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RE: Luke McCaffery to Transfer to Rice from Nebraska
This is big news. If he can learn the offense quickly, and take over at QB, it's a game changer for us. I'm hoping for the best. We need this kid to lead our team for the next three years. I actually saw the news this morning on ESPN. I couldn't believe my eyes.
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RE: Luke McCaffery to Transfer to Rice from Nebraska
(06-14-2021 05:10 PM)OptimisticOwl Wrote:  
(06-14-2021 03:11 PM)Tomball Owl Wrote:  
(06-14-2021 01:49 PM)OptimisticOwl Wrote:  
(06-14-2021 01:44 PM)Hambone10 Wrote:  
(06-14-2021 01:11 PM)Tomball Owl Wrote:  So if he has any success at all for Rice, how long before greener pastures come calling? He's obviously not afraid to transfer.

In any event, I wish him well at Rice!

I THINK (but do not know) that this is mostly a COVID benefit... in that this year essentially doesn't count... so he won't be able to transfer again unless/until he graduates (which could be soon) but he likely needs at least 60 hours at Rice...

and if he has success, I'd like to think it will attract other guys.

If he has success, maybe it buys Bloom another year.

Now, to define “success”...

Ham - I hope you are correct, and he is at Rice for at least a couple of years.

OO - I had the same thought that this may be what saves Bloom’s job, assuming Luke is successful at Rice. Let’s hope the new OC is allowed to use his talent and not just toss the ball to a back 5 yards behind him.

As to the definition of success - Just win baby!

I think Bloom’s job at this point gets saved one year at a time. Each year needs to show improvement in the W-L.

Agree.
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RE: Luke McCaffery to Transfer to Rice from Nebraska
This is beyond good news for the football program. This is exactly what we needed. Right away it changes the outlook for 2021, since QB was the missing piece to an otherwise solid Rice squad based on returning talent. Not saying he'll be dominant right off the bat, but to get a 4-star QB, with 2 years of Big Ten experience, who is eligible right away for the next 4 seasons. Christmas arrived in June folks.
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RE: Luke McCaffery to Transfer to Rice from Nebraska
McCaffery’s rushing ypa average last year was 5.6 yds per attempt (364 yds on 65 attempts) vs the Owls’ less than impressive 2.8 yards per attempt. And that was against B10 defenses. He’s running ability alone should be a major upgrade for the Owls.
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RE: Luke McCaffery to Transfer to Rice from Nebraska
(06-14-2021 01:11 PM)Tomball Owl Wrote:  So if he has any success at all for Rice, how long before greener pastures come calling? He's obviously not afraid to transfer.

In any event, I wish him well at Rice!

The McCaffrey family obviously values education, so absent a recruiting call from Stanford or mishandling by the coaching staff, Luke will likely stay long enough to at least graduate from Rice. I'm sure that the family is quite pleased with this outcome.

The win over Marshall, now this... Things are looking up a bit for Bloomgren. We need to continue to look for P5 players that want to both play more and significantly upgrade their education. Outside of the military academies, Rice is probably the lone G5 school that can offer this particular combination of benefits.
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RE: Luke McCaffery to Transfer to Rice from Nebraska
(06-14-2021 09:35 PM)Wiessman Wrote:  
(06-14-2021 01:11 PM)Tomball Owl Wrote:  So if he has any success at all for Rice, how long before greener pastures come calling? He's obviously not afraid to transfer.

In any event, I wish him well at Rice!

The McCaffery family obviously values education, so absent a recruiting call from Stanford or mishandling by the coaching staff, Luke will likely stay long enough to at least graduate from Rice. I'm sure that the family is quite pleased with this outcome.

The win over Marshall, now this... Things are looking up a bit for Bloomgren. We need to continue to look for P5 players that want to both play more and significantly upgrade their education. Outside of the military academies, Rice is probably the lone G5 school that can offer this particular combination of benefits.

This obviously had more to with the family's familiarity and trust in Bloom than anything to do with Rice. Let's not forget that Bloomgren not only recruited Christian McCaffrey, but as OC, he built the offense around him. And from what I gather from my brother (long time Stanford season ticketholder), we have little to worry about Stanford, as they wanted brother #3 (QB Dylan) to go there, following in Christian's footsteps, but Stanford showed nominal interest. So he ended up going to Michigan with Haugbaugh before just recently transferring to his dad's program.
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Hoping Luke can create momentum and recruiting precedent for football the way Cruz did for Baseball!
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(06-14-2021 09:51 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  This obviously had more to with the family's familiarity and trust in Bloom than anything to do with Rice. Let's not forget that Bloomgren not only recruited Christian McCaffrey, but as OC, he built the offense around him. And from what I gather from my brother (long time Stanford season ticketholder), we have little to worry about Stanford, as they wanted brother #3 (QB Dylan) to go there, following in Christian's footsteps, but Stanford showed nominal interest. So he ended up going to Michigan with Haugbaugh before just recently transferring to his dad's program.

That's a fair point; Bloomgren was probably the primary factor, if not the only factor. But that doesn't mean that the family isn't happy about the Rice education; at absolute worst, it is a nice bonus.

