Regarding new Offensive Coordinator Robert Matthews:
The number one reason he was hired was his knowledge of offensive football.
Calling around the southeast, Matthews was highly thought of by other college coaches.
He has a lot of leadership qualities, which is important in a coordinator to get the staff on the same page.
He’s a hard nose coach. We will be in the spread, but we’ll still be a physical running team.
He was hired for his offensive mind, however he is a great recruiter. Some position coaches might get hired for their recruiting ability over their coaching ability, but you can’t do that with a coordinator. In this case, Matthew’s track record as a recruiter was just a huge bonus.
On running the spread:
We’re going to throw it more, but we will not be completely pass happy.
We will be very multiple.
We’ll have TE packages and we’ll be in 2-back quite a bit.
Brandon Ross can really block as well as being such a good RB.
As for the transition to the spread, Coach Jones feels our players are well suited for the spread, so there shouldn’t be problem from a personnel standpoint.
The spread fits CJ well, as he gets the ball out quickly.
TJ Glover and Anthony Ingram should thrive getting the ball out in the flats.
The spread takes a little pressure off the OL because it’s not asking them to knock their guy off the ball every play.
On running the I-Formation the past three seasons:
He wanted to establish the mentality of our football team as a physical football team.
It made our defense tougher in practice.
We had good personnel for the I - RBs, FBs, etc.
Junior College transfers:
We’re probably done with the mid-year enrollees, but we may sign one or two more JC transfers in the spring.
He mentioned looking for a big DE.
(There are also whispers out there of a junior college OL already committed, but it’s very, very hush-hush.)
Next year, our first year of DI football, will probably be the TOUGHEST YEAR IN THE HISTORY OF OUR PROGRAM (up to this point and in the years that follow).