Monday, September 17, 2012

Why Austyn Carta-Samuels started against Presbyterian

So why did Jordan Rodgers stay on the sidelines Saturday against Presbyterian?

First of all, it's not necessarily a slap in Rodgers' face. Think Eric Kresser. In 1995, when Florida was steamrolling to an SEC championship and a berth in the national title game, Kresser started against Northern Illinois — and Danny Wuerffel, an All-American and eventual Heisman trophy winner, didn't take a snap.

Kresser set a Gator record that day with six touchdown passes. What did Spurrier accomplish by playing Kresser and sitting Wuerffel? Well, he let an inexperienced backup run the team in a game the Gators couldn't lose, which protected Wuerffel from injury and prepared Kresser in case he was needed later in the season. (He wasn't. Kresser transferred to Marshall for his senior season, led the Thundering Herd to a national championship and played three seasons in the NFL.)

Maybe Franklin called Austyn Carta-Samuels' number because he's seen enough of Rodgers and he wants ACS, the Wyoming transfer, to run the team for the rest of the season.

I doubt it. He wanted ACS to get some experience because Vandy's going to need him at some point. Remember how Franklin gave Rodgers some limited reps in our first four games last season so that he was ready to run the team when Larry Smith faltered? Now Rodgers is struggling to get on track, and Franklin needs a second option. The Presbyterian game was the perfect opportunity to start developing a Plan B. (It was also a great chance to get walk-on John Townsley into a game.)

Franklin is looking to the future. If he really wanted to get the maximum number of wins this season, he'd have let Rodgers get a confidence booster against Presbyterian and he'd have burned the redshirts off a bunch of freshmen. You know, the Robbie Caldwell method. (Instead of starting Jared Funk in a blowout of Eastern Michigan, Caldwell decided to insert him in the game when Vandy had a 14-0 first half lead on the road against Arkansas and Larry Smith looked like RG3.)

Sure, Franklin wants to win now, but in the big picture he wants to build a solid program capable of consistently winning future games and even championships.

In his first season, he inherited an embattled quarterback whose backup was a transfer with no experience. This season, he inherited an embattled quarterback whose backup was a transfer with no experience.

Next season, his most experienced quarterback will once again be a senior transfer with only one partial season of SEC play under his belt. But here's the difference: He'll also have highly regarded redshirt freshman Patton Robinette, as well as a pair of four-star true freshmen quarterbacks, Johnathan McCrary and Chad Kanoff, to groom.

Finally, he'll have something to build on. It will take a couple of years, of course, but by that time our young offensive line, the best class of prospects we've ever signed, will be hitting their stride. Throw in a couple of four-star receivers, a couple of gifted young tight ends, a terrific class of linebackers, a stable of cornerbacks, and some talented edge-rushers and you've got something to work with.

In the meantime, Franklin has the mission of building a winning culture, staying in games against the SEC big boys and hopefully pulling an upset or two, and holding onto all these blue-chip recruits who've verbally committed to him.

As history constantly has shown, as the Vandy coach he'll need more than one experienced quarterback to do that. I think Rodgers gets the start against Georgia. If he does well, and continues to look sharp, then ACS may not be needed the rest of the season. But you can bet we'll need him, at least a little bit, next year. And odds are, we'll need him this year too, and sooner rather than later. 

232 comments:

«Oldest   ‹Older   201 – 232 of 232
hasnain raza said...

Play Games and Earn Money online from home, best add clicking website in the world
PaidVerts.com

Syed Kazim Ali said...

Earn Money on without investment, just join free add clicking websites and earn upto $10 per Day, Join Now
jobzcorner.com

Danish Here said...

Want Likes on your Facebook Profile Pictures, Comments or Shares on your photos and fb status, just click on this link and contact us now
www.jobzcorner.com

Rehan Ahmed said...

Viewing the ads, playing games, upgrade plans, more earnings, referral earnings, bonus points and more, join now
Paidverts.com

hasnain raza said...

Best Clicking Job in Pakistan, Join the best Clicking and Add Clicking job, Visit for more details
JobzCorner.com

Syed Kazim Ali said...

Earn Money on without investment, just join free add clicking websites and earn upto $10 per Day, Join Now
jobzcorner.com

Danish Here said...

