“… and then the stars are plucked from the ranks of losers in the great game of blue blood football.”

I don’t know that I always agree with everything Ian Boyd writes, but he’s good at being thought-provoking.  As an example, here’s a piece on how West Virginia’s reliance on transfers to flesh out its roster with higher-rated talent may soon become a model for much of the Big 12.

The spread offense in college creates a similar effect. If you’re a blue chip wideout in the SEC who’s tired of playing second/third string behind other guys while coach yells at you to block more on run plays in the hopes that as a senior you’ll be the single wideout that actually gets the ball…you should transfer to the Big 12. Your chances of playing shoot up, your role simplifies to running routes all the time on RPOs or deep shots, and the offense is set up to allow you to put up huge numbers running choice routes on isolated DBs or quick hitters on conflicted LBs.

If you’re a QB? The West Virginia Air Raid is installed in three days and then the rest of practice is about repping everything and learning to execute the base offense by muscle memory so that you can advance to learning defenses and calling the plays from the line of scrimmage. That’s arguably a better audition AND a better prep for running an NFL offense than even executing a more pro-style approach in terms of the throws but doing so in a more limited fashion and with less autonomy.

What happens, I wonder, to the transfer debate if an entire P5 conference embraces transfers as a means of roster enhancement?

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10 responses to ““… and then the stars are plucked from the ranks of losers in the great game of blue blood football.”

  1. Rarely do you see a Big XII QB that can make the back shoulder throw NFL teams require. Baker Mayfield was a damn good college QB, but I think we’re about to see him flame out in Cleveland. Even with Chubb there, I can’t pull for any team that frat boy douche is part of.

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  2. ASEF

    B12 offenses hum for 3 reasons:

    NFL quality wideouts versus lesser DBs
    NFL quality OL versus lesser DL
    B12 Officials who give the OL and WR distinct advantages via rules interpretation.

    It’s a wide open game, but they don’t exactly light up the NFL draft board. Alabama and Georgia had as many guys drafted as the entire B12.

    Smart and Saban both sell the idea that the guys you practice against 5 days a week all year are more important than the guys you line up against 15 times a year in terms of getting better.

    Would there be “talent osmosis” from areas of high concentration to lower concentration once a former 5 star sees the writing on the wall? Probably. But I see way more LSU receivers making bank than WVU. Kevin White just got released, didn’t he?

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  3. Not sure I’d say it makes them more NFL ready. I remember when Crabtree came out of TTU, I was reading where a scout said basically if the corner laid off of him, he ran a hitch route. If the corner pressed him, he ran a go route. And that was pretty much it, those were his reads that he was given. He didn’t know how to effectively run any other routes though.

    It’s a fine way to win college football games, I just think that saying it makes you more NFL ready is a stretch.

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    • junkyardawg41

      I think you are spot on. I remember someone breaking down TCU (maybe Baylor). You would have receivers that wouldn’t even go out on a route on some plays. Schematically you can win that way although I am not sure how that kind of playing style would ever translate to the NFL.

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