At Football Study Hall I broke down K-State’s great run of DL play this decade, particularly their play at defensive end. I include some notes on their “heavy” technique they use for defending smashmouth spread tactics with only five defenders in the box. I noticed them doing this effectively against the 2016 Texas Longhorn run … [Read more…]
Because of the nature of Briles’ Baylor program towards the latter end of that regime, before things went horrifyingly wrong, it has become a bit easy to forget how Briles built that program in the first place. After consecutive Big 12 titles in 2013 and 2014 the Bears were cruising in recruiting, snatching up highly touted … [Read more…]
Then 2016 happened. The Sooners will need to get back to their old standards of jumping routes and dominating games with their defensive backs in order to win the Big 12 in 2017.
(I’m reposting and updating this article from its original placement). While writing up a post recently about Kavontae Turpin and the role he’ll play in the TCU offense in 2016, I decided to track the Big 12’s history of fantastically productive little guys. There have been so many, that it seemed about time that we … [Read more…]
Over at Inside Texas I took the time to find a full Cam Rising game on youtube, broke down his performance in it, and then did a thorough writeup on what I saw from the 4-star signal-caller. Rising was an OU-commit and it looked like Texas had settled on 3-star Oklahoman Casey Thompson with perhaps … [Read more…]
My man @JonathanTjarks of theringer.com had an amazing column the other day on the reality of team building in the NBA in an era when LeBron James and the Warriors rule the league. The main thrust of his point is that there is value in the struggle for supremacy in the league, value in the … [Read more…]
Over at Football Study Hall I listed all of the returning talent at QB in 2017 before diving into some of the teams that will have and advantage in combating them because they return star safeties. Beyond the obvious (Derwin James at Florida State) there are some others like Damon Webb at Ohio State or … [Read more…]
I’ve suspected for some time now that a massive percentage of touchdown passes (or explosive gains) thrown in the Big 12 (or nationally) in 2016 came off the dig-post(go) route combination. Teams like to set it up in different ways but that combo is ideal for attacking deep and it seemed that many teams were … [Read more…]
I examine the issue over at Football Study Hall. * Of course it’s always possible that the NFL is simply overlooking Big 12 players that might be better than expected.
It’s curious that the hybrid RB that can run routes hasn’t had a greater role in the Big 12 yet. Granted it’s hard to teach a RB how to excel at reading blocks, picking up blitzes in pass protection, AND running crips routes outside but there’s sure a lot of upside if you can. Christian … [Read more…]