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  1. Allow me to speak a little optimism into this thread. I will also preface this with of course we need to see more consistency out of these guys, that goes without saying when discussing a roster that was this bad last year. But here are some of the guys that are being slightly undervalued. QB: I’ve been on the Cade Fortin bandwagon since he transferred in. Going back and watching his UNC film, you can see why Jimbo liked this kid. I don’t think he has the ceiling to be a QF level impact player for us, but I do think he can be better than Barnett and others that have followed. This alone would be a massive improvement. The QB play we got for a majority of last year wasn’t acceptable. I appreciate J Mac and Noah as ambassadors, but for a large part that was FCS level QB play at best. Upgrading even to average D1 QB play would massively raise the ceiling for this team. WR: I genuinely think theres a decent amount of talent in this unit. It’s hard to really judge a lot of these guys based on last year with the QB play. Latrell Williams is a legit talent. Elite speed, and showed flashes last year. With better QB play, I expect Latrell to become the primary playmaker in this unit. Ideally, he would probably be a #2 on a contending AAC roster, but the talent is legit and he fits the speed profile that has helped us in the past (MVS/Rodney/etc). Omarion Dollison: Again, we saw the flashes last year. Juiced up slot WR who can be dangerous in space. Paired with Latrell, there’s at least a really nice speed element already with both on the field. Expect them to find ways to get OD the ball 5 times a game minimum. Yusuf Terry: Transfer from Baylor. Went back and watched some film on him from last year...not a ton of reps available and their QB play wasn’t great either, but this kid is a legit D1 WR at minimum. Played meaningful snaps at Baylor as a freshman, made some nice plays on the ball and apparently their staff was very high on his future. Good size/speed combo. Route running was meh, but can absolutely be a zone beater and red zone threat. At a minimum, Between Terry and Xavier Weaver, we should have a solid 2nd boundary option to compliment Latrell. X Factor: Jimmy Horn Jr: Keeping on the speed thread, this kid can absolutely fly. Only a freshman so hard to expect too much from a production standpoint, but the staff loves him so expect to see him getting ST and specialized offensive reps. 2021 Depth Chart Prediction: X: Latrell Williams Y: Omarion Dollison / Bryce Miller Z: Xavier Weaver / Yusuf Terry
  2. Overhaul the defensive identity. I’ve seen enough of the 3-3-5 base between Strong and Spencer. Tired of having 3 defensive tackles on the field who have zero pass rush ability. Find me someone who can develop our traditionally undersized (but quick) edge players/LB’s. We need a defensive system that allows those guys to shoot gaps and create negative plays
  3. I believe he was recovering from a concussion early in the year
  4. Fortin can spin it. Not giving CWJ a pass by any means, but it has to be difficult to put together a game plan with this offense. First and foremost, we (kinda) have 3 QB’s who all have different skill sets. Neither McCloud nor Johnson can stretch the field vertically, allowing defenses to bring extra guys down. Pair that with undersized RB’s behind a finesse (being nice) OL unit and you see the result. I’ve been preaching the start Fortin chorus all year, not only because I think he’s far and away the best QB on the roster, but if you watch his UNC film you’ll see he can throw the deep ball. Simply threatening teams to respect the deep ball would help our running game immensely. Without the vertical threat, we’re feeding 170lb RB’s to 250lb LBs and hoping to have success. You’re relying on a lot of window dressing and misdirection to hopefully create some type of run game. Well, that’s not working. In the pass game, we’re seeing a lot of tight windows because defenders aren’t afraid to get beat deep. They’re willing to be play tight zones and keep guys inside to take away the short throws. Combine that with the velocity and accuracy issues of JM and NJ, and that’s not going to lead to very much success either That’s what we’re seeing
  5. 1st down: run 2nd down: run 3rd down: incomplete pass on a broken play Charlie Weis Jr. is calling a horrific game
  6. Tulsa legitimately has one of the best run defenses in the country. And our game plan has been to run the ball. Confusing
  7. 1. Lose big 2. Lose small 3. Win small 4. Win big Pretty clear where we are at currently
  8. This offense is going no where until Fortin is back under center. Maybe it’s next week, maybe it’s next year. But McCloud & Johnson ain’t it Chief
  9. I mean, defensively we aren’t even close to be lined up correctly. Both LB’s were overloaded on the left side.
  10. There’s no probably about it. And it’s not particularly close
  11. You don’t run QB power with the only QB on the roster that can sling it. Horrible horrible
  12. Grier has got to figure this targeting stuff out. Don’t dip your head.
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