10 Positives/10 Negatives
Miami-Ohio Redskin/Redhawk win
September 1, 2001
1-Only 2 penalties: 1 pass interference
and 1 face-mask, no offsides, no illegal procedures, no holding,
no clipping, etc. (shows good discipline)
2-Navarre looks like he can lead
us offensively with 19 for 32 for 205 yards, 1 TD, 0 interceptions.
22 first downs and 400 yards in total offense! He must win big
games, though! Our toughest games will be Washington, Illinois,
Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. In the 3rd quarter,
we had two 3 & outs to begin the second half though, and this
kept Miami-OH in the game especially with poor punts and field
position. 4th quarter was much better so offensive consistency
and working on the "killer instinct" to put opponents
away (like we didn't do last year against UCLA, Purdue or Northwestern).
Our time of possession was nearly 33 minutes and 3rd down efficiency
was 7 for 17 (4th down was 1 for 2). Red Zone efficiency ended
up o.k., but we need to get much better especially in rushing,
3-Askew looks like a great tailback
and one-back that can replace Anthony Thomas, and Askew-Perry-Cross-Underwood
look like a great tandem of backs running the ball, 159 yards
from all 4 tailbacks. They are all big backs and fast. We have
a real threat on the screen pass with each of these, but especially
4-We have several freshmen and redshirt
freshmen playing and contributing including Jackson (starter),Underwood,
Markus Curry, Edwards, Massaquoi, Combs, etc.
5-Our defensive backfield is much
improved with the additions of Jackson, June and Markus Curry,
and the development of Drake, Shaw and LeSueur. We had 3 picks
yesterday and will probably have many more. We have some real
tough players back there who are good on cover and punishing hitters,
but they can't always compensate for a poor pass rush.
6-Calvin Bell is fast, has good
hands and he gets open. He may be our new "go to" guy.
He had 5 catches and 2 runs for 62 yards and 1 TD. Our other receivers
look good: Bellamy, Walker, Edwards, etc. Edwards looks like he'll
get more playing time, and that he'll be counted on more and more.
Even though Massaquoi didn't catch a pass, I think he'll contribute
more as well. Combs, Butler played, but don't look like they'll
contribute as much.
7-A lot of players got a chance
to play yesterday which must be good for team morale. It gives
most players and the team a lot of optimism because they'll play
even if they don't start.
8-It as good to see injured players
return like Cato June and Jake Frysinger return, play and look
like they'll be big contributors.
9-Epstein hit all extra-points and
his one field goal attempt giving him confidence for the season.
Last year, he got off to a poor start and came on at the end.
10-Coaches now have seen this team
play against competition, and will make necessary adjustments.
Players won't always listen until they've seen their mistakes
against opponents. Now, it the ultimate "teacheable moment."
Each player knows that Rose Bowl Champ, Washington, will be a
real challenge. Coaches now have the opportunity to really coach,
and luckily we have a super coaching staff. We need to trust our
coaches to bring out the best in these players and the team. Carr,
Herrmann, Jackson & company will do what is necessary to have
our team ready for the Huskies.
1-Poor punting-Epstein-6 punts for
35 yard average-pathetic especially for a senior who is supposed
to be an all-american candidate
2-Poor long snapping on punting-2
snaps on the ground from Jeremy Miller-we will have several punt
blocks if this continues
3-Poor pass rush-yes, we had 4 sacks,
but overall against mediocre competition, we are not even close
to average. It looks like the blitz package may help, and injuries
to Brackins and Foote will hurt in these situations. Kashama,
Hobson, June and Casseus must blitz effectively because our push
from our down lineman probably won't be enough against the good
4-Our offensive line is not even
close to last year's team that sent Hutchinson, Backus, Williams
and Brandt to the NFL. It may take considerable time, and we have
tough games with Washington and Illinois this month. We may not
be able to wait until November or else we'll be playing in the
Citrus, Outback or Alamo Bowls with a 7-4 or 8-3 record. We didn't
even have 200 yards rushing against Miami-OH, we might not have
had 150 were it not for the reverses. 47 rushes-189 yards-The
pass blocking wasn't very good; Navarre was rushed a lot and had
at least a hand in his face often. The fumble was the offensive
line's fault and could've been costly against a good team late
in the game.
5-No leadership on defense by linebackers.
Granted, Foote and Brackins were injured, but Kauffman, Hobson,
Casseus, Jordan and Diggs only accounted for 12 tackles between
them. We must have our linebackers "flying around" more,
and tackling better.
6-Our defensive line was also guilty
of poor rushing defense. Our two tackles, Lazarus and Heuer only
had 1 tackle between them and were non-factors (i.e. blocked all
day). Rumishek, Frysinger, Stevens and Orr had one tackle each
so this is 5 tackles for 6 down linemen. Pretty poor start especially
against a MAC school who isn't even favored to win the MAC.
7-We don't really have any threat
on special teams to "go all the way." Howard and Drake
are fast, but not threats on kickoff returns; neither is Julius
Curry on punt returns. Too bad Baraka couldn't play! I'd like
to see Calvin Bell on punts and/or kickoffs along with possibly
Braylon Edwards. Bellamy and Drake would also be good on punt
returns. It seems because we lack a deep threat in passing situations
and returns, that teams will let us "nickel and dime"
them down the field and challenge our red zone efficiency.
8-Michigan does not look like a
"top ten" team. They look like they have the potential
to be a good team, but it looks like a lot of nail-biters are
looming in the future. How we will respond in close-games will
determine our success.
9-We've got great depth on defense,
but little depth on offense. Our offensive line has Mast, Denay
and possibly Morgan who can help, but is very thin. Our tight
end and wide receiver depth is good, but neither position offers
much of a deep threat like a lot of good teams. Even Miami-OH
had that 6'6" tight end who could run deep; we need this
type of athlete. Maybe, Kyle Ealey after he redshirts.
10-We really need help in recruiting
for 2002. We are in need of offensive lineman, at least 2 new
ones to replace Goodwin and Mast (Kolodiej, Rhodes, Blalock, etc.).
We are still in need of defensive linemen, at least one or two
solid ones (Gabe, are you listening?; Pickryl, Leitko, etc.).
We must get a top-rated quarterback! (Martinez, Banks, Olson,
Edwards, Gutierrez, Bright, etc.) Perhaps, we should be looking
at athletes rather than drop-backs like other teams. We can always
use another great running back (Riggs, Wynn, Horne, etc.) We really
could use 2 more good wide receivers (Tabb, Trannon, Avant, Jenkins,
Cornelius, Cook, Coats, Stovall, Platt, Kyle Brown, Rankin, Ismail,
etc.). We could use a dominating inside linebacker like Andrea
(Carpenter, Sarantos, etc.). We really should also be looking
at a good placekicker to replace Epstein. Other than that, any
athletes we can find (Barringer, Shaw, Jenkins, Miller, etc.)