Does anybody know what offense he is going to bring in?
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Middle Tennessee made a big splash this offseason with the hiring of former Kansas offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon.goblueraiders.com
Hell to the YES!!!! A receiving TE is dangerous which is why everybody but us used one. Helps with the run game too. The D lines up to shut down the run and you throw a quick hitch to a TE. The LB's and safeties have to drop back now which allows the line to open up a lane for a RB.Should see packages with TE's and H-backs instead of the 4 wide stuff we saw under Franklin.
Is the TE position coming back?
It’s remarkably simple is what always gets me. There’s obviously wrinkles, but the nuts and bolts are as straight forward as can be. I remember running buck,
Belly, bubble, jet sweep, and counter plays in high school 20 years ago. We won one game my last two seasons. We were awful but ran a lot of these same plays out of a wing T, admittedly without the RPO element. It was fun, simple, and fast. It’s down hill, power running. And if you dominate the LOS you can control and dictate the game. A good play caller can time the counter perfectly and even try some twist plays once you have them on tilt up front
the post corner and flat routes are usually wide open off play action with these types of offenses which are my favorite routes in football. I hope we have some plays that utilize them because the second that safety starts cheating up the post corner is 6 points every day and twice on saturdays, assuming our QB doesn’t have a noodle arm.
there’s a lot to be excited about but unless our OL can win up front it won’t matter. Really need our OL coaches and OL to step up now. We have all the pieces at the skill positions and our defense will be ready assuming our offense can sustain drives. We also need to find a FG kicker but really the season will be determined in the trenches. We need some war daddy interior linemen and some tackles that can hold their own. Losing Robert jones hurts but we do have some talent coming in. Time for Mike Polly to put up or shut up (and leave). He absolutely has to be replaced if we can’t put together a good OL with all this talent on the roster.
You’re right. We ran the Wing T as well. Gus took that HS offense so many in college had abandoned, added zone blocking and RPO.
I agree with you as well. With a decent OL and a good QB, offense should not be our issue.
Jimmy Marshall is 6-5 234 lbs. which is decent size to play some TE if he can block at least a little. Not saying we should do that, but he is probably one of the better options currently on the roster to play some TE.I'm really excited about the WR talent on this roster. I know that Dearmon wants to be a run-first and have a dominating rushing attack, but I hope he understands that our deepest unit on this team is WR and it's not even close. It's going to be hard picking the best 3 of the bunch because there's several that are too good to leave on the bench. Hopefully we see a deep rotation because it's just crazy to me how talented our WR corps is.
Just really quick....(Assuming seniors are returning)
Ma'Jon Wright - Transfer from Arizona, was second on the team in catches, yards, and touchdowns. Kid is oozing with talent and ability and SHOULD be a day 1 starter for us assuming he can block.
Jimmy Marshall - Not sure if he's coming back, but at 6-5 he was always somebody the defense had to pay attention to. I don't see him starting but certainly in the rotation.
DJ England-Chisolm - Fast gadget player who can take the top off. Won't likely start but another quality player who is battle hardened with experience.
Jarrin Pierce - I believe he's coming back. Don't really have to say much here. Catches everything thrown his way and starter material.
Ja'Shawn Sheffield - Auburn transfer who sat out last year. Big question mark here but the kids film from high school was amazing. Consensus 4 star prospect that should light up a league like CUSA. One would think he has to start, right?
CJ Windham - Returning for his senior year I believe, great ability and can make the difficult catch. Great size and a great blocker. Team-leader type of guy, has to start, right??
Jaylin Lane - Looked a little stiff as a true freshman but should be much more polished with a year under his belt. Some of the best high school WR film I've seen on a player that we've signed in a while. One would think he will be a star here. Probably not starter material yet, but he should be in the rotation for some touches.
Elijah Metcalf - Hopefully we can just redshirt him, but excellent film and might be hard to keep off the field. Deceptively fast and a low center of gravity allows him to be very shifty. This guy will be eating in the slot one day.
Jamichael Thompson - The most underrated WR on our roster. Crisp route runner and some of the smoothest hands you'll see. Excellent ball skills and vertical ability. Will be very difficult to keep him off the field. Do not sleep on this guy. He is starter material IMO.
Yusuf Ali - Don't really need to say a whole lot here.....A stud for us that can make the difficult catch and plays much bigger than his stature. Has to be a starter, right?
Marquel Tinsley - Huge target at 6-2, 210lbs. Led the State of Kentucky in receiving every year he played. Saw plenty of action last year as a freshmen and did not disappoint outside of a fumble or two. Will be difficult to keep him off the field and he has to be in the rotation, probably backing up Windham at the least.
Javonte Sherman - Tall frame, highly recruited, fast, and will probably want to see the field. Hopefully we can redshirt here but who knows???
So of all these receivers you can only pick 3 to start.....who do you pick?!??!
We got a real problem here guys, and it's a good one to have assuming a bunch of them don't bail on us. Going from a 10 personnel to an 11 is a big deal. Instead of having 4 WR's out there now we only get 3. We are for sure over-recruited at the WR position now but it's still a good problem to have. Can't help but wonder if coaches will move some guys around but I'm really not sure who you move. Marshall could potentially eat himself into a TE position but beyond that I really don't know.
For me, I'm starting Ma'jon Wright, Jarrin Pierce, and Yusuf Ali. But what about Sheffield, Pierce, Lane, Thompson, Marshall, etc.?
I said it before and I'll say it again. We might have more WR talent on this roster than we've ever had at any one time. They might not put up the numbers like Newsome, Calico, Wright, Richie, etc. but that's because we won't be throwing it nearly as much as we used to.
I really hope this Bailey Hockman kid can throw the rock (and our OL affords him the time) because we really do have the WR's to see some exciting football these next few years.
For (W)TF not to use a guy like Jimmy Marshall for the last 3 years more than he did is absolutely criminal. That dude scored on Michigan. That dude has scored and has produced first downs when he's been thrown to. If Dearmon can get him integrated that dude can be the ultimate weapon. (W)TF was a joke not to use him more.Jimmy Marshall is 6-5 234 lbs. which is decent size to play some TE if he can block at least a little. Not saying we should do that, but he is probably one of the better options currently on the roster to play some TE.
The last TE that I can recall us using effectively was Stephen Chicola. He came up with with some clutch catches at times. Enjoyed watching him play here. Any others come to mind ? I‘ve always said that the TE is underutilized in the college game. Hope someone can step in that position and be a difference maker.
Gene Delle Donne was a fine TE. Transferred here from Duke.The last TE that I can recall us using effectively was Stephen Chicola. He came up with with some clutch catches at times. Enjoyed watching him play here. Any others come to mind ? I‘ve always said that the TE is underutilized in the college game. Hope someone can step in that position and be a difference maker.
Did y’all listen to Delle Donnes podcast. I have not heard a peep since covid. It’s a good cast!
I messaged back and forth with Dell- he has been thinking about continuing his podcast. I told him to talk to Dearmon.Thanks for the heads up on this. I’m kinda a Podcast guy and did not know about this one. Spent the past two days blowing it up and really enjoy the content. Very informative and GDD gives it some MT flair when he has the opportunity. Good stuff.