The straight scoop
from Colonel Mustard
Sept. 14, 1998
Don't get worried about this team until
we get all of our players back. We are
desperately in need of Evans. We
completely ignored our I-back the whole
second half. Crouch didn't do a great job
of getting us into the right play, but
as I said earlier that will take time.
He is a good QB who had only a fair
game because he was hurt. Christo's play
shows how much of playing the position
is knowing what to do and simply
executing. His performance truly adds
depth. The line has been OK, but we
don't break running plays because our
big-play guys are hurt. We may have to alternate Crouch and
Newcombe to keep them healthy. I think
Bobby is probably better, but I don't
think as I have said all along he can
take the pounding. If Bobby had been
a WB he would have had more touches
this year than he has had so far. Since
he has to play QB, if we want him
available for every game we need to
play Crouch some. I don't think that is
bad for the team because Crouch is a
good QB also.
The defense was its old self in the second
half. We went to the zone blitz and
the intensity level was good the whole
game. Kelsay was tremendous.
and now a whole new subject.
Ty Gifford is a WB at Lincoln Southeast. He is a great
athlete and catches passes and runs the
ball. We need him because both Wiggins
and Brown graduate. He would have a
chance to play right away. He has got
to be a big target of our recruiting.
The bottom line is I am still very
upbeat about this team. I can't wait
to see our offense with Evans and a
healthy Crouch and Newcombe. Finley and
Wiltz should be ready and Rucker rested.
I believe that the Washington defense is
vulnerable, and their BYU game this
weekend will tell us for sure. If BYU can run on them, we will be in business.
Keep the faith. There are better days
ahead. Besides, there are worse things than winning ugly. Just ask Florida State.