2007 Trojan Huddle (2)

(Sorry for the late entry -- I was sidetracked for many hours after the game and wasn't able to get home until just under an hour ago)

As Tim mentioned in his diary, neither he nor I were exactly sure on how to create a write-up on todays happening. Here's my best shot:

The Wide Receivers We're Stellar: Turner, Davis Hazelton, Patterson, and Ausberry all made great plays and demonstrated some excellent abilities. It's clear from the early session of the scrimmage that Patrick and Fred are the go to guys in terms of passing (as they should be). Hazelton and Patterson caught some tough passes and ran great routs. Also, Ausberry showed some excellent body control with his grabs - putting a lot of effort into getting into position to catch the ball and blocking out defenders from grabbing his passes.  

The Quarterbacks Weren't: The imaginary statline for the game shows a lot of interceptions. This was mostly due to poor decision making on the part of the quarterbacks. Booty, Sanchez, McDonald and Green didn't give much credence to man coverage (even in tight situations) and some overachieving linebackers and defensive backs took advantage. However, as noted above, the wideouts did at times manages to make their QB's look good by getting open and making plays.

The Tailbacks Were Decent: There were a couple of big plays out of the backfield (by Dennis, most notably) but the running game had to deal with some sporadic blocking. The play calling wasn't too complicated (lots of up the gut, a few draws, little if any counters or tosses) -- so there wasn't much to revel over. At times impressive, but not always amazing.

Things Started Off Sloppy, and Kind of Continued That Way: We're talking about muffed kickoffs, fumbled snaps, blocked kicks, etc. As Wolfie has mentioned in his blog, snaps continued to be hard-to-handle for most of QB's on the field. These hardships continued even in the shotgun. Which brings me to...

The Offenses Ran Shotgun: But only a few times. As Tim mentioned, it didn't seem to be too effective  at solving any issues. Defensive pressure  really created problems in the backfield, and it wasn't stymied by the long-snap.  

What I Was Really Impressed By: Two things really stuck out to me during the huddle. First, the entire 1st string defense and some players on the 2nd string defense displayed a lot of talent. Carroll was noticeably excited by the ability of the linebackers, defensive linemen and cornerbacks to make big plays. Guys were jumping high to pick off tosses, tipping passes at the line, and laying out big hits (whoooaaaa Taylor Mays!) Second, Stanly Havili was a BEAST! The fullback made about half-a-dozen great plays on the field. Good blocking, nice agility and (most notably) very impressive catching ability. Havili also bailed out his quarterback on multiple occasions with some very nice catches in the secondary and with tight screens.

As you'll see in the slideshow, I stayed after the game to get autographs from the players. Walked away with a ball signed by Charles White, Rey Rey, and Taylor Mays (among others). I have class with the entire receiving core on Friday so they'll be on the ball soon enough.

Here's the link to pictures:

If you want access to the images I can send them directly too you or you can just use the directory -->

Pictures start at DSCN2537.gif and end on DSCN2540.gif

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