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NCAA Football Round-Up Week 7
by Brian Miller (NCAA Football)
Posted on October 23, 2009, 11:20 AM

Same group of guys; another week of college football to evaluate; you already know the deal. This week we all wrote bunches and bunches of bunches. Just a note that the rankings below were compiled before this weekdayís games.

Rank Team (First Place Votes)

1. Alabama (3)
2. Florida
3. Texas
4. Cincinnati
5. Boise State
6. USC
7. Iowa
8. Miami
9 Oregon
10. TCU
11. Georgia Tech
12. BYU
13. LSU
14. Virginia Tech
15. Houston
16. Oklahoma State
17. Utah
18. Penn State
19. Pitt
20. Ohio State
21. West Virginia
22. South Carolina
23. Arizona
24. Texas Tech
25. Kansas

Brian: Let's be honest, we're not pundits we each have rooting interests and teams we follow more than others. So take your two or three favorite or most followed teams and break down what their strengths and weaknesses have been so far this year, what they need to do to fix those problems, and how you see their season going and ending.

Andrew: Well, I would contend with this in a way in that through years of maintaining interest in players and following many recruits and coaches and programs through there are less than a half-dozen games a weekend where I'm not cheering for one team over another and even fewer where I don't like at least one of the programs or several of their players in the game. But yeah, I do have two teams with long-built interests in more than others in Georgia Tech and Michigan, and frankly it's been a pretty damn good year with the two.

I would be lying through my teeth to say I expected Forcier to even be solid or a game manager let alone good after his two brothers' careers and was honestly waiting for the Devin Gardner era to begin but he has shown more grit and moxie, more poise beyond his years than I ever coulda seen coming. He and Denard Robinson have been tremendous strengths as have the two senior backs left over from the Carr era. I actually think one of the big strengths (and this goes for GT at the running back spot too) is that for all the spots inherited that weren't fit for the new offenses, Rodriguez got two guys in Minor and Brown- elite prep backs that spurned home state teams Virginia Tech and Georgia respectively- with size and power along with speed that he may never get again due to the system's stigma that add another dimension to the offense. Same goes for receivers like JR Hemingway and Daryl Stonum (passing on South Carolina and the Texas Longhorns), big receiving targets with speed as opposed to solely 5'10" sparkplugs that can't take take the same level of contact as these guys. The confidence and positive enthuse even with a 5-2 record and losing record in conference play has been contagious and it's clear that in spite of far too much off-season drama and attrition the players have bought in and have willed themselves to stay in every game. Defensively I don't think enough can be said about the efforts of a Brandon Graham, who may be the best pure pass-rusher Michigan has ever had and will be an absolute terror in a 3-4 NFL scheme, but then again that leads to the primary weakness- even with Greg Robinson injecting a much needed fire Michigan has a vastly undersized and thin back seven on defense. Donovan Warren and Obi Ezeh may be the only two players back there that could get real minutes on any other Big Ten defense (arguably Jonas Mouton in a reserve role), the second corner spot hs been horrific all year and coupled with Mike Williams' severe instinct problems at the free safety spot it has led to even the most average teams having a field day on that side of the turf. Again with the size issue, this is a defense where two of the starting linebackers were the same size or smaller than Darius Willis- the Indiana Hoosiers' Running Back. And when you don't have depth or size to take abuse at linebacker, and you have three players starting in the secondary that have yet to show the instincts needed to make up for already being undersized, there isn't one spot to single out- teams have rolled through them with the run, the pass, or both.

Now to provide a counterpoint to that, I will acknowledge that against Iowa and Michigan State, half the points allowed were on a short field and the D is what held up until the offense could break through, so there is positive momentum going forward, but let's be honest- positive momentum is great, 9-10 wins would be great after last season (really should be at worst par for the course for the program with their history but I'm trying to not damper the mindset)- but none of that will mean a damn thing if they lose to Ohio State again, and when you play the Buckeyes you can't expect to ever rely on a shootout with that Heacock D, so for Michigan to continue forward this year with any positivity at season's end it is imperative that the defense continues to show marked improvement each week. With Robinson back there (former D-Coordinator for two Super Bowl champions and the '05 Longhorns BCS Championship team) I have faith that can be the case...perhaps putting Woolfolk or JT Turner in for Cissoko (cause if you're playing CB and you're 5'8" at tallest, you better be able to tackle well or have outstanding physicality, instinct, and hips. BooBoo has shown none of that.)

