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Football Concepts, Schemes, Formations: The TDG Football Seminar is Back

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Another season of Gopher Football is about to be upon us, which means that it’s time to learn more about the sport that we drunkenly yell at our televisions over. TDG is once again having our Football Seminar this year every Monday from now until the end of Minnesota’s season which will hopefully be January 10th 2017.

What is the seminar? By seminar, I mean the academic sense of a conversation relating to a specific subject. More specifically, we want to sound smarter when we drunkenly yell at a television. Our subject this year is once again football strategy, but this year we’re going to be a little more focused on what the Gophers are doing. With a brand new offensive coordinator, Minnesota will likely base out of different formations, with different shifts and motions.

Just because we are looking at Minnesota first and foremost does not mean that our reading will necessarily be about the Gophers. I will try to pick pieces that cover a more general topic. Last year, those pieces came out of two books written by Chris Brown. I liked those books and am assigning them for background reading once again this year. For everyone who can buy books and would like to, buy those books. However, those books cost money and there are people who legitimately cannot spend $20 on books. Consequently, this year all of our reading will be freely and legally available on the internet.

We’re going to start next week by talking about the general principles of Jay Johnson’s hire means that the Gophers will look different on offense. Specifically, based on his time with the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, we should expect the Gophers to line up in the pistol formation. Next week, we’re going to talk about what that means as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the formation. Our readings for next week are below

I would also recommend searching YouTube for Texas State and UL Lafayette from 2014.