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The best thing about the first game of the year is that it's like unwrapping a present. You may have some idea about what it is, but you still want to get a close look and check it out.
One thing I am looking for is the growth of Bryan Harsin, especially as a play caller. He had a lot on his plate last year. Not only was he installing a brand new offense, but he was doing it with a new team, working with new coaches, and calling plays without Petersen to lean on. Add to that the QB merry-go-round, shaky OL, and RB and WR injuries, and he was under a lot of pressure.
A lot of those issues should be out of the way now. He has an offense loaded with playmakers, and may actually be able to use less trickery to accomplish what he wants to do.
At any rate, I want to see how committed he can be to the running game at crunch time, and how he handles play calling in the red zone.
Having someone hand me a ticket Saturday.
"I've heard some of our fans say, 'We were always an SEC school. We just didn't know it," athletic director Bill Byrne said.
Good luck with that.
As long as they're not law enforcement.
I want to see a dominating run game leading to explosive play-action plays. I also want to see Edmond decleat somebody.
I want to see how David Ash manages the game. I'd like to see him run through his progressions, not lock on to one receiver or throw it away when nothing is there.
He's still the key to this season.
After the game is over when all the co-eds are hammered. Like shooting fish in a barrel.
As long as you have your priorities straight.
I wanna see Ash get better too. But I'm also calling it that Gray takes one to the house from 40+ yards out, so I'm ready to see that.
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