A well-coached backyard team

This is Chris Brown’s magnum opus, a detailed (and I mean detailed) look at the evolution of the Air Raid offense.  (Aside from all the technical expertise Chris brings to his post, the history of Kentucky under Leach makes for an intriguing tale.)  As you read through the whole thing – and if you’re a fan of college football, you’re crazy if you don’t – make sure you keep asking yourself a question:  will this offense work in today’s SEC?

Because that’s the question Kevin Sumlin is seeking an answer to right now.  It should make for a fascinating year.  As I’ve said before, having the opportunity to see how this plays out is the one totally redeeming feature of conference expansion.



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10 responses to “A well-coached backyard team

  1. Z-Dawg

    Great article but I could have done without the memory of “The Pillsbury Throwboy” lighting us up for 500+ yards.


  2. Dawgsense

    This is off subject but I would be curious to hear your thoughts on gq naming Florida in the top ten of douchiest colleges. Funny, especially in a year when they are not top ten in football.



  3. Castleberry

    Dang – that’s better than the break down in his book. Should have waited for it to come out on the internet…


  4. Dog in Fla

    That’s a great article. I did not know that about Tony Franklin. The Pillsbury Throwboy had a mess of nicknames:

    “Due to Lorenzen’s considerable girth (unusual among Quarterbacks), he has been given a collection of nicknames, which include: “Jumbo Giant”, “Fat Jared”, “Quarter(got)back”, “QBese”, “Hefty Lefty”, “The Pillsbury Throwboy”, “J.Load”, “Round Mound of Touchdown”, “Tubby Gunslinger”, “BBQ (Big Beautiful Quarterback)”, “Battleship Lorenzen”, “Butterball”, “Lord Of The Ring-Dings”, and
    “He Ate Me”. Twinkie Monster was also a name given to him at the Dow Event Center by fans of the Saginaw Sting.”



  5. RocketDawg

    I remember watching one of our safeties bounce off of him while trying to tackle him like a ping pong ball.

    On another note that was a fascinating article, I wonder if we have such detailed schematics and play diagrams with read instructions at the bottom (I would assume that we do), there was also a line from Holgorsen that resonated with me “he adapts his offense to fit his personnel almost to an extreme somtimes”, also the comment at the end about how Holgorsen didn’t feel comfortable with his O-line play so he got players on the edge and ran lots of screens and draws…..maybe this is a concept we should employ this fall until our line has a chance to gel.


    • Dog in Fla

      Holgorsen: “Leach is so good because he don’t change shit.”

      At least CMR and Bobo have one thing in common with Leach