How do I see the season ending? I think they split between the Wisconsin and Penn State games and I think they outright beat Purdue and Illinois to be at 8-3 going into the Big Game, but frankly I don't want to try and predict that one until I see what adjustments the Bucknuts make in their offensive system (if any) these next few weeks. I will say if Ohio State's playcalling and O-Line continues as they have been so far this year, I see no reason why Michigan can't beat them in the Big House.

Georgia Tech is a bit different- already clinched a bowl (13th straight year, after FSU loses 3 more will be the 3rd longest streak in the nation.) But unlike the Gailey regime, it's refreshing to see the team want more and be in a position for it. After the previous AD, Dave Braine, publically said Tech "will never win consistently because of the academic standards", and then the year he retired gave every major coach a nearly unbreakable contract (thanks for the booster-crippling buyout of CCG!), D-Rad and Paul Johnson have done a great job kicking that mindset in the teeth. Also, a lot of credit goes to Giff Smith and Brian Jean-Mary for putting more of an emphasis on keeping the state's rich talent home and the school board of Georgia for in 2006 changing requirements to 4 years of high school math from the previous 3, allowing a much larger field of talents to pursue. The end result has been guys like Jonathan Dwyer, who much like with the Wolverine running backs has hinted in interviews that he wouldn't have even looked at Tech if the option had been in place when he was in HS (and for a guy who had over 40 offers including Ohio State, Florida, Georgia, and Auburn, I believe it.) The strength of the team has been the mentality more than anything. Paul Johnson has sparked a tremendous change in the team's unity and overall toughness, and that has been shown directly in the late-game play of a Josh Nesbitt all season (and after 4 years of Reggie Ball, it feels good to once again have a QB where you want the ball at the end of the game.) The willingness to make halftime adjustments like against Virginia Tech and Florida State on both sides of the ball has been huge in both wins (as well as the Georgia game last year), and since it's simplification at halftime of the FSU game the defense has not been the atrocity it was for the first four games.
In spite of the offensive production the last 3-4 weeks I actually think there are two major weaknesses that could cost them barring adjustments down the line. The first is obvious for any Tech fan that's watched even 2 games this year and that's the pitches to the A-Backs out of the triple option. Tech has lost four fumbles in the past two weeks and lost field position on recovering several more- and not a single one has been forced. Errant pitches from Nesbitt, be it low, rushed, or behind Allen, Jones, Peeples, or Wright have killed drives that have been opportunities to put the game away and take some of the pressure off the shoddy D, and it goes without saying that eventually will cost them a game if it's not straightened out. Secondly, this is an offense built for the run and the option, no matter if CPJ tries to make it exotic by calling it a "spread option." As such, Nesbitt- who while can be a QB let's not make a mistake and say is a Joe Hamilton here- has found himself running more through the pocket and keying on one receiver or missing more open ones, and while some of that is on Josh he has often back there been having to roll around or run for his life. This is an undersized, run-pro OL that as an example gave up an average 40 lbs per man to the Clemson DL. My suggestion there would be to start big Nick Claytor, recruited by the Gailey regime for pass pro but has battled questions of softness or killer instinct and lack of proactive engaging skills the rest of the road graders out there have. But he is 6'6", 6'7" and 300+ and could offer more balance on the line if they truly want to add more passing into their gameplan as Coach Johnson suggests. On defense I am really, really trying to be patient or not throw total blame on Dave Wommack, but the fact that prior to this gig he had not been at a BCS program for 3 years before being canned does not instill confidence when the D has been a sieve. In fairness to him, the DL lost 3 All-conference starters from a year ago, 2 DE's including a starter had season and possibly career-ending injuries, and the DT depth had not been built well for when they lost Vance Walker, Darryl Richard, and Elris Anyaibe from a year ago. The end result has been 2 converted LB's from the Spring playing at DE and a converted spring starter at DE playing DT on the two-deep and constant double and triple-teams on Derrick Morgan, the lone returning (and all-conference HM as well) performer from last year's DL. The Mike Linebacker and defensive co-captain (and emotional leader of the D) had a season-ending injury in the offseason and hasn't been with the team as much as well. So there have been issues. But when Wommack tried to install that God-forsaken WOLF defense, in spite of two safeties saying they didn't want to play in it and another few members of the secondary saying they were confused by it, it just never looked good from the start. I don't have suggestions to make there, cause after 4 1/2 weeks of an open middle of the field and players not understanding the new assignments Coach Johnson told Wommack to switch back to a basic 4-3 and simplify the defense and linebacker coverage responsibilities (as well as move the top cover corner Rashaad Reid back from free safety) the D has looked at least manageable to where the offense isn't going to need 40+ to win every game or have to abandon the run at any point.

