September 17, 2007

He said. She said. The tune up


.She said::...



Granted, this was more or less a practice game, but after Cincinnati, the Beavers
needed a little fine tuning and Idaho State was just what the doctor ordered.
After throwing for a combined six interceptions a week ago, both Sean Canfield
and Lyle Moevao looked strong in this week's game.

I was actually very impressed that the coaches utilized this weeks contest
as a glorified practice for the struggling offense. I worried going in that
the coaches would get a lead and then resort to running the ball, but they too
went to the air and helped the receivers and young quarterbacks gain much needed
confidence as they head into conference play.

First off, great game by Canfield. He looked to step up his game this week
and finally looks to have separated himself as the starter. Moevao looked good
too, but Canfield had a confidence about him this week that I had yet to see
in a game. Also for a young quarterback, I didn't see any dancing around in
the pocket like we have seen in previous years with inexperienced QB's.

Yes, he will still take his lumps in the Pac 10, but I feel a lot better heading
off to Tempe after seeing his performance this week.

To be given equal credit, the wide receivers stepped up their game as well
this week. While most of the attention is focused on Sammie Stroughter
(deservedly so as he had a heck of a game), my attention was on Anthony Brown.

Whoa, where was he the first two weeks? I was all but ready to think freshman
Darrell Catchings should be 'the guy', but Brown elevated his game
this week and played the part of receiver, blocker and cheerleader.

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