Monday, July 28, 2014

"Daring Greatly” selected as a FootballScoop.com Non-FBS video of the year finalist!

Pretty darn sweet.
Wow.  Footballscoop.com, who is a hugely popular website in the football community for breaking news, articles, and coaching comings and goings on all-levels of football has released the finalist for their 2nd annual Video of the Year contest and we made the cut. 

Our 2014 Spring Football video “Daring Greatly” has been selected as one of five finalists in the Non-FBS video of the year category.  The three categories are FBS/Non-FBS/High School.  The Non-FBS encompasses all teams in division II, III, NAIA, and Junior/Community College football.   This is actually our second video picked as a finalist as last year our 2013 Spring Ball Video “The Difference” was a finalist in Scoop’s 1st video contest

When the call came to submit videos for this year’s contest, I was torn.  You are only allowed to submit one video from a program and I was stuck on either going to our 2013 Highlight Video Trailer “Higher Ground” or with Daring Greatly.  I talked it over with Mrs. 11 and she was on the fence too but in the end even with Higher Ground having so much energy and action packed into it, I thought that Daring Greatly has that great emotion with the front piece and spring ball clips that take you right into the action of the work the players put in.

A group of four judges outside of the Footballscoop.com family and a representative of the school of last year’s Non-FBS winner (Southern Oregon) will select the winner that will be revealed early next week.  The competition is thick.  Other Non-FBS finalists come from East Mississippi Community College, Grand Valley State (DII), Montana State (Non-FBS), and  South Dakota State (Non-FBS).

FootballScoop.com:  Announcing the FootballScoop non-FBS Video of the Year finalists

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Northwest Conference's 1st Team All-American numbers

Wow.
D3football.com has been selecting an elite All-American football team since 1999.  It's a tough team to make as the folks at D3.com are selective and try to make this team a true honor and not just name everyone and their dog to generate some page clicks.

A total of 31 Wildcats have been named to D3football.com's All-American team while PLU has had 11 All-American honors, Willamette at 9, Whitworth with 8, L&C with 1, and UPS and Pacific (only 4 seasons in) are looking for their first selection.  Having 20 more All-American honors is pretty dominating as it is, but when you look at the 1st team All-American honors, that's when Linfield really puts the pedal down on the competition.   

Since 1999, Linfield players have been selected to 1st team status a total of 18 times by D3football.com while the next closest comes in at 2 selections (tie - PLU & Whitworth).  16 more 1st team All-American honors than the next closest NWC program.  That's pretty wild considering that PLU, Whitworth, and Willamette have each had very good runs of play over the past 15 seasons.  Add up PLU, Whitworth, and L&C and they're still 15 selections short of the what the 'Cats have been doing.

Dang.


Friday, July 11, 2014

2014 Linfield's Team Camp Highlight Video


Another summer and another great group of team camps this year at the 'Catdome.  Linfield has been hosting this team camp for nearly 30 years and 2014 was the biggest yet with over 1,600 campers coming though Linfield over a 9 day period.   The players get great individual position instructions from the Linfield coaching staff, 7-on-7 competition, team time, full contact controlled scrimmages, and nightly team contests.  It's a heck of an action packed camp.

Above is our now annual team camp highlight video from the 1st session of camp.  Schools featured are: Oregon City, North Medford, Centennial, Century, Mt. View, Sherwood, Westview, Barlow, Dayton, Mark Morris, Crook County, and Sutherlin.  Already looking forward to next year's camp!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rolling along


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The 2014 Field Turf Replacement project is moving right along as the Maxwell Field surface is currently being regraded.  In speaking to one of the crew members this morning he said they should be finished by this upcoming Saturday and said regrading is progressing perfectly. 

I haven't seen a mockup of what the new surface will look like but I do know the field will thankfully be green (no gimmicks) and I suspect it will be very similar to the previous configuration.  That's a great thing as the previous field look freaking fantastic for 10 years.  No soccer lines and green turf....I'll take that any day of the week.


