Final thoughts after the Maryland game

Posted: September 9, 2014 in Football

The dust has settled and the Bulls are preparing for NC State on Saturday. As they make their preparations for the Wolfpack, I had a few final thoughts to close out the Maryland game and how it will effect the team moving forward.

Offense has a long way to go – Things are getting there for this young team, but if they want to win more games, the offense has to get so much better. The run game had issues and couldn’t get going against a team that had given up over 150 yards against James Madison. The receivers were decent out on the field but they missed Andre Davis and his ability. The quarterbacks were off and losing Mike White after just one play hurt as well. Overall, the offense has to be more consistent and execute a lot better moving forward if the Bulls want to stand a chance in the following games.

Quarterback play has to get better – White was shaky in the first game of the year and when Steven Bench came into this game, he struggled to make his reads quickly and struggled. Now it’s hard to point a lot of blame on Bench. He was thrown into the fire, hadn’t had the snaps with the first team offense during the week, and was missing Andre Davis. Yet, he still needs to play better moving forward and the same goes to White. If the offense is going to get it together, it all starts with the man under center. Both quarterbacks have to get better or it will be a long year again.

Fix special teams – What a mess. Alex Salvato is the new long snapper and the snap for the Marvin Kloss field goal and the bad snap to Mattias Ciabatti that went for the game deciding touchdown were awful. In his press conference yesterday, Coach Taggart called out the unit and said he will evaluate everything to find the right players to play special teams. The unit was pretty bad and there are a lot of things to fix moving forward. This team has a good punter and a world class kicker, they just have to figure out how to snap the ball cleanly and help block to keep them both clean throughout the game.

Feed Mack – Marlon Mack had 22 touches and totaled 73 yards. D’Ernest Johnson had just 3 carries and Darius Tice had 5 carries, both barely gaining a handful of yards. While Coach Taggart will say its a running back by committee approach, Mack continues to make his way as the go-to back for the team. I would think he will continue to get the bulk of the carries moving forward unless he begins to cough up the ball or another back gets big yards. Mack is a talented player and for the struggling offense, they need to give to the young man and let him get the yards and help keep the ball with the Bulls.

Turnovers are fun – The Bulls struggled on defense in week one but man, what a turn around in this game. 6 turnovers, 2 interceptions, a defensive score, all great signs against a very talented offense in Maryland that spread the field again. The Bulls have a lot of young talent and it seems they are making the adjustments that are needed. Coach Bresnahan had his unit ready for Maryland it shows they can adjust and get better as the year goes on.

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