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Monday Rewind: South Dakota

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Kansas buck Ben Goodman (93) leads the Jayhawks onto the field against South Dakota on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas buck Ben Goodman (93) leads the Jayhawks onto the field against South Dakota on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

With six minutes left in Saturday's 31-14 victory over South Dakota and my mind starting to spin toward the upcoming deadline and all of the work that begins after the final horn sounds, I hit Twitter with a quick assessment of KU's season opener.

The exercise was simple and took about 10 seconds. After all, there was still live action to cover. So, without giving it too much thought, I handed out the following school-style letter grades for the KU football performance in six categories: Run Game (A), Pass Game (B), Run Defense (C+), Pass Defense (C), Special Teams (A+) and Overall (B-).

After looking back at the facts and stats and thinking more critically about how KU's opener unfolded, I decided I would tweak those grades a little. I also concluded that I would stick with most of them. And, as I waded through all of the “What game were you watching” comments I received on Twitter in the 12-20 hours following the game, the one thing that I kept asking myself was this: What were these people expecting?

I understand that South Dakota was an FCS team that the Jayhawks should have and could have beaten by more than 17 points. I also understand that there were plenty of elements of the opener that downright stunk. But there were also quite a few good signs, too. And to focus only on the negatives while disregarding the positives seems, at least to me, a little short-sighted and unrealistic. USD may have been an FCS team that most FBS schools would've handled with ease, but the Jayhawks were just a few months removed from a 1-11 season and, in their own right, are still very much a work in progress. Those grades (along with the ones I settled on, which you'll see a little farther down the page) were given out with a curve that took into account improvement from a season ago and reality.

With that in mind, here's a quick recap of how I saw it and what my grades meant.

Note: Please realize that what you're about to read is the reasoning behind my initial grades followed by a slightly modified version of a couple of them. I know some people just like to skim the bold print and then comment.

Run Game: A — No doubt in my mind that I'm sticking with this one. KU's offense line was physical all night and opened up solid running lanes for KU's stable of backs, which pounded away for 289 yards on 43 carries. If anything, the running game was not used enough and if they had leaned on it a little more, the spread might have been larger.

Pass Game: B — This one I'd change. I stand behind my belief that junior quarterback Jake Heaps deserved a B for his opening night performance. Heaps looked confident, in control, put his passes on the money and played smart throughout the night. What I failed to account for at the time of my Tweet was the fact that there's more to grading a passing game than just how the QB played. The wide receivers and tight ends also have to factor in and, for the most part, they left quite a bit to be desired. I thought the pass protection was OK, but it, too, can get better. I'd probably go C- in my revised grading of the passing game as a whole.

Run D: C+ – This is another one I'd lower. I thought USD quarterback Josh Vander Maten found far too much running room and the Coyotes' two-headed monster of tailbacks also ran well. Thinking back, KU coach Charlie Weis said last Tuesday that the offensive line was one of USD's strengths and, with nearly all five starters having solid experience and standing 6-5, 300 or better, I don't think the run defense was much worse than expected. I'd change this one to a C- as well.

Pass D: CI'm not sure I'd change this a whole lot, if at all. Vander Maten completed just eight passes for 67 yards and faced a lot of pressure off both off the edge and up the middle, some of which led to a chunk of his rushing total. Beyond that, I thought KU defensive backs Victor Simmons, Dexter McDonald and Dexter Linton were among KU's best performers all night. The only bad play I can think of came on that third-and-19 early in the fourth quarter, when a USD wide receiver crept behind the secondary for a 37-yard gain and a first down. Get off the field there and the Jayhawks probably win 31-7, a margin that, no doubt, would've made several Jayhawk fans a lot happier today.

Special Teams: A+Not touching this one. Remember, my grades were based on a curve that took into account improvement from a season ago and reality. By that standard, every special teams unit was vastly improved and both the team and KU fans should be thrilled by what they saw.

Overall: B-I think a straight C is probably a better overall assessment of the Jayhawks' opening-night performance and I'm sure if I had just said that on Twitter, most people would not have bothered to respond. I get that now. Next time, I'll wait until the game's over and I can better digest the total picture to pass out my grades. But, as you can, I didn't change them that much.

Like it or hate it, this is just one guy's opinion. But I do believe that first-game jitters/nerves and rust are both valid reasons for some of last Saturday's miscues. So now it's time to see what kind of improvement last Saturday's Jayhawks can make in time for this Saturday's huge match-up at Rice.

