Rice's version of the spread offense is based on the Quarterback's strengths. They have plays in their playbook for draws/option, and Wild Owl if the QB is a statue.
I'm not even close to ready to write off Tiller. He's attempted fewer than 100 college passes, some of them in extremely difficult games/situations, and has completed more than half of them. For those who like comparisons, Sage Rosenfels completed 51.5% of his passes his senior (Insight.com winning) season. Both AA and Bret Meyer are/were closer to 60% on average.
I would expect more efficiency from a starting quarterback, but Tiller hasn't been getting the reps in practice that a starting QB would. My expectation is that Tiller is significantly improved between this year and next year, simply because he'll be getting a lot more reps.
Before we go running to proclaim someone else the next big thing, remember that Tiller was as sought after a high school player as we have on this team. He's got a ton of athletic ability, has shown he can lead the team to a win, and has done nothing to show he can't be an outstanding starting QB for the next two years.
Unless Tiller improves a LOT in the next year... we had better be starting someone else next year or we're in DEEP trouble.
And if Tiller has any dreams of playing any kind of football at the next level... it will be at WR, not QB.
Tiller still really hasn't shown much ability as a passer. He's a good leader and a great runner, but he's setting up to be Arnaud Lite, from what I've seen. I'd like to hope we can do better than that going forward (and I appreciate what Arnaud's done).
The biggest problem I see with Tiller is he hasn't learned that you can't throw every pass through the receiver. It's like he's playing catch with his little brother out there seeing how hard he can throw it before somebody flinches. If he can figure out how to put some touch on the ball he'll be fine.
i saw tiller throw in warm ups. there was no touch on those passes either. i was embarrassed in the stands before the NIU game when i told my friends that AA and tiller were going to be good QBs
No worries about his accuracy, he's not throwing he is covering... if you have a secondary that can handle man-to-man you can stack the box with 7 and ocassionally blitz. ISU's O-line was much bigger, Utah was just faster!
[QUOTE=RavenousUte;1942993if you have a secondary that can handle man-to-man you can stack the box with 7 and ocassionally blitz. ISU's O-line was much bigger, Utah was just faster![/QUOTE]
Bringing more than there are blockers helps.
I'm going to best Washington and Broomfield will be the safties next year, coaches like JW like someone else posted and Broomfield was told that if he stays focused he'll be out there.