January 6th, 2012 at 7:34 AM ^

For whatever reason our special teams players have just exploded under Coach Hoke.  It's not only a vast improvement in Brendan Gibbon's play but also I don't think Jeremy Gallon has muffed a K/P catch all year.    Maybe this is all due to the experience another year brings or maybe not, but we're glad to see the improvement.  Noe the next move is to get Wile and Hagerup up to that level.

turbo cool

January 6th, 2012 at 8:13 AM ^

Although neither staff had a kicking coach, the RR staff basically neglected any coaching in the kicking game. I can say this because I was good friends with some of the guys on the team, and a few of those were the kickers. I forget the guys name, and older guy I believe and not a main coach, was selected to oversee the kickers and apparently he had no kicking experience and didn't know how to coach or advise anything in the kicking game.

Also, one thing I found very interesting was their thoughts about Barwis. Most of the guys under LC and RR, shared one common tie. They were loyal to LC, strongly disliked the RR staff (not so much RR himself), but truly loved Barwis. Not so with the kickers. Many of those guys weren't fans of Barwis because they thought he overworked them throughout the week, i.e., having them lift lower body hard leading up to the game and their main kicking muscles were often still sore and recovering on game days. Minor tidbit, but still interesting.


January 6th, 2012 at 3:16 AM ^

This was passed on to me from an eyewitness on the sideline at last years Gator Bowl: before Gibbon's kick Rich Rod went up to him and said "Hey Brendan, if you miss this, you're f***ing done." He proceeded to miss the kick. He reluctantly walked to the sideline and Rich said loudly for all to hear "Hey Brendan, F**k you!"


January 6th, 2012 at 3:36 AM ^

Brendan was in the DJ booth tonight at Skeeps and dedicated a song to all of he brunette girls in the crowd. Our kicker is enjoying his new found fame very much! 

Blue in Yarmouth

January 6th, 2012 at 10:27 AM ^

I really felt good for the whole team after the win, but especially so for Gibbons. For a guy who couldn't seem to do anything right last year to a guy who comes in with the game on the line in a BCS bowl and hammers it down the middle...I just couldn't have been happier for the kid. Sweet redemption!