Slapdash August 20, 2012
When you don’t know what to write about, just start writing.
Florida/West Virginia, Eh?
On the BTN Illini preview Saturday night (I can’t be the only one who hurried home on Saturday night to watch it, right?), co-offensive coordinator Chris Beatty (who apparently will be calling the plays from the booth if I heard him right?) said that this offense would be a hybrid between the recent West Virginia offenses and the Urban Meyer Florida offenses (I don’t really have anything for these parenthesis but every point within this sentence was followed by a parenthetical thought which ended with a question mark so I don’t see how I can’t do the same here if that makes sense?).
So… West Virginia/Florida, eh? Let’s see, Beatty was at West Virginia post-Rich Rod, pre-Holgerball, so those teams were your typical spread offense that featured a small, speedy Noel Devine at tailback and a dual threat QB that they were developing into a passer (Geno whatshisname – I’m too deep in this thought to look it up). The Florida offenses under Meyer (and Dan Mullen and Billy Gonzales) were the Tebow/Rainey/Demps offenses, where they tried to get the ball in space (pitches, bubble screens) to the small, speedy Jeff Demps.
What can we take from that? (SMITH – Geno SMITH. Just came to me.) Well, combine that information with the two high school running backs we’ve recruited for the 2013 class (5′-8″ Kendrick Foster and 5′-9″ Miguel Hermosillo), combined with the tailback we added in January for the 2012 class (5′-8″ Devin Church, who is working at slot receiver), and I think it’s pretty clear what we’ll be trying to do with this offense over the next few years. Spread the field, change the tempo, and instead of wearing you out by lining up with twin tight ends and a fullback and running you over, wear you out with speed and tempo going sideline to sideline.
Eggs In One Basket
With Tyler Ennis selecting Syracuse (and let’s face it, Tyler Ennis was always going to pick Syracuse), I believe all of our point guard recruiting eggs are placed in the Demetrius Jackson basket. Which means we probably get our first read on John Groce, recruiter. Some say Jackson will come down to Notre Dame (his home town team), Illinois, and Kansas. Of the Bill Self Kansas’.
Can Groce stare down Self? I’m guessing that’s the storyline in the next few months. According to Paul Klee (and again, if I had more time, I’d totally be linking you to the Klee Chat that discussed all of this, but I’m in a hurry and you should be reading all of the Klee chats anyway), Jackson will visit Illinois in September and then possibly visit Kansas for Midnight Madness. Guh.
Remember what it was like the weekend Sherron Collins was at Kansas? That feeling of not wanting to check the message boards for fear of bad news? Or when Dee was “50/50″ on transferring after Self left? That feeling of opening up your browser and then checking for Illini news between your middle and ring finger? That’s what I’m expecting if Jackson visits Kansas for Midnight Madness.
Jackson is the kind of recruit that would send me into a Future Roster Frenzy. It’s been so long since I let myself get all Future Roster Frenzy. A quick peak of how that would go:
Add Jackson to Malcolm Hill and you have ONE OF THE TOP FIVE BACKCOURTS IN ILLINI HISTORY. Find an athletic four that can stretch the D on a drive-and-kick and BABY WE’VE GOT A STEW GOIN’!
(Future Roster Frenzies always end in all caps. And always, ALWAYS, exaggerate.)
I really don’t even know what it means. But Tim Beckman said that we’ll be a “tempo team” and that we’ll have “six of them”. On the BTN preview, Beatty said that we’ll be up-tempo sometimes, we’ll have a shift/motion tempo where we’re trying to confuse the D, and we’ll have the look-to-the-sidelines tempo where we get set and then look to the coaching staff for a possible shift/play-call change. Ok, so that’s three of them. What could the other three be? I think we should name them all.
Happy – Oregon-like up-tempo. Wear down the defense until they have to go all Jeff Tedford and fake injuries to slow us down.
Sneezy - This is our shift/motion offense. Set up four wide, and then motion a slot receiver and a tight end into the backfield. Ah-choo.
Grumpy - Look-to-the-sideline, obviously. The offense that every one of your fathers hates.
Bashful – What’s that? We’re just a simple wittle read-option spread offense, running these same four plays over and over and BAMM Matt LaCosse deep down the middle on a seam route.
Sleepy - Slow it down. Make the defense jump offside just because you’ve been up-tempo all day and now you’re taking your time. Brady Hoke is getting verrrry sleeeeeeepy.
Dopey – We inexplicably switch to the Mike Schultz offense/tempo for one series. Can you deal with THAT, Missouri? Oh, right, you can.
Sorry Doc – he said six.