Jake Kocorowski: Welcome to the first of a series of five roundtable sessions B5Q has put together during this offseason period in late May. As we’re now in said offseason, we have decided to discuss some topics that may or may not interest us writers and hopefully the community as a whole.
Bob Wiedenhoeft: It’s great to be here, Jake.
Drew Hamm: Jake, it’s OK to be here.
Tyler Hunt: Happy to be here, Jake.
Neal Olson: Oh boy, Jake, asking us to be interesting is a tall order.
Jake: The first question I have for everyone here, and it’s a little outside the box but whatever.
For Wisconsin football, what’s the one play you’d love for them to incorporate more (either offensively or defensively) into the game plan?
Jake: Now just as a disclaimer to everyone reading, these are just thoughts of us writers. Whether or not they can be used is a different story based on opponents’ defensive schemes and predictability (see: Wisconsin’s coaching staff and its opponents are smarter than us).
Drew: TIGHT END MIDDLE SCREEN FOREVER.
Tyler: Jet Sweep, jet sweep, jet sweep!
Bob: So, it’s a little difficult to answer this question because it’s so dependent on personnel.
Neal: Drew beat me to the punch, tight end middle screens used to be a Paul Chryst offensive staple. Now we hardly see any.
Tyler: Tight end middle screen was my third answer behind that fullback misdirection play Ingold scored on against Iowa.
Jake: Now, regarding the tight end middle screen, it was used against Miami in the 2018 Pinstripe Bowl win.
Bob: I’d love to see more wide receiver bubble screens, but if the cornerbacks are pinching in and there is no deep threat, it’s a waste.
Drew: Or, John Stocco quarterback draw in the red zone. But only against Michigan. And only if Stocco comes back to run it.
Neal: The wide receiver bubble screens used to be pretty effective back when Nick Toon and Jared Abbrederis were around, that might be a fun wrinkle to help get a new(ish) quarterback some early completions and confidence.
Bob: Neal, that’s what I’m thinking.
Tyler: I think the wide receiver core has more speed and athleticism than years’ past, so I’m all in on the screen game. Get it and go.
Jake: Like Drew, I think one that will be interesting, when called appropriately, is the quarterback keeper—but not exactly the one called out by Drew. Rather, the quarterback keeper by Jack Coan that resulted in a touchdown against Miami in December. I believe that is a play call known as lonesome.
That’s the similar type of play beloved backup quarterback Nate Tice scored on in 2010 against Indiana, and according to my Walk-On This Way co-author, Joel Nellis, it has worked other times as well.
Bob: Maybe UW needs a “hint of option.”
Tyler: LOL, did not see Nate Tice getting a plug in the roundtable but here we are.
Neal: Oh! Tice versus Stocco in a QB draw showdown.
Jake: YOU DARE NOT SPEAK ILL OF NATE TICE.
Drew: More like Tate Nice imo.
Jake: But I think having a more mobile set of quarterbacks than Alex Hornibrook—Coan, Graham Mertz, definitely Chase Wolf, and Danny Vanden Boom—could lend to a more interesting dynamic with that play call at the right time.
Tyler: Agreed Jake, I think the keyword is “dynamic”. Offense was a little stale last year, need to get a little more creative in 2019. A few wrinkles would do wonders.
Bob: When was the last fake field goal Wisconsin ran.
Tyler: Hmm that’s a good question.
Drew: Now that ‘Gags’ [Rafael Gaglianone] is gone, Wisconsin should only run fake field goals.
Jake: Last fake punt was ... I believe ... Drew Meyer’s jump pass to Troy Fumagalli in 2014?
Bob: I can recall several fake punts, but the fake field goal I can’t think of one.
Neal: I think no Gags means no more kicking of any kind ... always go for it. Chryst has a complete 180-degree turn on aggressive/conservative meter.
Jake: No one said anything about defense—all offense ... I find that interesting
Drew: Blitz everyone?
Bob: More “Psycho” [editor’s note: a term used for a sub package by the Green Bay Packers during the Dom Capers era that was a 1-5-5 look, but I believe was previously used by UW]
Neal: It’s called Monday Morning Quarterbacking Jake, not Monday Morning Defensive Coordinatoring.
Tyler: Engage eight every down plzzzzz.
Neal: Offense is king.
Bob: I want more prevent defense actually.
So we ask you, our B5Q community, what would you like to see out of the Wisconsin offense, defense, or special teams when appropriate? Let us know in the comments field below!