Week 1 is on the horizon and the official start of the college football season is almost upon us. Regardless, the content isn’t stopping on our site! Enjoy what we have for you today from around the conference and the college sports world in general.
Colorado State is off to a great start for its 2023 class. It’s better than the Rams have done in a while and even better than Coach Norvell did at Nevada. Recruiting coordinator Chad Savage speaks in general terms about how they are doing it. They look for players who fit the philosophy of Norvell at certain positions and do that through high school contacts, they rank every player they come across on a scale, and key traits at each position. The most common is multi-sport athletes and versatility on the field. It’s a great read.
Looking at another team’s recruiting, and UNLV is staying away from the state of Nevada under Coach Arroyo, which is a bit puzzling. In fact, only 5 scholarship players are in state, and it’s not due to a lack of local talent (97 D1 football players the last 3 years). According to high school coaches, the Rebel coaches don’t communicate much or go to watch local games. It’s interesting to read some of the quotes in this one.
What was once considered a fad now has concepts ingrained in most offenses in one way or another four decades later. Almost everyone runs their four basic concepts; however, very few teams run the pure and true offense, Mississippi State and Colorado State are the two that stick out. The article describes it as more process than playbook, trusting execution over matchups and specific players. It’s about keeping it simple and mastering one thing rather than being good at many things. It also discusses how it has evolved over the years as coaches tweak it.
Soccer Players of the Week
.@CCWSoccer's @ErinEwers scored the first two goals of her career on three shots making her the #MWWSOC Offensive Player Freshman of the Week ⚽️#AtThePEAK | #MakingHerMark | #CCTigers pic.twitter.com/eL5v0bBCPs— Mountain West (@MountainWest) August 29, 2022
Josie Morales played 2️⃣4️⃣3️⃣ minutes, anchoring a @CCWSoccer backline that allowed only four goals in three matches.— Mountain West (@MountainWest) August 29, 2022
Oh, and she scored the game-tying goal in the Tigers' 2-1 win over Bucknell #AtThePEAK | #MakingHerMark | #CCTigers pic.twitter.com/8kJoxSniek
On the horizon:
- Later today: Peak Perspective: 5 Reasons Utah State will repeat as conference champs and 5 reasons they won’t.
- Later today: Bowl Projections: Week 0
- Later today: SJSU Preview (a day early with the Thursday game!)
- Coming Thursday: Mountain Bets: Week 1
- Coming Thursday: Stats Corner
- Coming Thursday: Mountain West previews, including Hawaii, San Diego State
- Coming Friday: More previews!