Monday, October 13, 2008

Rock, Chopped, and Hawked

Bust this, I'm kickin like Segall, Out for Justice
The roughness, yes, the rudeness, ruckus...

PROPS and DROPS from the Buffs' loss in Lawrence to the Jayhawks and the Broncos home loss to the Jaguars:

DROPS: Uber-freshman Darrell Scott's debut season has yet to get into gear as he was limited to one carry against the Jayhawks and then headed straight for the bench with another nagging hamstring. For someone who admittedly showed up out of shape and has had to concentrate more on losing weight, that has to be a factor in his injuries. The offense needs a back like Darrell who can get the tough 3rd and 1 (anymore throw to the FB on short yardage and I will drive to Boulder and tear that play out of every single playbook) and help shore up the suddenly anemic running game.

DROPS: The Lollipop Guild’s Maurice Jones-Drew sliced through the D every which way: quick slashes, up the gut, around the end. Small backs have given the Donk defense fits (Darren Sproles), so maybe they need to play on their knees. When the Broncos threw eight in the box, the Jags’ simply answered by throwing it all over the field. Quite simply, they seemed to telegraph exactly to the Jags what to call on offense.

DROPS: Officiating karma has come back to bite the Donks’ in their collective asses. The PI call on the Jaguars last possession was a questionable call in that situation. And the contact call that extended a Jags’ drive in the third was another questionable call. Somwhere Ed Hochuli is laughing (probably on the incline press).

DROPS: With the CU offense having punched in a TD to close the score to 16-14, the defense rallied to force a three and out from KU, deep in their own territory. KU lined up to punt, and it was a classic momentum changer. PR Josh Smith let the ball go over his head and allowed the ball to bounce nearly 30 yards and KU had a 77 yard punt, CU pinned down deep, and effectively the game in hand from there out. I was indicative of the disorganization and lack of semblance CU had all day. A coach should've had Smith line up deep as the punter was punting in the wind. Plays were late from getting into the huddle, QB Cody Hawkins was checking off play after play with little payoff, the play clock was constantly under three seconds when snapped, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria.

DROPS: Brandon Marshall is unquestionably entered the upper echelon of NFL wideouts, and he too may be reading into his own hype. Witness the excessive dancing, stiff arming, and general un-needed extra effort after catches when he is most likely not going to make anything out of it. It goes against simple football rhetoric, but sometimes you can run out of bounds or be taken down. Marshalls’s penchant for the extra fight lead to his simple drop/fumble inside the 10 yard line.

PROPS: Michael Pittman was a welcome surprise for the running game yesterday. With Selvin Young banged up and the messiah in Donk Land, Ryan Torian, a few weeks out, Pittman run tough to the tune of a 100 yard day. Against the leagues’ most physical D, this is no small task. However, one has to wonder how a 33 year old back who’s style is to bang heads can shoulder a 20+ carry load.

DROPS: The big white elephant in the room is of course Cody Hawkins. He's on the lips and keyboards of every CU fan, hangeron, and detractor. Cody had another miserable game versus the Jayhawks; his safety was one of he worst plays in a few years. Yet, this can't be laid all at his feet. The OL is missing its best player and a another frosh stud in Max Tuoti Mariner (with Miller and MTM in there versus WVU, they nearly had 200 yards on the ground- that helps any QB), and has anyone seen the wide receivers? Patrick Williams, the senior wide out? Where is he? The "saavy" Scotty McKnight, is he getting open? How about the tight ends? Couple all of this with Cody's sudden lack of touch and you have the debacle of the last three losses. Backup Matt Ballenger wasn't exactly Jay Cutler out there either. Cody is going to be the QB, he is their best option to win three more games.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The test is this weekend. K-state is giving up 500 yards of defense. If we can somehow get some plays and win, then I think 2 more can be had between ATM, ISU, and neb. Mizzou no chance and now Id say Okie State is little chance.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okie State is the 3rd best team in this conference, so yeah, that's a loss. I still think ISU and ATM are easy wins and Nebraska is a toss-up, like usual.

I'm scared to death to see what Mizzou does to this team in a couple weeks.

As for Cody, he's struggled, but it's the team more than him. A lot of fans thought the line would be another year away from being really good, and granted that's mostly from injuries, but it's starting to play out that way.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Open up the comp in the spring. Tyler Hansen is the answer, big, lean, quick, athletic. Only question is arm strangth. Maybe someone can speak on that?

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like Cody, but tall.

1:52 PM  
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