bleedCrimson.net: A tough week for the team against Rice on Saturday. Your thoughts on the game?
Doug Martin: Well I think the same Achilles Heel, not able to stop the run on defense. Until we can either get our scheme fixed or get players good enough or whatever it is to stop the run we’re going to struggle defensively. That was certainly the case again Saturday, although we did have some players who stepped up and played very well on Saturday. Moving Tra Nixon to inside linebacker was a positive move. Moving George Callendar up from safety to outside linebacker was a positive move. We did have some guys that stepped up but as a defense, we’re not there, we’re just not able to stop the run.
Offensively, I thought that King really played well the times that he was in there, he got hurt in the third quarter. But he ran very well, he threw the ball pretty well, made some big plays. I like some of the things he did. The thing that worries me about him is, is he durable enough to be a 1-A (FBS) quarterback. Part of it is you’ve got to be able to stay in the game and this is twice already that he hasn’t been able to do that. We’re still searching for a way to score points offensively without consistent quarterback play and that’s really tough.
bc.net: With the type of offense that you and Coach Brandon want to run, how much of a concern is it with not so much just King but with the quarterback position in general, especially with quarterbacks in today’s college game being more mobile, taking more hits when they’re out there running?
DM: The quarterback position here is a definite concern. Obviously we haven’t recruited here yet and these are the guys that we had to work with but we certainly have got to go out and recruit quarterbacks that A) can make plays and be a guy and B) that are durable. We’re already on the way to getting that done, we’ve got two committed and we think we have two more getting ready to commit. We’ll get that fixed in recruiting but right now I haven’t seen us play at that position to the level that we can win football games. Continue Reading This Post >>