Saturday, January 10, 2015
SEC power rating the last 8 years - and why recruiting is more important than coaching (and why some cheat)
Included is a list of NFL players from the SEC schools.
It also strongly compares to the ranking and success of these schools
football success considering the last 8 years.
Why is there such big coverage about recruiting each winter?
Talent wins games. Sorry, million dollar coaches.
Saban and Calipari are dominating with the talent rich Alabama football
and Kentucky basketball future pros.
Do you really think they would be where they financially if they
moved to Western Carolina or Missouri State?
This is why people cheat in football recruiting.
(No accusations-but it is the motivation for cheating when it happens.)
The list is from high to low listing schools with NFL player.
Listed also are some of the SEC school’s better known players.
These numbers are a strong and I think accurate correlation to the success of teams
in the SEC the last 8 years considering their good and bad years,
not just 2013 and 2014.
Tennessee seems high here but they weregood in the Fulmer days and these
older pros listed below played mostly then.
Missouri, Ole Miss and Texas A&M seem low but
this of course does take into account now of future NFL players
on their improved rosters now due to better recruiting.
Saturday Down South listed the number of NFL players from each SEC school and some of their players.
TEAM NO. OF PLAYERS NOTEABLES
#1 Alabama 42 Julio Jones, Eddie Lacy, Dre Kirkpatrick, C.J. Mosley
#2 LSU 42 Odell Beckham Jr., D. Bowe, Jeremy Hill, Patrick Peterson
#3 Georgia 39 M. Stafford, Geno Atkins, A.J. Green, Knowshon Moreno
#4 Florida 36 Carlos Dunlap, Joe Haden, Percy Harvey, M. Pouncey
#5 Tennesse 31 Peyton Manning, Arian Foster, Jason Witten, Jerod Mayo
#6 Auburn 27 Cam Newton, Nick Fairley, Karlos Dansby, Ronnie Brown
#7 S, Carolina 28 Alshon Jeffery, Jadeveon Clowney, John Abraham, Melvin Ingram
#8 Texas A&M 25 Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans, Ryan Tannehill, Von Miller
#9 Missouri 22 Aldon Smith, Jeremy Maclin, Ziggy Hood, Blaine Gabbert
#10 Ole Miss 19 Eli Manning, Patrick Willis, Mike Wallace, Michael Oher
#11 Arkansas 15 Peyton Hillis, Darren McFadden, Jason Peters, Jarius Wright
#12 Miss State 15 Fletcher Cox, Johnthan Banks, Darius Slay, K.J. Wright
#13 Kentucky 14 Randall Cobb, Stevie Johnson, Tim Masthay, Jacob Tamme
#14 Vanderbilt 11 Jay Cutler, Jordan Matthews, Zac Stacy
Monday, January 5, 2015
Written in June 2014 and re-posted after Coach Jim Lofton's funeral.
The Paradox of Coach Jim Lofton
By Fletcher Law, assistant coach 1991-1993, North Hall
Coach Jim Lofton has built a well-known reputation for his football coaching and Christian character.
What is less known about him by those who did not know him in his coaching career is perhaps his equal devotion to teaching. This was never in doubt working for him. This is another lesson young coaches can learn from him. As a young assistant he made a lasting impression on how a coach has a calling to teach your academic area, your sport and character by example.
A vivid memory of mine was once walking out of the North Hall field house through the washroom.
Future Clemson Tiger and NFL lineman Corey Hulsey, all 6’4 and 330 plus pounds of him and fully dressed out in pads, was sitting on the washer with his helmet by his side. Coach Lofton was standing by him with an open book. It was not a playbook on how to block 14 Blast. Coach had in his hand an English Literature book helping Corey with Shakespeare. Many people would not know that Coach had a master’s degree in English from Emory University. I was surprised to learn that Corey was not even in Coach Lofton’s class. Coach was delaying getting on the field for Lit for a student who also was a football player.
As a new coach I was warned by defensive coordinator David Stephens about Coach Lofton’s intensity on the sideline on a Friday night. Another paradox about Coach Lofton was our practices were teaching sessions. Game days were different. The coin had been flipped and the kick-off team I headed up was huddling up ready to start the game. Coach Lofton grabbed my shoulder and hollered “I can’t believe that!” “What?” was my shocked and puzzled response. Coach said “There’s (name deleted to protect the guilty) in the stands. I taught him freshman Health and he played here four years. And now he is up there smoking a cigarette.” In shock and disappointment he added “After all I taught him.” Teaching freshman Health class was as important as Literature or running the 14 Blast or 20 trap properly.
One practice I was concerned about telling Coach that I had to leave early on the next day’s practice because the school I taught at was having a PTA meeting. He told me sternly that it concerned him greatly to see coaches not take teaching seriously. He told me once at practice he was concerned about having a soft drink ad on the scoreboard. Coach was concerned about what even his students drank and ate for snacks. He believed in his system he had formulated by being a student. He was always improving himself and refining his system to see why he included certain stretches and exercises and play calls. He had a system and he was always refining it. He taught his assistant coaches his system. We all knew what all eleven were to do on every play. He and we knew what all eleven were to do on defense.
One of his assistants told me a clinic story. Coach Lofton was listening to Bill Yeoman the inventor of the Houston veer offense speak. Coach asked the big time college coach what the backside tackle was to do on the outside veer. The “expert” coach told Coach Lofton he did not know. This was astounding for Coach. This is perhaps why were to be taught the idea of the “big picture”.
Coach Lofton taught and led his assistant coaches in a clear direction. We followed him. The players were to follow us. There was no paradox in this. Where could he have learned how to lead, coach and teach by character in all things? The Apostle Paul wrote-
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV) “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”