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Some thoughts on the BCC game

Some thoughts on the BCC game

DMoney

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No disrespect, just football play... How is DJ Ivey on the field (starting), watch his coverage / whiff on tackles etc. Hate to say it, but feels like the last coaching staph (He who should not be named) with this one coaches' decision.
It really has to be a mental thing for him. He has to be an extremely hard worker and do everything right in practice.

The other thing though is that also speaks to how our CB recruiting and development have been.
 
Not too much you can take from that opponent, but there were no real injuries and we scored 70. Wanted to focus on some small individual things that jumped out:

- Waynmon Steed made a huge play on the opening drive. The QB scrambled and the HBack made an adjustment upfield into the end zone. Steed stuck with him the whole way and broke it up at the catch point. A TD there would have taken the air out of the stadium and changed the mood of the game.

- Keyshawn Smith had a monster day on KR, with longtime NFL coordinator Marwan Maalouf's impact being felt right away. Watch Xavier Restrepo on the first long return. He shot out like a rocket as lead blocker and leveled some dude. He's one of the best pure football players on the team.

- Jalen Rivers buried defenders on the first two TDs. He also looked pretty nimble pulling. His return from injury will be a major factor in revamping last year's run game.

- On the CanesInSight podcast, we talked about how it was only a matter of time before Kam Kinchens started racking up INTs like in high school. That process has begun. Kinchens is one of the smartest players on the team and you will see him get more aggressive in trusting his instincts. He did get burned on a long Bethune reception he tried to jump, but those calculated risks will pay off more as the season goes on. His tackling remains textbook.

- Overall, the defensive backfield was a bit of a letdown after a strong camp. Too many missed tackles (DJ Ivey and Avantae Williams) and mental mistakes. We need more from them to be a great defense.

- Mitchell Agude gets consistent pressure but still struggles to finish with sacks. That was his story at UCLA. His pressure numbers were huge and his sack production didn't follow. Some of it seems to be natural coordination issues, but hopefully he can start getting the quarterback to the ground as the season goes on.

- Akheem Mesidor was the most impactful defensive player on the team. I expect a huge year from him.

- Huge sigh of relief that Leonard Taylor only suffered a stinger. He was flashing big-time early in the game. Any worries about his development were very premature.

- Dominic Mammarelli had a big block on Henry Parrish's first TD and is carving out a niche in short yardage. He has great size and can help us in that role. Good teams have big, versatile players like Mammarelli.

- Gilbert Frierson made the two biggest plays on defense with his 3rd and 1 stop off the edge and his pick six. His ability to time the snap off the edge will lead to more big plays as the year goes on.

- Nice to see Michael Redding get the start and score a TD. I'm a broken record with this, but WR is a work ethic position. Redding has always been a grinder and is being rewarded for his efforts.

- I already made a thread about Anez Cooper, but can't stress enough how impressive he's been. He has held up in pass protection against our better defenses in practice despite his raw technique, and his run blocking dominated the fourth quarter yesterday. He also showed some nice finish and nastiness. He will only get better as Coach Feld improves his body and Coach Mirabal improves his technique.

Overall, a good and healthy start.

D here is a something worth noting… No drops by the receivers yesterday’s
 
2 sacks... all this talk about the transformative change on the DL from our transfers and how deep we are, but 2 sacks against the worse OL we will see all season is a major disappointment. If we cant put pressure on the QB we will have the same poor defense this year as we had last year.

It really makes me think that the reason they couldn't pick the starters wasn't because they have too many good dudes... its because they don't really have any freaks out there on the line.
 
2 sacks... all this talk about the transformative change on the DL from our transfers and how deep we are, but 2 sacks against the worse OL we will see all season is a major disappointment. If we cant put pressure on the QB we will have the same poor defense this year as we had last year.

It really makes me think that the reason they couldn't pick the starters wasn't because they have too many good dudes... its because they don't really have any freaks out there on the line.
They also knew our DL would overpower them and threw a lot of quick passes to neutralize our DL
 
Went to the game of course. Really nice crowd. Omg there was this chick behind us yelling for Bethune in section 315. Most annoying thing the whole game, loud af.

