Tonight was the first Chuck Martin Radio show of the 2008 season. And… it’s our first blog post since the signing class waaaaaayyyy back in February. It’s been a long time but just because the front page has been silent, the forum is definitely buzzing and so is the coding behind the scenes to bring some new features to this year. We’ll get to more of that later.
The Chuck Martin Show is broadcasted live from Main Street Pub every Thursday night during the season between 6 and 7 pm. People not in the Allendale area can tune in to 1230 AM every week to here Steve Lloyd Jones and Dick Nelson quiz Chuck Martin on last weeks game and this weeks opponent. Dick Nelson also includes a segment called “Going Deep with Dick Nelson” to recap the rivalry with the upcoming team.
Bold lines are Steve/Dick. Non-Bold lines are Chuck Martin.
I didn’t make it to Main St. until about 10 minutes into the show so Chuck was already in the middle of discussing the offensive positions at that time. Here is what I caught from tonights show:
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Tight End: Both Blasko and Matthews both had great camps and should play a major role in our offense this year.
Wide Reciever: Koster and Bass are returning and will both need to step up to show leadership as the season progresses. Behind that there is lots of talent but no one is ready to start.
Will we see more Smolen? Yes and no. I think we played him a fair amount last year but he will basically every everywhere (except TE but only be he can’t block).
Running Back: Blake, Gates (only newcomer that is ready), Kimble, and Gay. They all have lots of talent and will make plays if they are given holes.
Quarterback: Iciek: smart, expecting big things (both ways), makes coaching easy, sees the same things that the staff sees, etc. Behind him, Eastman and Somerville both had good camps and will provide depth.
Budweiser Hot Seat: Who is the worst golfer on your staff? *thinking* I would have to say Barnett but that is only a guess based on the reaction he gives to “Do you want to go golfing?”
Defensive Line: Skuta is doing very good and will make lots of plays. Richard is darn good. The two of them are probably the most dynamic duo in D2. Behind them we have some depth if we can stay healthy. Travis and Lawrence will start on the ends. Gilde and the transfer from Cinncinati (name?) will alternate at nose. Loosing Beaty Carruth and Adams was hard but we have some talent coming. Howard will start and it might be scary but he has the talent. Wojo will be the backup for him. Anderson will take Kirk’s spot and had the best camp of anyone on the team. With Bueke and Flutur behind him. At corner, Huley (Juco kid from IL) will start and had a great camp. Either he is really good or our WR’s will have problems because he was dominating them. Most definitely a play maker. Darden will back him up with Carlisle and Edwards on the other side. Parte might play some here as well. We have both our safeties back and will expect big things from Samad and Jake. Breen and Baker are right behind them with some good local talent.
Going Deep with Dick Nelson - Mobile QB
- more movement expected
- using the spread O, you need a QB that can read the keys. Anes was very mobile and good with the keys in his junior year but after the knee problems was not as good at this.
- Iciek isn’t much of a runner that we had with Cullen but keys are more important than the running.
- In the past, was the coach scared to run or could they not truly run? Maybe both but with the formation they were trained to drop back and pass. That doesn’t mean some were not good runners though.
- When did this become popular in the GLIAC? In the late 90s. Brian Kelly brought the spread in 2001 after having a slow start for a few years after the 1999 decision to start a group of freshmen.
Indianapolis has already played this season with a 40-14 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan. Concerned? That does give them a slight advantage because they had a chance to figure out what the new kids can and can not do but it is not much and we aren’t worried.
Indy’s coach has basically grown up in the GLIAC and had been in his position for 15 years - does this help? yes experience always helps and especially in the same place for so long.
They seem to have a pair of good RB’s - prepared? They have Jenkins (who we saw two years ago) and Campbell. Jenkins is a big physical runner who had 1000+ yards in 2006. Campbell isn’t so sure of himself and sometimes runs away from the action. Last week, they had 413 yds but that could be the fault of bad defense. They are a good team that always seems to be on the cusp but normally have one bad loss and end up around 500.
Definitely ready for the season to start with the ‘Saturday Nights under the Lights’ at Lubbers Stadium. Anyone who has been there knows how it feels. The fans are there early and stay late.
Turf Building? Very nice facility that we are lucky to have and it was very nice today when it was raining. As we were leaving, the baseball team was coming in to practice but the facility is not just for the varsity sports as classes and intramurals will also be held there. It will really benefit the student body as a whole.
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During the show, I took some random notes of other things that I overheard and found note worthy.
- The team is very good on paper and has the talent and depth
- The OL has some great players but no experience
- Indy? They play a running game but shouldn’t be a problem. they were 8th in the GLIAC poll and their DB’s suck. expect lots of players to see the field.
- Gilde will be swapping with gawronski. He had an awesome camp and just keeping coming and coming.
Until next week…