Bahn: Arkansas QBs Face Additional Scrutiny, Get Additional Help From New Equipment

by Chris Bahn  on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 3:05 pm  

A new camera angle is helping Tyler Wilson and Arkansas' quarterbacks get a better view when reviewing film of practice. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

Judging from the reaction from McGee and Wilson, it was worth the wait. Adding a third view has been a help to the learning process in the film room. It makes what coaches are teaching a little easier to digest because any bad habits — or great plays — are captured in a way that registers easier.

Wilson said the view provided has been invaluable to his development over the past week. Part of Wilson’s allure is he can throw off balance and from different angles, but too often he was in unfavorable positions to deliver the ball. Seeing it for himself helped Wilson correct the mistakes he was making and the results have been apparent in recent practices.

Many of Wilson’s throws have been on the money since the middle of last week. Teammates have noticed Wilson seems more zeroed in and it’s possible those corrections would have developed slower without the aid of the quarterback camera.

“I’m able to see what I see when I’m out there,” Wilson said. “…Technique-wise, I’m able to dissect what I’m doing in my throwing motion, how long it is. It’s really a benefit for us. I’ve enjoyed using it.”

Programs have toyed with getting a true quarterback’s view for a least a decade. Cameras have been mounted to the helmet of the quarterback, but images were not always the steadiest. Plus, you’re putting a piece of video equipment in harm’s way. That seems to be asking for trouble.

A quick Internet search suggests a video coordinator at Tennessee originated the camera on a pole. Virginia has used similar technology for its quarterbacks. Shooting behind the quarterback provides not only a view of what the signal caller sees, but also a closer look at how he’s operating.

McGee, a former quarterback at Oklahoma and Arizona State, laughed when I asked if he wished the technology had been around during his playing days.

“I don’t know,” McGee said, cracking a smile. “That camera, it reveals a lot.”



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