If you we're a college football recruit for the 2011 class, which school would you pick and why? Let's exclude Michigan because we are all biased. Let's ignore depth charts, or what position you are. You are a 4 star recruit, good enough to play anywhere at whatever position. Where do you go?
- Do you choose a school because of great academics: Stanford, Duke, Vanderbilt, Northwestern?
- Do you choose a team because of rich college football tradition? Texas, Tennessee, Nebraska?
- Do you choose a team that is having a good season and hope it is the start of something big? Michigan State, Texas Tech (2 years ago)?
- Do you choose a solid program that is now a powerhouse and looks like it could rattle of multiple national titles: Alabama, Florida from two years ago, USC from a few years ago, Miami from the 99-2001 era?
Watching Oregon, I have to say I was a bit surprised. They do a lot more stuff than we do. Now, I realize that Denard is only a sophmore, and is making his first series of starts, but I really think we can do some of these things and they would make us even more explosive. Let me say at the start I'm not saying our offense sucks. I know people are going to say "500 yards against Iowa rabble rabble, one of the top offenses in the country rabble rabble." I would counter with A) we can always be better and B) rabble rabble right back at ya. Finally, I know UCLA isn't a good team, but that doesn't change that Oregon's offense was much more multi-faceted than ours appears to be, at least to my eyes.
1) Oregon does a lot more motion things before the snap. They will have a RB split out wide and motion him in next to the QB right before the snap. We put our RB's out wide sometimes, but it is always a pass play or a Denard draw. I think it adds another element of guessing if we sometimes motion them in to RB. They also have the RB switch sides of the QB right before the snap, again, giving a confusing look and a last second switch on some of the defenses reads and keys. I think these kind of things make defenses make late reads and adjustments and make us that much more difficult to defend. I really see no reason why we can't do this.
2) They do a lot more play action, particularly off the zone read. As others, including Brian, have said before, why don't we do more play action? It seems like we only do two PA plays, the Denard freak out throw to the slot, and the fake hand off roll out with a pulling guard as a blocker. What Oregon does often is do a play action zone read, and the QB stays in the pocket. Perhaps we don't do this because Denard isn't tall enough to sit in the pocket or something, but it is a really good compliment to the zone read and just adds another play action to the arsenal that makes us harder to defend.
3) The midline. Again, this has been talked about by Brian ad nausem but after watching it for the first time, seriously, why can't we do this. Oregon mixes it up, they do zone read playing off the end and then later will do it off the DT, and back and forth again. It just gives the defense one more thing to worry about and doesn't let them practice all week just playing with the ends and training the team what to do in that play. I can't comprehend our reason for not doing this.
4) Finally, and there is only so much Michigan can do about this, LaMichael James is a playmaker. He keeps defenses honest in the zone read because he is so explosive and talented. If Denard had anyone like that with him in the backfield, yikes. I know a lot of people are expecting and hoping for Dee to be this guy, and hopefully/maybe he is, but adding a RB like this will really take our O to the next level.
Besides not having James on our roster, we can do the first three. I'm baffled as to why we don't. First year, our offense just sucked, last year, our QB's were freshman. Most of our starters are in year three, and the QB's have had a year to learn the base offense, and should be capable of adding these wrinkles. I hope we start to be more versitile and less predictable, and I would love an explanation for why we don't do these things.
Per Adam Rittenberg at ESPN:
Terrelle Pryor needs 90 passing yards to become the ninth quarterback in team history to pass for 5,000 career yards. With 180 yards passing, he would move into eighth place on the school's all-time list.
If someone would have told me that TP would have the 8th most passing yards in OSU history mid-way through his junior year, I would have told them they were crazy. But I guess when you do the math, he is only averaging 181 yds/gm passing. Starting as a true freshman and averaging 181 yds/gm over 27 games will do that for you.
I just thought that was an odd stat of the day.
Ugh. I HOPE it is simply a misunderstanding. Ignore Lee's headline that add's an extra 0, as it is only $10k not $100k.
Not to be a rumor monger, but maybe this has something to do with the PT issue?
I am hoping some of Mouton's bad habits were created to compensate for our previous MLB. Demens (along with a healthy Martin) can have a nice ripple effect in the front 7.
Most of the video we see was at some point a torrent. This just went up on How-to-Geek explaining what BitTorrents are and how to get started. I thought this might be a worthy FYI post...