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By Randy York
Now that Mike Nobler has earned the Big Ten Conference's highest honor among football video coordinators, he'll do what all customer-focused workers do - accept an award on behalf of everyone who helped him and then find ways to serve Nebraska's football coaches better than they've ever been served. "I tell all of our students we're here to help our coaches with their game-plan and if we miss one play, we've messed up the game plan," Nobler said, explaining why video is such a critical part of college football.
"When our coaches select 25 plays they want to run in practice, they pick those plays for a reason. They're not just pulling plays out of a hat. What we do is important because even on every off day of practice, almost our whole staff is watching video. To be honest, we're almost as big a part of football as the football itself. If you take video away from our coaches, they would be lost."
Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini worked with Nobler when he was co-defensive coordinator at Oklahoma and Nobler spent four years as OU's assistant video director. Pelini hired Nobler because he was organized, adaptable, thorough and went above and beyond to serve his coaches as valued clients. Named the 2011-12 Big Ten Conference Video Coordinator of the Year, Nobler will receive his award on May 17 at the Collegiate Sports Video Association's annual national conference in Indianapolis.
As a conference winner, Nebraska's football video director is a finalist for the Bob Matey National Video Coordinator of the Year Award, named in honor of Texas A&M's legendary video coordinator. The national honor is based on innovation, determination, perseverance and technical skill, traits Nobler displays on a daily basis while overseeing Nebraska's 40-client XOS video network used by coaches and staff.
"Mike does a great job," Nebraska Defensive Coordinator John Papuchis said. "He's always there to do whatever needs to get done." Football intern Joe Ganz describes Nobler as a hard worker, technically savvy and a team player who's willing to help everyone around him, regardless of day or hour. "He's very dedicated and makes sure we have a great system, so we can get all the benefits from it," Ganz said. "He teaches us how to use the network and incorporate all of the new techniques."
A Western Illinois graduate, Nobler says his goal never changes. "I want our football coaches to have the best video available," he said. "If there's something out there that our coaches can do that can give us an advantage, I want to make sure we have it and use it."
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