Give Albert Young the Damn Ball Already!
What should Team A do offensively against Team B?
Team A has at its disposal a 3rd year starting senior running back who, by the time he leaves the program, will most likely rank in the Top 5 (and possibly Top 3) on that said school's all-time rushing list. Team A is matched up against Team B, which has one of the worst rushing defense in all of college football, at home. Team A is starting an inexperienced, 1st year redshirt sophomore QB who will be throwing the ball to four freshman receivers.
What's the answer? Here's the incorrect answer (one that played out this past Saturday):
15 rushes by the senior running back, and 7 rushes by his backup (each rush averaging over 6 yards per carry for both backs), for a total of 22 rushes. On the other side of things, 42 passes from the green QB. Negative rushes by the #1 running back? ZERO. Number of sacks taken by the QB? NINE.
Team A, the Iowa Hawkeyes. Team B, the Indiana Hoosiers.
A look at the rushes by Albert Young and Damian Sims vs. the Indiana Hoosiers this past Saturday:
|1st-10, Iowa40||14:54||A. Young rushed to the left for 7 yard gain|
|2nd-12, Iowa48||10:43||A. Young rushed up the middle for 9 yard gain|
|2nd-6, Ind27||8:24||A. Young rushed to the left for 3 yard gain|
|2nd-10, Iowa2||5:38||D. Sims rushed to the left for 1 yard gain|
|1st-10, Iowa14||3:12||D. Sims rushed up the middle for 17 yard gain|
|2nd-2, Iowa39||1:38||D. Sims rushed to the right for 2 yard loss|
|1st-10, Iowa41||8:24||A. Young rushed up the middle for 4 yard gain|
|2nd-6, Iowa45||7:46||A. Young rushed up the middle for 21 yard gain|
|1st-10, Ind34||7:21||A. Young rushed up the middle for 3 yard gain|
|1st-10, Ind24||4:55||A. Young rushed up the middle for 3 yard gain|
|2nd-7, Ind21||4:10||A. Young rushed to the right for 11 yard gain|
|1st-10, Iowa17||13:18||A. Young rushed up the middle for 1 yard gain|
|1st-10, Iowa35||10:41||A. Young rushed up the middle for 9 yard gain|
|2nd-1, Iowa44||10:07||A. Young rushed up the middle for 2 yard gain|
|1st-10, Iowa46||9:44||A. Young rushed to the left for 13 yard gain|
|2nd-10, Ind41||9:10||D. Sims rushed to the right for 12 yard gain. D. Sims fumbled. D. Sims recovered fumble|
|1st-10, Ind16||8:36||D. Sims rushed up the middle for 4 yard gain|
|2nd-6, Ind12||8:00||A. Young rushed to the left for 2 yard gain|
|2nd-10, Iowa23||1:41||D. Sims rushed to the left for 2 yard gain|
|1st-10, Iowa25||14:43||A. Young rushed to the left for 1 yard gain|
|1st-10, Ind41||12:26||D. Sims rushed to the right for 4 yard gain|
|4th-2, Ind33||10:36||A. Young rushed to the right for 6 yard gain|
ALBERT YOUNG WAS NEVER STOPPED ON CONSECUTIVE RUNS.
Look, I know that you have to run to open up the pass... and you have to pass to open up the run. But the fact is this; Indiana was not loading the box. Indiana did not consistently put 7 or 8 in the box to stop the run. Iowa was running at will on Indiana. The Hoosiers could not stop the Iowa running game. So what does Iowa's offensive coordinator, Ken O'Keefe, decide to do? Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass.
Give me a break.
You have a guy in your backfield who is on the verge of becoming one of the Top 3 rushers all-time at the University of Iowa and you don't have the common sense to give him the ball 25-30 times in this game?? Iowa wasn't up against USC's front 7 or Ohio State's front 7. No... They were up against INDIANA'S FRONT SEVEN! Run the damn ball. Give the ball to Albert Young. When you are averaging 6 yards a rush, it doesn't take a mathematician to realize how that calculates into first downs, and ultimately TDs. Yes, Iowa was down in the ballgame, but not down enough to completely abandon the ONLY THING that was working against one of the nation's worst rush defenses in the entire nation.
KEN O'KEEFE, GIVE THE DAMN BALL TO ALBERT YOUNG. ENOUGH OF THIS ALREADY.