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Had a chance to chat with JoMo at the golf outing today. Irons is the #1 QB out of spring practice, but that is subject to change. He likens his preference at qb to be like a point guard. He wants the QB  to distribute the ball to the play makers all over the field. He values good decision making and no turnovers over splashy individual play making.

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On 3/31/2022 at 10:16 AM, catdaddyp said:

Since we don’t receive as much news as we should from the Akron outlets, I’m going to do a position by position preview of the roster. All of the previews will be based on my opinion of the player fit within the new schemes, the games I watched on tv last year, and any film I can find online. Feel free to jump in and say where I may have missed something.

 

 

DJ Irons - (Redshirt Junior, Returning) - Irons exited spring ball as the clear #1 QB. He has pro style height, a strong arm, and flashes ample ability to be a weapon in the run game. He’s the ideal QB for a Moorhead offense. As with all QBs, the question will be how quickly he can pick up the mental aspects of the offense and then apply them to the field. JUCO FILM

 

Ryan Jankowski - (Sophomore, Returning) - Left handed QB, who demonstrates excellent pocket awareness. He doesn’t seem to possess as much natural arm strength as some of the other QBs on the roster and his throwing motion is inconsistent. He exited spring ball as the top backup. HS FILM

 

Dijon Jennings - (Freshman, New) - Great athlete and very elusive. Jennings would most likely develop into a dynamic wide receiver if the QB position didn’t work out. His throwing motion is inconsistent, but he flashes the ability to keep plays alive with his feet. Did not enroll early and go through spring ball. HS FILM

 

Jeff Undercuffler - (Redshirt Junior, New) - Transfer from FCS Albany. Undercuffler is tall with a pro-style frame, displays a nice touch on his passes, and throws a catchable ball. He can throw the deep ball and has enough power to push the ball downfield, but doesn’t necessarily have the biggest arm as his strength is in throwing passes that are 20 yards and in. He’s a limited runner, so the designed QB options will have to be minimized when he’s in the game. Undercuffler transferred in after the spring. Albany FILM

 


As mentioned before spring practice, it’s not surprising we had a QB transfer out and another transfer in. Undercuffler is being brought in to compete for starting minutes with Irons. Irons has a leg up in the offense, but if anything hinders him it would likely be his inconsistency. I think Irons will be the man for 2022, but it’s a long season and depth is paramount.

 

 

 

Added:

Jeff Undercuffler

 

Removed:

Calvin Cloud

Joey Marousek

 

Bump for updates and fresh links to Rivals profiles and highlight films. WR, DL, and OL are also updated.

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On 5/25/2022 at 6:23 AM, LZIp said:

I think Irons is talented (and definitely the system guy). He just has to be more consistent than last season and stay healthy. If Undercuffler gets a chance during the season..which I think he will whether it be a blowout, Irons injury, or Irons bench, its hard to tell where it goes from there. He may come in and light it up like he did his freshman season or he may not quite be ready for FBS ball.

 

No matter what, we took a big step up in QB depth even though Undercuffler may not be the ideal system QB.

 

Anyone have any info surrounding the QB room? Is there a competition here?

 

Irons has athletic ability/spring camp, Dijon has speed, and Undercuffler has put up numbers in the FCS (2x All American).

 

Obviously, injuries are a concern every time you step on the field (Irons-finger?) -- but in terms of on-field play -- heard somewhere that offense will be flexible? Does that open the door to JU or Jankowski? Think the RB room can carry the Q's if need be.

 

Go Zips.

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23 hours ago, zipsalum85 said:

 

Anyone have any info surrounding the QB room? Is there a competition here?

 

Irons has athletic ability/spring camp, Dijon has speed, and Undercuffler has put up numbers in the FCS (2x All American).

 

Obviously, injuries are a concern every time you step on the field (Irons-finger?) -- but in terms of on-field play -- heard somewhere that offense will be flexible? Does that open the door to JU or Jankowski? Think the RB room can carry the Q's if need be.

 

Go Zips.

I’m assuming QB1 is between Irons and Undercuffler. Both bring different skill sets to the position, so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out. I’d be concerned if Jankowski or Jennings saw meaningful minutes in 2022.

 

It sounds like the offense will mostly work out of 11 personnel sets (1 TE, 1 RB) and we’ll see a heavy dose of inside zone regardless of who the QB is. If Irons, probably see more RPOs and QB reads. If Undercuffler, we’ll probably see more screens, bubbles, and things of that nature.

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1 hour ago, catdaddyp said:

I’m assuming QB1 is between Irons and Undercuffler. Both bring different skill sets to the position, so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out. I’d be concerned if Jankowski or Jennings saw meaningful minutes in 2022.

 

It sounds like the offense will mostly work out of 11 personnel sets (1 TE, 1 RB) and we’ll see a heavy dose of inside zone regardless of who the QB is. If Irons, probably see more RPOs and QB reads. If Undercuffler, we’ll probably see more screens, bubbles, and things of that nature.

 

If the types of plays Irons and Undercuffer would run are obvious to you, they are probably just as obvious to our opponents. Maybe we should play Jankowski and Jennings to introduce some uncertainty into our offensive strategy.

 

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