Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
The man needs to be the every down back. He has the best vision by far and is competent in blitz pickup. He has the respect of his team and seems to have finally fully recovered from his knee injury from OSU freshman year.
Not to knock Fitz and Shaw but Smith needs more touches.
It appeared the coaches are warming up to this idea. Manball in the past has included the Morris boys which are not exactly typical RB's.
12 carries for 132 yds...........not to mention his awesome screen last week for TD
Much as he dislikes it, Al Borges actually calls a pretty mean Zone Read Spread. And it looks like a true Zone Read Option Spread, not just Denard running from the shotgun.
We have a coach who can call the Zone Read Spread, we have one of the best Spread QB's in the nation, we have waterbug-quick Vincent Smith, excellent Slot receivers, good downfield blocking outside receivers, and an agile O Line. This team is built to run the spread and can run it well. That's not going to change real soon.
And this is a problem?
Big Al, nobody says you have to die a Zone Read Spread coach. But perhaps maybe you could live with it for a couple of years?
7 true freshman played today, with (IIRC) R. Taylor and Rawls got their first snaps of the year
I kept telling my friends all week that Iowa needs to go to the air against Pitt since Gibby was rocking the secondary. Iowa scored touchdowns on their last 4 possessions while throwing for 400 yards (highly unusal for Iowa). The last Iowa TD that is on SportsCenter is the classic Pitt DB turning around, slowing up as the receiver keeps running and watching the ball sail over his head. Been there, unfortunately done that.So glad that guy is gone.
Flip side though, Calvin's charges didn't look too bad.
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Steve Elmer going to Norte Dame per Allen Trieu. DAMN!