Running Man Chronicles, UNA
Over the Summer I had a discussion with an aspiring NFL draft talent evaluator. His breakdown of Easton Stick was as good as anything that I've seen on our quarterback but I disagreed with a few of the points that he made. The one that I am planning to address the most specifically this season is to pay close attention to the running of our quarterback. As a prospect being able to run can be an asset but being a running quarterback is often detrimental. I can count on one hand the number of running quarterbacks that have succeeded for many years without serious injury in the NFL over the last 20 years. Sure Stick could be the exception but I'm not ready to count on that.
I'm going to go game by game, watching whether the runs that he takes are part of the designed offense or because it's still a basic instinct & primary facet of his game!
Despite the responsibility that I place on him as the starting quarterback to help prevent the offense's sluggish start to the game I have to say that as the game progressed he made some plays that would be tremendous if made in the pros. But I don't want to start that discussion up right, just wanted to make it give him credit where it's due.
As for the focus of this on going post series, there wasn't much to it today - which goes back to the good that I saw from him.
The one real run that he made was a well designed and well executed touchdown run from six yards away. It shouldn't be ignored that it didn't come until after the offense was able to get some traction. Maybe there isn't a direct parallel there but in a similar position to get the first score the day the coaches called up a bread & butter play instead of something for Easton so maybe they wanted to try and kick start the offense. Could make for a good question on Monday night.
It was a quality overall performance for him in the utilization of his legs. Beyond that, there's not much to say I don't think!