September 27, 2010

Southern Miss game two days removed

Offense
Both offenses were offensive. Neither could do much of anything.

Colby Cameron does not have the physical abilities or the mental ability to lead a football team for four quarters. He has zero fire while on the field.

Tarik Hakmi needs a chance to be the number one quarterback for a week of practice and see how he does. Unfortunately, this week will be a short week because of the trek halfway around the world to Hawaii as the team leaves Thursday. Once the ball got wet Saturday when the rains came, Hakmi really struggled throwing the deep ball. When the ball was dry he showed the ability to lead this team and the fire you want in a quarterback.

For those I heard in the stands calling for Taylor Burch, why would the coaching staff do that to a true freshman quarterback during what appears to be a long grueling season. I have all the faith in the world in Burch's abilities but how many times, especially in the NFL, have we seen a rookie quarterback go into his first year as a starter, get rocked, and never be the same person again. The decision of this coaching staff to redshirt Burch is a good one and the fans should take a step back, take a deep breathe, and realize there are young and inexperienced receivers all over the field for the Bulldogs and as they mature this is going to be a very exciting team to watch.

Tony Franklin does need to find a way to get some power running plays in his play book. The sweep is not a successful play with the speed he is working with a running back, nor are the wide receivers blocking well enough for a sweep to work.

Defense
Ramone Randle missed Saturday with an injury and his absence was felt immensely as Southern Miss was able to convert third and short at will. The depth at defensive tackle is a glaring problem and that is why the coaching staff is looking to add 5-6 defensive tackles in this year's signing class. Jon'al White was in attendance Saturday and look forward to a story on him this week. Mason Hitt played well, but he is the only consistent performer Tech has at tackle.

The defensive ends for Louisiana Tech are really beginning to play at a high level. In the absence of Christian Lacey (who did finally dress out Saturday) and Randy Grigsby, I.K. Enemkpali is showing that he is a force to be reckoned with, but needs to work on his stamina. Matt Broha is having an incredible season at the left end spot. Chad Boyd played an okay game at safety, but C.J. Broades continues to struggle. On the touchdown pass in the third quarter, Broades let the receiver go free up the seam.

Special Teams
Ruston High product, John Hinton appears to have lost his starting job at KOS to Matt Nelson. After kicking a ball out of bounds, Nelson was called on to kickoff. I don't imagine we will see Hinton again barring injury to Nelson. The fact that Nelson kicked off is probably evidence that his leg is healed. Ryan Allen continues to impress, if he can continue this pace look for him to push for a spot on the All-WAC team following the season.

All in all, the team does continue to improve. To hold a team like Southern Miss to 13 points is a good sign. However, their defense is not full of world beaters and we should have been able to score more than 12 points.

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