The straight scoop
from Colonel Mustard
Nov. 5, 2001
That was a very bad Kansas team. The defense just overwhelmed them. Our
offense is kind of like the pros ... just enough to win. We were inconsistent
again. We had a lot of trouble getting them blocked, and there was a great deal
of penetration. That is disappointing because they have a poor run defense.
Once again the special teams were exceptional. The blocking on the punt
returns was very good. Davis is going to break a kickoff return. He is
electric and his timing on hitting the wedge makes him very special. I
will preach about this until it changes. He needs to get some touches from
scrimmage. Diedrick running in the fourth quarter of a blowout is not what we
Our defense came to play and it is hard to find anything to complain about.
I was impressed with Smith; he is making more plays as the year goes on.
Ricketts did another great job in coverage. Canton and Bingham are
disruptive on the inside. Oklahoma couldn't get them blocked. I know
Kansas isn't good, but that was an impressive performance. This group gains
confidence every week. They are the strongest unit on the team.
As I said, the offense was sluggish and seemed uninspired. 7 was erratic
throwing. He missed several easy throws ... to both Thomas and Wistrom, and the
balloon he threw in the first quarter. But he also made a couple of
beautiful throws. Diedrick runs with more power every week. The blocking
was not all that great and he did a good job of running through tackles.
Ringenberg will be a star. He has great hands and catches the ball very
smoothly. He runs good routes. We have a wealth of talent at TE. Davis
needs to play a bigger role here, much the same as we are using Collins.
K-State's win over Iowa State surprised me, not the win but the margin. They
ran the ball, and ISU can't stop the run. So I am sure that was the key
to the game. They come to Lincoln healthier and more confident than they
have been all year. I know they have had injury problems in both lines.
Roberson has talent but is erratic. I think we can rattle him. Scobey is
a good back but we stopped him last year. They will try to run right at us. Their defense is highly rated but it usually is and we always seem to
move the ball on them. They may be coming around, but I can't see them
beating us in Lincoln at 7's last home game. The crowd should be pumped.
P.S. I hear that LeFlore's commitment might be wavering. Colorado is making a
push. He would be wrong to change because he could easily be a four-year
starter for us.