2015 AFCA Convention: Day 1 Highlights

Clinic season is my favorite time of year. You get to talk football with tons of different coaches, meet new people, and get back together with old friends you haven’t seen in a while. The first day of the AFCA Convention is in the books, so I thought I’d share a few things that I really enjoyed.

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Franklin Stephens  – Ware County Gators – Offensive Philosophy

– “We’re a Wing-T team, but it’s not what you play, it’s how you play.”

– Everyone talks about being tough, having a tough team, but not many have a plan to make their team tough.

– “Toughness is not a sometimes thing, you either are or you’re not.”

We're trying to relate every situation in the game into a drill, that way when a player makes a mistake in a game, we can point him exactly to what drill he needs to improve at.

We’re trying to relate every situation in the game into a drill, that way when a player makes a mistake in a game, we can point him exactly to what drill he needs to improve at.

– “We never do a drill just to do a drill. There should always be a point to what we do.”

– “We’re not talking about getting tough, we’re finding ways to create it.”

On the Iso Drill: “We can’t block them all. Sometimes you gotta make a play as a ball carrier.”

On playing in the backfield in the Wing-T: Be a great faking back. It takes no talent to fake a football.

Woody McCorvey – Clemson – X’s and O’s with a legend

– “My first high school coaching job, the head coach wanted the assistants to go out and seek knowledge. He gave me a good foundation in dealing with kids, as well as the x’s and o’s of football.”

– When working at Alabama A&M, McCorver shared an office with John Chavis, now the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M. They didn’t have a lot of space or resources, but day after day they’d go back and forth, quizzing each other on the offensive and defensive side of the football.

– During the offseason, the two of them would rent a car and go visit the big time schools and talk with the coaches about football. Through visiting with Auburn Coach Pat Dye and getting to know him, Coach McCorvey ended up getting recommended to Phil Fulmer for a job on his staff as a TE coach.

– Father always used to tell him “Don’t work for money, work for a purpose.”

Woody McCorver (left)

Woody McCorver (left)

– “You have to make sure the kids know how much you love them, that way you can coach them as hard as you love them.”

– You’re always auditioning for your next job. Coach McCorvey was once offered a job by an incoming coach (after the previous HC and staff had been let go) because of the appearance of his office.

– Worked for three coaches who have won national championships (Danny Ford, Gene Stallings, Phil Fulmer). The common trait between all three of them was that they were good men, and the right kind of men to stand up in front of a football team and lead.

– Volunteer for committees. Ask yourself, what can I give back?

– Study and know the game. You can’t fool the players, they’ll know if you don’t really know what you’re talking about.

– A coach must have good I.T. skills. You can’t rely on the video guy to always be around to fix the projector if something goes wrong. You need to learn how to fix it.

– If the administration isn’t committed to winning, it’s not a good job.

– It’s important that everyone on the offensive staff have a voice in what they think about the game plan.

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