Advertise your business now online, just click on Advertise in our Website and choose which Space you will be spacified for your business or website
ACE.com

bilal sabir ali said...

for best Online Jobs without any rejection, no time limit required, no investment requires, just spend few minutes and earn upto $35 daily
www.adsclickearning.com

ahmedraza moon said...

Earning is only for you, just spend 1 hour daily and earn upto $35 Daily with just clicking job, Join Now
adsclickearning.com

Rehan Ahmed said...

Best and Top Ten PTC Site in the World, join best program with 7 best upradable plans, Earn upto $35 Daily
AdsClickEarning.com

waleedgazdar said...

for best Online Jobs without any rejection, no time limit required, no investment requires, just spend few minutes and earn upto $35 daily
www.adsclickearning.com

Danish Here said...

Earn Money without any work, just invest and rest from home, invest as low as $5 and get double profit within a month, withdraw your principal at any time, Join now
HotProfitOnline

waleedgazdar said...

for best Online Jobs without any rejection, no time limit required, no investment requires, just spend few minutes and earn upto $35 daily
www.adsclickearning.com

Rehan Ahmed said...

Earn Money without any work, just invest and rest from home, invest as low as $5 and get double profit within a month, withdraw your principal at any time, Join now
HotProfitOnline

waleedgazdar said...

for best Online Jobs without any rejection, no time limit required, no investment requires, just spend few minutes and earn upto $35 daily
www.adsclickearning.com

ahmedraza moon said...

Instant Payment without any Risk, Just Invest and Rest of your home, Just Invest as low as $5 and Get Instant Profit, Join Fast
HotProfitOnline.com

waleedgazdar said...

Find best business in the world where you can invest only $5 and get profit upto 7% daily for 60 Days, most popular website in ranking, Join now
www.hotprofitonline.com

Rehan Ahmed said...

Now you can Earn Money Every Hour, Join this best website and earn hourly, just invest and rest with Hot Profit Online
HotProfitOnline.com

bilal sabir ali said...

for best Online Jobs without any rejection, no time limit required, no investment requires, just spend few minutes and earn upto $35 daily
www.adsclickearning.com

Asif Ali said...

Deals on a way for you, Just Join this best deals ever where you can buy every product with 90% Discount, please join fast and get all products with discounted price
ValueDeals.pk

Asif Ali said...

Deals on a way for you, Just Join this best deals ever where you can buy every product with 90% Discount, please join fast and get all products with discounted price
ValueDeals.pk

Rehan Ahmed said...

Investment Website where you can with Hourly, Daily and hourly stable plans, just invest as low as $10 and earn within 24 hours
InvestOrganization.com

Danish Here said...

Now Online Business is very easy for all internet users, just spend few dollars on internet and get double profit within 10 days, investment start as low as $10, join now
InvestOrganization.com

Rehan Ahmed said...

Hot Forex Investments where you can earn profit without any work, just invest on forex and get profit daily upto 12%, Join Now
HotFxInvest.com

waleedgazdar said...

Find best business in the world where you can invest only $10 and get 3000% Profit, most popular website in ranking, Join now
www.investorganization.com

Rehan Ahmed said...

Home based business is now easy for you, just join this website and earn daily upto $35 and get withdraw within 5 days, 1 hour working daily only
AdsClickEarning.com

Danish Here said...

Hot Forex Investments where you can earn profit without any work, just invest on forex and get profit daily upto 12%, Join Now
HotFxInvest.com

Danish Here said...

Best and Latest Investment Plans ever where you can earn money without any work, just invest some money and rest at your home, earn upto 8% Daily Profit with instant payouts, Join Now
GlobalFxOrganization.com

Saqib Khan said...

Find best online jobs ever where you can earn monthly earning without any risk, part time data entry copy pasting and facebook jobs, Join now
RapidIncomeCorner.com

Ahmed Hassan said...

Hot Forex Investments where you can earn profit without any work, just invest on forex and get profit daily upto 12%, Join Now
HotFxInvest.com

Danish Here said...

Best Earnings on add clicking job, just spend 1 to 2 hours daily and earn upto $90 per day and cashout within 5 days with perfect money, egopay or bitcoin, totally safe and secure payments, join now
AdsMoneyEarning.com

Bilal Shah said...

Online Jobs is easy now for you, just spend few hours on internet and get unlimited income with Data entry copy pasting facebook and clicking jobs
JobzCorner.com

«Oldest ‹Older   201 – 232 of 232   Newer› Newest»