Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Trent Steelman is listed as the starter for the week leading up to North Texas. That is a big relief, since Steelman's shoulder looked pretty bad as he was held out for most of the Hawaii game.

The play of Max Jenkins left nothing to be desired, while he was outrushed and outpassed by Steelman his task was to distribute the ball rather than make plays like Steelman.

The Steelman/Jenkins stat line looks like this.

Player                Rush     Yds     YPC     TD    Long

T. Steelman         13         40       3.1        0       7
M. Jenkins          10         29        2.9        1       7

I don't want to read too much into the comparison, but I do want to point out the strength of Jenkins in that situation. Max ran less, but saw one less snap than Trent (36 to 35). Jenkins had fewer yards, but seemed to give the ball off a little more than Steelman.

Whether it was Jenkins' unwillingness to keep the ball or his plain effectiveness in executing Army's option is beyond my comprehension of the Army option  - but either way it seemed that the offense opened up in the third quarter.

We know the defense did a lot in the 2nd half with the takeovers and getting Hawaii's offense off the field. But I was very impressed with Jenkins performance and results under center.

With that said, Steelman is back... as if there was any doubt.
#8 hasn't missed a start in his college career and he has played through things that I would probably take a few days off of work for (FYI, I'm a librarian).

This will make Steelman's 15th straight start and he will look to get back into rhythm against North Texas's 86th ranked Defense.

The opposition's starting QB Nate Tune is out for the Eagles' trip to West Point, Tune was injured Sat. during UNT's 31-32 loss to Rice.



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