Comments

Brian Skelly 8 years, 4 months ago

I think the reassessment to a "Straight C" is probably apt. The reality is if we want to win 3-4 games this year we are going to have to have games that get into the B range. My guess is there will be times that wont be enough, but it should be enough to pick off a few more W's. We'll see.

Dont forget folks, our only "W" last year was to an FCS team as well. Lets not get carried away.

kellerman411 8 years, 4 months ago

Could not agree more. Of course jitters and rust were part of the issue. This is also just one guy's opinion but I believe that there are a good number of Jayhawk "fans" who are going to have a nice treat next Saturday. What I got out of the game was much improved speed, physicality, conditioning and mental toughness.

Early and outrageous prediction: 7 wins

Jonathan Briles 8 years, 4 months ago

I had that kind of optimism heading into Saturday, but was fairly disappointed. I really hope your right though. I think this team has the tools to win 7 its just a matter of if they can put it together. Confidence will play such a huge role also. If we beat rice and LaTech I think 7 might happen. If we lose to both then I think our mentality will be so down that we may not win again. This team is fragile still and really needs a few early good breaks.

Ludwig Supraphonic 8 years, 4 months ago

I've been looking for an injury report. Know where I can go for an update?

Matt Tait 8 years, 4 months ago

Weis probably will give us any updates he can tomorrow. Check the site around 1:00.

Matt Tait 8 years, 4 months ago

Just heard tonight on his radio show that they look to be in good shape injury-wise and even Taylor Cox is likely probable for Saturday at Rice. Good news, obviously .

Andy Tweedy 8 years, 4 months ago

Matt, the only thing I'd argue with in your assessment is that you can't possibly be that stunned by those who only found the negatives to hang on! To some degree, that has to fall on the LJW and the coaching staff for what we've been reading. Our fan base has been burned pretty badly with expectations of guys like Dayne Crist, Schuyler Miles, Christian Matthews. I realize most of your assessments end with something along the lines of "we shall see" but most fans ignore that part and focus on what they want to see so badly, a reason to believe. Isn't it kind of easy to see why fan base would view a win that, on the surface seems so similar to last year's SDSU win, as nothing more than "same ol' same ol'?" I think we're going in the right direction, but two years of Turner Gill and last year's 1-11 record sure have made it hard not to be a skeptic!

Oh, and before I get a lot of grief about how Schuyler Miles is just a sophomore, I'm not saying the guy isn't or won't be good, but everything I read last summer acted like we had the next Ray Lewis on campus...

clevelandjayhawker 8 years, 4 months ago

I didnt read an article about there being a killer running around campus last year, did i miss that one?

bad_dog 8 years, 4 months ago

No, you just missed the one describing Ray-Ray's acquittal...

Matt Tait 8 years, 4 months ago

1990 -- I hear what you're saying but based on the preseason & what limited looks we get at the team, that's most of what we can write.... other than being negative & skeptical for the sake of doing it, anyway.

It's a tough deal because until we see the team we write what we hear. I did the same thing (mistakenly) with Gill and learned a lesson. Difference is, I trust the word of Weis, Campo, Bowen, etc. a lot and believe their honesty and ability to evaluate players is legit. It's an ongoing process and one I work on every single year.

As for Miles, no one knew in the preseason last year that he'd play the whole season hurt. You can call it an excuse but it's also a fact and a factor.

Thanks for the feedback, though. Always appreciated. Let's see what Week 2 brings & then we'll be able to make some more legit evaluations.... I think.

Jim Jackson 8 years, 4 months ago

Part of the reason we didn't play so well is because there are so many new faces particluarly on D that need that need to get acclimated with the system. We all know it is much easier to simulate in practice as opposed to live game action.

I think we really need to get Rod Coleman as much time as possible on the field; he can really spread the field which we have not ben able to do in years. I also think Josh Ford warranted some more PT with his stellar performace.

Thought it was good to see Reynolds out there at the same with Goodman; those guys can play.

Anyone else notice how ripped Keba, Simmons, Reynolds looked? Holsopple has done a nice job, those guys have the physical make up of NFL players.

Looking forward to beating Rice, thank God we have a kicker and a QB.

6 wins, let's get em!

