Running Man Chronicles: MSU
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 in the NFL lead to many injuries that "pocket passers" may not experience. I can count on one hand the number of running quarterbacks that have succeeded for many years without serious injury over the last 20 years in the NFL. Sure Stick could be the exception but I'm not ready to count on that and don't think you should count on that either. Think as you wish, but that's my recommendation.
The challenge I'm going to give myself is to go game by game, watching whether his runs seem to be a part of the designed offense or because it's still a basic instinct & primary facet of his game. At the end of the season maybe it will help shed some more light on our quarterback as a pro prospect.
When the backs are going like they did today, not much else is required. More thought may change my mind later, but I don't think so. As the game concludes I think that this was the best recipe of play execution of the season. The only way it could have been better is with a few more passes & more completions but again, the running backs were all that was needed so holding the ball to pass would have just opened him up to more unnecessary hits.
It doesn't give much fodder for blogging but I'll gladly trade a long post in for a great performance & an intention toward keeping him healthy!