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First, let me preface the 'She said' portion of this column by saying that
Utah is a good team. That being said, the Beavers were good as well, but at
the end of the night they just couldn't "finish" (one of Coach Riley's
favorite sayings if you've ever attended practice.)
While there was a lot to like on Thursday night, I am left scratching my head
on a few decisions.
First, what I liked:
Jacquizz Rodgers. The guy is a stud.
Brady Camp. He has turned into a clutch tight end that can
block AND make the big catch.
The offensive line. Here is a group who has far exceeded my expectations
for the year. Yes, they gave up 3 sacks, but Utah's defense was fast, athletic,
and they were mixing things up
they reminded me a lot of the Beaver's defense.
Lyle Moevao. I love his toughness and leadership. He is a fighter.
Shane Morales. Is there anything that this guy can't catch?
OK, now to the head scratchers:
Ryan McCants. Like I said, I love Quizz, but why aren't they
mixing things up with McCants every once in awhile? The two give the Beavers
backfield such a different look and would keep defenses on their heels. Quizz
had a stellar night against SC's big guys, but McCants may have had more success
against Utah's smaller, quicker defense. Plus, Utah keyed in on Quizz, and practiced
tackling a shorter back all week in practice.
Brady Camp. Why aren't the coaches utilizing him more? He is
proving to be the strongest tight end prospect among the TE stable.
The last possession play calling. After moving the ball fairly well
down the field all night, something happened on that last possession. With 1:29
left on the clock, I would have liked to see the Beavers run down the clock
and force overtime (if they couldn't punch it in themselves). Instead, the Beavers
tried two passes and one rush to go three and out while only 23 seconds ticked
off the clock, giving Utah 1:06 to march down the field with one of the best
kickers in the country, especially when the Beaver punter is a rookie who has
been hit and miss. Hekker hit the punt out of bounds, Utah takes over on their
own 45 yard line, and the rest is history.
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