Members of the Maryland football team, around 10 in all, have begun watching game film on their iPads, providing flexibility for preparations and helping them avoid long, late-night walks to Gossett Team House.
Justin Gilbert, Joe Vellano, Bennett Fulper, Sal Conaboy, Matt Furstenburg, A.J. Francis and others each bought their own iPads – the tablets weren’t team-issued – and bring them to video coordinator Will Brown every week. Brown then loads film onto the DVSport Shuttle app, just like music, so the Terps can watch offline at their leisure.
The app allows personalized note-taking and control of film.
“It’s smart,” Gilbert said. “It saves on paper. I like being able to watch wherever I’m at, on the bus, in my room.”
This is nothing revolutionary. Most NFL teams use tablets for watching film and Duke recently became the first college basketball team to transition exclusively to team-issued iPads. Don’t expect Maryland to give every player an iPad, but for those personally able to afford them, it serves as an additional method for film study.
Fulper, who got his iPad as a birthday present from his parents, uses it to take notes in class, too. He, Conaboy and Gilbert all live together, so they’ll regularly hold film sessions in their apartment, or coordinate meet-ups at Gossett in the offensive line room.
“You live across campus and it gets to be 9 o clock, and you just don’t want to come over here and watch film,” Fulper said. “It looks like a lot of guys are moving towards it. Definitely other guys seeing the benefits that it has, being able to watch film on the run, I think more guys will want to do it.”