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Coach V’s Grades – Kansas State

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Our offense consisted of several big time individual efforts mixed with a bunch of “let’s try this” along the way. That’s what you get when your chief play-caller has too many hats to wear. This offense is in dire need of a leader that has both the time and desire to grow and develop a well oiled machine. The flea-flicker from the 20 worked for a td—the reverse from goal to goal 6 captured a loss and a penalty. Neither is a high percentage strategy and speaks volumes for our current situation. Here are the grades:

1—Burt—borderline

2—Johnson—pass

6—Duvernay—pass+

9—Johnson—pass+

11—Ehlinger—-pass+

13—Eagles—pass

18—Wiley—borderline

26—Ingram—pass+

52—Cosmi—pass

56—Shackelford—pass

68—Kerstetter—pass

73—Braun—pass

75—Angilau—pass

78—Okafor—pass

81—Leitao—borderline

83—Woodard—pass

85—Epps—pass

Okafor (78) was big hit or big miss at RT. He had several quality run blocks but also whiffed on a couple of stunts.

Braun (73) had a bunch of good plays and a bad decision penalty.

Cosmi (52) had a very average game for him. Two penalty hurt and he didn’t finish three blocks which is unusual for him.

Shack (56) had a good game overall. He had three big time blocks but lost contact on several more.

Kerstetter (68) probably had the best game overall. He had success at both RT and then RG. He has had a really sweet year so far.

Leitao (81) and Wiley (18) did not have good games. With a full time OC I doubt we would have played either TE very much. It’ s a shame the head man can’t run any offense without a TE because these two are not among our best 11 offensive players, which is how they describe we will play the game—you know, best 11 plays. I call BS.

Johnson (9) had a good game but did miss-align on the GL where we scored but Johnson made 5 in the backfield. Another fine example of our attention to detail with this staff. You know, accountability matters. I call another BS.

Duvernay (6) is the most dependable weapon we have on offense. Why don’t we have more packages for Devin? Never mind.

Ehlinger (11) played well period. He did underthrow on his interception but of his bullets were on target. He ran the ball with conviction.

Johnson (2) had one “hold your breath” carry were he hurdled a diving defender. This guy is a player. Blocking, receiving, and knowledge rates super high. Who wouldn’t thunk a high school QB would have saved our bacon in as many ways as Roschon has?

Ingram (26) is the player of the game. It’s fun to watch him play when he’s healthy. He has had a tough year in the pass receiving department. He lost contact with Sam again yesterday.

This is one sad collection of sharp arrows in a very narrow minded quiver. The kids deserve better. So do the fans.


It took exactly three plays for our dab signal caller to put his imprint on the game. True to form on third and eight our dab dialed up a dumb-ass-blitz (dab from here forward) which spotted the cats an uncontested seventy yards and seven points. Anyone else wonder if the RB was just out to practice early or did we actually have a defender (40) assigned coverage. Some might think we work on these things but do we really teach a damn thing once we call one of our well protected all-out blitzes. By the way, you cold have fooled me if you answered (yes) we cover every possibility.

Here are the grades:

3—Green—borderline

4—Cook—borderline

5—Jamison—pass

6—Mitchell—borderline

7—Sterns—pass

19—Jones—pass

25—Foster—pass

32—Roach—pass

39—Estell—borderline

40—Adeoye—borderline

42—Bimage—pass

46—Ossai—borderline

49—Graham—pass

93—Sweat—pass+

98—Ojomo—pass+

99—Coburn—pass

We just don’t play well coached. We have had nine games and the same mistakes are still being committed by the same cast of characters. The three big guys (93, 98, and 99) make fewer mistakes and grade better than any other position group on defense. The three DE’s (32, 49, and 42) play well against the run but struggle maintaining integrity in rushing lanes due to the lack of scheme coordination.

The LB’s (40 and 6) lack aggressive attacks on blocking scheme (they stand still too long). They take the poorest angles known to man (watch 40 on the second play) and his read on the third play is typical. This group is not well versed in fundamental linebacker play, they don’t understand scraping nor active participation in underneath coverage. Neither is a smart blitzer—both have sacks but the percentage is bad..

(46) is absolutely out of position. He is a classic “box” player with accent on edge fundamentals. He did not play well yesterday in space nor as a DE in a 4 man line. He needs a coach. (50) played one game a while back and flashed good things along with the typical mistakes but the effort to play with passion and emotion was evident.

The corners (3, 4, 5, and 38) have been reduced to playing with tremendous “cushion” until yesterday when we finally decided to play the damn game up in the WR faces. All four corners give up contain too easily on the screens. They don’t attempt to beat the outside shoulder of the WR—they get “hooked” much to often. It’s been pretty obvious that this group doesn’t play the ball in the air very well. Wonder if their practice time consists of one half cushioning and a lengthy session of delayed corner stunts.

The safeties (7, 15, 19, 25, 31, and 39 ) all have tackling issues to go along with poor angles and busted assignments. One might believe this should be our strongest position group since we play 3 on most downs but the fact of the matter is this group usually grades out poorly as a whole. They are called on to be big blitzers but seldom make it on time to hit the QB. They absolutely don’t understand rushing lanes (often running into the back of another blitzer.)

We don’t play smart enough to be considered a good defense. We are not consistent enough to dominate any offense. We make too many mistakes and busted coverages to be very sound. We probably lead the big 12 in missed tackles. We aren’t getting our share of turnovers. We must lead the conference in unsound alignments.

I have a hard time understanding how all these 4 and 5 stars could be as poorly organized and developed and yet I’m seeing it with my own two eyes and it never seems to change. The kids deserve better. It’s worse than sad.