For the rest of the season outlook, I'm first gonna vent- it's a three-way tie right now in the Coastal and Miami fans down here are absolutely unbearable in saying it wouldn't even be so if they'd played the Hokies on dry surface. First of all, considering the rain levels in Miami and football always being played in natural conditions not to mention the score and totals there are just so many idiocies in that statement I can't even know where to start. Secondly, for all that talk they conveniently leave out that when Miami played Tech it was the Jackets' 3rd game in 12 days and Miami's first in 10. If you want to whine and complain about "different circumstances" or "bad breaks" you should really start there and then consider yourselves fortunate. Rest of the season isn't bleak, but it isn't the cakewalk people are making it out to be either. This Virginia game scares the Hell out of me right now for many reasons but for emphasis sake I'll harp on one- Tech hasn't beaten UVA in Charlottesville since their title year (Colorado my ass) in 1990. That's almost 20 seasons ago, 10 road games ago, 5 coaching changes ago. Even the oldest Oratory people reading this were just starting puberty when it happened. I realize every team and decade, coach, etc is different, but when trends run that long it begins to bog the mentality of even some of the strongest people, although all reports are that after losing the last two years including last year's loss keeping them out of the ACCCG many of the Juniors (Nesbitt, Dwyer, Morgan, Morgan Burnett, Bay-Bay) are really taking this game personally and that's just music to my ears. If the Jackets can win this one they still have Vandy, Wake, and Duke- and all three of them follow that same blueprint of less talented but very disciplined and well-coached teams that go game-to-game. The key (and something I have faith in CPJ to do) is stay one game at a time, and if that's the case there really shouldn't be a reason Tech is 9-2 or 10-1 heading into the year-end showdown with those miserable, God-forsaken, classless jackass Georgia Bulldogs. And in BDS, against Willie Martinez, and seeing just how quickly the fanbase has deteriorated within over the squad and coaching staff, I really do feel Tech should win that right now hands down.
So yeah, not much but positivity as long as it's game by game with both teams.

T.Cow: Oklahoma Sooners

Weakness: Injury, injury, and injury. This team just canít stay healthy long enough especially on the offensive side of the ball. Bradford going down hurts a lot, but I think the loss of Gresham hurts a lot more. Landry Jones is a serviceable replacement for Bradford, but no one has been able to fill the void left by Gresham. Brody Eldridge isnít a tight end. Trent Ratterree doesnít have the size or experience. Gresham allows the QB to throw the checkdown or free up the wideouts since he commands so much attention. Add to the fact the only other experienced receiver, Ryan Broyles, is playing hurt (and was out for most of the Miami game) and this offense is a walking ICU. The other major weakness is the offensive line. It was already a question mark going into the season, but I donít think anyone could have figured it to be this bad. This unit is plagued with false starts and holdings. Itís basically Trent Williams and a bunch of newbies, and Williams sprained his ankle last week (oh look, thereís that injury again). Lastly, Kevin Wilson has to open up the play calling. You canít just throw 2 yard passes all the time hoping Broyles and Murray get a ton of YAC. I know the receivers arenít good, but if you donít throw it down the field to keep the defense honest, then all the opposing D will have to do is stack 8-9 men at the line of scrimmage.

Strength: Defense, defense, and defense. This is one of, if not the best, defensive unit in the country. Just take a look at the three losses (all of which OU had the lead at halftime). BYUís lowest offensive output was against OU. Miami scored 21 points, 7 of which came on a Jones fumble in OUís red zone. Besides a 50 yard run by James and the broken coverage on Miamiís 3rd TD, the defense played really well. Hell, giving up 21 points at Miami isnít all that shabby. Then the Texas game. Five turnovers, and Texas only managed 16 points the entire game. Colt was pressured all game and put on a sub-par performance. This unit will give up yards, but they are fantastic at coming up with turnovers.

