Monday, July 28, 2014

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

Pretty darn sweet.
Wow., 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 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).  Announcing the FootballScoop non-FBS Video of the Year finalists

Monday, July 21, 2014

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

Wow. has been selecting an elite All-American football team since 1999.  It's a tough team to make as the folks at 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'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 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.


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!