Photos by Mark Rauh
Roughly 30 minutes before the 1 pm start of the open to the public
practice at Manogue High School coach Brian Polian addressed the early
crowd. Polian of course plugged the program in terms of buying season
tickets and donating to the program. But he also commented on the fact
that when practicing in front of fans, the staff tends to revert to
basics as to not give too much away in terms of scheme and playbook.
With that in mind here are a few quick takeaways.
• Offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich seems to be putting more and more of his stamp on the pistol
offense. Almost half of the plays run had the running back motion from
behind the quarterback to beside him, closer to a traditional shotgun.
This could possibly show the transition from a more power run based
offense to a spread the field passing offense, which Rolovich is more
familiar with. We will likely see more at the spring game.
• Are changes coming on the
defensive side of the ball with new defensive coordinator Scott
Boone? I believe this is an example of what coach Polian
mentioned while talking to the fans. The Wolf Pack will likely be
blitzing from the outside linebackers quite a bit more than last year
in the Tampa 2 defense. But in public practices the staff would prefer
to not give that away and would rather focus on defensive assignments
in the pass game.
• Health will be a huge factor for
this team at numerous positions on offense. First, running back.
Kendall Brock and Don Jackson will be an above average duo but if one
them gets hurt, there may be too much of a workload put on the other's
back. Especially if a freshman does not come into fall camp and
immediately earn some spot carries. Second position is the offensive
line. Similarly to last week in Carson, the offensive line looked below
average but with numerous starters resting nagging injuries, at this
point it should not be too much of a concern. But if these injuries are
still an issue come fall, it will become a big limitation on the
• One noticeable aspect from the
defensive side of the ball was a lack of interceptions. The linebackers
were stripping running backs quite a bit, but the secondary did not
seem to force many turnovers. Will the corners and safeties be strength
of this team come fall? No. But if the group including Duran Workman,
Kaodi Dike, Randy Uzoma, and Charles Garrett can become capable of
creating turnovers, it will be a big addition for the Wolf Pack.
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