The straight scoop
from Colonel Mustard
Sept. 3, 2002
Sorry this is late. We had transmission problems.
This was a game where I felt differently about each facet of our team. The
special teams obviously were terrific and I thought that the defense played OK. But,
man. we have got to find a way to move the ball.
Special teams: Groce made nice runs but he had terrific blocking . Brown is
automatic and kicking almost every kickoff into the end zone. No punt goes
unchallenged, and Davis and Larson are as fine a player as there is at their
positions. Our special teams are championship caliber. We will need them
to win a game or two this year.
Defense: I was not as down on the D as some were. They had some yards, but
a lot of those came at garbage time. Nine for 26 passing is a good
performance. They broke some long gains because our tackling needs to
improve. Sievers was everything that he seemed in the spring . He acted
like he had been playing for us for years. It is too bad he is behind Ruud, because he is a player. I like the three-man line, and Adams gets some inside
push on the pass rush. Kelsay is a lot more active. He has the talent to
take over a game. This defense has a lot of talent and will get better as
the year progresses. We are faster and more athletic than last year.
Offense: We have to find a consistent way to move the ball. It doesn't seem
like this group has any energy. I feel like they need some sort of spark.
Maybe Shatel is right and we need to give the young I-backs a chance; they
are definitely quicker. Our line will improve as the season goes on , but
Troy had all 11 within 5 yards of the line for much of the night, begging
us to pass. We will see this all year if we can't find a way to beat it.
If we can hardly get 300 yards on these teams, what are we going
to do against clubs with more talent? The illegal formation would help
against this defense because it allows receivers to release quickly.
Herian was brought out of redshirt to provide speed at TE to beat this kind
of defense. We did hit one long pass but missed on a couple of others.
Lord is a very fine runner and does a solid job with the option. However, he is
an inconsistent thrower and locks on to the No. 1 receiver and doesn't look
over the field. That is disappointing for a fourth-year player. We need to
find something that will work consistently. And in two games, I haven't
seen it. We talk about a 91-yard drive, but that included a roughing-the-kicker penalty. If lord is our guy and it appears that he is, then we
need to get our young I-backs in the game. Frank has got to get this
figured out because it is the key to the season. Our special teams are
there and I believe our defense will be tough by midseason. He has got to
find some answers on offense.
By the way, for those of you at the games, watch Pilkington, he is always open.