Snapshots: SMU “Mesh” Concept vs. Texas State

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8Sep 2020
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Snapshots: SMU “Mesh” Concept vs. Texas State

Shane Buechele (image via 247 Sports)

One of the best matchups of the weekend was the SMU Mustangs vs. the Texas State Bobcats. Even though Texas State has some of the most atrocious uniforms in the country, they both have interesting spread offenses.

I mainly watched to get a feel for Texas State head coach Jake Spavital, who’s a young up-and-comer in his second year as a head man (formerly OC and/or QB coach at places like Cal, Texas A&M, and West Virginia). He was matched up against SMU and head coach Sonny Dykes, his former boss.

I actually came away from the game wanting to break down a pretty simple play, because I didn’t see a ton of “innovation” or new looks this weekend like I did last week with Austin Peay (LINK).

Hit the jump for the rest of the play.

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30Aug 2020
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Snapshots: Austin Peay Counter Option vs. Central Arkansas

Austin Peay running back C.J. Evans (image via Flipboard)

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Okay, without Michigan football this fall, I thought I would take some time to break down a fun play from the Austin Peay vs. Central Arkansas NCAA opener. The game took place on Saturday night with Central Arkansas pulling out a 24-17 victory after a rocky start.

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6Aug 2020
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Snapshots: Joe Milton vs. 2019 Opponents

Joe Milton (image via Wolverines Wire)

I have previously broken down Dylan McCaffrey as I evaluate the 2020 quarterback battle (HERE and HERE).

Now here’s a look at Joe Milton’s performance against a few opponents in blowouts. It’s important to keep in mind that Milton was often working with backups, and practice reps for the #3 guy are limited.

As a reminder, I awarded grades on the following scale:

  • +1: Good play that not everyone can make
  • 0: Average play that an average player can make
  • -1: Poor play

Click on the play number for the YouTube link.

PLAY 1: The line doesn’t do Milton any favors – especially right guard Griffin Korican, who allows pressure that prevents Milton from stepping up – but a quick throw on an arrow route gets batted down as Milton tries to throw it through the defensive end.
Milton grade: -1

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8Jun 2020
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Snapshots: Dylan McCaffrey vs. Notre Dame/Maryland

Dylan McCaffrey (image via Wolverines Wire)

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This is another post evaluating Dylan McCaffrey and whether or not he should win the starting job in 2020. You can find the first post here (LINK).

As a reminder, I awarded grades on the following scale:

  • +1: Good play that not everyone can make
  • 0: Average play that an average player can make
  • -1: Poor play

PLAY 1 (LINK): This is a slant (or snag) RPO where McCaffrey is reading the backside inside linebacker. When the linebacker comes up to support the run, McCaffrey pulls the ball from the running back’s belly, resets his feet, and throws to the slot receiver (Giles Jackson). It’s the right read, albeit for a moderate gain, and the play is made more difficult because right guard Stephen Spanellis whiffs on his block. McCaffrey throws the ball accurately despite being hit by a defensive tackle.
McCaffrey grade: +1

Hit the jump for the rest of his performance against Notre Dame and then Maryland.

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25Nov 2019
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Snapshots: Haskins Wild

One issue I have mentioned multiple times in my game recaps and such is the “Wildcat” or “single wing” that has appeared this year with Zach Charbonnet and then Hassan Haskins getting direct snaps behind center. Michigan has used it almost exclusively as a short yardage or goal line changeup. It frustrates me because there’s no imagination or creativity involved in Michigan’s versions. At least when Jabrill Peppers was lined up in the “wildcat,” the coaching staff used motions to mess with the defense, even if it always resulted in Peppers keeping the ball.

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