With starting quarterback James Franklin out indefinitely with a shoulder sprain, Missouri backup quarterback Corbin Berkstresser has already been asked to take the stress (*elbow nudge* amirite?!?!?) out of making sure the Tigers offense is ready to go no matter what when they enter SEC play for the first time this fall.
And in today’s first spring scrimmage, the redshirt freshman got his initial taste of being a starting quarterback for Mizzou. Berkstresser’s numbers weren’t fantastic — 10-of-25 for 105 yards — but that’s to be expected; Franklin may not have done any better himself had he participated. Here’s what Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune had to say about Berkstresser’s day:
That’s not the most aesthetically pleasing stat line for Berkstresser, but he did some good things guiding the first-team offense against the first-team defense. Most important, he didn’t turn the ball over. He occasionally gets himself in trouble by rushing his delivery and overthrowing his receivers, but he put together an impressive 2-minute drill in his final series.
What’s invaluable are the reps. Franklin took nearly 100 percent of the snaps last season for the Tigers, and with the incumbent starter out for now, that leaves Berkstresser, junior Ashton Glaser and Alex Demczak as the remaining options at QB.
Statistically, Berkstresser probably had the best day of the three, as Glaser and Demczak combined for five interceptions. But when Franklin returns and the season draws closer, it’s only natural that Franklin will get the majority of the reps. That means Berkstresser has to take full advantage of his first-team time now.
There may be a moment when he’s asked to take them in game situations next season.
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As head coaches across the country continue to take advantage of the new 10th assistant rule, Kirk Ferentz is the latest to bolster the size of his staff.
Derrick Foster, the football program announced Tuesday, has been hired by Ferentz. While the school didn’t specify what position or positions for which Foster would be responsible, it did state that the hiring would allow tight ends coach/special teams coordinator LeVar Woods to concentrate on special teams.
That would seem to indicate Foster will be in charge of tight ends, which would mark his first on-field job at the FBS level.
“Derrick is an outstanding person and has built an impressive resume with experience at multiple levels of college football,” said Ferentz in a statement. “He has an impressive record of success on the recruiting trail that will strengthen and expand our existing efforts.”
Foster has spent the past two seasons as the running backs coach and running-game coordinator at FCS Stamford. Prior to that, he was the running backs coach (2013) and wide receivers coach (2014-15) at Northwestern State.
“My wife, Bianca, and I are excited to be afforded this wonderful opportunity to become a part of the Iowa family as well as the Iowa City community,” said Foster. “Our journey is continuing, as this provides us with the opportunity to be part of a great staff and a University that is committed to excellence. I have a lot of respect for the stability and commitment of coach Ferentz and his longevity with the program. I feel fortunate and look forward to working with coach Ferentz and his dedicated staff.”
‘Tis the season for transfers, with a Big 12 school the latest to feel its effect — and an ACC program the latest to benefit.
Syracuse confirmed in a press release Monday that Abdul Adams has joined Dino Babers‘ football program. The running back had spent the past two seasons at Oklahoma, and offered a social media shoutout to Sooner Nation for the time he spent in Norman.
Adams will have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA bylaws; beginning with the 2019 season, he’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.
This past season, Adams, a four-star 2016 signee, was third on the Sooners in rushing with 542, including a 99-yard touchdown run. On his 59 rushes, Adams led the team at 9.2 yards per carry. With OU’s top two rushers in Rodney Anderson (1,161 yards) and Trey Sermon (744) returning, though, Adams thought his best course was to take his leave of what’s seemingly an always-crowded Sooners backfield.
For his two-year career, Adams has run for 825 yards and a touchdown in 112 carries.
Now even the NFL is in on the gag. Sort of.
As you no doubt know by now if you’re even a peripheral fan of college football, UCF kicked up quite the ruckus by very proudly and extremely loudly proclaiming themselves national champions after capping off a perfect 13-0 season by defeating Auburn, which beat both of the College Football Playoff game participants. The football program went so far as to pay its assistants, now at Nebraska after following head coach Scott Frost out the door, the title bonuses they were entitled to contractually, with Disney World throwing the team a championship parade and even the state’s legislature egging the movement on.
Fast-forward to the here and now, and the NFL is getting set for this season’s Pro Bowl, which will be played in Orlando; the Knights, of course, play their home games in the same city. So, naturally, the NFL will honor the team during the game, although it’s expected the league will stop short of officially crowning their asses.
“When we thought about UCF and the amazing season they had going undefeated and their bowl game win, we thought there was really no better way, especially in the city of Orlando, to do something for that college celebration of football than to honor the UCF team in stadium on Sunday,” said Matt Shapiro, director of events strategy for the NFL, told the Orlando Sentinel. “I think we’re going to focus on their undefeated season. I don’t know that we’re going to get into the business of labeling them national champions. But we’re just excited to honor them and celebrate them.
According to the Sentinel, the players in attendance will be invited to walk on to the field at the end of the first quarter to be feted. Just which players will be in attendance is unclear.
One Ohio State assistant remaining on Urban Meyer‘s coaching staff will apparently come at the expense of another, at least responsibility-wise.
After speculation surfaced over the weekend that Ryan Day was being wooed by an NFL team, it was reported Monday that the assistant would be staying with the Buckeyes. Tuesday, OSU announced that Day, who just completed his first season as quarterbacks coach and c0-offensive coordinator, has been promoted to offensive coordinator.
That will no doubt raise some eyebrows as Kevin Wilson held the title of coordinator in 2017. In explaining the move, the football program wrote that “Day will continue to coach the Ohio State quarterbacks and work with Kevin Wilson to lead the Ohio State offense with additional adjustments to [Wilson’s] responsibilities forthcoming.” It would seem those adjustments would at least partially revolve around play-calling, a responsibility that fell to Wilson on gamedays this past fall.
“Ryan is clearly a very talented coach who has been an outstanding addition to our program,” Meyer said in a statement. “He has been approached by other schools numerous times this off-season for coordinator and head coach opportunities, and by the National Football League for a coordinator opportunity. I am pleased that he has elected to continue to work on this staff and to lead, mentor and coach the terrific young men we have in this program.”
Day has been a solo coordinator twice in his coaching career — at Temple in 2012 and then again in 2013-14 at Boston College.
Prior to coming to OSU, Day was the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 and spent the 2015 season in the same job with the Philadelphia Eagles. Those were his first two stints at the NFL level.