 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Field Turf Moves On

Multiple Linfield social media accounts have reported that over the past two days the 1st generation Field Turf surface at Maxwell Field has been completely removed in preparation of a new field install. I can still remember the grand re-opening of the 'Catdome in 2004 vs. Western Oregon after the huge remodel and over 10 years the surface looked great and played great. That old surface saw a lot of Linfield victories with a few moments of defeat. It was a hell of a ride but let's do it again!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Video: 2013 Linfield vs Hampden-Sydney (playoff)

Not too much to say here but this was a great football game. The 'Cats had to climb out an early big hole to send the Tigers from Hampden-Sydney home 31-21 in the 2nd round of the 2013 NCAA Division III playoffs. A great day for football

Linfield's Individual Camp was a hit!

Linfield's 1st individual skills camp will become one of the best on the west coast.
Last Tuesday, the Linfield College football staff concluded their 1st ever individual skill camp in the 'Catdome.  For nearly 30 years the summers in the 'Catdome were exclusively for the highly regarded and well attended team football camp (this year's two sessions saw 1,600 campers come through Linfield over a 9 day period).  This past spring the staff decided to add a more personal touch to the football opportunities available for high school players in the Northwest by offering up a smaller and more personal learning experience.

The result was nearly 50 players receiving a two day clinic in championship football as the Linfield staff put these players though technical position training that made the $150 price tag a bargain.  The players were put though two 3 1/2 hour non-padded workouts on Monday and Tuesday that the Linfield staff uses daily during the college season.  Each position group was filmed constantly by a student worker and that video was later broken down in film sessions ran by the staff. 

This camp was a hit with both the players and the staff and you're going to see this individual skills clinic continue to grow and become a major destination on the summer circuit.  The training the players received was just too good not for players in the Northwest to pass up.

Below is a link to an article on the skills camp that ran in the Oregonian and the embedded video is of Coach Tyler Robitaille discussing the indy camp.

Oregonlive.com: Linfield football clinic adds intimate atmosphere to Oregon summer football camp circuit

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Parental Perspective: Repp Family

 
Josh Repp was a clutch performer for the 'Cats

Most of the focus in the recruiting process is understandably geared towards the student-athlete.  However, the other side of the coin is that at the end of the day it’s the parent/parents/guardian that has to buy in and support sending their son to college and entrust them to a coaching staff.

We’re lucky enough to have some feedback from some parents of recent Linfield football graduates about their own Linfield experience and I feel it speaks highly of how both Linfield football and Linfield College continues to shape the lives of young people.
 

Below is a letter from the parents of Kicker/Punter Josh Repp who wrapped up an excellent career for the ‘Cats this past season.  
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As a high school senior, there were so many opportunities available for our kicker/punter son, Josh Repp.  We visited schools, he fielded calls from coaches all over the country, we researched; it was grueling.  After taking a trip to Linfield on his own, Josh came back, and all other options were no longer considered.  He was going to Linfield, and that decision was certain. In somewhat of a panic, we sought to research the school and talk with people living in Oregon about the program.  Everyone had the same answer; you could not find a better place.  The students from Linfield carry the reputation of people of excellent character, dedication, and those who are well prepared for the working world.  They graduate ready to give back and contribute in every way.

We were excited to find out about the history and quality of the football program, but it was the school and the concern for the student athlete that really helped us to agree with Josh's decision.  Who would know the team would be amazing?  Certainly, not us Southern Californians, but amazing it was!  We will never forget the night he called, in December of 2012, to express his sadness about his first loss at home in four years.  He was so disappointed, and yet we shared how inconceivable it was to be able to play for a team with that kind of record.  During his time, he had phenomenal coaching support, made lifelong friends, and was treated by a training staff that rivals professional football teams.  The trainers are fantastic, and it gave us comfort knowing they were looking out for our son, while we were more than 1,000 miles away.  Now, Josh is trying to find young men in Southern California in order to encourage them to attend Linfield.  He knows what an incredible opportunity it was for him and he wants to share that with other Californians.