Road games at Kansas, Nebraska, and Tech will be tough, but I think they should be able to win 2 of them (with the loss at Nebraska). Kansas has no defense, and Taylor Potts is overrated. The only difficult home game is OSU, but OU normally dominates OSU in Norman. There is still so many question marks on this team that I can see the final record ranging anywhere from 9-3 to 5-7. I predict an 8-4 finish.

Brian: Alright, Iím answering my own question here because I got things to say. Iíll cover the easier team first and discuss my alma mater, Virginia Tech. The Hokies are facing a different situation this year in that their offensive production has been pretty solid, but itís their defense that has struggled. Of offense Tyrod Taylor has finally matured into the player he was expected to be out of high school ranking sixth in the nation right now in passing efficiency. The offense is still admittedly a little vanilla at times, in the loss to Georgia Tech on several key third and short situations and even one fourth and short situation the playcalls were uninspired Ryan Williams run off-tackle that were stymied by the Yellow Jackets, but itís worlds better than the putrid displays of the past three or four years. The special teams have been pretty solid with Dyrell Roberts emerging as a top flight kickoff returner and the coverage units not allowing any big gains. But the usually steadfast Virginia Tech defense simply has not been up to par this season. The troubling thing is that while thereís a few positive things to mention the negatives are wildly inconsistent from game to game. Jason Worilds hasnít been the All-American many hoped he would turn into, but he has been a consistent and effective pass rusher, Cody Grimm makes tons of solid plays for the defense and the corners are still exceedingly capable cover corners. However against Alabama the defense got worn down and rover Cam Chancellor was exposed as a liability in pass coverage, against Georgia Tech DE Nekos Brown failed to understand the proper coverage for the triple option and kept crashing on Jonathan Dwyer allowing Nesbitt to get to the corner and to gash the defense for serious yards. Also disappointing has been the play of ILBs Barquell Rivers and Jake Johnson. Theyíre both only sophomores, but they simply havenít stepped up to match the productivity and ability of past Hokies who manned the position like Sturdivant, Hall, and Adibi. I have no prescription for the defensive woes other than the senior leadership on that side of the ball need to step up and lay down the law. On offense the offensive line could use some work, but the skill position talent is there. The only change Iíd like to see on that side of the ball is the willingness to go up-tempo sometime besides the two minute drill because Virginia Tech and Taylor in particular have been very effective in those situations. Luckily for the Hokies the toughest part of their schedule is past and thereís no reason why they shouldnít cruise through their remaining opponents to go 10-2 in the regular season. However, they really need a loss from Georgia Tech to make it back into the ACC Championship game or a loss from Miami to make an at-large BCS berth more viable.

And that brings me over to Ohio State where the recent upset loss to Purdue has the fanbase in hysterics. And while some of the concerns are warranted there are far too many voices proposing things that are detrimental to the team. The most ludicrous suggestion is that somehow Ohio Stateís offensive woes can solely be blamed on Terelle Pryor and that Tressel should consider benching him. However when you look at the offense as a whole it becomes clear that while Pryor needs to perform better heís hardly the reason for the offense sputtering. Purdueís defensive line, not exactly known as world beaters, were getting significant pass rush on the Ohio State offensive line and that was just with a base four rush scheme. Additionally Boom Herron and Brandon Saine are both decent runners, but they arenít making Ohio State fans forget Beanie Wells or even Antonio Pittman. Herron and Saine simply donít have the size or power to move piles and donít have the elusiveness to completely avoid tacklers. So Pryor has a holey offensive line and mediocre rushing talent to back him up; thereís talent at wide receiver but the true top talent is still young and just developing, people suggesting that Pryor needs to be benched are just hysterical. It also ignores the fact that Ohio State simply doesnít have a young prospect or proven game manager to bring in to right the ship. About the only option would be to bring in Joe Bauserman who has been mediocre in scrimmages and practices for far too long to suddenly think heíll be a stud in the games. That also ignores the effect that a benching might have on Pryor; Terelle doesnít appear to be a player that would be motivated by the classic screaming coach. You bench Pryor and heís more likely to sulk then respond positively and it might break his confidence in the things he does do well, not good circumstances.

