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Generally speaking, I expect the defense to do better than the offense in these Spring scrimmages, particularly because turnovers are often so instinctive and can be caused by an individual.  Whereas the offense tends to need everyone being in sync to be effective and teams usually aren't there in the Spring.  However, I like it when an offense is bold enough in Spring to try some aggressive plays.  It shows they are going to be opening up the playbook for the season.  Alas, picks on bubble screens in the Spring are often just blips because of missed blocking assignments because so many are new to their positions.  Definitely an advantage for a cornerback in those situations.  

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1 hour ago, Cykron said:

Alas, picks on bubble screens in the Spring are often just blips because of missed blocking assignments because so many are new to their positions.  Definitely an advantage for a cornerback in those situations.  

Two weeks ago, I was shooting next to a starting corner who wasn't playing at the time. He was calling out each play to the corner that was playing. I think the defense has seen our offense enough to recognize a lot of the plays. I forgot to mention last week that I noticed some misdirection, and more motion in the offense than I remember. Looking forward to Saturday. 

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1 hour ago, Cykron said:

Alas, picks on bubble screens in the Spring are often just blips because of missed blocking assignments because so many are new to their positions.  Definitely an advantage for a cornerback in those situations. 

For those looking for specific player evals, one of those picks came from the DE position by Justin Sampson. He was upfield so fast and into the throwing lane before Ramart knew what had happened. Definitely a coaching point for the QB to adjust the flight of the ball to go over/around a charging-up-the-field DE which we saw Ramart do on another play last week. Chalk that one up to "helluva defensive play" but "need to protect the ball better".

 

I agree that defense is usually ahead of the offense this time of year and TB mentioned this in the interview with Joe Dunn as well.

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5 minutes ago, Dr Z said:

I think the defense has seen our offense enough to recognize a lot of the plays.

^ this  

 

Maybe the coaches will put in a couple of plays specifically designed to bait the defense come Saturday on which the offense takes advantage of them cheating a little to execute an explosive play or two. i.e fake the bubble, dip underneath and hit the backside post.

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18 hours ago, Dr Z said:

Two weeks ago, I was shooting next to a starting corner who wasn't playing at the time. He was calling out each play to the corner that was playing. I think the defense has seen our offense enough to recognize a lot of the plays. I forgot to mention last week that I noticed some misdirection, and more motion in the offense than I remember. Looking forward to Saturday. 

 

 

Interesting.  Another important reason why the defense tends to be "ahead" of the offense in Spring scrimmages.  

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The Blue-Gold game may not have enough to field two squads like we are accustomed to with coach Bowden. Don't be surprised to see some sort of modified scoring system like coach Brookhart used to use. This is not the system, just an example of one used. JD brought the system that Pitt used. 

 

Offense
• 6 points - TD
• 1 point - PAT
• 3 points - FG
• 1 point - Explosive Run (12+)
• 1 point - Explosive Pass (16+)
• 1 point - 3 Consecutive 1st Downs

Defense
• 1 point - 3 and Out
• 2 points - Sack
• 4 points - Turnover
• 1 point - TFL
• 4 points - Offense Starts @ defensive 35 or deeper and doesn't score a TD
• 1 points - FG/PAT Block

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2 hours ago, zzx said:

Has anyone heard anything about Suggs' status? This article mentions 3 scholly RBs are expected to join the team in the fall. We've got Alce and Floyd as true freshman coming in. I'm guessing the 3rd is Suggs rejoining the team.

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"Keyondre White, the freshman who came in January, was having a great spring, until he sprained his ankle." --TB

 

It's a shame fans won't get to see Keyondre Saturday, he impressed me. I was hoping he would impress other ZN members. 

 

If I have a chance, I'll ask about Suggs. 

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