KGphoto 8 years, 4 months ago

I sharted my pants when I saw the pic of Keba, celebrating Stower’s INT. The guy looks like Vernon Gholston now.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 8 years, 4 months ago

Even though the numbers didn't reflect it, Heaps showed why he is a vast improvement over he who shall not be named.

I will chalk the dropped passes up to first-game, high-expectation jitters. Plus I firmly believe Weis was purposely reserved in pass play calling. He knows how big of a game Rice is, so why would he want to show them anything spectacular if it wasn't necessary? Even our running plays showcased only a 10th of the creativety we used last year.

The encouraging thing about the game was this. The basic passing attack package we ran, mostly due to drops, wasn't exactly working. So when it was obviously time for us to solidify the win, what did Weis do? He went to the run, and from that moment on, we could essentially score at will.

He'll keep working on the pass game, but when we needed to crank it up, we went with our strength and dominated.

Also...no one seems to realize how HUGE the special teams play was. We never kicked it out of the back of the endzone last year, and a 45-yard field goal? What were those odds last year?

I was furious through most of the game, because I was truly hoping for a 40 point spread. But reflecting, this game showed vastly more promise than last year's opener. I suppose we just need to keep the faith.

kellerman411 8 years, 4 months ago

Reuben, you can just pick up your common sense, rationality, level head and march on outta here. The sky is falling and if you can't see that, you're a fool.

KGphoto 8 years, 4 months ago

Reuben, is that you?

That was the most rational comment since the game! Way to go! Every point was right on the money, and you even ended with “...keep the faith.”

I don’t know where you got your meds, but hook me up. They seem to work.

Michael Leiker 8 years, 4 months ago

To answer your question, "what were these people expecting?" I think in the back of every KU fans mind, for the last 6 years we've hoped that we would see what we saw against Central Michigan in 2007. I know for me it's kind of back there for each of these home openers. That game surprised a lot of people and I think we all have the hope that one of these years we'll be surprised again.

The penalties are what kills me, even my future mother in law who I doubt could tell you anything else about the game other than there were a lot of new cheerleaders this year was going on about the penalties after the game. But there are definite signs of vast improvement over the last 3 years. Once everybody gets past the first one and reality set in a little bit it's much easier to get excited about the rest of this year.

Phoghorn 8 years, 4 months ago

Touchdown Kansas, Raimond Pendleton!

Have to agree about the signs of improvement. I believe that 4 wins is an attainable (but not easy) goal.

My big takeway was the improvement following a rough 1st quarter. I just hope that first game jitters don't morph into common mental lapses.

milehighhawk 8 years, 4 months ago

"Remember, my grades were based on a curve that took into account improvement from a season ago and reality."


Are there other writers who actually grade the results of a football game on a curve? (Honest question: I have not seen it before).

These aren't real grades based on reality, but inflated grades based off a one-win season last year. (And Tait's personal blend of the two factors).

Perhaps if that distinction was made at the beginning of the article rather than the end, we could all accept the grades a bit more easily.

Matt Tait 8 years, 4 months ago

Fourth paragraph. Sorry you missed it. That's why I said "Remember..." at the end because I'd already mentioned that. No sweat, though. Thanks for the comment!

Brad Farha 8 years, 4 months ago

That SDU offensive line did not look like a typical FCS O-Line to me: guys that are 6'5", average above 300, and have experience playing together. I always want our D-Line to cause more havoc, but they were facing a good O-line.

Thebigpurn 8 years, 4 months ago

C- or D+, we played South Dakota State. Pitt State would have beaten them by 21. I still have faith (after one game) but, this won't cut it in the Big 12...

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 4 months ago

"Pitt State would have beaten them by 21"

I hope that you don't actually believe this, and I highly doubt that you do. But it's these kinds of comments that make me wish that this site had a "thumbs down" voting button.

File this comment with the ones that say Alabama would be competitive against the Oakland Raiders. No. Way.

KGphoto 8 years, 4 months ago

Hey, Matt. I remember being a little worried about our special teams coaching situation back in the spring. All position coaches doing their part, instead of having one Special Teams coach.