Anyway, I still think there is a lesson in this. We always need to be looking for transfers that want to play and also want a top-class diploma. It needs to be a point of emphasis if it isn't already. Not everyone can hack it in the classroom at Rice, but for those that can the school's academic strength is certainly a selling point.
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RE: Luke McCaffery to Transfer to Rice from Nebraska
If he has success at Rice as a QB why would he go somewhere else after 2 unsuccessful stops? Even if say, Bloomgren left. He's learned it's not easy to find the right spot and it's unlikely he'll get another waiver to play without sitting out a year. Only as a graduate student would it make any sense, and that's at least 3 seasons away.

Anyway, thrilled to have such a good runner at QB. He reminds me of his brother, the way he takes contact - he doesn't fall easily yet seems to slow himself down just a tad for contact, which protects him. Quick release plus good touch, he'll put up great numbers.
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He'll put up better numbers against CUSA competition than B10, but I hope our line can protect him.
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(06-15-2021 08:13 AM)Buho00 Wrote:  Anyway, thrilled to have such a good runner at QB. He reminds me of his brother, the way he takes contact - he doesn't fall easily yet seems to slow himself down just a tad for contact, which protects him. Quick release plus good touch, he'll put up great numbers.

This right here. IMO, Christian's best quality at Stanford was his vision and anticipation. If he can match his brother in that area, I couldn't care less if Luke's athleticism turns out to be just as overrated too.
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(06-15-2021 11:15 AM)Ourland Wrote:  He'll put up better numbers against CUSA competition than B10, but I hope our line can protect him.

Based on the highlight film, he appears very comfortable as a rollout QB, passing on the run. He's certainly not a pocket QB, which is what we've had the past couple years.
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(06-15-2021 03:02 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  
(06-15-2021 11:15 AM)Ourland Wrote:  He'll put up better numbers against CUSA competition than B10, but I hope our line can protect him.
Based on the highlight film, he appears very comfortable as a rollout QB, passing on the run. He's certainly not a pocket QB, which is what we've had the past couple years.

Square peg, meet round hole.
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(06-15-2021 03:09 PM)Owl 69/70/75 Wrote:  
(06-15-2021 03:02 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  
(06-15-2021 11:15 AM)Ourland Wrote:  He'll put up better numbers against CUSA competition than B10, but I hope our line can protect him.
Based on the highlight film, he appears very comfortable as a rollout QB, passing on the run. He's certainly not a pocket QB, which is what we've had the past couple years.

Square peg, meet round hole.

I disagree. I think a rollout and option QB fits this offense far better than a pocket passer.
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(06-15-2021 03:35 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  
(06-15-2021 03:09 PM)Owl 69/70/75 Wrote:  
(06-15-2021 03:02 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  
(06-15-2021 11:15 AM)Ourland Wrote:  He'll put up better numbers against CUSA competition than B10, but I hope our line can protect him.
Based on the highlight film, he appears very comfortable as a rollout QB, passing on the run. He's certainly not a pocket QB, which is what we've had the past couple years.
Square peg, meet round hole.
I disagree. I think a rollout and option QB fits this offense far better than a pocket passer.

I think it fits our personnel better, but "pound the rock" power running offenses typically feature drop-back passers. Rollout passers generally fit better with option schemes than power schemes.
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RE: Luke McCaffery to Transfer to Rice from Nebraska
(06-15-2021 03:35 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  
(06-15-2021 03:09 PM)Owl 69/70/75 Wrote:  
(06-15-2021 03:02 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  
(06-15-2021 11:15 AM)Ourland Wrote:  He'll put up better numbers against CUSA competition than B10, but I hope our line can protect him.
Based on the highlight film, he appears very comfortable as a rollout QB, passing on the run. He's certainly not a pocket QB, which is what we've had the past couple years.

Square peg, meet round hole.

I disagree. I think a rollout and option QB fits this offense far better than a pocket passer.

And what offense is that? Pound the rock? I just hope Bloomgren let's his new OC develop an offense around the talent the Owls have.
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I'm guessing that the offense approach came up in discussions among Bloom, Luke, and Coach McCaffery. The latter probably has some degree of influence with Bloom. I suspect that there was an understanding that Bloom would slowly change his approach to one that more effectively uses the skills of the players.
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I'm guessing the new offensive coordinator (Tuiasosopo) played a part in the decision too.

We do return our entire starting offensive line, but they did allow 17 sacks in five games, which is not a good number at all. Servin and Baker have received all-conference nods in the past so there is some talent on the line. But they definitely need to play better in 2021.
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(06-15-2021 05:21 PM)Fort Bend Owl Wrote:  I'm guessing the new offensive coordinator (Tuiasosopo) played a part in the decision too.

We do return our entire starting offensive line, but they did allow 17 sacks in five games, which is not a good number at all. Servin and Baker have received all-conference nods in the past so there is some talent on the line. But they definitely need to play better in 2021.

^^This.

In recent years being a pocket passer at Rice is not survivable. Even if that’s the play call, a qb will do better if he’s capable of scrambling for his life.
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Agree -- and it sounds like everyone on this board is of the same mind. We don't have the personnel to 'pound the rock', nor to protect a pocket passer.
Though an obviously strong runner and passer, the thing that stood out to me the most from his film was the quick feet and mobility in the backfield. Almost Manziel-like in fact.
I'll be incredibly disappointed if this QB and new OC don't lead to a change in our offensive approach.
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