Na Koa Lunch Report (9/27/10)
Receivers coach and the innovator of the “run and shoot offense” Mouse Davis was the speaker at the Na Koa lunch at the Willows Restaurant on September 27th. The always entertaining Davis had the audience in stitches as he talked about the team and showed video highlights of the Charleston Southern game.
Coach Davis gave an overview of how the offense has performed over the first part of the season. The offense didn’t start well against USC, but eventually settled down and started making plays. We started very well against Army, but didn’t have the ball in the second half. Fortunately we were able to get the ball back and executed well with only seconds left to score the game winning field goal. The offense didn’t execute well against Colorado. Against Charleston Southern, we got it going and played well throughout the game.
The offense can’t be stopped if it’s executed well. We can move the ball against anyone if we execute. Coach Davis said Bryant Moniz is doing very well. He has a very good feel for the offense, has a quick release, is accurate and has a good arm. He also has very quick feet and can cause a lot of problems for defenses when he runs out of the pocket.
Davis said they were not sure how long Rodney Bradley would be out with his hamstring injury. While he had not heard about the status of Hogan Rosehill’s knee injury, based on what he saw Davis thought Rosehill might be out for a long time.
The defense had a number of specific goals that they wanted to achieve in the game. Among the goals were to time blitzes better and to be able to “rally up” and make a stand after a sudden change on a turnover. Davis jokingly said he told defensive coordinator Dave Aranda that they (the offense) were trying to “help the defense get better” when they threw the interceptions.
Corey Paredes is second in country in tackles. He is a leader and the most consistent linebacker. He has good quickness and a nose for the ball. Davis showed several plays where Paredes made the tackle. The first play showed Paredes stepping into a hole very quickly, beating the blocker and making a tackle for a loss. The second play showed his quickness to the sideline as he made the tackle for a very short gain on a sweep.
Davis showed defensive back Louis Walker timing his blitz well and causing the quarterback to fumble. On Jeremy Bryant’s interception, Davis showed that he made a very good break on the pass to make the interception.
Davis said Richard Torres is a very bright and tough safety. He showed the play in which Torres broke up a fourth down pass by rocking the tight end very hard just as he tried to catch the pass.
Aaron Brown is a playmaker. Coach Davis showed several of Brown’s plays. He used good inside out pursuit on sweep that he stopped for short yardage. Brown timed his blitzes well and got to the quarterback.
Coach Davis also showed Jake Huen timing his blitz well and teaming with Siaki Cravens who beat his blocker combining for a sack.
John Hardy-Tuliau is a very good special team player and is doing well as a defensive back. Davis showed the play when Hardy-Tuliau blitzed, batted down a pitch and recovered the ball.
The shuffle screen pass worked well several times because Moniz “sold the play well” before pitching it to the running backs. The plays were blocked very well by the O-line giving running backs lots of running room.
At times Charleston Southern rushed only three and we had a lot of time to find the open receivers. Other times they played man and rushed six.
Kealoha Pilares has really built himself into a good receiver. An NFL scout was in town last week to check out Pilares and Greg Salas.
Pilares’ first touchdown came on an option route out of a balanced formation. The wide receiver on Pilares’ side ran a hitch. Pilares had the option to run a post, corner or hook depending on the coverage. He ran a post and Moniz read it well and delivered the ball to him on time.
Billy Ray Stutzman’s touchdown reception came on a switch corner route out of balanced formation. Stutzman ran a seam route, while Pilares ran a wheel hitch giving Stutzman the chance to get open on the corner move.
Pilares’ second touchdown came out of trips right with Pilares being the inside slot. The wide receiver ran a square in, while Salas ran a flat patter toward the sideline. Salas was wide open and Coach Davis said he was yelling “flat, flat, flat” up in the booth. But Moniz was “smarter” than me (Davis) and hit Pilares who was open on a corner route in the end zone.
On Salas’ flee flicker touchdown, Davis focused on Moniz and showed that he threw a perfect pass under a lot of pressure and was hit as he threw the ball.
Salas’ second touchdown came out of trips right on the run and shoot staple play Z Go. Salas ran the seam read route, cutting the route off and across. Moniz read it right and got the ball to Salas in full stride, giving Salas the opportunity to turn it into a big play.
Moniz’s scramble run to the one yard line came on a trips left, divide route play. The two slots ran a divide route and the slot coming across the field was open. But Moniz felt some pressure and ran.
Davis said Alex Dunnachie reminds him a lot of Mat McBrier who was the punter when Davis coached at Hawaii previously. Dunnachie can play in the NFL.
They are asking for rule clarification on the chop block penalty called on a wing blocker on an extra point play. Davis said he has never seen that penalty called on a wing blocker.
Louisiana Tech has good athletes and will be a tough challenge. Even though they have a new head coach, the defensive coordinator remained. So they have experience in defending against our offense.
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