Simply put, itís the Ohio State coaching staffs responsibility to account for these facts and call plays and develop their talent to fit the situation and theyíve simply failed to do that. Iím not saying Ohio State needs to go entirely to a zone read offense or something (though a little more zone read wouldnít hurt), but if your line is having trouble blocking, roll the quarterback out so their downfield push is thwarted and it gives the quarterback an easier run/pass option. If you believe your wide receiving corps is your offensive strength then run route combinations that give them single coverage on deep routes so that Pryor simply has to throw it up and let the receiver make the play instead of putting pressure on the quarterback to always make the play. Itís this inability to adjust to new circumstances which continues to suggest that Tressel needs to hire a true offensive coordinator to take over administration of the offense and to develop Pryor. On defense they have the talent, but the Purdue game revealed one of their major flaws, if youíre willing to nickel and dime Ohio State in the passing game you can move the ball and you can score on them. Iíd like to see them take more risks by switching between the passive zone coverage they often play and more man to man. Ohio State has a few easier games before ending the season with Iowa, Penn State, and Michigan. Worst case the Buckeyes go 8-4, but 10-2 isnít impossible either, I think they split the difference go 9-3 and spend the winter in Florida at the Capital One Bowl.

Andrew: We've just finished the seventh week of the season, meaning every team has played at least half their schedule by now. What team sitting at .500 or worse right now would you both say has played better than their record indicates, and what team in that spot (doesn't have to be the same) would you say has the best shot of getting back into the top 10-20 or playing closer to New Year's by season's end?

T.Cow: Yeah the answer is Oklahoma for very obvious reasons, but Iím going to pick another team and say Kentucky. They had to endure a brutal four game stretch in Florida, Bama, South Carolina and Auburn (and beating Auburn for the first time since 1966) while losing their starting QB for the season, but the rest of the schedule is very manageable with the toughest game being at Georgia. While the passing game does need a lot of work, if this team can just manage to run the ball like they did last week with the wildcat formation to Cobb, then I can see them winning out. Itís difficult but possible. Going 5-3 in the SEC and 9-3 overall should get them a top 20 ranking.

Brian: I mean the obvious answer is 3-3 Oklahoma who are the best team in the nation with a .500 or worse record, but Iíll leave that response to Thang and go looking for someone else. I think Clemson could be quite dangerous if theyíve actually found an offense like last week suggested they did because they already had a fairly solid defense. Their next game against Miami will be a proving ground for them. The SEC is also full of teams (Arkansas, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt) that are right at .500 or below that arenít particularly good, but have the ability to pull an ďany given SundayĒ on the top teams in the conference and nation. Also of note is 3-4 Colorado State who posses that record by virtue of an absolutely brutal mid-major schedule. They lost their last four @ BYU (6-1), @ Idaho (6-1), vs. Utah (5-1), and @ TCU (6-0), but I wouldnít be at all surprised to see them win out and finish a respectable 8-4.

Andrew: Answering my own question, but you know I don't think Oklahoma's the answer frankly, which is in part why I asked it. This is not the Bradford, or Gresham team. This team, has seen an absolutely putrid OL that has already had two changes this season with limited success, and as a result overly conservative playcalling that has made this offense nothing to write home about or bank on to win games. The D has been great, but I'm talking what team has the best shot to get to the top 10-20 before season's end and with some of the games left I don't see how OU doesn't lose at least 1-2 more including the bowl to finish 8-5 or so. That's not to say what should or shouldn't have been, but at face value watching that Miami game after the first quarter and this last Texas game unless the OL magically picks up or Wilson opens up the playcalling in Jones, be it fear of his own OL or lack of trust, I can't see them improving or going on a run right now. I don't think the same can be said for Arkansas- they have several legitimate officiating gripes from last week and even so have already played the two toughest games on their schedule and caught Georgia when they still were beaming with confidence- they just as easily could be 4-2 or 5-1 right now like OU, and with a much, much softer rest of the schedule and a better offense (albeit much weaker D) that can allow them to be the Ole Miss of this season. The rest of this season they have the two Mississippi schools, Troy, Eastern Michigan, South Carolina and an LSU team that has yet to show the ability to put enough points on the board to contend with a viable offense. If this team, eerily reminiscent to me of the '06 Louisville Cardinals with with Brohm, Allen and Bush, Harry Douglas, and Mario Urrutia- only now it's Ryan Mallett, that RB committee led by Michael Smith, and Greg Childs, Joe Adams, and Jarrius Wright- arguably the best receiving corps in the SEC. With that rest of the slate, I'll come back here and eat my hat or call for that D-Coordinator's head if they can't look for at least 9 wins by bowl game's end, a look inside the top 15, and a lofty preseason ranking for next year.

