Thursday, June 7, 2007

Well that was Quick

It was announced today that Angus McClure was named the new Tight End coach for the Bruins. This news comes just days after the resignation of former Tight End and Special teams coach John Wristen. Brian Dohn mentioned on his blog that Wristen had been looking for a new position since the end of last season. Since this announcement came so quickly after the resignation, Dorrell must have been looking for a new coach for the last few months.

McClure comes from the University of Buffalo. He used to work with offensive coordinator Jay Norvell at Nebraska, so he was probably recommended for the position. Angus was the Offensive line/run game coordinator at Buffalo and the Tackle and Special Teams coach at Nebraska for two years. Before his time with the Corn Huskers, McClure played a major role at Sacramento State University where he served as assistant head coach and offensive line coach. While at Sacramento State from 1997-2003, McClure helped the Hornets set 52 NCAA Division I-AA, Big Sky Conference or school records.

Safeties coach Gary DeLoach will continue to coach the special teams, a role he has had since before spring practice.

(photo credit: University of Buffalo)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

After your look at Dorrell's playcalling last year, I was wondering about how Maurice Drew's junior year compared to his rookie year in the NFL. A few places mentioned that the Jets' rookie RB had better stats than when he was at Florida St. and it seemed like the same was probably true about Drew. Any ideas?

- SuperBruinMan

CalPolyBruinFan said...

That's an interesting question. When we're talking about comparing NFL to College numbers it is a bit like comparing apples to oranges. Drew was the starting TB at UCLA while he shared time in Jacksonville. Also, the NFL plays more games, so that can inflate total numbers.

That being said, the total number of carriers (run) and receptions (pass) are pretty similar for Mo between his Junior year and Rookie NFL season.

He had 186 carriers for 914 yards and 13 TDs at UCLA. He had 166 carriers 941 yards and 13 TDs at Jacksonville. So, on fewer carries he gained more yards and just as many touchdowns in the pros.

His receiving numbers are the opposite. He actually gained more yards on fewer receptions as a Bruin. 31 receptions for 453 yards and 4 TDs. In the NFL he had 46 catches for 436 yards and 2 TDs.

Looking at the special teams numbers, we have two different categories. Drew fielded punts in college and kick-offs in the pros. The nature of the two disciplines means you are going to get more yards on kick returns. So it is difficult to compare them. Mo set school, conference, and NCAA records in his Junior campaign, so there is almost no way he could match those numbers at Jacksonville. He did rack up 860 yards on 31 returns including 1 for a TD.

So, to answer your question, I would say he did about the same in the NFL. That alone is pretty impressive considering the step-up in competition.

Robert said...

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for looking it up. You probably are right though that without knowing much about the Jaguars' offense these numbers aren't very meaningful.

- SuperBruinMan

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