Academically, Linfield has been a challenge and we have reveled in watching our son grow through this.  We just kept saying, "That is why a college diploma holds so much meaning."  He found advisors, professors, and support staff on campus that helped him navigate the college experience.  As his time winds down, it is with some sadness, but we rejoice and feel confident, like other Linfield grads, our son is ready to contribute in a great way. Whether he ends up in law enforcement, as is his dream, or any other profession, we know he will take Linfield with him throughout his life.  To all you coaches, staff, trainers, fellow athletes, and students: Thank you for blessing our Wildcat!

Sincerely,
Sharon and Gary Repp

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Video: 2013 Linfield vs Puget Sound


Above are the highlights of the 'Cats 79-3 victory over the Loggers of Puget Sound. Linfield came out early and put the game to rest in an avalanche of an effort in taking a 58-3 lead into the break. Linfield didn't even attempt a pass in the 2nd half in order to keep the game from getting more out of hand than it already was. Lots of young 'Cats were able to get in large chunks of action and you can see the future of the program remains bright.

This is about as big of mismatch that you'll find.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Top 'Cats


The 2013 Linfield Wildcats led NCAA Division III in scoring in putting up 48.8 points per game.  The 2014 will return 8 offensive starters including big play receiver Evan Peterson. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

2013 Linfield game highlights: Lewis & Clark



70 was the score....at halftime.  Linfield put up a whopping 42 points alone in the 2nd quarter to hammer (hammer doesn't do it justice) the Lewis & Clark Pioneers in 2013.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Linfield is ranked #3 by Sporting News and Lindy’s 2014 preseason Top 25


College Football is right around the corner!!!!!
It’s that time of the year again when the college football season is on the horizon and the preseason and All-American teams start rolling out to get folks primed for another glorious season of college football. Both the Sporting News and Lindy Sports have slotted the Wildcats 3rd in their Division III 2014 preseason rankings (links below).

If you’ve been following division III football for any length or time you will know D3football.com’s preseason top 25 and USA Today’s Top 25 are the most well thought out preseason polls that you will find.  D3football.com is Division III football and USA Today’s Top 25 is put together by D3football.com’s Executive Editor, Pat Coleman, so you know there isn’t a better source on our division.  It’s non-debatable. Those polls won’t come out until later this summer but in the meantime both the Sporting News and Lindy Sports has published their mega college football previews where D3 is lucky enough to grace one or two pages. 

In 2010, I wrote a post on these preseason magazines that wasn’t too flattering about Sporting News and Lindy's preseason polls and I still feel that way for the most part.  However, the way I look at them now is slightly different.  Preseason polls mean nothing.  They have no bearing on the eventual outcome of the 2014 season.  Nothing.  Linfield knows this and doesn't take them seriously.  However, I’ve come to look at these preseason polls has more of a nod of recognition of what pundits think about where your program’s standing is in the world of Division III football.   These polls are saying that Linfield has proven itself to be a top 5 program over the past years and they expect that trend to continue.  

Do I expect Linfield to be in the national title hunt in 2014?  Absolutely, but making the pundits looks smart is up to the players on this team and their efforts this past winter, during this summer, and ultimately on the field this fall.

As a program we should appreciate the tip of the cap from these publications but remember that Linfield is the team that’s circled nine times on opponent’s calendars this fall.  Success doesn't come via a piece of paper printed in the month of May.

Links:
Sporting News 2014 Preseason Top 25 (pdf via hopkinssports.com)
Lindy Sports 2014 Preseason Top 25 (pdf via hopkinsports.com)



Hyland and Schultz selected as preseason All-Americans by Sporting News

This should be the first of many preseason accolades for Linfield Defensive End Brynnan Hyland and Offensive Tackle Steven Schultz.  Hyland is making his return to action after missing all of 2013 after a knee injury in fall camp last season.  Hyland was looking to continue his domination after earning All-American status in 2012 after piling up 19 sacks, 20.5 tackles for loss, 43 total tackles, and 2 forced fumbles.  The 6’ 5”, 300 lbs. Schultz will look to anchor what should be a dynamic Linfield offensive line.  Schultz has developed a well-earned reputation as one of the finest offensive tackles in the country after being named a 1st team D3football.com All-American in 2013. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

2014 Linfield College Spring Highlight: "Daring Greatly"



Here is our 2014 Spring Highlight. This program has and will continue to dare greatly. Hope you enjoy this clip!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Coach Smith was a ballhawk!