So far it seems to be working. I’d ask him myself but I don’t think I’d have as much luck as you, if I said, “Chuckles, how do you see the new coaching approach affecting the special teams?"

tman1991 8 years, 4 months ago

Matt -- you still have that picture with Crist in it.. Really?

kellerman411 8 years, 4 months ago

Hey man, Crist is in the league. Things didn't go well for him here but I would say he is representing KU pretty darn good. Never heard a negative word out of his mouth. All he did was keep his head down, work hard and believe in himself when no one else did. Now he's making what an orthopedic surgeon makes to play a game.

tman1991 8 years, 4 months ago

The point is hes not at KU anymore.. its last years picture.

Randy Bombardier 8 years, 4 months ago

Yes, and if you stop posting here the net balance will swing to positive.

jaymar74 8 years, 4 months ago

The third play of the game, incomplete pass to Mundine, was the best thrown ball by a Kansas QB in 3-4 years. There is hope.

Jack Jones 8 years, 4 months ago

Matt ~ It seems to me that grades following a first game with so many new players are just a snapshot that really carries no significance beyond just that ~ and my guess is that is simply all you intended. Obviously, many of us who follow, and comment on this blog have a tendency to make far too much of a single game performance/result ~ as well as to fall into the 'negative' rather than the neutral, or heaven forbid, the 'positive' mindset. One only has to read a few days of Facebook political postings to see this psyche phenomenon full bloom. I marveled last year, and throughout the off season and doubtlessly will continue during this season ~ at the number of "coaches" who obviously were at least the equal of ~ if not more qualified than Coach Weis. Ahh, human nature ~ it's a wonderful, and hugely comically entertaining quality. Well done, and i look forward to this season, and your analysis (to the 7 win poster ~ that may be a tad overly optimistic)

Jim Jackson 8 years, 4 months ago

I see a lot of people posting contention with a 4 win season; we would have won 4 last year if we had a kicker and a below avg QB (Rice, Tech, NIU,).

Let's raise our standards; 6 wins!!!

gratefulhawk 8 years, 4 months ago

It's tough to grade a game that was played so Herky jerky. I'll give South Dakota credit for, as coach self would say "muddying up the game". There's plenty of room for improvement and I'm looking forward to seeing it. Rock Chalk!

KGphoto 8 years, 4 months ago

That’s a real good point, and I think it goes a long way towards explaining why teams frequently play to the level of the competition. If you are an underdog you are gonna pull all the stops. Do what it takes. Muddy the game if you must. KU isn’t talented enough, yet, to brush that off and play their best game.

If you are in a position where losing is very likely but winning would be a huge shot in the arm for your program, you can both play loose, and feel free to attack.

USD was in that position, and we were in the opposite.

BigD 8 years, 4 months ago

The optimism for this game was over the top and not based on much substance imo. We won 1 game last year. We have been the bottom of the FBS for 3 years. We have a load of new guys playing and we still don't have what I would call great players at some positions. I like optimism but it needs to be grounded in reality. 6-7 wins is imo over the top. I picked 4 before the season started. If we're fortunate, we might win that many. Next year is a different story.

AZJHWK 8 years, 4 months ago

I am bothered by the lack of run support when the QB scrambles. I realize that some of that was while we were in man, but we are going to see a lot of QB's that can run. Stopping the guys we are going to face won't get any easier. It looked too much like last year with not enough LB/DB speed and not being in position to make a tackle. Maybe it will look different this week when on a TV rather than laptop!

Glen Grunz 8 years, 4 months ago

Probably just showing my age. But does anyone remember the long standing axiom of coaches, a team will show more improvement between the first and second game than at any other time. This is particularly true of a a team with a large number of new comers. Of course there are exceptions but in the vast majority of the cases this holds true. Beyond this it is important to look at a teams correctable shortcomings as opposed to the irrevocable deficits. The passing game revealed a lack of cohesion and timing not as last year a lack of of ability and skill. By the end of the second game last year it was evident that the team was just plain going to struggle all year in a number of areas. So far, yes that hasn't been far, this team has not shown the numerous irrevocable deficits of last year. Again, addressing the passing game it needs refinement and coordination. This is doable. A lack of just plain skill and ability is just that, not correctable.

JayDocMD 8 years, 4 months ago

Matt,

I'm one of "these people" who called you out on Twitter about your grades. Specifically, the overall grade of B-. We had expectations of blowing this bottom-feeding FCS school out. The reality is, they led after the 1st quarter and were in it in the 4th quarter.

