Check out the latest batch of weekly answers…
1) So from what i understand to apply for a medical redshirt a player needs to play in no more than 2 games (or 20%) of the season, since Keenum missed half of the second game with a concussion, and more than half of the UCLA game with the ACL, can he still apply for a medical redshirt? – Brock
I’ll be honest, the rule kind of baffles me. I believe he cannot apply, or at least will be turned down, for a medical redshirt, because it has to be a single injury that costs a guy that much time. Can anybody help Brock (and me) out with this?
2) Jon, Petros Papadakis kept repeating over and over during the telecast that Ayers was “freelancing.” Is he just jealous of Ayers’ athleticism? Or was Ayers really doing his own thing and flipping the bird to his coaches in the process? Would you ask Lea and Bullough what the deal is? (And maybe pass on the info to Petros…his aspersions rankled me, and others, too, I’m sure.) – Backdoor Cut
First off, I love Petros, and PMS is the best show on SoCal radio, and it’s not even close. And this comes from a guy who used to HATE the show, until I actually listened. My sports-fan friends call me the Jewish Petros, but I don’t THINK I’m that LOUD. Regarding Ayers: I think what he meant was that Ayers was finding his way into the Houston offense, and mixing up his rush moves, rather than going against his coaches.
3) Jon, let’s go back to the KSU game. Prince was clearly not healed enough to play. If Neuheisel had kept practicing Brehaut, and started Brehaut, and given the ball to Franklin more, would Ucla have won that game? Seriously, what did Prince do v Houston that Brehaut can’t do? – Backdoor Cut
If Prince was not healing, I think Brehaut should’ve continued to get 100 percent of the reps and started Week 1. I think it’s insane to split reps at quarterback. And yes, I think they would’ve beaten Kansas State in that case. Against Houston, Prince was excellent in the running game, read the defense very well and threw OK at times. Don’t write him off.
4) Is there some reason that you can run successfully out of the Pistol offense at the college level, but in pro football, the shotgun is used almost exclusively for passing? – Bruinball
Great question, except for the fact that I have NO idea! I understand that NFL players are simply the best in football, and that the speed of the pro game negates the tremendous speed advantage that some teams have in the college game. But I have to believe that some crazy coach could bring a crazy scheme to the NFL and find success. I’m still waiting.
5) One of the commentators made the point that when the offense is structured such that the QB would have to run, it causes problems with the passing game because after the adrenaline rush of running, they have to rein themselves in to make their throws (and not overthrow it, as Prince did a few times). Is that an excuse, or do you think that is a legitimate criticism of the offense? Is that just something Prince needs to learn to control, or is do you think his passing would be the same regardless of his running? – Warren
Really interesting theory, and I’ll have to look into that. It absolutely could factor into the passing game, though I maintain that Prince’s issues are matters of health and rust and not ability. Put it this way: Against Washington State, we’ll see the real Prince. If he torches them, he’s good to go and the offense is fine. If he doesn’t, and there is even a little struggle, there’s room for concern.