Bubba Starling and Carl Crawford.
Joe Ganz was the man!
Bo just isn't very smart.
You can say that again. Ganz was the man. If it wasn't for Keller stealing his Junior season who knows what would have happened his Senior year!!!
I agree. I have wondered if we had a Quarterback who got the ball on target and on time if we might have "better receivers". Makes you wonder if our offense might be more explosive with a Kellen Moore of Case Keenum. It's disappointing to see our receivers pull up to catch a ball. They even seem to know on deep balls, "I've run the distance that Taylor can throw, better slow down even though I've beat this guy". Taylor has a quick release on short passes but over 20 yards and everyone can see him cranking up is arm like a rubber band or a javelin thrower and then throws it high as punt and the ball comes drifting down. I'm surprised our receivers don't wear dark eye shields to block out the glare. What Taylor does do better than anyone is option. know one ever knows who has the ball. Burkhead and Taylor are the best and when we have a third back, it's like a shell game. It's, take a guess because you really don't know who has the ball until they are next to you and that's too late easy 5-10 yards. I don't think he has big enough or strong enough hands to really palm the ball because any time he tries he drops it or almost drops it. He can not hide it on his hip on play action or scrambles. Everyone knows if he is throwing or tucking and running.
Right on Russell you get it!!!!
These college defenses are waaaay too fast now days.
They are also waaaay too BIG!
Only the academies and GT seem intent on running the option and they don't play in the top, most physical conferences.
You don't win the SEC, Big 10, Pac 12 or even the B Who's Counting with an option offense. NU has not won a conference championship since 1999.
Speed and size kill option QBs. Look what has been happening to Braxton Miller and Denard Robinson. They're being beat on and beat up. Neither nor Martinez is likely to survive a full season unscathed.
We've got some big tests coming up during the second half of the season.
I'm assuming that T-O wants B-O to restore the "roar" of NU football the good old fashioned way. Great thought. I just don't think that it will work like it used to.
Wisconsin has successfully adapted the option offense without compromising the passing game. If you don't have a kid like Russell Wilson (a one year wonder in Madison) it is not going to work.
If you sit around waiting to sign the "next" Cam Newton it is going to be quite a long wait.
I'm not a big Taylor Martinez fan, as my other posts will point out, but look at that list:
Tommie Frazier. Hmm. Sure looks like it worked out there. Didn't he win 2 National Championships and Play for a 3rd? Not to shabby.
Eric Crouch. Won the Heisman, and played for a National Championship. The problem his last year was the Defense not him.
The others I'll give you, but lets not write off the duel threat.
Craig - I love the option offense played by anybody. When it works it is a beautiful thing to watch.
It just doesn't win National Championships anymore. I agree that we don't have the backs to run it successfully to it's full potential. Doubt that we can get them. Those great backs want to prepare for the NFL by playing in NFL schemes.
Martinez is both a pussy and a choke. He runs through holes a mile wide but rarely has gotten tough yardage.
Burkhead is tough but does not have the necessary speed.
The only "big time" program that has had success using it in recent years is Georgia Tech. They are not National Championship material but did play in a BCS game (loss to Iowa) 2 years ago. This offense works vs. undermanned defenses...but then there are teams like LSU and Bama that have the athletes to crush the option.
Helllllooooooo Courtney Upshaw!
You want to bring back the past. Would be great to wind back the clock...but no can do.
IMO NU could likely compete in the BIG with this offense; however, its not gonna win you any championships.