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Most of this video feature from Chris Low of ESPN.com is nothing terribly new. We’ve cited the problems of having your defense out on the field for too long getting worn down and the difficulties of finishing close games in the fourth quarter when your offense is one of the worst in college football in time of possession (not to mention total offense, scoring offense, passing offense, etc.). We’ve also talked about the need to get the ball in Warren Norman’s hands more often. The fact that he ran for 50 yards and 7.5 yards per carry but was only given the ball six times against South Carolina is, by my lights, completely unacceptable. Zac Stacy, the other bright spot on offense, likewise had only six carries.
What is revealing in this video is that Low predicts — presumably based on more than a mere hunch associating Kitchings’ role as running backs coach and his new position as OC — that we will now see more plays on the ground and fewer pass plays. If Vanderbilt does this, which is to say, if we are better able to use the run to set up the pass (see the Ole Miss game) rather than digging ourselves holes with poorly executed/ineffective pass plays and failing to convert first downs, then I think we can expect real improvement on offense. The question is whether it will be enough to satisfy fans that CRC is who they want to see at the helm in 2011.