As for the game, my take aways is they worked on the rushing attack and the rushing defense, we could ran the ball like an option team all game if we wanted. We had problems running v these type of teams with Lashlee, we would break off a big on then stuff the next 10 runs. Our run blocking scheme is design to create alot of 1v1 tackles for the RB, look for Knighton to juke people and be gone. Pass defense coverage takes more reps and practice and it's gonna take some time. Also you see the effects of being in camp and not tackling much. I expect that to make a big jump v Southern Miss. @DMoney what I said about Ivey, I don't wanna hear any camp sunshine pumping. He has no idea what breaking down in space means and squaring up. He runs full speed and throws his shoulder, not sure even Diaz thought him that. Smh.

Mesidor is as good as any DL in the conference, not only does he get off blocks, he makes the tackles. He is a problem, no one could block him.

We are not a perfect team and we need talent upgrade at positions, also some players are gonna get passed up in the depth chart when younger players get used to the game and up to speed. I'm not taking much from this game. Even if we had 700 yards and held them to 150.

Missed out a big piece of my game analysis. The Special teams is not only way better it's a weapon. Those return formations, a more slippery runner then K5 and we housing a couple. You could see the lanes open evey time, huge alleys. That was marked improvement to where we were struggling to even get to the 20 against anyone. You can't form wedges anymore but it's seems we form like a cone or something and we are physical in clearing out the lanes. Hidden factor that's gonna matter against better opponents
 
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Not too much you can take from that opponent, but there were no real injuries and we scored 70. Wanted to focus on some small individual things that jumped out:

- Waynmon Steed made a huge play on the opening drive. The QB scrambled and the HBack made an adjustment upfield into the end zone. Steed stuck with him the whole way and broke it up at the catch point. A TD there would have taken the air out of the stadium and changed the mood of the game.

- Keyshawn Smith had a monster day on KR, with longtime NFL coordinator Marwan Maalouf's impact being felt right away. Watch Xavier Restrepo on the first long return. He shot out like a rocket as lead blocker and leveled some dude. He's one of the best pure football players on the team.

- Jalen Rivers buried defenders on the first two TDs. He also looked pretty nimble pulling. His return from injury will be a major factor in revamping last year's run game.

- On the CanesInSight podcast, we talked about how it was only a matter of time before Kam Kinchens started racking up INTs like in high school. That process has begun. Kinchens is one of the smartest players on the team and you will see him get more aggressive in trusting his instincts. He did get burned on a long Bethune reception he tried to jump, but those calculated risks will pay off more as the season goes on. His tackling remains textbook.

- Overall, the defensive backfield was a bit of a letdown after a strong camp. Too many missed tackles (DJ Ivey and Avantae Williams) and mental mistakes. We need more from them to be a great defense.

- Mitchell Agude gets consistent pressure but still struggles to finish with sacks. That was his story at UCLA. His pressure numbers were huge and his sack production didn't follow. Some of it seems to be natural coordination issues, but hopefully he can start getting the quarterback to the ground as the season goes on.

- Akheem Mesidor was the most impactful defensive player on the team. I expect a huge year from him.

- Huge sigh of relief that Leonard Taylor only suffered a stinger. He was flashing big-time early in the game. Any worries about his development were very premature.

- Dominic Mammarelli had a big block on Henry Parrish's first TD and is carving out a niche in short yardage. He has great size and can help us in that role. Good teams have big, versatile players like Mammarelli.

- Gilbert Frierson made the two biggest plays on defense with his 3rd and 1 stop off the edge and his pick six. His ability to time the snap off the edge will lead to more big plays as the year goes on.

- Nice to see Michael Redding get the start and score a TD. I'm a broken record with this, but WR is a work ethic position. Redding has always been a grinder and is being rewarded for his efforts.

- I already made a thread about Anez Cooper, but can't stress enough how impressive he's been. He has held up in pass protection against our better defenses in practice despite his raw technique, and his run blocking dominated the fourth quarter yesterday. He also showed some nice finish and nastiness. He will only get better as Coach Feld improves his body and Coach Mirabal improves his technique.

Overall, a good and healthy start.
If we can lockdown Samson Okunlola, our OL in the future is going to be ridiculous!

LT Samson Okunlola
LG Jalen Rivers
C Connor Lew
RG Anez Cooper
RT Francis Mauigoa
 
JHH had a touchdown saving tackle and a pure effort play early in the game. The RB caught a swing pass and broke a tackle. JHH made the tackle on the sidelines 20 yards up field around the Miami 15. Another great show of effort from him.
I saw that.
 
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