QUOTE(Keener'92 @ Apr 22 2012, 06:33 PM)
Still waiting to see a synopsis and commentary from JZ84!
I haven't heard any mention of Nico Caponi or Nick Rossi. I thought these were two guys who could possibly step up and make an impact. Disappointing.
Well, I spent much of the game hopping around from seating area to seating area so I'm only good for a few random observations this year. Let's just say I enjoyed our unnofficial tour of the stadium
1) If Rossi played any FB, I don't think it was very often because they went almost exclusively with 4 and 5 wideout sets (with only tailbacks involved).
2) Rossi was a "2" on defense, as was Nico Caponi and Bre' Ford (so much for my all-MAC prediction
) The defensive 2's really struggled to stop the offensive 2's, so read what you want into that.
3) I thought Williams was the most effective QB, but his two big mistakes prevented him from creating any separation in the competition.
4) I know Coach Bowden made it clear that the special team situations were only run for the sake of the fans, but I'm concerned about the prospect of successfully installing ALL of the special teams schemes in August. I DO understand the decision to focus on offense and defense this spring however, given the rather significant departures from the previous staff.
5) I said this last spring: Stein gets the ball up in a hurry, and he has a stronger leg than Fox. AJ's going to have to step it up to keep his job.
6) Switching LT Smith to WR looks like it will pay big dividends. If QB play can stabilize and become more consistent, the other skill positions are in decent shape. I realize that's a big IF.
7) Lee Adams mentioned the quick passing approach actually being easier on the O-line and there is no question about that. In fact, this is by design and is one of the major advantages of the spread. Even though it's thin right now (enough so that I expect one of the big 3 true FR to get some time in the fall), I think the O-line will pass protect adequately but struggle to get any push in short yardage situations. They're just too small right now. Both Chisholm and Alexander are likely to gain a majority of their yards on runs of 10 or more yards. Their average yards per rush might be decent but the TYPICAL run will probably be in the 0 to 3 yards gained range.
8) If you're looking for a player who hasn't been mentioned a whole lot this spring who I thought played pretty well, I'll nominate James Price. He and the rest of the 1's on the D-line looked pretty good yesterday. As has been mentioned before, we don't really know what that means right now.
The one thing I'd like for someone to ask the staff right now is which of the following best describes their current assessment of the program BEFORE they arrived:
a - much better than they thought
b - somewhat better than they thought
c - right about what they thought
d - somewhat worse than they thought
e - much worse than they thought
I have a feeling the answer is d.