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by fourthandshort
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Football
Topic: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2140

Re: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...

Some more about our defense with 2018 results vs 2019 prospects ... Below is current NCAA FCS total defense stat rankings as of this week. We rank 13th in total yards per game and 6th in total yards per play ... 6th !! But you have to adjust this judgmentally for SOS consideration. We play a top 10 ...
by fourthandshort
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Football
Topic: ISU adds Blackman...
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Re: ISU adds Blackman...

I already responded to this news on the other thread, but agree this deserves its own thread .. here is my same response: *********************************** No mention of timing for Cole Blackman's transfer ... but given timing, I assume and hope he is here for spring term and ball .... got to get ...
by fourthandshort
Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Football
Topic: FCS coaching changes ... couple big ones
Replies: 71
Views: 4839

Re: FCS coaching changes ... couple big ones

Hey BisonLaw .. welcome to Redbird Nation ...thanks for chiming in !! First of all, good luck this weekend ... EWU will need a near perfect game to beat you guys, but I don't see it happening unless they play very well and some fluke things happen. Otherwise, I see NDSU by 2+ TDs. As you can see ab...
by fourthandshort
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Football
Topic: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2140

Re: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...

No mention of timing for Cole Blackman's transfer ... but given timing, I assume and hope he is here for spring term and ball .... got to get acclimated asap. Many FBS transfers struggle to acclimate immediately, even most of the good ones. Saw his HS tape ... he has good hands, good enough routes, ...
by fourthandshort
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Football
Topic: FCS coaching changes ... couple big ones
Replies: 71
Views: 4839

Re: FCS coaching changes ... couple big ones

Hey BisonLaw .. welcome to Redbird Nation ...thanks for chiming in !! First of all, good luck this weekend ... EWU will need a near perfect game to beat you guys, but I don't see it happening unless they play very well and some fluke things happen. Otherwise, I see NDSU by 2+ TDs. As you can see abo...
by fourthandshort
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Football
Topic: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2140

Re: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...

So for our Redbirds Defense in 2019, got some numbers that will be very encouraging. Of our top 24 tacklers (any >=10 tackles), only 3 are not returning: LB Mathews (1st with 90), Safety Brees (7th with 46), and back up DE Swaine (14th with 25) ... they will be missed, but man we got a lot coming ba...
by fourthandshort
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Football
Topic: Happy New Year!
Replies: 5
Views: 287

Re: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and fulfilling resolutions to all. Especially to you two who've posted above, two who keep the football board a fun and friendly and informative place to post, along with a few other good sports. Same to you Madbird and everyone else who contributes to this forum .. it's just a game ...
by fourthandshort
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Football
Topic: Happy New Year!
Replies: 5
Views: 287

Re: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all as well !! I know the suspense is killing everyone, so I'll just announce my New Years resolution right now. I resolve to be less disappointed this time next season !!!! Mind you, I also refuse to lower my expectations, so all the pressure is actually on coaches and players, no...
by fourthandshort
Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Football
Topic: FCS coaching changes ... couple big ones
Replies: 71
Views: 4839

Re: FCS coaching changes ... couple big ones

Exactly. It's still NDSU. They didn't skip a beat after Bohl left, and I doubt they skip much of one with Klieman leaving. If they lose 4 games next year, I'll be surprised. Bohl left but Wentz was still their starting QB. Any HC walking into a national POtY candidate as the QB is set up pretty nic...
by fourthandshort
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Football
Topic: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2140

Re: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...

I still believe in Beathard, and I have zero doubt we were better off than we would have been with Dicken ... but he obviously did not have the impact I touted. Excuses sound weak .. but wondering if he lost some focus during season with his wife getting cancer again. She was getting treatment in s...
by fourthandshort
Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Football
Topic: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2140

Re: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...

... our offense was dead last in 3rd down conversions, while NDSU offense was first in 3rd down conversions ... I knew we were not good in this regard, but dead last? Gotta say, this is not what I was expecting from Beathard. Trying to think of a consistent theme, but can't. We didn't convert in sh...
by fourthandshort
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Football
Topic: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2140

Re: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...

So many needs, so little time: Special teams. Especially place kicking. Punt coverage was also very bad resulting in poor field position. Need an outstanding kick returner. Quality linemen.Both OL and DL are only mediocre. This is actually the primary need and where the Redbirds lose. It is so basi...
by fourthandshort
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Football
Topic: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2140

Re: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...

So many needs, so little time: Special teams. Especially place kicking. Punt coverage was also very bad resulting in poor field position. Need an outstanding kick returner. Quality linemen.Both OL and DL are only mediocre. This is actually the primary need and where the Redbirds lose. It is so basi...
by fourthandshort
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Football
Topic: FCS coaching changes ... couple big ones
Replies: 71
Views: 4839

Re: FCS coaching changes ... couple big ones

well they are losing lot of seniors as well these coaches: Offense: losing QB, top 2 RBs, top 3 WRs (5 of top 6), top TE, then 3 of OL ... so only 2 of 11 returning starters, arguably 3 of 11 since they like to go with 2 TEs. Defense: losing 2 of 4 DBs, 2 of 3 LBs, and 3 of 4 DL ... so returning 4 ...
by fourthandshort
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Football
Topic: FCS coaching changes ... couple big ones
Replies: 71
Views: 4839

Re: FCS coaching changes ... couple big ones

well they are losing lot of seniors as well these coaches: Offense: losing QB, top 2 RBs, top 3 WRs (5 of top 6), top TE, then 3 of OL ... so only 2 of 11 returning starters, arguably 3 of 11 since they like to go with 2 TEs. Defense: losing 2 of 4 DBs, 2 of 3 LBs, and 3 of 4 DL ... so returning 4 o...
by fourthandshort
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Football
Topic: RIP Ron Bell
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: RIP Ron Bell

Found an old program with Bell listed at 6'0, 205 lbs. I remember another guy from that team, the "change of pace" back, Billy Lewis, not the hoops guy, listed at 5'8, 168. Bruce Elliot, the FB, is listed at 5'10, 190 lbs. O Linemen I remember, C John Rauschenberger 6'0 205 lbs. T Ed Boehm, 6'4, 23...
by fourthandshort
Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Football
Topic: RIP Ron Bell
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: RIP Ron Bell

MadBird wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:16 pm
Great runner, fun to watch back in the "old days".
Whose running style does he most closely compare with of Spack era ?
by fourthandshort
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Football
Topic: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2140

Re: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...

If we're looking at remaining FBS transfers: WR and OL help. It sounds like we're in the mix for both but need them to actually materialize on campus. We had good field position when we missed a lot of FGs including several in crucial situations. No matter where we get the kicker from - incoming FR...
by fourthandshort
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Football
Topic: FCS coaching changes ... couple big ones
Replies: 71
Views: 4839

Re: FCS coaching changes ... couple big ones

famous last words .. but Bison lose a lot of seniors next year. If we get our offensive passing game a little more proficient, I'm liking our chances of contending next year. I'll admit .. I had much higher hopes for this past season , but I'll start a thread with my recap and grades. We have to ta...
by fourthandshort
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Football
Topic: 2018 recap, 2019 needs ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2140

2018 recap, 2019 needs ...

So just copying my post in other thread .. would love to hear other thoughts about what happened in 2018 that needs the most attention/improvement in 2019. Context of my response was a response to Madbird observation that given playoff results, our losses don't look as bad in hindsight. ************...