After seeing those tweets, I wandered over to the BTN YouTube channel and was rewarded with three videos. I've included summaries of each.
- Coach Harbaugh (link). Length: 5:35
- JH starts out with his genuine, if boilerplate, enthusiasm for football.
- JH is asked about the new NCAA-mandated fall camp schedule and says that the practice schedule is as whittled down as it can get to still have a chance to prepare the team. Harbaugh talks about 'developing a callous' (which I think is a great way of putting it) to prepare for the rigors of the season. Comments that there was a ton more volume 10-20 years ago, including 2/3-a-day practices. He feels that the mental aspect is what bridges the past and present. Kids still try to figure out if they can make it, and after that, focus on their positions, and then figure out their starting position. Then they look to see how good they are in the Big Ten/the country. Anyway, in training camp, you get separation to figure out who starts and who doesn't.
- JH is asked about new WR coach Jim McElwain. JH says he has a lot of fire, the kids like him, and that he has a great deal of knowledge.
- Interviewer asserts that OL looks much better. JH notes that they did well in the '9 on 7' and 'you could really hear the plastic popping.' Gives some praise for the physicality of both sides. Some deflection goes on.
- JH is asked about Tarik Black. Coach acknowledges that his return is significant and says that Black is back to full health. He says other guys are also coming along, but he intentionally doesn't name names. McElwain is coaching technique and the guys are responding.
- Shea Patterson: handling expectations? Coach tells him to just handle it one day at a time. He says that competition is helping the QB position.
- Assess QB position. Coach repeats that the competition is very good, and he doesn't see anyone backing off. They're all still going after it.
- Devin Bush and Rashan Gary (link). Length: 3:05
- To Devin: many people back; how to get better? Devin says that they need to stick to the plan and re-focus.
- To Rashan convinced chase to stay. How? Rashan says he pitched the increased experience and a desire to be the best duo in CFB.
- To Devin: what will be different? More swagger, confidence, and fun. Why? Everyone is back--growing pains are out of the way.
- To Rashan: why will the team be different? They know the goals, they know how to achieve these goals.
- To Rashan: What are the goals? Be #1 in every category.
- To Rashan, though this is pushed to Devin: New guys who will play? Bush: Uche, Ross, Gill. Gary:Hutchinson.
- To Rashan: OL this year v. last year. They're more physical, and they have more confidence/swagger. They also show a desire to get better.
- Starting out with a high-profile program in the first game (Florida last year, ND this year)--how does it impact their approach? Rashan: it changes nothing. They know their goals, and they know that they need to focus week-by-week to achieve these goals. Devin: He agrees.
- Don Brown adjectives? Devin: High-energy, passionate, comical (sarcastic).
- Pep Hamilton (link). Length: 2:43
- What has coach learnt about Patterson and Peters? Coach thinks they're both making one another better through a good competition--with the whole group, including McCaffrey, Milton, and George Jr. They support each other, too.
- How do you sort this out? Pep says it's a different challenge in CFB. There's no pre-season. You don't want to have your QBs take live hits in practice. So you see which guy can manage/handle the offense and still provide consistency in execution and leadership.
- Talent/depth/progress of WRs. Great and talented and deep. Grant Perry gives them a chance to be special. DPJ/Martin/Collins/Black are improving. McElwain and McDaniels (?) doing a great job with coaching.
- LT battle? Runyan (who was introduced with the question because he was taking LT reps earlier; not brought up unsolicited) provides consistency and stability in the meeting room and on the field. He also has good communication with other OL. JBB/Steuber are also pushing.
I think this post says more about my desperation for football content than it does about the team. I was expecting more clips of players doing things, but instead it was a series of interviews, and all interviewed parties were keen to say as little as possible. Pep was especially gifted at it.
If I see any takeaways, it's that McElwain allegedly has 'fire,' there's a WR coach named McDaniels, the OL may have actually improved, and Runyan got starting reps at LT (we know from UMBig11 that this is part of an ongoing experiment). Pep's unsolicited mention of Grant Perry is interesting, though I don't know what to make of it.