You'll notice I said "we" - that includes you. Your quote from before the game:

"If KU rolls to an easy victory in the 41-10 ... it will be a good sign that significant progress has been made. But if the Jayhawks struggle and win 31-17 ... I'm a firm believer that it could be a sign of things to come.... If a team is superior in just about every area — as appears to be the case with KU vs. USD — anything less than a comfortable clobbering will be cause for concern."

So while I disagree with post-game you, I agree with pre-game you. 31-14 is pretty darn close to that magic 31-17 pregame score you mentioned. And it most definately is a cause for concern - and in my (and pregame Matt Tait's) book, not a B-.

Matt Tait 8 years, 4 months ago

Gotcha. Makes sense to me. And I definitely understand where you're coming from. But you know how these things go. Each game is different and the evaluations of each game and each team can differ greatly.

Although 31-14 is not a clobbering, I do think the victory was comfortable and I never sensed that KU was in trouble. That wasn't the case last year against South Dakota State.

We'll see what happens this week. Should be interesting.

Randy Bombardier 8 years, 4 months ago

Agree with ralster here and if you figure what would have happened if we had led with the running attack first it would have been a blowout. So, we need to not worry about how we matched up with these guys. We weren't trying to match up so much as to tweak some things. That's okay. To me, it is all about conference play. I just hope in the future we run first and set up the pass. One thing is for sure, there are going to be teams who commit to stopping the run. I would think that it is in our interest to score on our opening two or three possessions solely on the ground. Then, adjust to their adjustments. IMO

Steve Reigle 8 years, 4 months ago

I would have been disappointed had Weis NOT done that much passing in this game. The whole idea is to find out our weaknesses and our strengths in game situations. Going only with your known strengths tells him and us very little. At least now he has a feel for where improvement is needed and can work on that. Late in the season.... then that is a different story. But at this point, I believe the man knows what he is doing.

Mike Mainzer 8 years, 4 months ago

For college football the non-con schedule is like preseason in the NFL - while it sucks that the record counts it tells you what you've got against competition and you therefore have to evaluate the team using different formations and plays. The real coaching begins this week since Weis, Campo, et al will breakdown tape and get to work. While they've added some good talent, remember they're trying to make Venetian Urns starting with Silly Putty. At this point we have as many wins this year as last, who cares what it looked like. Each week they'll get better - if we sniff .500 it's been a great year...Oregon, USC, Florida, Ohio State, Alabama weren't built in two seasons regardless of coaching genius.

Cliff Leiker 8 years, 4 months ago

Great coverage Matt, please keep up the good work.

I was able to watch the game on ESPN3 in Sacramento. I am pleased with the team's overall performance, given that this was the first game of the season and we got a win. I think big things are in store for this team in the near future. By the time mid-season rolls around, watch out. The special teams play, the running game, and the quarterback play was very good. I thought the passing defense and pass blocking was ok. In the coming weeks, I expect vast improvement in the passing game (i.e., receivers and offensive line), defensive line play including sacks, and linebacker play. The passing defense would have done better, if not for that bone head defensive lapse, that gave them that first down on third and long (i.e., 37 yard completion). Unbelievable.

On the positive side, we should expect improved play by Tony Pierson. I thought he wasn't used enough. I thought Brandon Bourbon had a good game and look forward to more from him. This guy is a star in the making, but needs to learn how to use the stiff arm to make more yards. I thought his touchdown catch was awesome and is just a sampling of what he can do. I think Josh Ford needs more playing time. His touchdown catch was awesome and demonstrated his abilities. This guy is going to be a star.

Lastly, I thought the referees were terrible, calling back Josh Ford's and Stower's touchdowns. Lastly KU would have scored again if not for Sim's fumble close to the goal line, unbelievably poor timing. Near the goal line squeeze the ball with two folded arms and hands, please. Hopefully he will learn from that.

This team is going to compete for the Big 12 Championship. Mark my words. I've got a good vibe about this team.

John Fitzgerald 8 years, 4 months ago

I agree with you Tait. And I don't get why people are so bitter about a simple evaluation, especially with someone that has been doing this a long time like yourself. The reality of the situation is Weis took over a program in shambles. We have so many new faces both on offense and defense which is going to cause some issues with fluidity. As time goes by, we will get better and better, but unfortunately, based on this game, we won't see drastic improvements until next year. But, regardless of what anyone thinks or what our record shows, the talent level is a huge improvement this year, and that's how we start seeing progress. I have faith in Weis and although its going to be a slow road to success, I'm looking forward to it. RCJH!

