August 24, 2015 at 8:21 pm #21223
What’s wrong with the FB running the ball?August 24, 2015 at 8:40 pm #21224
Personally, I would love to see the FB utilized a lot more in our offense. As for the RBs, both Brisker and Bragalone are dinged and have been held out. Both are expected to be back tomorrow.August 24, 2015 at 8:40 pm #21225
I thought Crawford was #41? Are you sure? Maybe they moved him to RB?August 24, 2015 at 8:43 pm #21226
Not a thing,just rare at LU for a long time. Last 100 yd game by a true FB? Only one I recall was back at Taylor by Gallagher. Helped he had an 80 yd run in garbage time. Any others?August 24, 2015 at 8:50 pm #21227
Well I guess time will tell. I’m sure Andy will put in his best players as needed.August 24, 2015 at 8:56 pm #21228
This is just my personal observation and I believe I mentioned it before but I would definitely use the run to set up the pass. All the elements are there based on just one day of observation. Our RBs are both very talented and deep and they all have a unique running style. Our QB seems to have a run first mindset and he too is very good at it. Most of all however is this particular OL appears to be best at straight forward run blocking. They average about 300#. They are big and strong but from my observations not particularly fast. Perhaps they may be a testament to our DL though. Lastly though, I’m not that sold on our receiving corps yet but that too is based on 1 practice. There must have been at least 10-12 drops and it was across the board. Perhaps I have been spoiled by Snyder, Klingerman, Spadola, Kurfis and a host of others who seemed to catch everything near them.
If we can run the ball effectively, it will force opponents to defend the run and open up seams across the middle.August 24, 2015 at 9:02 pm #21229
The fullback was used much more often when the total Lehigh offensive arsenal was deployed. This included passes to the tight ends, a number of deception schemes, and other more complicated patterns. In more recent times, we have heard that the offense needed to be dumbed down because the traditional Lehigh offense was too complicated and difficult to master. Ergo, we witnessed more of a three yards and a cloud of dust approach where most first down plays were runs up the middle by less than stellar running backs and numerous three and outs. The offense became more boring and non productive and our opponents could read what we were doing. In the former times both the opponents and fans did not know what Lehigh would do next. Times certainly changed.August 24, 2015 at 9:12 pm #21230
#41 is Max Frankel a frosh FB.
Last year,we sure didn’t run anything approaching our full O. Injuries,new OC,QB playing hurt.
Hoping Folmar has the guys ready to run all of our O and that he does so.August 24, 2015 at 9:50 pm #21232
In the last scrimmage, TEs caught 2 TD passes.August 24, 2015 at 10:48 pm #21233
Perhaps, Lehigh has turned the corner from a boring, low energy approach to football. We shall see. There is a correlation between the insipid and uninspired offensive effort of recent times – replete with excuses and mediocre over-site – and the collapse in attendance, results, and team record.
Of course, the defense has been quite poor and undersized thanks to poor recruiting and questionable coaching but that is another subject.
The dumbing down of the offense is also the result of a so so QB amd WR situation (along with bad coaching) so the team defaulted to “safe plays” such as overusing the QB on running plays which the opposition knew in advance. We failed to stretch out the field and this enabled the opponents’ defense to pack the middle and close down our limpid running effort – a journey man’s “three yards and a cloud of dust”. This led to numerous third and 7’s or 9’s.
Hopefully, a new day has arrived and the Lehigh team can actually use the offense of yore. Maybe Rip Van Winkle wakes up.August 24, 2015 at 11:57 pm #21234
Unless you have been watching reruns of a certain game at Yankee Stadium, I’m viewing things very differently.
Going into the season, Lehigh had already lost it’s leading rusher and about 60% of it’s receptions to graduation, not to mention their offensive coordinator. The designated QB only had 43 attempts to his name and 3 tears in his throwing shoulder. By the end of the 3rd game, 60% of their offensive line was out as well as the designated RB transfer. The new RB averaged less than 3 ypc coming into the season. In spite of all this, they averaged 28 ppg going into Yankee Stadium.
The offense wasn’t our problem.
This year, the OC has a year under his belt in order to implement his system and fully understand what his players are capable of. The QB has a full season under his belt and is finally healthy. The stable of RBs is loaded and talented. The offensive line is big and experienced. Football however, is a violent sport so there is no guarantee that this will remain this way all season but we all just need a little patience.August 25, 2015 at 12:06 am #21235
Understand Hawkineer2’s opinion based on last year’s results,a true perfect storm of crap. New staff,injured inexperience QB,a ague of injuries and a D disembowled by poor Dline recruiting in prior years resulting in the worst D.
TMH,has a much more accurate outlook going forward. Still lots of unknowns but at a bare minimum we are miles ahead of where we were ladt year at this time.August 25, 2015 at 12:22 am #21236
As stated, the defensive is another issue and all agree it has been extremely weak.
However, the thread was about the offensive including the fact that full backs have not been used of late – nor were the tight ends – and we had a poor passing effort with little ability to throw downfield. Under no circumstance has the LU offense been a semblance of years back.August 25, 2015 at 12:54 am #21237
Gee,not disagreeing with your view of last year. Just saying it doesn’t apply to this year. Well as to the D we hope it doesn’t. Even with a rookie OC and new staff,a QB with a dead shoulder,lost RB,3of 5 starting OL,we still had a good if not explosive O. It just wasn’t good enuf to make up for the D.
Even with al that crap,acouple of key plays in a few games and we’re a 500 team. Lets look to this year and stop rehashi.g last year.August 25, 2015 at 1:04 am #21238
if Shaf is truly healthy and can make throws down field I look for the O to be very explosive this year and able to carry the D if it is only mediocre, don’t think you can overestimate how impact-full the shoulder injury was to Shaf last year
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