I heard this story talked about on the radio yesterday as well. It seems to me the crux of the problem is that Baylor decided that instead of requesting a waiver from the NCAA for this kid, that they would declare him ineligible themselves so that there was no chance of them being penalized.
Does the band hold a Skull Session before the Spring Game?
The thought I keep coming back to is Barrett still giving the pre-game speeches and being a leader after his injury. I want my best leader (seems to be Barrett) at the most important position on the field, QB, if possible.
Is Barrett going to stop being the emotional leader of the team if he isn't the starting quarterback? Would it be an awkward situation to have your emotional leader not leading the offense on the field?
The way I see it is this:
A player is given a 4-year scholarship in exchange for his services on the football field. At any time a coach can tell a player "You have 3 options; continue playing for us on scholarship but likely never see the field, take a medical hardship waiver keep your scholarship and continue your education here for free, or transfer to any other school of your choosing to continue your football career." As long as each player, at every school, is given these options and does not have his scholarship taken away I don't see any problem.
And just to clarify---Brax and JT are both capable of running the same offense that Cardale was asked to run..it is up to the coaches to change the offensive focus and sprinkle in the designed QB runs and read-option etc.
I completely agree with this part. I think this offense is at it's most effective when there is the threat of the QB run or option game but is not the focus of the offense.
This is why I think Barrett should be the starter at QB. He can, in my opinion, most effectively threaten the defense with all 3 options I mentioned. It's also why I won't be all that disappointed if we miss out on Torrance Gibson in recruiting. I'll be excited to watch him play if he does come to OSU, but would prefer QBs who are passers first but can also be dangerous in the running game.
As many others have said, these kind of articles are why I love this site!
The way I understand Coach Meyer's offense, is that he wants to use the quarterback to re-equate the numbers and allow his offense to run the football. The question is what is the best way to do this.
- Have your QB be the primary ball-carrier, allowing the running back to be an extra blocker. (Braxton)
- Have the QB read a defender in the option game, allowing the QB to effectively block that defender. (Barrett)
- Threaten the secondary with the deep pass, keeping both safeties from being a big impact against running game. (Cardale)
Was there not a "Film Study" or "Film Breakdown" article for the Cincinnati or Kent State games? Those were included in the "Chase Complete" articles for Navy and Virginia Tech.
Would Lee have played the "Star" position in Heacock's defense? Are the "Star" and "Walkout Linebacker" positions pretty similar in their roles?
Was there an official depth chart listed for the game against Oregon?
I voted Mike Thomas. He has the look and skill set of a good possession receiver in the NFL. Think Decker will be a good NFL tackle too.
I actually do think the general public had a better opinion of the ACC than the B1G. The ranking of the conferences seemed to go something like...
- PAC 12
- Big 12
The ACC wasn't considered on par with the SEC or PAC 12, but there wasn't a narrative about how bad the conference was because their top team (FSU) was the reigning champ.
I thought the scholarships were honored when/if the player returns to school. If it isn't it should be.
I don't underestimate the importance of leadership by the seniors on any team but it seams like at the end of every season we hear "it's going to be hard to replace the leadership skills of this group of seniors." Mike Bennett has been a great leader for this team, but I believe someone can successfully fill that leadership role next season.
We have a lot of depth at WR returning next season and I'm sure the passing game and offense in general will be fine, but I don't know that we have anyone who can get behind a defense and track the deep pass like Devin can.
It's good to see people that actually understand football pick the Bucks....
and Brady Hoke picked us too.
One more thing...I want to see more of Bennett and Bosa and co jumping up to BAT DOWN passes...Mariota gets it out quickly so I am not sure the pass rush will have enough time to get to the QB
This is a good point I hadn't thought of. Bosa has obviously been great all season but has been caught out of position a few times. Against Mariota and this Oregon offense, keeping contain and getting your hands up in passing lanes will be huge for the D-line.
I think the key to slowing down their offense is slowing down the run game without committing safeties. Your safeties stay back to keep you from getting beat deep on playaction. The best way to slow the run game, in my opinion, is to contain the backside forcing Mariota to give the ball to the HB on the zone-read and then your DL has to be able to win against their OL.
Using this strategy and counting on Miller, Washington, Bennett and Bosa to defeat the zone- blocking can lead to containing their offense.
I did not see the interview, but have heard other people make this assumption before. I think it is more likely that Tebow stays on as a TV analyst.
When Bennett moves to the 3-tech, who is playing nose? If it's Washington, it is pretty impressive that he was recruited as a DE, then moved to 3-tech DT, and is now playing Nose Tackle.
I've wondered the same thing and assumed it was because we don't practice an under-the-center snap and don't want to risk a fumbled exchange. It could also be because we don't want to telegraph the play that is coming if that is our only under-center play.
The way I understood these plays is that the Pin-and-pull was an adjustment that any 2 o-lineman could make to the outside zone based on the alignment of the defense. The sweep read is it's own play.
Do you think the Buckeye D will have an adjustment drawn up to try to take the boundary run away, since it is expected to be a part of Oregon's gameplan, or will we continue to concede this in favor of taking away other areas?
I've seen quite a few people say they expect Tebow to eventually end up on Urban's coaching staff at some point. I'm thinking it is more likely he takes Herbstreits TV role. As much as I got annoyed by all the Tebow love by the media, I agree that Tebow has been good in the analyst booth.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but some variation of Power, Counter, Inside Zone, and Outside Zone are the staples of the running game in many/most team's playbooks.
The outside zone play is explained well here: Scouting Indiana
At the snap, all five linemen take a lateral step in the direction the play is going, gaining ground horizontally before moving upfield at all. Coleman's aiming point is supposed to be the spot where the right tackle lines up, but in reality he's looking for a cutback lane to open before turning upfield.
The offensive line zone blocks to the playside while a backside defender is left unblocked. In a traditional offense this backside defender is held by the threat of the QB bootleg, and is the player that the QB reads in the spread-option offense.
The inverted veer play is explained here: Power Read
In a traditional offense the offensive line blocks back 1 gap, leaving the playside DE unblocked. A TE or FB typically kicks out the unblocked DE with the backside guard pulling and leading the RB through the hole. The inverted veer (aka Power Read) uses the same blocking, except that the playside DE is now read by the QB instead of being blocked.
The way we were able to run the ball on Bama, I have no doubt we can run the ball successfully on Oregon as well. If we can limit turnovers, there is no reason we can't put up points on the Duck D.