741hawk 8 years, 4 months ago

It's amazing what TG accomplished in just two seasons!

Fototherapist 8 years, 4 months ago

A C is better than a D or F. Movin' up in the world.

Mike Mainzer 8 years, 4 months ago

I think it's appropriate for many KU fans to look themselves in the mirror and ask "what do I expect out of my football team"? Are the hopes too high? Are the expectations unrealistic?

There is a good chance that KU will never be TX, OU, Alabama, USC, Florida etc... For two reasons - as long as those teams are winning, talent will be drawn to those schools which is what defines the haves and have nots in college football. Football does not present a level of parity like college basketball. I grew up a Shocker fan and just as those fans must relish last year's tourney run - it sadly won't happen again soon (down year for KU, Kentucky, NC, TX, Ohio State), KU fans must relive in their minds the 2008 Orange Bowl victory and realize that too was a Cinderella season. It will hopefully be repeated but bowling in the next two years would really be an achievement.

The second reason is that unless Weis, Campo, and Grunhard are doing this reclamation project from the goodness of their hearts, their potential success will be leveraged into either a high profile BCS school position or into coaching on Sundays and KU will again be searching for a coach to carry on the winning momentum. It is doubtful that the next coach will be a Sabin, Meyer, or Weis but rather someone who can maintain the same level of winning.

Please enjoy the ride for now, they're only 18-22 year old kids doing the best they can, in a place far from home, for a coach they may have only known for the past couple of months. In the end we need them to be competitive enough to make us proud, provide alumns a warm winter bowl destination, and to make a confident phone call to Columbia for the chance to once again kick some tigger tail.

W Keith Swinehart II 8 years, 4 months ago

One of the great killer attitudes in life: "Resignation."

Jonathan Briles 8 years, 4 months ago

Wow! I love the new looks. The grey uniforms look awesome. I also love the jayhawk gloves. We are gonna look good.

mikehawk 8 years, 4 months ago

My gut tells me no way we win this Saturday. But, boy, could this program use it. The old adage you must win the games you are supposed to win. Well...we just one the one game on our schedule we are supposed to win. I doubt we are favored in another game this year. But Rice is doable. It will take a tremendous effort but it is very within our grasp. I wouldn't be surprised if we get beat, but I wouldn't be shocked if we found a way to win. Shouldn't be hard to get the guys motivated in practice this week. Come on, guys! Bring it!

RL 8 years, 4 months ago

First game, 100 degrees, lots of new faces and a work in progress. I was a little frustrated watching the game, but looking back, I feel pretty optimistic. My only real worry is our receiving corps. Fix the mistakes, most of which are very correctable, and we look like a real football team. Heaps and the special teams are a breathe of fresh air.

Great Job Matt! I think you're doing a great job. I can see why some might be a little cranky after the game, but think all of your assessments are pretty spot on. Rock Chalk!

BTW, I'm grading on a curve also.

TheBoHawk 8 years, 4 months ago

Matt,

The only grade, upon your reassessment, that I have any argument with is the Pass Defense... I thought we took away basically everything...I hated the call to accept the holding penalty, and accordingly I blame the defensive coord. for making a bad coverage call vs. the 3rd and 19. If you look at the tape we played a draw.. So taking away that play, I'd give our Pass D at least a B+.. I mean, we should not kid ourselves these days in that some of these Upper Echelon FBS teams aren't capable of beating good teams... I will say that I was extremely disappointed in our lateral speed, especially with our LB's. I believe it would be beneficial to run a 4-4-3 to contain the outside run that SDU!!!! beat us on. Comments??

Ludwig Supraphonic 8 years, 4 months ago

I believe a lot of FBS teams will be rethinking the early season tune up games with FCS teams. The advantage of depth is negated with a well-conditioned team with no injuries early in the season.

Kent Wells 8 years, 4 months ago

I'll give your initial grades a B.

The fact that you changed them a C.

And the fact that apparently you are trying to compete with Jesse's live blog by tweeting a big gat juicy D-!

Honestly, I have no issues. You rated special teams higher as a relative basisrfrom last year. We kicked one flipping field goal and it is yipee yahoo. Dude, we caught a touchdown pass!!!! That rates an A++++++++++++. We also ran well and made sone tackles!

Don't make that mistake again! But, naybe you should. The coaches do....

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