As I indicated in the comments section of the last post, I wonder whether MSU is overutilizing Ringer. Through two games, here are the number of total touches (rushing attempts plus pass receptions plus kick/punt returns) by MSU players:
Javon Ringer: 70
Everyone else: 59
At this pace, Ringer will touch the ball (i.e., get tackled) 420 times this year.
Dantonio was talking about the theme of the day, which was to pound the ball on EMU from start to finish, but it turned into a discussion about how he’s trying to remake this program. At one point in the second half, Dantonio told Don Treadwell: “You run the football every play.”
I don’t mind the general philosophy, but I do have two questions:
- Does grinding out four and a half yards per carry against a MAC team really prepare the team for Big Ten opponents?
- If we’re going to be a pound-the-ball team, doesn’t the second running back need to get more than eight carries?
As you know, I’m not a football expert by any stretch of the imagination, but it just seems like we’re eventually going to need Hoyer throwing the ball more consistently to win games against teams that match up with us physically. Mark Dell and B.J. Cunningham look like they could be just as dangerous as Ringer as the season progresses.
Maybe I’m overreacting, and that part of the game plan will be developed next week. And, given other Big Ten teams’ struggles against the MAC today, I’m certainly not complaining about a 32-point win. I just worry that Ringer isn’t going to make it through 12 games at the rate he’s going.