Every Thursday we open up the floor to the masses for questions and, as always, you all respond in kind. This week we've got a pretty solid range of questions and, unexpectedly, none of them are about conference expansion or how terrible John Swofford is in leading the ACC.
No need to waste more time, let's get right into your questions!
@InTheBleachers how well can Boise State realistically do this year?— Jason Campbell (@jasoncampbell_) May 17, 2012
Great question and I think there are two legitimate answers here. On the team level, they are going to take a step back. That's what happens when you're replacing big pieces on both sides of the football and at multiple levels of the game.
There is a lot of "new" on this Boise State squad from the obvious quarterback spot, but also on the defensive side of the ball. Chris Petersen is a heck of a ball coach and he'll have Joe Southwick and the rest of the new starters ready to play.
While Boise State will have to battle to get up to where they finished 2011, the top 10, they can still be penciled in as favorites to win their conference. The infrastructure is still there, the players are young, but they saw action in spots a season ago and the Mountain West is fairly wide open.
If they can get past Michigan State in Week 1, this is a team that can claw their way into consideration for the non-AQ autobid. Not because they're as good as they were a year ago, but because the non-AQ ranks do not have as much potential as they did just a year ago.
@InTheBleachers Who is the best QB in college football that no one is talking about?— Mike Patton (@General_MP) May 17, 2012
I think everyone who has seen this video knows that I love both Keith Price at Washington and James Franklin of Mizzou. However, since I've been gushing about those two for almost a season, I'm going to pick a new guy to drop some praise on.
Teddy Bridgewater is a kid set up to have a great season in 2012. He is coming off a year where he was pressed into playing early for a Louisville team that is young all over the field. Bridgewater had some big moments and he was most certainly a refreshing sight for Louisville fans. He is a great athlete who is growing into the quarterback position nicely.
Bridgewater has a legitimate shot at leading the Cardinals to a Big East title and a BCS Bowl.
Odds are the landscape does not make any marked changes. As schools that have been pro-style for a long time, like Ohio State and North Carolina, make the change over to the spread, there are schools like Florida and Texas that are looking to return to a pro-style approach to the game.
There is going to be an ebb and flow to it as people look to play for wins and for recruits. The spread might be in vogue, but the pro-style attack is not going anywhere and as teams develop their defenses to stop the spread, there are advantages that can be gained by running a pro scheme.
@InTheBleachers might be late but how many snaps a day do snappers throw back in practice? That's usually all they do right? Or 3rd stringLB— Greg B (@gjb512) May 17, 2012
I really don't have a number here. However, "a lot" is a pretty good amount. Those dudes spend a lot of time with their head down throwing the ball through their legs. It is not an easy job and it is a high-pressure position.
Generally, at practice they snap during pre-practice drills as the punters and punt returners get work in before flex. Then during individual drills, they do more snapping during that period. During punt, punt cover and field goal, they are snapping the ball again. Situational periods that involve a punt or field goal also have the deep snappers involved.
To be fair, they do other things at practice, too, like working on some tackling and blocking schemes. They sometimes run drills for the other positions. I also guarantee they are some of the best punt and kickoff "catchers" on the ballclub because they spend a lot of time catching balls kicked across the field so their punter can kick them back. Plenty of snaps to be had in a day for the long snappers.
The same cannot be said for the third-string guy. He is usually a linebacker or tight end that has some high school experience. If he gets pressed into action, look out.
I'm going to assume that you mean aside from myself. Honestly, as far as names go, I'm a bit stumped. I know what I'm looking for with respect to the people on the committee: involved football minds that know what they are looking at when they watch tape. We've mentioned the Legends Poll here before and that's a bit of the format I'd like to see utilized.
Again, as far as names go, the guys on that list are a solid pool to draw from. Throw in some guys like Mike Bellotti, Jimmy Johnson or maybe even a newly-out-of-work Rick Neuheisel and I think you have a gang that understands football, knows what they are watching and can make informed decisions.
Another fun week, be sure to get those questions in each Thursday to Tweet to @InTheBleachers and I'll make sure to answer them!