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September 11, 2011

Offensive Report Card

Quarterbacks: D+

As someone who was a Chase Retting supporter coming into the season this game was pretty tough to swallow. Rettig finished 10-of-23 for 70 yards and 2 interceptions and was largely ineffective for the entire game.

To put it frankly, Rettig played worse last night than I've seen him play in any game, scrimmage or practice in 2011. The quarterback overthrew most of his passes down the field, and when he went short with the ball there was too much mustard on the pass.

Rettig was pressured quite a bit in the game, but his overall feel for the oncoming pass rush was good. Rettig got rid of the ball on time when he could and stayed in to take a lick from the oncoming pass rusher. It was really just an accuracy issue.

I could sit here and rehash every overthrown pass, but there's not much point in that. All I can say is that I'm confident that is the worst that Rettig will play all year.

Running Backs: B-

Andre Williams rushed 12 times for 59 yards, an average of almost 5 yards per carry. A few of his quality runs were picked up on 2nd-and-long or 3rd-and-long situations on draws, which I have to credit him for running in space rather than the offensive line.

Most people probably had shut off the game by the time the backups came in, but props have to be given to Rolandan Finch for his effort late in the game with the team down 27 points. On a meaningless 3rd-and-15, Finch received a dump off pass from Mike Marscovetra and broke a couple of tackles down the right sideline before coming up just short of the 1st down marker. Even though the game was out of reach, Finch put his body on the line and got extra physical to try and help the team. It was a display of toughness that the team could've used earlier in the game.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: C+

With only 10 combined receptions between the group there isn't a lot to talk about. It should be noted that the receivers were doing a pretty good job of getting open on short patterns, but Rettig was not accurate with his passes.

Johnathan Coleman got skunked in his first start of the season and was only targeted once. On that particular play, Coleman had beaten the cornerback on a fly pattern and had a step or two on him. Unfortunately, Rettig under threw his wideout and the pass was picked off.

Offensive Line: D

There wasn't a lot to like from the offensive line in this game. On numerous occasions UCF was able to get to Rettig with only a 4 man pass rush. The low point of the game came in the 4th quarter, with the Eagles trailing 16-3. After back-to-back 3-and-outs, the offense desperately needed at least a sustained drive to give their defense a blow. On 1st down, Rettig was sacked after UCF got to him with a 4 man pass rush. On 2nd down, UCF came with only a 4 man pass rush again, and the Eagles ran a draw play to try and pick up some yardage back. Once again, the 4 UCF defensive linemen controlled the line and smothered Tahj Kimble at the line. Rettig was left with a tough 3rd-and-18 situation and tossed an interception.

Another frustrating part of the game was that one of UCF's linebackers, Jonathan Davis, was a 5'9" 199 pound linebacker. You'd be hard pressed to find more than a play or two when this small defender was manhandled on a play.

Coaches Play Calling: C-

The play calling obviously wasn't excellent as the 3 points and 141 yards of offense would indicate, but it also wasn't the worse I've ever seen. In fact, I felt like the receivers were in position to make a few plays but the players didn't execute whether it was an overthrown pass, or the offensive line committing a holding penalty when the offense did hit a pass that got them inside the 10 yard line (1st quarter).

In terms of predictability, I didn't find the play calling to be horrible overall. In the 1st half, the Eagles passed on 1st down 3 times, and ran 5 times, which isn't a horrific ratio. In the 2nd half, before the score got beyond two touchdowns, the Eagles had 2 runs and 4 passes on 1st down. So before the game got out of hand BC had an equal pass and run ratio on 1st down.

With personnel packages, Kevin Rogers did a decent job of mixing up running and passing plays. Before the game got out of hand and BC had to throw almost every down, the Eagles ran 26 plays with 11 personnel (1 RB 1 TE) and ran it 10 times and passed it 16. With 12 personnel, BC ran 5 times and passed 4 times. With 22 personnel, Rogers called 3 running plays and no passing plays, which takes me to the big problem I had

My biggest complaint of the play calling was on the opening drive of the 3rd quarter with the Eagles trailing 9-3. The offense had taken the ball down to the UCF 33 yard line and looked headed to at least a field goal drive. On 3rd-and-inches, Rogers called for a quarterback sneak. I have no problem with the call, but why was Rettig running behind Nate Richman, who was having a really tough game? I know Richman is thought of as the leader of the line, but I thought Ian White has been the best run blocker so far this season. Regardless, the Eagles were left with 4th-and-inches and came onto the field with 22 personnel (2 RB, 2 TE) in a bunched formation. UCF countered with 8 in the box, and a safety creeping up into the box. I just don't understand why a running play was called in that spot. The offensive line had been losing the battle at the line of scrimmage all night, and with 8 in the box it seemed like a good time to get Chris Pantale in motion and matched up with a linebacker on the outside for a short pass.

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