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Game Week - Citadel

Postby OlRB#3 on Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:57 pm

We are headed up Thursday for the game. Super pumped for this new era. What’s everyone feeling?
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Re: Game Week - Citadel

Postby Retiredterrier on Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:11 am

Somewhat difficult to describe my feelings but I will give it my best shot. Every August I am nervous about the upcoming season and this one really makes me nervous. But not necessarily in a skeptical way although some of it is that way. Mostly I do not know what to expect because of the new coaches - mostly - and also because I wish that Newman and Mosley had a little more experience. That may sound like I am not a fan of Newman or Mosley but actually they are my most favorite players on the team, including the D as well as O. They just have not had a lot of snaps like Goodson. Both are very fast and quick and exciting to watch. As discussed previously neither one is as good a passer as Goodson. Remember last year when Cit seemed to have the game well in hand in the early part of the game. Seemed like every time we tried to run the ball they would blow up the play. Things looked mighty bleak. And then Goodson made some key plays with his passing. If he had not done so we would have had an L instead of a W. But at the same time Newman and Mosley are much more capable of breaking a running play open than Goodson because of their speed and quickness. So are we going to try to pass more than usual or stick to our usual ground game ?

And then there is the D which IMHO is in better shape than the O. I feel confident that our D will do their job but still have a small amount of doubt. I am wondering how the loss of Priester will affect the DL. If Lufkin, Contee, etc step up then DL will be in good shape. And will the LBs be able to play at a high level since there is a bit of inexperience there.

An interesting side note - last year I watched both Army and Navy in their postseason games. For one or maybe both of them there were games during the season - not that particular game but a prior game in the regular season - where they did not throw a pass for the entire game. How were they successful on O when the Terriers struggle with it ? I am not sure but from what I saw their OL was dominant and seemed always able to push the opposing DL off the LOS. And they had a QB that was fast and quick - like Newman and Mosley - so some plays just came down to the QB making a play with his play making skills. I would be fine with our QB doing the same and rarely passing. Passing when the receiver is an easy target and open. I am ok with that especially to keep the D on their toes and guessing.

Conclusion - I am nervous but at the same time very excited to start the season. Cit of course will be gunning for us but they do that every year.
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Re: Game Week - Citadel

Postby Oak Grove on Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:04 am

OlRB#3 wrote:We are headed up Thursday for the game. Super pumped for this new era. What’s everyone feeling?


I am very high on JC, and I also am pumped to start the new era.

There has been some debate on this board during August about how much we should be passing this season. In general, I agree with what I have heard from JC--that we will take what the defense gives us, whether that is a run or a pass. Personally, I am 100 percent committed to option football at Wofford, and I believe that JC's retention of WL as OC is a clear indication that he is as well. I disagree with the premise, put forward by several members of the board, that we have reached the "top tier" of FCS, and it is time to evolve. I would argue, conversely, that our place in the upper echelon of the SoCon is quite tenuous. Our narrow margins of victory week in and week out last year should demonstrate that there is almost no separation between us and the rest of the league, except VMI. Strictly from the standpoint of physical talent and roster depth, I consider us a middling program in the SoCon. JC is a tenacious recruiter, and in time, he may upgrade our talent and depth substantially. Until that happens, if it happens, I feel strongly that we need the "neutralizing" effect of the wingbone and the gun option for a competitive edge not only on offense but also on defense, where ball control limits our opponents' offensive snaps. With all of that said, I am not opposed to passing several more times a game this season than in years past because, even if our efficiency is not the best, the increased threat of the pass should, in most cases, prevent other teams from bringing up a safety (or two) to stack the box, which should, in turn, increase the productivity of our running game. To a point, we should see a direct correlation between increased pass attempts and increased yards per rush. I am confident that we can find that point without losing our identity as an option-based, run-first offense.

Actually, of all the teams on our schedule, I believe that the Citadel is the most venerable to our passing attack, Because they have such a one-dimensional offensive culture there, they have trouble at practice giving their defense viable looks in 7-on-7. This is a chronic problem for them. Plus, they return only one starter from the secondary that struggled mightily defending the pass against us last year. So don't be surprised if you see us putting the ball in the air a fair amount on Saturday.
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Re: Game Week - Citadel

Postby Loyal-T-dog on Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:21 am

Agree with you 2 gentlemen as I am equally excited and nervous all at once....but certainly in a good way.

We are deep at almost every position and for those areas that seem thin I simply believe that there are guys geared to play and not watch any longer.
From my coaching days and from chatting with staff members, it is always good to have new players competing hard and all wanting to contribute.

