Utah Snowflakes: Offense

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on September 3rd, 2015 at 11:50 PM

This will be the thread for providing your snowflakes and hot takes on the offense. 



September 4th, 2015 at 12:16 AM ^

Lol after that pick 6, they trotted Ruddock back out, I told my friend wow Morris must have played like shit. If it was a close QB competition, I doubt Ruddock would have played in the second half. Oh well, if you leave 17 point on the field ( 2 overthrown TD's and a missed FG) and have 3 bad interceptions but only lose by 7, you played a descent game.

 Pass protection was beautiful most of the game, WR's where getting open, there where plays to be made.

Jake Butt is a man.

Deveon Smith .... Seemed to hesitate run up to the line then stop, missed a few holes, dropped a wide open pass.

Defense played extremely well most of the game. No turnovers (an interception to end the half doesn't really count as a turnover) was a disappointment.

Peppers gave up two big pass plays but made some huge plays as well. When Peppers tackles someone they stay tackled.

There was a lot of good thing about this game. Should have won this game, really feel like we gave it away but it's better than we have played on the road in the past 7-8 years


September 4th, 2015 at 12:23 AM ^

Is anybody else just tired of seeing Deveon smith as running back? I am not saying he doesn't run hard by any means, because he definitely does, but seriously though. He always seems to hesistate and he's nowhere near quick enough to hesistate and get away with it, especially against Utah with this OL. 

I can't wait for Drake Johnson to get back, Ty Isaac looked even slower than Smith and I didn't even think that was possible. 

Put in Karan Higdon or somebody or Jabrill please. 



September 4th, 2015 at 12:31 AM ^

No, but I am ungodly tired of watching the offensive line be awful in run blocking.

Kyle Kalis is never overpowered, but he's a rotten puller. He NEVER fails to miss the inside man. It's like he just cannot figure out that someone could possibly come at the ballcarrier from his right when he pulls.

When he figures that out, guys will start running for 20+ yards in chunks. Well, that and when the rest of the line gets its shit together.  They just cannot run the ball well enough to win consistently.

Sorry to be a downer, I just really was sure they'd have sorted this out. Seeing our backs getting hit before they could reallty get started all night was just grueling.

And Rudock is extremely underwhelming regardless of tunrnovers.  Morris must have just been terrible.  Its too bad, his career and potential are effectively wasted now.

Mocha Cub

September 4th, 2015 at 1:25 AM ^

I sure am. He plays hard and that's great, but I feel like he might be one of those guys who is a practice warrior and in games doesn't really put it all together. He looked exactly the same as he did last year. Missed holes, danced when he got to the line of scrimmage. I wonder if Isaac or Green will get more carries the next game. Smith is just way too slow for power 5 football.


September 4th, 2015 at 12:46 AM ^

Even before the game they said expect to see (Morris) whoever doesn't start.

I'm not worried that much. I glanced at the game thread and saw folks freaking out, last year OSU looked a lot worse than we did today playing an inferrior opponent at home. I'm expecting this to be an outlier game for Jake Rudock. There where plays to be made, like I said before. We'll see how we look next week. Folks need to be patient here with Harbaugh because honestly, not only was he the best option at coach, he was the only option.

Mocha Cub

September 4th, 2015 at 1:28 AM ^

Those talking heads don't know who's coming in or not. By most accounts all fall camp, Rudock has been way better. There was never going to be any QB coming in the game besides the starter (barring injuries of course). It's time people let go of the Shane Morris dream and realize he just isn't that good of a quarterback. Canon for an arm and seems like a great guy, but he isn't accurate consistently.

ND Sux

September 4th, 2015 at 7:41 AM ^

for Smith to miss.  The OL still needs a lot of work, but I think they will improve.  When we can't get 4 yards consistently, we're always chasing 5-10 on 3rd down, putting pressure on the QB.  This was a problem the whole night.  Pass blocking seemed okay.   

Doctor Wolverine

September 4th, 2015 at 9:03 AM ^

I disagree. I guess we will see in the UFR, but I thought there were quite a few instances where Smith had cutback lanes and chances to bounce it outside, but he chose to run into a big pile of bodies instead. I don't know if it is a lack of speed, or vision, but it is the difference between a 1-2 yard gain and a 10-20 yard gain.

M go Bru

September 4th, 2015 at 10:37 AM ^

Only saw one hole all night. Only saw push from our Oline once all night toward the very end of the game. I hope Utah's Dline is really that good! I guess we will find out in the next couple of games. But I think its because our oline sucks. It appears we really miss Miller. How can all these 4-star guys be this bad! 

Its pretty bad that the only time you notice our Oline is when they wiff badly.  How about making some holes. 4th and short, Kalis pulls and blocks no one. He should have hit the first red jersey he saw.

In defense of DeVeon, its pretty tough to run when there are no holes. 

Drake Johnson is the only guy with vision who knows how to set up his blocks with his sharp cuts. I didn't see anything from any of the running backs last night. I'm sure Drake would have cut to the outside on the run DeVeon blindly ran into the pile. I hope he comes back for BYU.

The reason for running the ball is to set up play action off the run fake. 

Why didn't we run any other play action other than the bootleg?

Mr. Owl

September 4th, 2015 at 1:04 AM ^

I fear that if it had been Morris in there, instead of overthrowing by 3 yards the ball is caught in the 10th row by a lucky fan from Kanarraville.

Overall, I'm not even mad.  I said a week ago I don't know what to expect, a blowout either way, a close game... What we saw was a game where it was tied other than that pick-6.  It's a good start.  (Wish it was better, but there was enough.  I only threw my cap once and cussed.)

Kinda eerie that all three of Harbaugh's college coaching carrers began with a loss where his team scored 17.  The man is consistant.

South Bend Wolverine

September 3rd, 2015 at 11:52 PM ^

Honestly, not that pissed about the O.  This game embodied the cliche about games being decided by a few plays to a T.  3 missed open TDs & one awful, awful pick-6 are what decided the outcome.  In game 1 of a new era, new staff, new QB, new system, I'll live with that.  If we still are seeing this regularly in year 2 & 3, that's a problem, but this one showed a lot of promise for the future.


September 4th, 2015 at 12:22 AM ^

Deveon only has himself to blame for 12 carries for 24 yards.

 You cant run up to the LoS and just stop, fall forward for a yard or two. You got to hit a hole hard, even a little one. He missed a few cut back runs as well. The O line wasn't stellar run blocking but there where missed opportunities in the run game.


September 4th, 2015 at 12:57 AM ^

Ok so... you disagree with me, coach Harbaugh and the announcing crew. They all said there where missed holes, missed cutbacks. A good 90% of his runs he ran up to the line and stopped. It seemed like Ty Isaac ran better on his attempts ( had issues in pass protection though). I don't see what the big deal is, Deveon did the same thing last year and got out performed by Drake Johnson. Deveon couldn't find a hole with a flashlight and a shovel but Drake found them but, whatever you're entitled to your opinion