Your Best 11 Mailbag: My Rule Change to Make, Plus Talking Fall Camp

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterAugust 3, 2012

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - NOVEMBER 21: Erik Highsmith #88 of the North Carolina Tar Heels carries the ball in the first half against the Boston College Eagles on November 21, 2009 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Every week we give you folks a forum for your questions as they relate to college football. After a hectic week of being in the central time zone, the Your Best 11 Mailbag is back with a tempered zeal. Fall camp is right around the corner, or it has started if you're one of the lucky ones. We'll talk fall camp and all that jazz today.


@inthebleachers If you could change any rule regarding play on the field, what would it be and why?

— Patti Jones (@DrPattiJones) July 27, 2012


Because she's one of my favorites, and I goaded her into asking a question a week ago, I'm going to answer this one first. Honestly, in all of the rules that I'd change I think forward progress and how it is handled would be the move I'd make. Right now, in it's current form, it is a rule that truly does nothing but benefit the offense. Players are allowed to give second and third efforts after they are stopped, because, you know, everyone wants that "broke a tackle and was nearly down but then sprinted for a TD" highlight.

My change would go one of two ways. Either they blow the whistle when the ball-carrier is stopped. As in, when he is in the grasp, stops going forward and is trying to gather himself for his second push, the whistle gets blown and the play is dead. Or they could make the rule truly work both ways. Just like the second effort for the offense can get them a first down, the second effort by the defense should result in the loss of yards, a fumble or whatever comes next.

Either or works for me.


@inthebleachers who steps up at WR for UNC?

— Keith Wynne (@Deucekjw2) August 3, 2012


Going into training camp, as far as "replacing Dwight Jones" goes, there really is no receiver like that on the roster. That said, expect Erik Highsmith to remain the Steady Eddie figure that he has been for the Tar Heels. Jheranie Boyd is on a lot of folks' lists but given the new offense and Boyd's inability to be consistent I'm going to lean elsewhere: Eric Ebron. No, he's not a wide receiver but the tight end is the mismatch making, dynamic playmaker the Tar Heels will need to rely on to really make things happen for this offense.


@inthebleachers With Tommy Rees suspended a game, is the Notre Dame starting QB job Everet Golson's to lose?

— Spencer Hardison (@SpencerHardison) August 3, 2012


I don't think that's fair to say, no matter how much Notre Dame fans wish it was true. Even without Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix is still there in the quarterback battle trying to win the job. Golson is going to have to win the job outright and even then, with Rees only suspended a game, he would have to keep the gig. Everett Golson has the luxury of being the highest ceiling quarterback out of the three ready to play this season. He also has the cross of being the heart attack player who you have to take the good and bad of as the season goes on. We'll see if he wins the job and then we'll watch to see if Brian Kelly has the stomach to handle a quarterback like Golson.


@inthebleachers will EJ Manual do enough to get #FloridaState to a BCS bowl? Their defense is top notch.

— Joey LaParry (@leftcoastbias1) August 3, 2012


Training, for EJ Manuel, is going to be about finding some comfort behind some new offensive lineman and establishing a measure of confidence in his receiving corp. If he can do those things then absolutely he has the ability to lead the Seminoles to a BCS Bowl game. Tangible skills are no worry for the quarterback entering his final year of eligibility. This is going to be about how the rest of the team fits around him and grows together for 2012.


@inthebleachers June-July prep for camp. What are these kids' training regimen like? Any insight?

— Danny V (@fiveboroball) August 3, 2012


Every team is a little bit different but they are also very similar. Lifting, running, trying to get your times for conditioning, working your skills from a scheme standpoint, watching film and then of course having summer school during that time. The lead into camp is all about being in shape and the fact that most places have a couple weeks between the end of summer school and camp makes for an interesting period. Some kids go home, some go on vacation but in the end they all better show up to camp ready to play ball.

Conditioning tests are brutal. Whether they are straight 300s, 300-yard shuttles, 110s or 40s they are never fun. A lot of folks run 110s for the test and whether that number is 16, 18, 20 or more, if they are timed you run the risk of having to show up the next day and redo them.


@inthebleachers what's worse:lifting during 2-a-days or 5am post meetings?I say lifting.Just when u think day is over u still have to lift.

— AJ Fritsche (@Fritsche12) August 3, 2012


We never lifted during two-a-days. Our schedule for two-a-days, if my memory serves me correct, was wake up, breakfast, film, practice, lunch, film/install, dinner, practice, snack and then bed. On days when we had just one practice, we had wake up, breakfast, offense lift/defense film, defense lift/offense film, lunch, film/install, practice, dinner, film, snack and then bed. 

As a guy who truly hated lifting weights, I'd have rather had two-a-days with no lift. Throw in the sheer length of the day when you have just one practice, endless meetings and trying not to fall asleep, and the two-a-days were just better for me. Nothing was worse than the night time meeting after a one-a-day practice, after you've had dinner and your body is tired from 13 or 14 days of camp.

We'll be back next week folks, if you've got questions or a topic you'd like to see broached, send them in!