#1 because they are all guys who are well-respected in the league a von mary123 06.10.2019 08:59

Western Michigans rise under P.J. Fleck has been underscored by his popular row the boat mantra. Within the walls of his program, another saying carries as much or more gravitas: The ball is the program.The Broncos are living it so far this season. Theyre the only Bowl Subdivision team that has not committed a turnover.As far as Fleck is concerned, that statistic best explains how his team has won six straight games for its best start since 1941 and entered the Top 25 for the first time, at No. 24.You come to one of our practices, quarterback Zach Terrell said Wednesday, youre going to hear `the ball is the program at least 10 times.Flipping the fortunes of the program has been predicated on improving the turnover margin, Fleck said. His first WMU team, in 2013, tied for 104th in the FBS and went 1-11. The Broncos were 49th and 58th while going 8-5 each of the last two years.The 2016 Broncos are the first team in at least 20 years to commit no turnovers through its first six games, according to WMU and ESPN research. The record for fewest turnovers in a season is eight, shared by four teams.Terrell has not been intercepted in 143 pass attempts. The Broncos have fumbled seven times and recovered each one. Considering their opponents have lost five of six fumbles, how big a role has luck played in Western Michigan staying turnover-free?Youve got to be able to catch some breaks, Fleck said. But were big on believing you can create your own breaks.That starts with the programs culture.Rather than hanging a board in the locker room displaying the Mid-American Conference standings, Fleck allows only a chart that runs down MAC teams turnover margins. On their way from the locker room to the practice field, players tap a sign in all capital letters reading -- what else? -- THE BALL IS THE PROGRAM.And every practice, with no exception, includes a 15-minute period for ball security and ball disruption drills. Wet footballs are used every Thursday and frozen balls come out occasionally as the weather turns colder.Fleck and his staff came up with a rotation of 12 drills that address almost any situation a turnover or takeaway could occur.We teach everything here in incredible detail, he said.A player is schooled on how to pick a ball off the ground depending on whether hes in a cluster of bodies or in the open field. In close quarters, its jump on the ball and squeeze it. In the open field, the player is to surround the ball with his feet, bend at the hips and knees, scrape his knuckles on the ground with his pinkies together, scoop up the ball and put it in the chin.Chin is the Broncos way of saying to hold the ball high and tight. Theres more to it than that, though. Coaches talk about five pressure points for cradling the ball. Even the direction the point of the ball faces is scrutinized.And then theres effort, which is part of Flecks row the boat theme for how the program operates. No one has shown more effort than tight end Donnie Ernsberger, who has recovered four of the Broncos seven fumbles.He doesnt get a lot of touches as a receiver, but hell put his body on the line, star receiver Corey Davis said. Hes sacrificing a lot for this team, and he means a lot to us.Fleck said Ernsbergers fumble recoveries are not by chance.He always finds a way to be around a fumble and get in the pile, or to be on the ball when that ball comes out, he said. If he were jogging and not finishing the play, he wouldnt recover those. But we have about 95 Donnie Ernsbergers on our football team.Terrell said he had never been around a coach so obsessed with preventing turnovers and credited Fleck with making him think about ball security in a different way.Its not just the person who has it in his hands, he said. Its everybody that determines whether the ball is taken care of. One small detail missed can lead to a catastrophic error, and thats losing the ball and turning it over.---Online:AP college football website: http://collegefootball.ap.org Daniel Robertson Rays Jersey . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. Custom Tampa Bay Rays Jerseys . 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Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. Five NFL players on Tuesday traveled to Capitol Hill to discuss police brutality and race issues with members of Congress, including a possible meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.The meetings were conceived by Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who is known for his off-the-field community work. The group will include four other players -- Boldins teammate, safety Glover Quin; Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins; and Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown and wide receiver Andrew Hawkins.Boldin told ESPNs Jim Trotter that he asked those players because they are all guys who are well-respected in the league and who have the same goal as myself.The players are scheduled to meet with Reps. Patrick Murphy, D-Florida; Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota; and Daniel Webster, R-Florida, as well as members of the Congressional Black Caucus.The meetings were organized by Andrew Blejwas, an associate director of marketing for The Nature Conservancy who also advises players like Boldin on how they can have more influence off the field.ddddddddddddThe NFL Players Association also worked to arrange the meetings with Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and with some members of the White House staff.Boldin told Trotter theres a huge mistrust between the police and the African-American community.I want to help close that gap, he said.McCown, the only white player in the group, said hes going to listen.I dont believe we, as white people, can understand what African-Americans go through on a daily basis, because its different, McCown said. 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