and have lots of footage of each other to study for trends.

“It’s a huge challenge in the sense that you don’t know what to expect,” Clutterbuck said. “We played Australia in the opening game in 2017, but that has very little impact on what we can expect (this year, other than the color of the shirts.

“We have an idea of ​​what they’re going to look like coming out of the tunnel, but they’re different coaches, they’re different players. They say the same thing about us, so the challenge works both ways. From From a training perspective, it’s very difficult because you have to prepare for all the potential systems and patterns that you might see.

This is the fourth version of the World Tournament and the United States has won the previous three, beating Canada each time in the gold medal match.

The United States won the first 66-0 in 2010 in Sweden, the second 64-0 in Finland and the third 41-16 in 2017 in Langley, British Columbia.

Clutterbuck served as an assistant coach for Team Canada in 2017 and just over a year later, and after moving to Guelph, the Toronto native and former Western Mustang tight end was named head coach of the crew.

“I was the offensive coordinator for that team that competed in Langley, BC, and we won the silver medal in what I described as a really good game against the Americans. The head coach at the time was Jeff Yausie from Saskatchewan,” Clutterbuck said. “It was his second time as head coach and with Football Canada you kind of have an eight-year window. You’re not guaranteed eight years, but they may invite you back. It was Jeff’s second race and so when the applications went out for head coach I was so excited to have the opportunity to go because the experience as an assistant coach was unbelievable.

For Clutterbuck, it doesn’t matter the gender of the person wearing the uniform – coaching football is coaching football. He has previously coached men’s Team Ontario teams at the U16 level, as well as being an assistant coach with the Western Mustangs and head coach with the London Beefeaters of the Canadian Junior Football League.

“It’s a new challenge, but one that doesn’t even have to do specifically with the sex and gender of the players,” he said. “If you are a football coach, you love coaching football. I loved coaching boys, men and young men at college level because I love coaching football and coaching football with our national women’s program is no different.

“It’s not exactly the same, but if you love coaching football you’ll love coaching women’s football. That’s my experience. Every time I talk to a young manager I try to encourage him to think about because especially in Ontario there aren’t a lot of opportunities for women in football. You’re sticking your eyebrows out. Oh, is it tackling football or is it real football? People are asking a lot of questions because they just haven’t seen it. The game is just bigger in Saskatchewan and Quebec for women, but that is changing and I hope it will continue to change.

While the world championship tournament is usually held every four years, like almost everything else, the global pandemic has forced the women’s tournament to be delayed for a year.

“For us, it wasn’t even as simple as pushing it back a year. We had a selection process that was scheduled that was canceled, then postponed, then pushed back. It was a lot,” Clutterbuck said.

“Anyone who has worked in events or gatherings of any kind has had to deal with these kinds of things, so we finally got to a place where we were going to have a selection process in Ottawa and that was there It’s just been a few months. We were able to get everyone there. We did our assessment and now we’re there. It’s really nice to come back and play football.”

Originally, the team was to have provincial selection camps, then a pair of regional camps – one in Western Canada and the other in Eastern Canada, from which the final selections of the team would be made.

“It went pretty well,” Clutterbuck said of this year’s process. “Actually getting everyone together in Ottawa, I thought was actually pretty good from a valuation standpoint.”

It was a few months ago and the team’s players and coaches moved to Finland after trips that lasted 36 hours or more and had to get used to the seven hour difference between time zones and Clutterbuck has a pretty simple goal for the team.

“With any tournament, one of the messages I would share with the team is our expectation, our ambition, our goal is to reach our potential,” he said. “If we do this, everything will be fine. We will see how many points are scored. We’ll see when the dust settles, but if we reach our potential, I’ll be very, very happy with how things have turned out.

And he knows everyone on the team will likely treasure their participation in the tournament for years to come.

“It’s about creating memories that will last a lifetime,” he said. “There are so many things that have happened in football and you forget about them and you move on and you live your life and then you have these moments like 2015 when I was coaching at AT&T Stadium (in Houston), Team Ontario, and playing that Team USA. It’ll be with me forever. And the 2017 women’s world championship, training camp at Simon Fraser, the games themselves at Langley at Trinity Western and meeting coaches and meeting people from all over the country. How did I get so lucky to be able to do this?

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