Author Archives: Paul Wadlington

Holton Hill, Cautionary Tale

Holton Hill (Will Gallagher/IT)

Cautionary tales have been with us since Man first started communicating as tribal hunter gatherers and Ooo-ga The Prideful boasted that he’d show everyone that cave bears are probably just large marmots. A story Eric Nahlin’s wife has repeatedly implored me to remind him of every time he announces to the family that he has mastered electricity with the power of his mind and tries to entice it from a power outlet with a paper clip.

Spring Game Quick Reaction: Defense/Special Teams

Jamari Chisholm, Breckyn Hager (Will Gallagher/IT)

If you thought the offense struggled, imagine if the defensive front 7 hadn’t been split up by the Spring game draft format. Roach, Omenihu and Hager sharing the same pass rushing space is a daunting proposition for a lot of offenses. Particularly when all three can credibly line up at multiple positions and come in unexpected ways.

Spring Game Quick Reaction: Offense

Chris Brown and Toneil Carter (Will Gallagher/IT)

I jotted a few notes and put the broadcast team on mute after Mack Brown made his fourth canned reference to Texas fans being needy and meddlesome and Rod Gilmore offered that a NFL team should draft Dickson in the late 1st or early 2nd round. Lowell Galindo was also there, depending on the camera angle.

The Indispensables: Offense

Sam Ehlinger (Will Gallagher/IT)

I covered the Indispensable premise earlier with the defense.

An Indispensable is defined by the distance between the starter and their replacement within the context of the overall value to the offense. So crowning Gary Johnson King of the Defensive Indispensables wasn’t very hard. He’s a very good player who is primary to the defensive scheme and the replacement quality behind him is a marked drop

Evaluating Football Athletes Part V: Two Different Paths to Freak

Malcolm Williams

The Evaluating Football Athletes series illustrates the physical attributes competent evaluators should be looking to feed into their development process. It’s also a caution to focus on what players CAN BE. Film can be self-evident – it doesn’t take many clips of Adrian Peterson or Shaun Rogers in high school to understand what you’re seeing – but they’re exceptional athletes with floors already higher at age 18 than most athlete’s ceilings at age 25. That’s why you recruit them.