Saturday, September 20, 2008

Grading the No. 25 'Dogs (2-1) at Toledo (1-2)

Quarterbacks: B
Brandstater got stronger as the game wore on, completing his final 10 passes and was 22 of 28 with 4 passing TDs and 1 rushing.

Running Backs: B-
Overtime dominance bumps them up; Harding emerges with 31-yard TD run, but also fumbled, as did Miller.

Receivers: A-
Came through with limited downfield opportunities coaches allowed them; Ajirotutu established himself as go-to guy and Moore finally made some plays. Pascoe and Kinter big as well with TDs. West was a blocking beast.

Offensive Line: C
Cunningham still seems to be hurting team with lack of quickness and team is allowing tons of pressure on Brandstater; allowed a couple more passes to be batted early.

Defensive Line: D+
Pass rush almost non-existent, though Harrell came up with huge pressure on final play. Allowed a plethora of rushing yards with no containment by the ends. Not have injured Monga and Banks was almost the downbringing.

Linebackers: C
Plummer's and Herron's tackling was pathetic, though Herron jumped in front of final pass to clinch win. Jacobs is quickly becoming one of the best in school history against the run, still has work to do in passing game.

Defensive Backs: B+
Missed some tackles, but Harris had big hit and Jorde had 11 tackles. Haynes hardly played.

Special Teams: C+
No excuse for Baxter not having team better prepared (in position to retrieve 10-yard kick) for tricky onside kick. Also allowed fake punt early. Moore improved on his pointing to the ball on punt returns but is still doing absolutely zero back there. Jefferson burst into kick return form. Goessling rebounded nicely and would have likely made 58-yard game-winning attempt from the other hash.

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