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Colorado State Week, Mountain West Conf., On the Road, Scouting Reports »

[30 Oct 2008 | 11 Comments | ]

The Colorado State defense has been about as consistent as a defense could be, especially in limiting offense’s big play. They use well-schemed pressures and athletes in different positions in order to create mismatches. Sometimes their scheming works and sometimes it hurts them. Early this season the defense had to play a lot of snaps and learned quickly that if they don’t give up the big plays their team will have late opportunities to win the game. They are also a “bend, not break” type of defense.
Scheme:

Colorado State Week, Former Cougars, Mountain West Conf., On the Road »

[29 Oct 2008 | 11 Comments | ]

When I -Markell- am asked about CSU down the road, I will remember three things:
1)The Power run game with pulling guards.
2)Always running to the same O-Linemen (They had strong and weak Guards and Tackles, not left and right. They would rotate to where the majority of the runs went)
3)Scissors. Coach Mendenhall would have the scout team running that route every other play.
But each year had it’s own memories as well…
In 2004 I was a walk-on freshman and converted LB, previously a safety. I had started the first …

Mountain West Conf., On the Road, Texas Christian U. »

[17 Oct 2008 | 68 Comments | ]

The one thing I didn’t mention in the Post Game wrap-up was the turnovers, which came early and often. I didn’t talk about them in the wrap-up because my post was turning into a novel. What hurt us the most last night were the turnovers came early in drives, which resulted in exceptional field position for the TCU offense. They were also very ugly turnovers. The defenders were just sitting there waiting for the interception, and the fumbles are a result of lack of concentration.
We put our defense is bad positions all night …

Featured, Mountain West Conf., On the Road, Post Game, Texas Christian U. »

[17 Oct 2008 | 49 Comments | ]

This game was defining for all the wrong reasons. The streak is over, the -not a quest for a perfect season- Quest for a perfect season and the hopes of a BCS game have been dashed on the rocks of frustration and humility at the hands of the Frogs. That game was hard to watch and is hard to write about. Normally I look for the positives of our teams performance, but after last night I can only wait to see what happens next week. It was a serious slap …

Community Involvement, On the Road »

[16 Oct 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

I have been contacted by one of Cougar Nations finest and he is organizing a welcoming party for the Cougars when they step off the plane back here in good old Provo. Mr. Hannsen wants to welcome the team home after the TCU game with fans, members of the band and Cosmo. Here is the message he sent me yesterday:
Everything is approved for meeting the team at Million Air at the Provo Airport at around 1:40 am on Friday. We are to park in the field east of Million Air …

Mountain West Conf., On the Road, Scouting Reports, Texas Christian U. »

[15 Oct 2008 | 18 Comments | ]

AP Photo/Donna McWilliam

Well our defense better get ready to tighten their helmet straps and play the run. It isn’t that their offense is extremely diverse or even high powered, but their defense puts them in good situations and gives them the ability to stick to their run, run, run game plan. (Warning!! This post is not for the faint of heart. Are you fully invested?…..OK read on.)
Offensive Scheme:
They run a lot out of the spread formations. They run a lot of ride option plays and often align in an …

On the Road, Scouting Reports, Texas Christian U. »

[14 Oct 2008 | 14 Comments | ]

After watching the film I still believe that New Mexico was a great game to have prior to the TCU game. The defenses are similar and our offense will have realized they need to prepare better for blitzes and man to man pressure.
The TCU defense plays a manipulated 4-3, but instead of using a true defensive end, they use a smaller and faster player who can get a quick speed rush off the edge. They also use their strong safeties as both a strategic outside linebacker and a “rover” safety. …

Current Cougars, Mountain West Conf., On the Road, Texas Christian U. »

[14 Oct 2008 | 32 Comments | ]

Photo by Scott G. Winterton

The excitement of a big game will finally return. Yeah…I know the coaches say every game is a big one, but even I knew that some games mean more than others. Combine the fact that this game is the first game fans, media, family and friends will again be talking about.  Plus there will be emotion and pressure of it being on a Thursday and I think our team comes out focused and extremely prepared.
The field will be fast, the weather should be nice and the stadium will …

Current Cougars, On the Road, Scouting Reports, Texas Christian U. »

[10 Oct 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

As you gather with friends this evening and begin to talk about what BYU has to do to win, I hope you have 1. read my scouting reports 2. read the first look at TCU and 3. become familiar with the next few paragraphs.
This game is almost the perfect pre-TCU game BYU could have scheduled. In watching the film I have seen a lot of similarities between the teams and I think having UNM this week and a short week to prepare for TCU won’t be bad. Here are my …

Mountain West Conf., On the Road, Scouting Reports, Texas Christian U. »

[9 Oct 2008 | 7 Comments | ]

Now that a few teams have played some conference opponents I get the chance to watch other league teams in action. Last night I watched the UNM/ TCU game and here are my first thoughts.
Like always the Horned Frogs have great athletes (just so you know I only watched the TCU defense). Their defensive guys have good size but they bank on their speed and ability to get pressure on the quarterback.