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    Woody's role and the pistol

    In Klenakis' feature on cyclones.com from a few weeks ago he talked about the benefits of the pistol. There were the obvious things like using balance to avoid giving the defense any pre-snap indication of direction. He also mentioned "deception with movement and motion." Maybe I'm dense, but when I heard this for the second time, I put 2 and 2 together with the sudden flexibility in how we're using Woody (lined up as a back, as a tight end, in the slot, etc.).

    I think most of us are expecting Coach K to have a big influence on the offense. Perhaps Woody is the biggest evidence of this.



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    Re: Woody's role and the pistol

    Quote Originally Posted by psychlone99 View Post
    In Klenakis' feature on cyclones.com from a few weeks ago he talked about the benefits of the pistol. There were the obvious things like using balance to avoid giving the defense any pre-snap indication of direction. He also mentioned "deception with movement and motion." Maybe I'm dense, but when I heard this for the second time, I put 2 and 2 together with the sudden flexibility in how we're using Woody (lined up as a back, as a tight end, in the slot, etc.).

    I think most of us are expecting Coach K to have a big influence on the offense. Perhaps Woody is the biggest evidence of this.
    I may be wrong but I kind of doubt that moving Woody around has a lot to do with the pistol. It may be partly a suggestion from Klenakis, but we've moved around players within our offense plenty of times before. For example, the last couple seasons there were times where West or Horne lined up as running backs. Sometimes our tight ends have lined up as h-backs, other times in the slot, and even other times almost as a full back. Some of this might be Klanakis, but for the most part I think it's in part because of our injuries at tight end in the spring, and having so many running backs who can all get the job done. On top of that Woody needs to be on the field more, and he doesn't see enough time at running back for that.



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    Re: Woody's role and the pistol

    Quote Originally Posted by psychlone99 View Post
    In Klenakis' feature on cyclones.com from a few weeks ago he talked about the benefits of the pistol. There were the obvious things like using balance to avoid giving the defense any pre-snap indication of direction. He also mentioned "deception with movement and motion." Maybe I'm dense, but when I heard this for the second time, I put 2 and 2 together with the sudden flexibility in how we're using Woody (lined up as a back, as a tight end, in the slot, etc.).

    I think most of us are expecting Coach K to have a big influence on the offense. Perhaps Woody is the biggest evidence of this.
    I sure as heck hope that the offensive line is the biggest evidence of this!




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    Re: Woody's role and the pistol

    Quote Originally Posted by Luth4Cy View Post
    I may be wrong but I kind of doubt that moving Woody around has a lot to do with the pistol. It may be partly a suggestion from Klenakis, but we've moved around players within our offense plenty of times before. For example, the last couple seasons there were times where West or Horne lined up as running backs. Sometimes our tight ends have lined up as h-backs, other times in the slot, and even other times almost as a full back. Some of this might be Klanakis, but for the most part I think it's in part because of our injuries at tight end in the spring, and having so many running backs who can all get the job done. On top of that Woody needs to be on the field more, and he doesn't see enough time at running back for that.
    But has there been a lot of pre-snap movement and shifting? That, I think, may be the difference. I don't recall seeing much of that in recent years, and I think that is what's being hinted at.

    And I don't for a second think that Woody's new role is due to injuries at TE. You don't trumpet that stuff in interviews if it's just a temporary thing because someone is banged up. There may be more freedom due to depth at RB, but I think this is largely a signal of Klenakis' hand on the offense.



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    Re: Woody's role and the pistol

    Ok. I'm in.



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    Re: Woody's role and the pistol

    They are recognizing that Woody is a good player and can contribute in ways other than running the ball, on a team full of good running backs vying for PT



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    Re: Woody's role and the pistol

    Quote Originally Posted by psychlone99 View Post
    In Klenakis' feature on cyclones.com from a few weeks ago he talked about the benefits of the pistol. There were the obvious things like using balance to avoid giving the defense any pre-snap indication of direction. He also mentioned "deception with movement and motion." Maybe I'm dense, but when I heard this for the second time, I put 2 and 2 together with the sudden flexibility in how we're using Woody (lined up as a back, as a tight end, in the slot, etc.).

    I think most of us are expecting Coach K to have a big influence on the offense. Perhaps Woody is the biggest evidence of this.
    I think Woody as H-Back/flexed out RB is simply insurance for Brun and Bibbs. Woody is a very talented individual, but he is a bit limited on the football field. I think it's just a big story this spring, and won't make a difference this fall.



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    Re: Woody's role and the pistol

    Can you imagine how effective Woody could be getting the ball back in the secondary somewhere?



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    Re: Woody's role and the pistol

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    Can you imagine how effective Woody could be getting the ball back in the secondary somewhere?
    Remember his TD catch vs Baylor last year? He just snuck out there and had an easy TD. I'm expecting to see things like that this year.



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    Re: Woody's role and the pistol

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    Ok. I'm in.
    Fine, but are you "All In"?



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