T.Cow: We all know the star skill position players of the top ranked team. However, there are some diamonds in the rough out there on truly terrible programs in the 6 major conferences. Name a QB, RB, and WR among said teams who you feel bad for because their performances have been overlooked this year by most folks due to their teams being so bad.

Brian: Well I already mentioned Clemson once so I might as well again, the fact that theyíve middle their way to a 3-3 record has overshadowed just how good CJ Spiller has been. In the past couple years Iíll admit to having viewed him solely as a complimentary back to James Davis, but heís stepped into the void and this year became the all-time ACC yardage leader. Iím still not sure if heís anything more than a complimentary back at the next level, but I can easily see him being a better version of Reggie Bush in the pros. Staying in the ACC I donít think anyone is paying attention to Riley Skinner at Wake Forest because A) its Wake Forest, B) Wake Forest is 4-3, C) heís not posting elite stats, and D) its Wake Forest. But he is 20th in both passing yards per game and passing efficiency and basically as Riley Skinner goes, so goes Wake Forest. Iíll just over to the Big 10 to name a pair of receivers achieving beyond their teams in Tandon Doss at Indiana and Eric Decker at Minnesota. Doss is putting up phenomenal numbers at Indiana of all places which speaks for itself. However, with Dez Bryant suspended I can easily say that I think Eric Decker is the best WR playing right now in college football. Everyone playing Minnesota knows heís their first, second, fourth, and fifth receiving option (Weberís thought process: Is Decker open? No. Is he open now? No. Look somewhere else? Who am I kidding? Throw it to Decker!) and he still posts top notch numbers.

Andrew: Start at the top with the QB spot and I've got another ACC guy out there is Christian Ponder. He's a coachís son who has shown the ability to make every read while playing on an OL that while admittedly good is still built more towards the running game. His receiver's have been atrocious- Jarmon Fortson's drop on the final play against Miami just being one of what has been a theme played out multiple times weekly. Through the first half of the season he's connected in spite of his shaky targets at an almost 68% clip for 1,781 yards and 9 TDs while only getting picked off once. And while the 2-4 record and atrocious D may lead some to believe he's throwing more playing from behind, the fact is FSU has been down by double figures only three times all year and often playing tied or ahead before collapsing and a lot of that has to do with the Redshirt Junior's leadership. Seminole fans have to be beside themselves to know after almost a decade of subpar quarterback play they finally got a good one only for Mickey Andrews' D to bottom out.

I debated whether or not this next name would count because Stanford is 4-3, but when you consider that not only does he play on the West Coast but that the Cardinal haven't gone to a Bowl Game since 2001 its not unreasonable to think that people haven't heard of Toby Gerhart- but boy if they haven't they've been missing out. The Norco, California native not only stars on the baseball diamond (second on the team in HRs each of the last two years) but has been the driving force and arguably the offense for Jim Harbaugh the past two seasons. After missing all but one game in 2007 due to injury Gerhart came back last season and racked up 1,136 yards on the ground at a 5.4 YPC clip and 15 TDs. With teams keying up on stopping him more this year with a freshman QB he's not only on pace to improve on those figures but absolutely shatter them. Through 7 games Gerhart has 869 yards rushing and 12 TDs, with 5 100-yard rushing games and only having been shut out of the end zone once all year. In Stanford's quest to return to the postseason they will only go as far as Gerhart's broad 235-lb frame will take them.

I really like Rique's call for Eric Decker but I'm going to go a little farther east and single out Syracuse's Mike Williams. As a sophomore in 2007 Williams had nearly 1/3 of the Orange's receptions and receiving yards as well as an eye-popping 10 of the teams 18 touchdown passes. Last season he missed the entire year due to a grades-related suspension and his career looked in doubt, but he got his work in order to return this year. There were questions about rust but in spite of a quarterback who hadn't thrown a football since high school he hasn't missed a beat. At the midpoint of the season he has 45 catches for 712 yards (38% and 53% of the team totals respectively) and six of the Cuse's 10 TD passes. The wealth has been spread out too, with only one game with less than 5 catches or 80 yards. In spite of the basketball school-surroundings with his size (6'2", 210) and hands you can bet he'll be playing on Sundays.

I hope you enjoyed the column. If you have any questions, concerns, or issues feel free to contact us via the Oratory Forums or e-mail Brian at bdmiller @ vt.edu, T. Cow at tangcow @ gmail.com, and Andrew at a.holik @ umiami.edu.

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