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    Power running game

    I'm thinking, based on position changes and the RBs we recruited this year, that we will see some power running this year. Of course Warren and Brown will see time as the "speed backs," and Syria as a power back as well as one of the incoming freshmen unless they both redshirt. I think this could be why Cole Anderson was moved to TE. A 6'4" 275 lb TE? SWEET!!! I hope he is athletic and quick enough to play the position, which I'm sure he is otherwise the coaches wouldn't have moved him there, right? Also noticed a few guys who are now listed as RBs that make me wonder if we are going to use a fullback this year. We got Brian Bonacci at 5'11" 227, Zach Samson at 6'1" 259 and Justin Webster at 6'1" 223. I think the coaches are cooking up something special for our offense this year, and I like it!

    I like the size of our WRs and hope they can provide some nice blocking on the edges, and I think our OL will be pretty solid if they can stay healthy.

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    Re: Power running game

    Sorry, just noticed this thread... http://cyclonefanatic.com/forum/showthread.php?t=201653

    Mods can merge if necessary.


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    Re: Power running game

    Quote Originally Posted by demoncore1031 View Post
    I'm thinking, based on position changes and the RBs we recruited this year, that we will see some power running this year. Of course Warren and Brown will see time as the "speed backs," and Syria as a power back as well as one of the incoming freshmen unless they both redshirt. I think this could be why Cole Anderson was moved to TE. A 6'4" 275 lb TE? SWEET!!! I hope he is athletic and quick enough to play the position, which I'm sure he is otherwise the coaches wouldn't have moved him there, right? Also noticed a few guys who are now listed as RBs that make me wonder if we are going to use a fullback this year. We got Brian Bonacci at 5'11" 227, Zach Samson at 6'1" 259 and Justin Webster at 6'1" 223. I think the coaches are cooking up something special for our offense this year, and I like it!

    I like the size of our WRs and hope they can provide some nice blocking on the edges, and I think our OL will be pretty solid if they can stay healthy.

    GO CLONES!!!
    Won't matter if we had Emmit Smith back there. As most have been saying for years now, it all starts with the OL. When I see them run block for the first time in 4 years, I'll believe it.


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    Re: Power running game

    Zach Samson is no longer on the roster.


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    Re: Power running game

    There's really no need to merge..there aren't enough threads on here any way. I like your OP though. I agree. I think we will still be a spread offense but we will definately be lining up in more power running formations. If you go back and look at KU success with Mangino he used some bigger backs and actually ran the ball a lot. I do think we see one of the two freshman RBs this year. They certainly could be used in more of a FB mode depending upon how they come into camp strength wise. Sheldon and Thomas are not small kids though. I too was a little perplexed by the Cole Anderson move to TE but then I thought about it and makes sense if they are going to utilize two TE sets at times in power formations. Boesen can block and he's prob the primary pass threat at TE and Anderson would be on the other side mowing down a LB in power formations.



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    Re: Power running game

    If we are able to spread the field successfully with Bundrage, Lazard, and Montgomery - then you can have a power running game even with an average OL. You have one less guy to block, however if they cannot be successful with the passing game, then it will be tough again to run the ball.



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    Re: Power running game

    I am very interested in seeing what this OL can do this Fall. (As noted in recent articles) the emergence of Jameson Lalk (6'6" 320) at center, flanked by Taiese (6'6" 356) and Burton (6'6" 320), and tackles Campos (6'8" 298) and Dagel (6'8" 310) is going to make for one "big" line. We will see what that translates to. Key will be the health of Burton and Dagel (how well they recover from their current injuries). My best guess is that Coach Mangino is more fully putting his offensive plan into play this year. I am frankly excited to see what develops.


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    Re: Power running game

    Can anyone explain why Kenneth Lynn was moved to WR? He has played in a bunch of games at CB and has a few starts under his belt, and he moves to one of the deepest positions as a 5th year senior?

    I agree bigsag, the o-line is the key to how successful the offense will be this year.


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    Re: Power running game

    Quote Originally Posted by demoncore1031 View Post
    Can anyone explain why Kenneth Lynn was moved to WR? He has played in a bunch of games at CB and has a few starts under his belt, and he moves to one of the deepest positions as a 5th year senior?

    I agree bigsag, the o-line is the key to how successful the offense will be this year.
    From what I understand, at least two younger guys have jumped Lynn. Also, we have a freshman and a sophomore that have that short space skillset you would like to put in the middle of the field at times and he may be able to help us there from a depth standpoint. Remember, we lost two of our top six receivers. The staff is downright giddy about the corners right now as well as Moya.


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    Re: Power running game

    Posted this in another thread, but it shows that even Oregon has been a run first team in some years

    Balance is the key. Need to have a running game to go along with the passing game. Look at Oregon's stats the past five years:
    Passing Rushing
    2010 3178 3720
    2011 3130 4189
    2012 2888 4098
    2013 3789 3556
    2014 4687 3518


    More rushing than passing until the last two years (Mariota probably had something to do with that). I'm a Sam R defender, but he can't pass us to prosperity. He needs help from blockers and runners.



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    Re: Power running game

    Quote Originally Posted by demoncore1031 View Post
    Can anyone explain why Kenneth Lynn was moved to WR? He has played in a bunch of games at CB and has a few starts under his belt, and he moves to one of the deepest positions as a 5th year senior?

    I agree bigsag, the o-line is the key to how successful the offense will be this year.
    We use more WR's than we do CB's. The young CB's and a Juco were beating him out. Just like when Barnett transfered even though he'd started games at QB. Or Flynn switching to WR from QB.



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    Re: Power running game

    Quote Originally Posted by demoncore1031 View Post
    Can anyone explain why Kenneth Lynn was moved to WR? He has played in a bunch of games at CB and has a few starts under his belt, and he moves to one of the deepest positions as a 5th year senior?

    I agree bigsag, the o-line is the key to how successful the offense will be this year.
    Sounds like with the young guys coming on he had fallen to the number five or six corner and wasn't really set to even be in the conversation. On top of that we lost some receivers with West graduating and a couple guys getting kicked off the team. At least for spring he was needed more there.



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    Re: Power running game

    ThisPower running game you speak of, I hear is not a myth... Just one here



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    Re: Power running game

    Quote Originally Posted by demoncore1031 View Post
    Can anyone explain why Kenneth Lynn was moved to WR? He has played in a bunch of games at CB and has a few starts under his belt, and he moves to one of the deepest positions as a 5th year senior?

    I agree bigsag, the o-line is the key to how successful the offense will be this year.
    Sounds like it was his choice to switch.

    Seems as if he knew he was going to be 2nd or 3rd string, which is a good thing IMO. Not because Lynn was bad, but because it means other guys are better.



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    Re: Power running game

    Have we heard anything about Sheldon Croney that signed last minute? Listed 5' 11 210, would assume he'd easily be 220+ come into the season.



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