Saturday looks like a cold, wet, midwestern day in Madison. We'll need lights out defense and an offense to score 20 points or more if we're going to have a chance. While the running game has evolved, the passing game still appears shaky at best.
What new plays/schemes do you most want to see in the next two weeks?
I would love to see a package featuring Gentry as the QB, lined-up in a four wide shotgun with DPJ, McKeon, Perry/McDoom, and Peters (to keep the personnel the same as some of our base personnel sets). Higdon/Evans/Isaac at RB. The whole package would be RPOs, with the base run plays being QB power and zone read.
Peters would be lined-up as the boundary flanker, with Perry/McDoom in the slot. DPJ and McKeon on the other side. Gentry reads the box--if five defenders (LBs split to cover slots, two safeties outside the box), run QB power (RB is a lead blocker). If six defenders, run zone read, with DPJ, McKeon, and P/McDoom running verticals and Peters stepping back behind the LOS. Gentry has the option to give, keep, or throw, only throwing if McKeon or Perry/McDoom come free. If defense crashes on QB Power, run the old Denard play where Gentry takes a step towards the LOS and then throws to a wide open slot receiver.
Let's take advantage our four-star QB turned monster TE. Gentry's height makes these reads easy and I'm sure he can still throw to an open receiver in the seam. There are all kinds of variants that would be a nightmare for opposing defenses, and putting this on film would require OSU to prepare for it.
I recognize that this is highly unlikely, but man, it would be amazing.