Thursday, December 11, 2008

Angus Quigley

So as you all know by now the staff is experimenting with Angus at linebacker (presumably OLB). Quite obviously, he has all the physical requirements and from the looks of things, he doesn't shy away from contact. Given all this and his penchant for fumbling a switch over the defense to take advantage of his athleticism seems very logical.

But I have to ask why we can't just teach him to hold onto the damn ball? He's got the size, speed, vision and mentality to be a perfect between the tackles, fall-forward kind of guy. Jake will obviously be the incumbent, but unless we're 100% sure Crawford can fill this role in complimentary fashion, this seems like a risk. Even more than that, a move to the other side of the ball, let alone one as assignment heavy as OLB seems like an extremely tough move to make.

I can absolutely see this working from a physical standpoint and he generally looks alright on special teams, but I'm not nearly as convinced as everyone else seems to be.

What are your thoughts?


Robo Boogie said...

Keep him in the backfield and give the brotha a chance.

Hiphopopotamus said...

I didn't even mention it, but this seems like a real risk with the depth at RB. Assuming Ransburg qualifies and depending on who else steps in from the new class, there's certainly a chance at some depth. But as we know it now, it's pretty much Jake, Jocques and Angus.

Anonymous said...

I like it after seeing how much our lack of speed at LB (I'm talking to you Rivera and Mortensen) hurt us this year I like the switch. I think the main reason Jocques is struggling is the adjustment between JuCo ball and D1, which I anticipate will be fully rectified by August (unless he wants to go down as one of the biggest busts in KU history).

Hiphopopotamus said...

Like I said, I love it physically. But we're not NFL scouts obsessing over Combine results here. And the only possible reason we have to believe this will work is his size and speed. Which, granted, are two pretty good reasons. But to be an effective OLB, especially against all these spreads, he'll have to use his head as much as his skill and I think there are a lot of questions there.

Anonymous said...

He can easily jump back on the offensive side of the ball if we need him to. He knows the offense well enough I'm guessing.