On the eve of football season, here’s a serving of more football-related “David’s Appetizers,” assorted musings from the football scene:
NEW TWIST TO TIME MANAGEMENT: One of the new rules in college football this season is designed to prevent a player from faking injury in order to stop the clock or slow down the game.
It will likely end up costing a team or two a game.
An injured player has one minute to leave the playing field without aid. Otherwise, a team must take a timeout to treat the injured player or, if it is out of timeouts, incur a 10-second runoff on the clock. If the training staff runs onto the field, the runoff begins if a team is out of timeouts.
For example, say a team, trailing by 2, reaches the opponent’s 5-yard line with nine seconds left, good range for a game-winning field goal. An offensive player is injured but the team has used all of its allotted timeouts. If the player cannot run or hobble or crawl off the field, the 10-second runoff is enforced and the game is over.
It will cause coaches to be very judicious about the use of timeouts. They will be challenged on whether to burn a timeout early in the third quarter if a team is lined up wrong or save it for emergency use at the end.
WAMPUS CATS’ FUTURE SCHEDULE: When conferences and schedules are realigned for next football season, Conway and Cabot will play in a season-opening game.
Other non-conference games on future Wampus Cats schedules are Jonesboro and Springdale Har-Ber.
LEADERSHIP: With a large group of seniors, Conway coach Clint Ashcraft said his coaching staff placed a strong emphasis on leadership this season.
“We have some leaders but we didn’t feel we had great senior leadership last year,” Ashcraft said. “Before this season, we took the seniors aside and told them how to be leaders, how to be examples and talk to younger players. It’s making a difference.”
CATS IN ROYAL BLUE: Noting one of Conway High’s school colors in royal blue, Ashcraft is changing the color scheme for the Wampus Cats this season.
Their uniforms will be royal blue instead of navy blue.
“No one has been able to give me an explanation of why the uniforms and helmets were navy instead of royal,” Ashcraft said. “The best reason I heard was from a former sporting goods salesman who told me there used to be a limited number of colors for uniforms and navy was the only blue available. But I want uniforms more that represent our school’s true colors.”
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on twitter @dmaclcd)