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He is hands down the best back on the team. He has a different gear when he hits the hole. If we want our running game to improve he has to have the ball. Without a consistent running game every game will be a nail biter. Everett is not gonna beat you throwing the ball. Be ready for another close game this Saturday if we can't run the ball
With Theo, GAIII and Cierre, I don't really think it matters who the starter is. Theo is a better receiver out of the backfield (great catch late in the game Saturday) and probably is a better blocker. He is a little more physical as well.
That being said, I do think Cierre needs more touches. It seems like he gains 7-8 yards on a carry then immediately goes to the sidelines. I would like to seem him in there for a whole series and feed him the ball. Then they can bring in Theo for a series or situational. I think all three are capable of running for 100 yards per game but BK is keeping fresh legs for the 4th Q.
so far the RB rotation is working as when each RB gets the ball he runs as if it is his last carry. We are also wearing down the opponents and we seem to get stronger as the game gets longer.
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Cierre is still in the doghouse with BK in my opinion. He will continue to get more touches as the year goes on and as the 2 game suspension disappears in the rearview after each game.
Fitzi, sorry, but I disagree. IMO and I believe after last Saturday, the cear choice is Theo Riddick. And I think the gap is widening.
Their are many jobs to consider with our RB that they can grade. Running inside, running outside, catching the different types of passes out of the backfield, and the most overlooked one, PASS BLOCKING.
Running inside: while a close race b/w he and Wood, I'll give the nod to Riddick. Most players on OUR team(Nix, Teo, Shembo) say Theo is the hardest to tackle. He slithers through tight areas and takes on big hits and falls forward and NEVER fumbles. PLus, he is our bluezone(inside the 8) back.
Running Outside: Three way tie, maybe a photo finish with GA III winning.
PAss catching: Whether it be a bubble route, a check down to the flat, or something out of the slot when he motions there, Theo is the most reliable. The 3rd and 8 in OT is just one example.
Pass blocking: Basically, Theo is fabulous and the other two, God love 'em, are useless. GAIII wont ever be in there for this(the ultimate indicator) and Wood doing his 'throw a right shoulder at someone and watch him slip by' is glaring to me. Riddick blocks like a 225 pound back. Square to you, stones you, and stays with you. Watch the OT TD from Rees to Jones.
IMO THIS is why we dont see "more" Cierre Wood.
We must have been watching different games. Riddick has no shiftiness, no second gear and his ability to lose out on big runs because he falls over his own feet are starting to rival Armondo Allen. Goes down on first contact way too much and was inexistent on pass coverage. His only gret play was bailing Rees out on that wheel route.
Wood is by far the better running option.
Theo leads the team in receptions and runs more physical.
I think Wood is the better RB but it's poor timing to say so after the game Riddick just had.
All our RBs have strengths and weaknesses . . . but Riddick is the man. He gives 110% on every play, every assignment. GAIII has enormous potential and will continue to bloom. Wood is full of guts and drive, and appears to grow with each passing quarter every week.
Keep 'em all!
Then, when you need more, bring in Cam.
Riddick often turns a 2yd run into 3.5 just by falling forward, lunging, finding room to get one more step. It makes a big difference. They are all very good. Next year, when Riddick is gone, we will add Carlisle and Mahone to Cam McDaniel and Atkinson. They guy who can catch and block will get a lot of carries. Its not a foregone conclusion that Wood leaves either.
I'm not so sure the option to return is up to Wood.
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Very true. Both psdo51 and IFR are dead on in the "not a foregone conclusion" EITHER WAY.
My guess is the "decision" will be easier in 2 months.
Beeds7, with respect, all I can say is WOW.
That's exactly how I see it.
Riddick as a RB is not a game breaker; nor is he the type of back who can get you yards when you need them or bust a big one when you least expect it. He occasionally can fall forward for the first down but more often than not if you need four yards he'll get you two whereas Cierre will get you eight.
He's a good blocker but I haven't seen Wood whiff on a block since his sophomore year either. And he drops a decent number of screens too--I'd guess he has more drops than Wood percentage-wise.
That's not to say that I don't like Riddick--I love him and his enthusiasm--I just think Cierre is a better back by far and it baffles me that people could say that Riddick is better and should never be off the field... Literally baffles me.
Lo siento. I disagree. Humbly.
This post was edited by IFR 21 months ago
Well, Cierre is better at running the ball.
That is very clear to me.
Theo runs tough. OK, he puts his head down and plows ahead. But Cierre will get you 3-4 more yards on the same carry. He just does.
Theo is the better receiver. He better be. He played slot receiver for the last two years.
I call them even in pass blocking. Haven't seen great things from either in this category. Not like a Jonas Gray.
So, pick your strengths for the play at hand. But Cierre needs more touches, IMHO.
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if given the same number of touches, right now i'd say that cam mcdaniel is the best (especially inside) runner we have. and we ARE running the ball more and much better than i could hope for this year. what helps here is harry heistand, who along with bk finally woke up and decided the OL could block better out of the three point than standing up in the two......
Run the ball.
Stop the run.
You win, or lose, up front.
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I really have no way of knowing where you get this.
We haven't seen Wood more b/c he is in the dog house. His pass blocking is fine. He was in the backfield most of last year and picked up a ton of blitzes, only when Braxton Cave got hurt did our QB get touched.
Outside running a "tie", what? GAIII wins (sans photo), and Cierre is far more explosive than Riddick.
Look at the facts Cierre avgs 5.9 yards per carry vs Riddick at 3.8, that is a 2+ yard per carry discrepancy.
Riddick is a better receiver which is why he is used in the slot, but Cierre had 27 receptions last year and is serviceable.
Total rushing yards means nothing as Wood was suspended for the first two games and yanked early in a 3rd game.
This post was edited by kking 21 months ago
Cierre is our best back and its not even close. I was wondering the same thing the past two weeks... whatever Cierre did, it must go beyond the two game suspension. One can only hope that by the time Oklahoma rolls around, Cierre is receiving at least 75% of the carries.
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