"What (Michigan coaches) told me is that they're focusing on point guards right now, but if anything opens up, they'll definitely come back on and recruit me as hard as they were," said Towns
Not much new information in the article, more of a summary of things we already know.
I really like that Drevno plans to organize the offense around the strengths of the QB, instead of putting a square peg into a round hole like we've been doing since 2008.
The national record for HS QB completions in a game was 47 (set by Grant Sherman, Kenton, OH). Trey Tinsley completed 50 in a game last weekend. Tinsley is junior QB of El Toro High School in Southern California. He's the son of former USC quarterback Scott Tinsley from the 1980s.
I could find no Scout or Rivals profile on him.
During his first offensive coordinator job at Portland State University (1986-1992) under famous HC Pokey Allen, Al Borges coached one of Division II's most talented quarterbacks in John Charles.
Charles' career at PSU was brief. He played only his junior and senior years at PSU, but broke dozens of passing records at the Division II level and won several post season awards. Charles is most famous for leading the Vikings to an improbable 1992 52-26 trouncing of Boise State on the road, a game that later cost Skip Allen his job at Boise State and motiviated Boise State administrators to hire away Allen and his entire staff (including Al Borges) to Boise State in 1993.
As a junior, Portland State finished 11-3. Charles went 201 of 331 (61%) for 3,527 yards, 41 TDs and only 11 INTs. As a senior, Charles was 194 of 281(69%) for 2,944 yards, 24 TDs and 8 INTs.
Here is some footage of John Charles' quarterbacking exploits vs. Boise State in 1992, running what many regarded as the most complex offense in the nation. Note the variations of offensive formations, tons of 3+ wide, single, 2- and 3-back sets, lots of pre-snap motion, screen passes, reverses and all of it with the QB under center.
Today John Charles runs his own quarterbacking clinic in Camas, Washington called AirOne Quarterback Academy.
Al Borges provides his own testimonial of John Charles below:
"John Charles was one of the finest fundamentals quarterbacks I ever coached. His courage in the pocket and overall understanding of our offense made him one of the finest quarterbacks I've ever coached. He has great communication skills and is a valuable resource to anyone he comes into contact with. I've been fortunate enough to coach four first-round draft picks at the quarterback position. John was as good as any of them."
So I can't take this anymore. Since the hire of Borges and spring football, I have taken the route of nodding knowingly to myself everytime Denard's footwork is mentioned when passing from the pocket. I understand (or at least think I do) that this mystical "footwork" are the steps the quarterback takes after the ball is snapped to him so he can get set for the pass. That, in my non-quarterbacking simple football mind, makes sense.
But then I read over and over how his footwork is causing incompletions and even interceptions, and my mind goes 'splode. Here are my questions, someone please answer them:
What is wrong with Denard's footwork?
How can it be fixed?
What do his feet have to do with interceptions?
Don't know if anyone posted this, but our boy Adam over at ESPN has his ranking of the big 10 qb's up.
Anyways, here they are.
|1.||Terrelle Pryor OSU|
|2.||Ricki Stanzi Iowa|
|3.||Scott Tolzier WISC|
|4.||Kirk Cousins MSU|
|5.||Ben Chappell IND|
|6.||Adam Weber MINN|
|7.||Robert Marve PUR|
|8.||Tate/ Denard MICH|
|9.||Dan Persa NW|
|10.||Kevin Newsome PSU|
|11.||Nathan Scheelchase ILL|
Thoughts? Top 4 is pretty spot on.. I think Tolzien and Cousins are both better than Stanzi, but I suppose the records don't lie. A little hard seeing Marve at 7 considering how his career started and the fact that he hasn't played a down of football yet in the b10..
but I don't have ESPN insider...anyone read it, and does it actually offer anything worth while aside from the normal dribble?