Questions Abound On Offense
Going into the season there are
more questions on the offensive side
than answers. With a new
offensive scheme and new starters at key positions, how quickly the offense
picks up the new system and the new players adjust to the varsity level will
be a key to the Tiger season.
Let's start with some answers.
Regardless of who is throwing the passes, the Tiger receiving corps is deep
and talented. Led by senior Jon Bauer teams will have to respect the
Tiger passing game based on their abilities alone. While Bauer has the
experience and is the home run threat, Rian Stubbs and Brannon Watson give
the Tigers two big, tall targets to go to. Kendall Gooden showed last
year he can make the spectacular and in the new four wide sets he should be
able to use his speed to be a key weapon for the Tigers.
Getting the ball to those
receivers is something of a question mark. Senior QB Eric Gordon has
played behind standout Daniel Orr for the past two years and should be the
man under center, but sophomore Keith Leerskov is expected to push Gordon
for the starters job. Gordon is a big QB with a strong arm who looked
good at the state 7 on 7 tournament after getting into a rhythm.
Replacing Clarence Robinson
will probably be the toughest task for Coach Henigan. Robinson did it
all for the Tigers and it will be difficult to replace him. In the
first few days of practice sophomore Courtney Adams has had the look of a
starter but Henigan has told the Daily Sun that senior Ray Sims could get
some snaps at the RB spot as well.
Who the running game will
follow is not as difficult a question to answer. Start with returning
starter Louis Vasquez at one tackle spot and you've got at least one
bulldozer to follow. Josh Tackett returns at center to give the Tigers
more returning experience along the line. Although the rest of the
line doesn't have the starts, they have gotten experience as backups last
All in all, the offense is the
biggest question mark going into the season. Coach Henigan has said
that the Tigers will be a 'four wide air it out' team but it usually takes
time to get a new offense installed so early struggles won't be wholly
unexpected, although the O should get better with each game.