04.Aug.2010 Discussion: Offense

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With one month until kickoff and only a few days until camp, it's a good time to set expectations for each squad.

Quarterbacks:

Clearly Katz is next in line for the job. Arriving on campus early and getting the extra seasoning (coupled with his solid performance) locked him in. I'm comfortable with Vaz as a backup. Lomax is interesting. The only news you ever hear about the guy is how well he's performing. People who judge QBs on the eye test always say that he must add weight. Well, if the line does their job, not really. Lomax is someone I think we'll enjoy watching by his senior season. Consistent, heady play trumps athleticism.

Grades:

Starter: B

Depth: B-

Running Backs:

The backup RB situation is uncomfortable. Neither McCants nor Stevenson strike me as guys who can step in and keep the offense churning. Both have shown glimpses of decent play in non-pressure situations, but pretend Quiz goes down game 1. Can these guys carry the Beavs through a season? No.

Grades:

Starter: A+

Depth: C

Wide Receivers

Like most pundits, I like this bunch.
The top four are, in order: Rodgers, Wheaton, Nichols, and Bishop. I'm curious to see what Kevan Walker can do. Munoz appears to be a good possession receiver in the making but probably won't see the field until next year when Nichols graduates. Mitch Singler is a walk-on to keep an eye on.

Grades:

Starters: A

Depth: B
 

Tight Ends

Halahuni is a prize down the seam who will make life easy for the WRs and RBs. This is a luxury the team has lacked since Newton graduated. Jonathan Reese red-shirted last year, so if Halahuni goes down I imagine he'd step in as the pass-catching TE/H-Back. The other guys are solid blockers.

Grades:

Starter: B+

Depth: B-

Offensive Line

This is where I expect the most shifting during fall camp. Most media reports list Philipp, Johnson, Linnenkohl, Ellis, and Remmers as the starters. Phillip and Linnenkohl are future pros. The other three guys are walk-ons. It's a top-heavy line. Johnson and Remmers had nightmare series and games last season, the worst of which cost the Beavers a victory versus Arizona. I actually like Ellis better than both of them. Watch for Grant Enger. He is not even being mentioned anywhere at this point, but I expect him to be a surprise, much like Linnenkohl came on at this point in his career a few years back. Remmers and Johnson are weak links, and if someone plays well enough to surpass either the line will be better for it. The three players poised to make a push are Ryan Pohl, Grant  Enger, and Josh Andrews.

Grades:

Starters: B+

Depth: C+

Special Teams

Johnny Hekker drags this unit down quite a bit, and I still have no idea which field goals Kahut is going to make or miss. Additionally, Justin cannot sniff a touch back. Good coaching will mask some problems but not all. Tackling (with the plethora of safeties on the roster) and the return game should be excellent.

Starters: B

Depth: C

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It's interesting, because when thinking about the upcoming season I figured offensive firepower would be a given, but when I objectively grade out the units I realize that might not be the case. Of course there's a synergy in football, and an A+ RB could boost the on-paper-value of a B+ line. That's what great players do. It's clear to me, more than ever, that Quiz needs to put this team on his back the first four weeks while the greenhorns acclimate.

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  • osbeavs says:
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    I think that the WR’s should at least get a B+ in depth, if not an A-. I think we have a lot of talent (as you point out). It is unfortunate that too be that deep at that position because they can’t all be on the field and contribute.

    Also, as far as the o-line. Remember that Phillip was terrible at the end of the Arizona game too. Most of the pressure for the repeated sacks of Canfield came from his side if I can remember correctly.

    • angry angry says:
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      Let me explain the WR rating: I think of the starters as Rodgers, Wheaton, Nichols/Bishop. So depth is the remaining guys–they’re a B at this point.

      If you just want Rodgers/Wheaton as the starters, and you say Nichols/Bishop are backups, then sure, much higher. Fact is we’ll use 3 WR sets and maybe even 4 this year.

      • Osbeavs says:
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        That is true, I see the 3 WR sets but with Joe at H-Back I don’t see too many 4 WR sets. I think we have two really strong back-ups, anyway I figure. Walker is going to be a good player.

  • angry angry says:
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    Pretty sure Agnew is going to commit soon.

  • Beavker says:
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    Lomax and his weight:

    I suppose he’s a different style QB than Jonathan Smith, but I was watching a painful replay of that lone loss in 2000 to the Huskies and he was all but like 160 lbs. He was mobile, though not fast ,which helps. He also started slow, at the time of that game he was sub 50% passing.

    I think he can add weight later, but if he can play he can play. Just have to design some play calls that get the ball out of his hands quicker I suppose so he doesn’t get worked.

    I think if Katz makes few mistakes, they can surprise some folks if the O-line stays healthy. I’m almost scared of the 3rd place pick for the Pac…seems they always end up 3rd after being picked in the bottom half. What happens when they are picked 3rd!? Do they finish 8th, or do they win the friggin’ thing!?

  • Beavocalypse says:
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    I have to agree with your grades…I like the depth at Wide Receiver…probably a B+ and I have to say our depth at OL should be…about C- or D- it’s dreadful, in my eyes at least.

    I think Running back has the potential to be surprising-only if McCants becomes McCan.

    • angry angry says:
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      Enger, Andrews, and Sapolu are all really nice prospects, but they’re all third string or worse right now. The second string is atrocious other than Ryan Pohl, who I still think should start at guard and who is way underrated. All I can assume is he isn’t vocal enough in practice…

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