Some takeaways from that freakin awesome game
1. Feels like 1985. I always relate things to Mac's years, but it's what I know. It feels a lot like the game against Oregon in 1985, when Mickey Pruitt ended it with a sack on the last play. Heck of a play by Witherspoon.
2. Lindgren, Clark, Jeffcoat, Adams, Bernardi - Guess what they have in common? They're all guys from the original coaching staff who can coach. I wasn't convinced that the Adams move was good, but he's doing a good job. Same with Jeffcoat now that he has depth to work with.
3. For all the bitching about recruiting, the staff did a pretty good job of identifying priorities and filling holes. OL and DL depth is starting to show now. The Pac12 studio commentators were pointing out that CU is not a fluke, mainly because we've been physical through four games against real competition, particularly MU and Oregon on the road. I think the same has happened with DBs and WRs. The only position left IMO is LB. But we're stable everywhere else.
4. Leavitt has been awesome. I expect him to get an HC job next year. But I think Tumpkin is ready to step up. Leavitt gets credit for the defensive turnaround, but I think Tumpkin is a big part of it, too. I can't remember the last time our DBs looked this solid through four games.
5. Chiv has completely turned around the WR play. We weren't bad previously, but we were inconsistent. Bobo and Ross are different players this year, both in receiving and blocking. Lindsay was tearing up the Oregon D on the edge because two WRs were holding blocks on those plays over and over. I really didn't think we had a chance to run outside against Oregon, but the WRs made a huge difference.
6. We might have a legit QB competition now. Maybe McIntyre needs to reflect on that. He's been apt to stick with one guy, no matter what. I think much of Sefo's struggles last year were due to injuries that didn't heal. He was inaccurate because of the shoulder, and we didn't want to run him until later in the season. I think we played him because McIntyre didn't have confidence in the backup. How about now? Montez was impressive. He runs read option pretty well. I didn't think he'd run power like Sefo, but I'd say he ran it better. He's got a better arm. His footwork isn't great, similar to Sefo, so the only question is whether he'll be consistent. But it's hard to argue with 23/32, 333 passing, 135 rushing. The competition should be open, IMO.
Posted: 09/25/2016 at 02:10AM