Joe Fisher
Joe's Mailbag: Football offense

Sept. 15, 2010


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Joe- I was wondering if it was a possibility that we might see Norman, Tate, Reeves, and Stacy in the game at the same time?

-- Joe (Mount Juliet)

That would be quite a site, wouldn't it?  I don't think it's a surprise at all to see a couple of them on the field at the same time.  You would really have to modify a formation to get them all in the game at once, and at least one of them would have to line up as a receiver.  I don't really see a scenario where all of them play at the same time.

What happened to Ryan van Rensburg?

-- Drew  (Nashville)

Ryan is fine.  You could see him busting the punt protection line against LSU.  He's still available for some fullback type duty, as well as even possibly some tight end situations.  Wesley Tate's availability this season has likely taken the ball out of Ryan's hands in some short yardage situations, but he certainly is still capable of getting the ball.

When do you think the coaching staff might make a change at the QB position if Larry Smith continues to struggle?

-- William (Hendersonville)

There were several questions in the mailbag regarding the QB situation, which is really not a surprise.  If an offense struggles, it's usually the QB that draws most of the attention.  Certainly Larry made some mistakes last week, which he would tell you, but he was also under relentless pressure much of the game (sacked six times).  I think there was plenty of blame to go around for the struggles last week, and the coaches still believe Larry is the best option for right now.  However, Coach Caldwell has made it clear that he won't hesitate to put Jared Funk into the game if he feels it necessary.  We answered a question regarding Jordan Rodgers last week, and I don't think a decision on redshirting him or not has been made just yet.

With not a tremendous amount of quality depth at WR has there been any thought of utilizing Jamie Graham on both sides of the ball since he, to me, appeared to have a pretty good campaign at WR as a freshman?

-- Patrick (Pensacola)

Right now the focus is on getting Jamie healthy.  A groin injury can take quite a while to heal, and if you come back from it too soon, it lingers on and on.  I don't think it's totally out of the question for Jamie to appear on the offensive side of the ball, but with the newcomers in Jonathan Krause and Jordan Matthews now in the mix, I think the coaches feel like they are in pretty good shape at WR

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