Coach's Corner: Scooter Molander

Inside, Brophy Prep (Phoenix) head coach Scooter Molander talks about Colorado verbal commit Blake Behrens.

If the name Scooter Molander rings a bell for Colorado Buffaloes fans, it's probably for one of two reasons. Molander lettered at quarterback at Colorado State in 1987 and '88. (He is sixth on CSU's all-time passing list with 5,400 yards).

Later, he was an assistant coach (quarterbacks and receivers) under Dave Ramsey at Boulder High in 1991 and '92. The latter team won the state championship over Pomona in a game played on a frigid Folsom Field.

Molander spoke with BSN earlier this week about offensive line prospect Blake Behrens, who verbally committed to the Buffs in July.

BSN: First thing — what's a former Colorado State quarterback doing letting one of his guys come to Boulder?
: (laughs) Well, I think it's a real good situation. As much as we wanted to compete with Colorado (when Molander played for the Rams), Colorado plays at a higher level. Anybody being objective about it will say that. And then Mark Nolan, our former defensive coordinator, is now on their staff (as a recruiting assistant at Colorado). It's a great fit for Blake. His mother grew up in Boulder.

On top of that I think they've got the right guy in (Dan) Hawkins. While they didn't have the year they were expecting, he's been successful everywhere he's been. They'll get it going.

BSN: Tell me about Blake as a player. He played both ways for you?
: Yeah. As a sophomore he played offensive line and did a great job. Last year, we just said the kid is so big and physical, let's make him a defensive lineman too.

For the last three years we've run a college type practice where you play at one position. We only had four kids that went both ways this year. Anyway, for a guy to play both ways he's got to be a heckuva player.

He did a great job on the o-line for three years and then played very well on the defensive line this year.

BSN: CU has nine verbal commitments from offensive linemen. They've got a need for some depth at defensive tackle and speculation is that one or two of the incoming offensive linemen will be asked to play on defense. Where do you think Blake's talents project him to play?
: I think he could do either one equally well. And that's not being a politician and just saying that. But if I had to bet I'd say he'll be an offensive player because he's done more of that. But he's the kind of kid who would take it as a challenge if a coach said, ‘hey, play d-line for us.' He'd end up being a starter there too.

BSN: What was his role last year when you won the state championship?
: He played both ways. But he took more of his rests on defense than offense. This year he took more rest on offense than on defense because we had more of a need on defense.

He's 6-4, 280 and a real strong kid. He just physically manhandles people. He's a very good drive blocker, a good pass blocker. From the defense, you just can't block him. You're not moving him anywhere. He does a nice job of splitting double teams.

BSN: What kind of offense do you guys run?
: We run a pro-style offense. Multiple sets; no shotgun but we throw the ball a lot for a high school team. We're about a 60-40 run-pass ratio. But our quarterback threw for 2,100 yards this year.

BSN: So he's experienced in pass and run blocking?
: Yeah, it's not like he's going from a full-house backfield (to a college offense). I think that's the thing we're proud about in running our offense is that a lot of the things guys are going to do in college they're familiar with.

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