I love starting out with the Chuckdogs because like the furples last year, we will be tested from the first snap. I've always hated cake games at the onset of a season.
Wofford has never lacked intensity and I believe Conklin brings his own level of "doggedness" that will help us continue to improve (as we always need to).

Can't wait for Saturday!
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Re: Game Week - Citadel

Postby WoCo65 on Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:18 am

One thing I hope to see carry over from MA to JC is the guts to go for it on 4th down from nearly anywhere on the field. I don't have the feeling yet that JC is that kinda coach.
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Re: Game Week - Citadel

Postby lawdog on Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:23 pm

Since we have several new coaches on defense, a new head coach who is a defensive specialist, and a lot of talent there, I will be interested to see what if anything we will see different on defense. New schemes? More aggressive attempts at takeaways?
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Re: Game Week - Citadel

Postby Ruckus28 on Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:01 pm

I think our D fronts will be fitted a tad differently with safeties playing a little more agressively than in the recent past. I also think we will be taking more risks with stunts a la Nate Woody, especially v Cid with their poor passing attack. I look for our corners to have a big game.
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Re: Game Week - Citadel

Postby Loyal-T-dog on Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:40 pm

lawdog - I hope (and expect) a more aggressive D and since our HC is a former DC, I don't think we will see the same 4th down mentality as Ayers. Play to your strengths.

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Re: Game Week - Citadel

Postby Retiredterrier on Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:19 pm

A very short preview https://youtu.be/Lb3WHGPUG98
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Re: Game Week - Citadel

Postby terrier06 on Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:54 am

The media guide for El Cid is up, including the new depth chart.

There's only a minor change on offense: Nathan Walker is now the backup at FB.

Defense has some changes: Robbie Armstrong is now backup LDE, Brandon Zamary is backup NT, and Elijah Ball is backup RDE. Beckley takes over at OLB (where Armstrong was) and Brandon Brown moves from ILB to back him up. In place of Brown at backup ILB is Ryan Titus. The DBs remain unchanged.

What this means is a new starter at OLB (reinforcing Ruckus' very reasonable worries about depth there) and a good bit of change along the backups along the front seven.
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Re: Game Week - Citadel

Postby SmallTownTerrier on Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:13 am

Where’s the media guide? Couldn’t find it
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Re: Game Week - Citadel

Postby WocoSix on Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:17 am

My biggest take away on the just released media guide is the following:

- Jo Jo Tillery now on Kickoff Return. Said it for years this kid may be the best Athlete on roster. The VMI interception return shows this kids potential.
- Miles Brown moving back to NT. Not surprising vs Citadel which relies heavily on its interior run game.
- True Freshman Nathan Walker primed to make an impact as backup to Andre Stoddard. Love this kids size and power for a Freshman.
- Robbie Armstrong undersized (50+ lbs.) for a DE even in our 50 defensive scheme. I would look for the main rotation of 5 DL for the 3 positions. Armstrong may be the better pass rusher.
- Luke Carter is once again handling all kicking duties. Thought Henis would have at least assumed one of the duties
- OLB seems to be a concern as well. Beckley currently holds position but it will be one to watch. Does Titus or Hinton switch to outside? I heard some good things about the two incoming Frosh Neal and Abercrombie.
- On the OL there has been some shuffling. Liam Ronan (LT to LG), Miachael Ralph (RT to LT), and 2 behemoth redshirt freshman at tackle now in the mix at 2 deep.
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Re: Game Week - Citadel

Postby Atldog7 on Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:50 pm

Gbesee now backing up Domo Lemon at corner also although I expect they will all play considerably against heavy-pass teams. Lemon definitely more assertive against the run (see Furman playoff game last year) so I suspect that is why he gets the nod this week.
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Re: Game Week - Citadel

Postby lawdog on Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:53 pm

Love Tillery as kickoff returner, and Armstrong will be a heckuva DE.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/sidearm.sites/ ... _1_CIT.pdf

The above Citadel game notes contain the latest depth chart/lineup, scroll down. Notes show Cole Cleary out for season, ouch.

I despise our new Wofford Athletics website; it is too complicated and difficult/confusing to access basic information. MUCH prefer the way it used to be.
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Re: Game Week - Citadel

Postby Retiredterrier on Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:58 pm

Here is the website's announcement of the game. includes game notes, media guide as well as lots of other stuff https://woffordterriers.com/news/2018/8 ... pener.aspx

Very disappointing that Cleary is out for the season.
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