They talk about A-Rob, who yes was the leading rusher but he didn't start till about the MU game so that quote doesn't explain the whole story to that fact.
Of course, considering a foreshortened season, the statement that A-Rob "averaged less than four ypc" spoke more loudly than his 481 total yards. However, I think that speaks as much to the level of competition, the offensive line, and the state of the offense overall as it does to A-Rob's ability.
I want a bowl game. sitting at home in watching bowl games is getting boring. I love how they hint that we could be in a bowl game, even if our kids aren't ready for it. I can't wait to see Chizik's attitude expressed through his players when we go out and pop some people in the mouth.
Me, too, even if it's a tiny, inconsequential bowl game. Because we've got to have that extra practice time allowed for bowl preparation. I've read that coaches consider that to be serious team development time.
I always get excited this time of year for the football season to start. Yes, we lose Bret Meyer and Todd Blythe but I think that Austen Arnaud will be ready by the time the season starts and the receivers will step it up. GO STATE!!!
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You really can't help but be excited about football season. I can't wit to see what Chizik can do with this team this year. It would be a HUGE step if we can get back to a bowl in only his second season.
> They talk about A-Rob, who yes was the leading rusher but he didn't start till about the MU game <
Thought I read the other day that Coach McFarland said (at the Council Bluffs outing maybe?) that A-Rob was ready to go physically and skills-wise from the outset but that he had deer-in-the-headlight eyes so they brought him along slowly.
My memory is fuzzy on this comment, but I took it to mean A-Rob likely would have been the starter from the first game, ability-wise, if not for his inexperience.
Can anyone else here back me up on this remark? Or, shoot me down by telling me my memory sucks? . . . .
Oh, here it is, from cyclonebillski's outstanding recap of the CB outing posted here. He's paraphrasing Coach McFarland:
"Said Robinson would have started from day one last year but was still a little bit deer in headlights his first few games so they threw him in special teams to let him get hit a little. Then he picked it up. Said he expects Robinson to start next year."
Hmmm. A-Rob will have a ton of experience, then, heading into his junior season in 2009, when Bo Williams gains eligibility. It'll be interesting to see if Jeremiah Schwartz earns PT this fall, or, with seniors JJ Bass and Jason Scales on hand with A-Rob, Jeremiah is redshirted.
You'd think the latter would be ideal, wouldn't you? OTOH, maybe not ideal; if JS doesn't play this fall, entering 2009 we've got only one running back with serious game experience. It'll be interesting seeing what the coaches do.
2009 running backs:
Alexander Robinson, junior
Bo Williams, sophomore
Jeremiah Schwartz, frosh or soph
2009 recruit(s), rookie(s)
Got to think the coaches will go after at least one terrific running back in the next recruiting cycle, if not two.
Seems like we needed four backs last year....
Looking forward to CFH magic for the next bball season, Georges style.
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