deerayfan072 wrote:They don't use it on an every down basis you are right, but Jone is in the game when they do run it, but not always when they are not in it.
He benefits from it when it's run, but my point was he makes big plays when McFadden isn't even on the field. The same can't be said as much for Stewart and Mendenhall, obviously.
CC wrote:I think you are vastly overestimating Juice's worth as a threat on offense. Yes, he is fast, but he is also a terrible QB and there have been calls for McGee to take his job on and off all year (Zooker putting in a freshman QB at times when he is trying to develop a raw sophmore QB isn't exactly a vote of confidence).
Dixon granted is a big threat that has to be accounted for, but Juice is no more of a threat than the average college QB and is significantly worse than some.
Well duh, I wasn't saying he WAS Dennis Dixon, I'm saying he presents a similar problem to defenses that Dixon does, being a rushing QB. You've still got to account for that, and so teams can never really "key" in on Mendenhall. You've got such with any competent (not necessarily great) rushing QB who tends to fake like he has the ball after a hand-off. You've got to keep contain and stay with your responsibilities instead of being able to crash down and help with the back. Whether or not Juice is a great thrower or Dixon-like runner, it still results in whoever the back is getting helps from giving rushing lanes and taking away run supporters.
And I do remember McGee subbing in a lot when I watched Iowa upset them. I think he even threw the game winning TD that was called back because the WR was lined up over the TE.
EDIT: Just got around finally to looking at Juice's stats and he's got 638 yards, 5.0 average, and 5 TDs on the ground. Illinois as a whole had 860 rushing yards from their QBs (not taking into account sacks, thats a terrible way of doing things NCAA). That undoubtedly helps.