1. One reason that freshmen may be able to contribute more quickly is that most of them attend summer school. Conventional wisdom dictated that midway through the season, freshmen would hit a wall as their academic load overwhelmed them. But going through a summer semester will ease that burden. Georgia coach Mark Richt, noted that tailback Todd Gurley made two As in this past summer. “He’s been showing up to everything that we ask him to, and he does it on time and prepared,” Richt said at his press conference Tuesday. Sounds as if Gurley already has adjusted.
2. One game into his head coaching career, Houston’s Tony Levine said that his staff is “tweaking” the offense. Some tweak -- coordinator Mike Nesbitt resigned after the Cougars gained 326 yards of total offense and held the ball less than 17 minutes in a 30-13 loss to Texas State. That can’t have been a spur-of-the-moment decision. It couldn’t be just that Houston fell so far off last season’s averages (599 yards, 49 points) As for tweaks, Levine said, “We are not going to come out Saturday night (against Louisiana Tech) and run the wing-T. Gotta save some changes for next week’s tweaks."
3. My favorite anecdote from my Penn State week that didn’t make it into my story: Head coach Bill O’Brien walked into a 7:30 p.m., post-practice staff meeting and announced that one of the Nittany Lions’ top recruits had asked him to call later that night. O’Brien looked at offensive-line coach Mac McWhorter, who played for Georgia in the mid-1970s. “Mac,” O’Brien said, “did you ever call Vince Dooley?” McWhorter replied, “He didn’t talk to you until you were a senior.”