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    Did anyone stand out in the OL play?

    I know some of you guys have already spent several hours reviewing the SDSU game, so who looked good on the OL? As a unit they looked okay pass blocking, run blocking they had their moment, but man I can't stand not pushing the ball in from the 3 or not picking up those 3rd and 1s.



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    Re: Did anyone stand out in the OL play?

    The pass blocking was really good. Even Jason Harris picked up a blitz or two.

    The running game was hit or miss. I thought we would dominate more. I didn't notice too many missed blocks, but on at least one wide play, it looked like a lumbering walrus made its way onto the field.



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    Re: Did anyone stand out in the OL play?

    I watched the game on tape last night after watching in person and I was less than impressed with both the O-line and D-line. Let's hope it gets better.


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    Re: Did anyone stand out in the OL play?

    I think the group just needs to play some games together. I think our OL will turn into a strength by mid-season.



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    Re: Did anyone stand out in the OL play?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhoodjer View Post
    I think the group just needs to play some games together. I think our OL will turn into a strength by mid-season.
    Man I hope so. The inability to run the ball in the short yard situations was unsettling.


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    Re: Did anyone stand out in the OL play?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Architect View Post
    Man I hope so. The inability to run the ball in the short yard situations was unsettling.
    Obviously my comment was speculation as I hope they get better too (they definitely need to improve a bunch before Saturday) but from what I saw we were really close to hitting a lot of big plays, just one little adjustment away from turning 3 to 4 yard runs into 10 to 15 yard runs. OL play has gotten so complex and the way we are running the offensive I think we will see improvement every week. The group as a whole has good size and they look to be much more athletic than what we have seen in the recent past.



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    Re: Did anyone stand out in the OL play?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Architect View Post
    I watched the game on tape last night after watching in person and I was less than impressed with both the O-line and D-line. Let's hope it gets better.
    I'll agree with this, unfortunately. After watching the replay, both of the lines didn't play very well. We got very limited "push" from the OL, and while their QB got hit a bunch, the D line got very little pressure on him otherwise. Of course there were several plays throughout that were good, but not enough for SDSU, IMO.

    I too think it will get better....I'm just hoping by the time Big 12 play starts. I am confident the OL has the talent to get very good, but I'm a little worried bout the DL. I think the young guys will take a year or two to make a quality Big 12 unit.



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    Re: Did anyone stand out in the OL play?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Architect View Post
    I watched the game on tape last night after watching in person and I was less than impressed with both the O-line and D-line. Let's hope it gets better.
    Unfortunately, I have the same opinion. BOTH groups need to make big strides or this team will have challenges.



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    Re: Did anyone stand out in the OL play?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clone9 View Post
    I'll agree with this, unfortunately. After watching the replay, both of the lines didn't play very well. We got very limited "push" from the OL, and while their QB got hit a bunch, the D line got very little pressure on him otherwise. Of course there were several plays throughout that were good, but not enough for SDSU, IMO.

    I too think it will get better....I'm just hoping by the time Big 12 play starts. I am confident the OL has the talent to get very good, but I'm a little worried bout the DL. I think the young guys will take a year or two to make a quality Big 12 unit.
    I agree with the assessment of the DL. The only thing I can hope for is that SDSU wasn't really interested in trying to stretch the field and throw any deeper balls. The short dink and dump passes make it hard to get pressure from the DL because the ball is out so quick. In the running game hopefully they can just eat up enough blocks and draw some double teams so the LB's can do their thing. The LB's might have to carry the load this year, I think they are capable.



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    Re: Did anyone stand out in the OL play?

    I haven't watched the replay but I thought the O-line wasn't run blocking well during the game. Pass blocking was pretty good, just like last year. I think both lines just need more time.


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    Re: Did anyone stand out in the OL play?

    Some random OL comments.....

    SDSU had a pre-season all-american DT who is projected to play on Sundays. Last year he dominated a lot of games. Thursday he had one tackle.

    The outside stretch blocking showed some promise as there were a number of plays where linemen were able to get to the outside and be in position to spring a big gain. Didn't always work, but they will pop some big plays if they keep at it.

    There were some mid-line option plays in the play mix which will produce some decent running numbers for the QB's - especially Bates.



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    Re: Did anyone stand out in the OL play?

    Both O and D lines need to improve. So does our tackling. So does our coverage. So does holding onto the ball. We are a long ways away from a Big 12 power.... BUT we won. I like where we are headed.



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    Re: Did anyone stand out in the OL play?

    I'll also point out that SDSU exclusively ran short routes, quick hitters (which also happens to describe what their quarterback experienced), which didn't allow for a lot of pass rush to develop.

    It's clear that the players all know that they have room for improvement.



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    Re: Did anyone stand out in the OL play?

    The whole OL stood out for me because they are huge.


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    Re: Did anyone stand out in the OL play?

    There were a couple of reasons they didn't go down field, (1) Coverage was very good, (2) we were putting on pressure. One of the reasons he threw 5 ints is he was throwing of his back leg. Getting hit hard will cause you to do that. I'm certainly not saying we're where we need to be yetbut I also don't think things are as bad as some others do. Also remember we were using Chapter one of the playbook both on offense and defense. As the competetion gets better we will see more sets and better results.



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