The GSU Fritz Option
I just got back from the GSU scrimmage, the first real look at what is to come for Georgia Southern Football. First impression tell a lot about a team.
1. The team looked in great shape, fit, strong and fast.
2. They were disciplined, well organized and focused on playing their best.
3. They were respectful and attentive to their coaches, each other, and the officials on the field. No showboating.
These are little things, but if not instilled in players now will become big things later on in big games.
The sixty four thousand dollar question is what kind of offence will GSU have? The answer to this question was load and clear. GSU is running the football. About Seventy percent of the plays were runs, and all started with the quarterback receiving the ball in the shotgun West Coast spread formation. This way of running the ball is different from the Triple Option were the quarterback receives the ball from under the center to start the play. I wrote a blog outlining the differences in these two styles of offense, titled “What is the Triple Option”. I invite you to go an read it.
It does not matter how we run the ball. It is how successful we are at running the ball that counts. Do we have the players that can do it? Here is what I saw.
1. Quarterback Kevin Ellison is for real. The Florida game that I went to was not a one time wonder. He is going to be a force to be reckoned with. He can run and pass and makes quick and right decisions to get more yards out of each play. He is a true option style quarterback. We also have plenty of solid back-up talent at the quarterback position.
2. We have a flock of Eagle running backs that are fast, quick thinking, and both powerful runners and great open field weavers through defenders. Notable was Ken Thomas a junior college transfer.
3. Passing the ball was the biggest plus that I saw at the scrimmage. It was evident that coach Fritz and his staff know how to teach good passing skills. The passes that were attempted were well thrown, well timed, and on their mark, so they could be caught by the offensive player, even with tight defensive coverage. This was the best passing I have seen from GSU in many years.
We have a long way to go before the North Carolina game, but I think I saw and old man sitting way up in the new second tier seats with a t-shirt that said “GATA”. He was smiling at what he saw. Go Eagles!
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