October 9, 2006

He said. She said. Wazzu recap

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She says: I am a firm believer in the philosophy "defense wins
games," but the offense needs to score some points! At quarterback, Matt
Moore is not playing awful, but he is not leading the team to points either.
I actually feel bad for Moore, being a senior quarterback is not an enviable
position. I am reminded of the 2001 season and the chants for freshman Derek
that began midway through the season when Jonathan Smith had struggled,
and then once again in 2004, when Anderson himself was on the receiving end
of the student section barrage. At the end of the day, the quarterback is the
team general and he will either be the goat or receive all of the glory.

We still should be more productive on offense and I am left scratching my head
as to why this team isn't putting up more points. Yvenson Bernard is a productive
back, but needs to hang on to the ball in the red zone. I am still left wondering
where Clinton Polk's 10-12 touches a game are.

At receiver, Sammie Stroughter is starting to separate himself as the go-to
guy in the line-up. Stroughter ended the day with six receptions for 124 yards
(more than half the Beavers total passing yards), coupled with 100 punt return
yards, Stroughter had a great day. Brandon Powers, Anthony Wheat-Brown, and
Ruben Jackson have the ability to be playmakers as well, but need to work on
the little things that will help them separate themselves from the defenders.

I don't want to get in the middle of any "quarterback controversy,"
but there were several times during the Washington State game that I thought
we could have seen Sean Canfield and some of the "meaningful reps"
we have been hearing about. If nothing else, Canfield's presence may have sparked
something. If not it would have quieted the fans sitting in section 10 holding up the 'CANFIELD' sign.

I'm left with grading the offense a D for the WSU game. I feel harsh doing so,
but if C is average, then I cannot justify giving a unit that scored zero points
an average grade.


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