I wanted to see DRob get more time on the field Saturday, and earlier. Unfortunately, the score was too close through the half, and I guess I understand why Forcier stayed in as much as he did.
However, when Denard
Second, his running ability is so good that I almost hate to see him run. Some blue hairs right behind me in the stands were shouting "run the ball!" (like their shouts made any diff.) Any way, it was almost a foregone conclusion that Denard would gash their defense for big chunks, which is exactly what he did. What good does it really do for Denard to break free for another 30 or 40 yard TD? Sure, it's gorgeous, and breathtaking, yada, yada. We know he's dilithium fast.
But doing this against EMU doesn't prove much. The problem will come when we face a real defense. If Denard doesn't develop downfield passing ability, a good DC is going to crowd the line and will probably have enough team speed to close on Denard when he's behind the line of scrimmage. While Denard's way faster and shiftier than Tate, eventually, just like Forcier, Denard will find out that this isn't high school. He can't outjuke every defense all the time. If a defense doesn't respect his ability to throw the ball, that will lessen his ability to run. I don't want him to wait until Penn State or OSU to find this out.
Do you think Denard should just run anyway, because that's what he does? Or should he pass and pass and pass and then pass some more until he becomes a better passer in our system? I would vote for more passing, but mostly so that the opposing secondary can't cheat by crowding the line. If the other secondary has to respect the pass and sit back, it will only create more room for Denard to roam, leading to more gorgeous runs against opponents who matter.