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Today's Instagram Throwback Thursdayis Linfield Head Coach Joe Smith. Coach Smith was a 4 year starter at corner for the 'Cats (1989-92). He finished up with 16 career picks (3rd most in program history), 22 pass break ups, 168 total tackles, 92-93 Linfield male athlete of the year, and a 2nd team NAIA All-American in 1992. Coach Smith was a baller. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2013 Linfield Player Interview: QB Josh Yoder


"Linfield football is some of the most talented and humble people you'll ever meet."  -Linfield QB Josh Yoder

Introducing the second of four player interviews conducted after the 2013 season. We sat down with Linfield Linebacker, Dom Forrest, QB Josh Yoder, D-End Michael MacClanathan, and WR Charlie Poppen to discuss the 'Cats 2013 season and what this football program means to each of these players during their experiences as Wildcats.

This week Linfield 2013 senior starting QB, Josh Yoder talks about the 2013 season and what makes this Linfield Football program find the success it does year after year.

Friday, April 4, 2014

2013 Linfield Player Interview: Linebacker Dom Forrest


"Trust the process, trust the preparation, trust the coaches you have leading you." -Dom Forrest, 2013 Senior Linfield Linebacker

Introducing the first of four player interviews conducted after the 2013 season. We sat down with Linfield Linebacker, Dom Forrest, QB Josh Yoder, D-End Michael MacClanathan, and WR Charlie Poppen to discuss the 'Cats 2013 season and what this football program means to each of these players during their experiences as Wildcats.  


Come back each Friday during the month of April for a new release as we go in-depth into why Linfield continues to find success on the field and at the same time producing young men of high character.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Coach Boehme goes over the top!

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Our Instagram Throwback Thursday Coach this week is Linfield Quarterback Coach Aaaron Boehme.  Coach Boehme was a stand-out two year starter for the Wildcats during the 2009 & 2010 seasons.  Coach Boe was named the Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year in both 2009 & '10 and was named a 2nd team All-American by D3football.com after the 2010 season.  With Coach Boe at the helm the 'Cats ripped off a 22-3 record that included two Northwest Conference Titles, 4 NCAA Playoff victories (Including the 2009 West Region Championship), and a birth in the 2009 NCAA final four . This TD run again UPS during the 2010 season is a small sample of why Coach Boehme was a fantastic QB for the 'Cats.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2013 Linfield season highlights: at Willamette


The 2013 showdown in Salem between then #25 Willamette and #2 Linfield had a lot riding on the line in terms of the NWC title and playoff hopes/positioning. In the early moments it looked like this game was going to be a battle as Willamette popped a few big plays and took an early 7-0 lead on Linfield.  That was the 1st time all season that Linfield was down in a game, which is remarkable, but it didn't take long for Linfield to grab control of the game and lay an epic beatdown of a solid Bearcat squad.  

The 'Cats went on to paste Willamette by the score of 56-14 and it wasn't even that close.  Linfield rushed for 451 yards (wow), 6 rushing TD's, and 622 yards of total offense while hold Willamette to 256 total yards.  Linfield lit up Willamette last season (2012) as well but that was a tight game early in the 3rd quarter before Linfield took control but there was zero doubt in 2013 in who was more complete team in every aspect of the game.

Spring Football Update:  Today was the 1st day of Spring Football.  I was able to get out to the 'Catdome and as usual there is no wasted motion.  Everything is fast paced and with a purpose as the 'Cats bounced from one drill to the next.  The offense looked sharp but the defensive backfield made a number of plays in skelly sessions.  A number of young faces are going to be making a big impact on the 2014 season and we'll see how critical position battles shape up over the month of April.