|Let's look back on the offense so far, shall we gentlemen?|
The Offense. (One more reminder for those of you who missed yesterday's piece, my analysis relies on the UFR's done over at mgoblog. If you aren't familiar with these, I would suggest spending the rest of your afternoon at mgoblog. You can thank me afterward.)
Half Full: The line is dominant.
Half Empty: The line is inconsistent because of poor play at the tackle positions.
|Bad news last year.|
This optimism for the interior line has been vindicated with the performance of these three so far this year. Molk has come out and played just as well as he had last year, providing the leadership and accurate snaps that were missing when he went down last year with injury. Schilling has also been solid so far this year, beginning to gain back some hype back, while Omameh has taken a jump from his marginal first game to being one of the best downfield blocking linemen the team has.
So all is well and good on the inside, which fits the expectations coming in to the season. However, the area where most believed things could get dicey along the front line is the one are where there has been the most improvement. Going in to this season, the two tackles hardly inspired much confidence. RS-Jr Mark Huyge at LT and RS-Sr Perry Dorrestein at RT were the duo stepping into the bookend spots after unspectacular years in 2009. Neither of them showed themselves to be especially proficient pass blockers, which is, you know, kinda the whole point of having a tackle on the field. On top of that, everyone was sincerely hoping that RS-Fr wunderkinds Taylor Lewan and, less likely, Michael Schofield would be able to step in and beat out the uninspiring upperclassmen. This didn't happen (at first, don't sleep on Lewan just yet) and the interwebs exploded in worries and rationalizations.
Overall, this unit gets a resounding: Half Full. They have taken care of business in each game this year, and while there have been individual struggles, the unit as a whole is strong enough to overcome these. Barring injury
Half Full: Potential realized.
Half Empty: Production lacking.
I was very positive coming in to this season that the receivers would make a giant leap forward in production, but I had to temper that excitement with the realization that despite the vast potential, only two players
So far those questions have been answered, and the returns are all positive.
|Eyeglasses for everyone!|
|These two have plenty of reason to celebrate.|
This group has done a lot to put aside the concerns that have plagued it for the last two years. They are working hard in every facet of the offense and deserve not only a great deal of credit for the success of the offense this year, but also a grade of: Half Full.
This is it for the first half of the offensive grades. Look for Part II later tonight or early tomorrow.