BOULDER — It’s not the warmth. It’s the monotony.
“It’s an assignment (game), and you’ve got to keep doing your job over and over,” Colorado State coach Mike Bobo stated of CU Buffs vs. Air Power a couple of weeks again — particularly, the Air Power half.
“You’ve got to keep tackling the fullback — he’s going to get 3 (yards), he’s going to get 4. You keep hitting him,” continued Bobo, whose Rams face the Falcons, the Buffs’ ultimate nonconference take a look at Saturday at Folsom Subject, and their vaunted choice assault, yearly.
“You keep hitting the quarterback. You keep hitting the pitch (man). You just keep doing it over and over. And realize that they’re going to get first downs. They’re going to move the ball.”
When a triple-option crew hits the home, each little bit of expertise helps. Each little bit of perspective, too. The final time CU defensive coordinator Tyson Summers confronted the Falcons’ assault, it was when he held the identical place as a member of Bobo’s workers in October 2015.
The excellent news? CSU allowed 269 dashing yards that day in a 38-23 win for Bobo and Summers. Which doesn’t sound all that spectacular, till you notice it was to a crew that got here in averaging a whopping 320.eight on the bottom.
“A lot of times, I think what happens to you,” Summers stated after Tuesday morning’s follow, “(is) you get so caught up in the discipline the assignments and the schemes that come with it, that you forget, at the end of the day, that you’ve got to whip a block and you’ve got to be able to take good angles to the ball and you’ve got to gang tackle. And if you can do that, you’ve got a chance to defend against any type of offense.”
This 12 months’s Falcons come north having already galloped for 423 yards and 7 touchdowns on 65 carries of their opener Aug. 31 in opposition to Colgate. They’re coming off a bye week, whereas CU coach Mel Tucker is attempting to get his youngsters to circle the wagons once more after they rallied for a bonkers, 34-31 time beyond regulation victory over Nebraska final Saturday.
This week, that’s meant minimize blocking, stay, at recreation pace, the best way Air Power does when the choice’s buzzing. It meant training the identical job, again and again.
“You really have to lock in and stay focused and just do your assignment that your coaches tell you to do,” famous CU linebacker Alex Tchangam, who notched two sacks in opposition to the Huskers. “It’s just having your eyes at the right spot. … That’s really all you’ve got to do. And chase the ball.”
Simpler stated than executed.
“You can have great athletes,” Bobo stated, “but the way they know what they’re doing, they’re running at a different speed than everybody else.”
Probably the most tough aspect to duplicate in follow is the execution, the timing, the tempo of the Falcons’ sleight-of-hand at a scrimmage tempo. Although Tucker and Summers have confronted comparable schemes from Georgia Tech whereas on the Georgia workers, AFA coach Troy Calhoun’s offense is to a Energy 5 faculty what the Princeton offense is to major-college hoops: a ache within the grass.
“So the mind-set in that game is, ‘All right, they’re going to get (their) yards, OK?’” Bobo stated. “’However we’re not going to surrender the large one. And any likelihood we are able to get them in lengthy yardage, we’ve obtained an opportunity to achieve success. Or if we are able to get a turnover, nice.’”
Summers’ final dance with Air Power resulted in a protection that compelled two turnovers, allowed no passing touchdowns and turned the Falcons away on three of 5 fourth-down alternatives. One other key: limiting explosion performs of 25 yards or extra. Summers’ items that recreation surrendered a 60-yard landing to fullback Shayne Davern late within the first quarter and a 33-yard cross to Davern within the second. CSU didn’t quit a play longer than 38 yards the remainder of the best way, and that got here after the Rams had constructed up a 38-16 lead.