Posted November 10, 2011 by
Under • Guest Post • Coaching & Athletics
A few weeks ago we sat down for a Coaches Corner with Illinois College head coach Garrett Campbell. He broke down some game film that featured Auburn High School graduate Michael Bates at quarterback. Off camera, Campbell tried to further express how impressed he was by what the freshman has done at quarterback for him this season, and he told me that Bates was basically just acting on instinct, that he didn’t really know the offense yet, and when he did, he was going to be special.
Well if there’s room for improvement then Blueboy fans are going to have a lot to cheer about for at least the next three seasons. IC ended their regular season with a 9-1 record. They’re eligible for the Division III post season but they’re in a group of about 12 teams looking to get one of six at-large bids to the playoffs.
For this week’s Coaches Corner, we bypassed the coaches and went straight to the players. Bates took the time to break down the Blueboys Hitch-Naked series. It’s a play that starts with an isolation option to a receiver at the beginning of the progression. If that option isn’t available, Bates runs a naked boot and continues his progression which includes two more passing options and if everything is covered he can tuck and run. Bates explains to us what he’s reading in the defense that helps him make those decisions and we look at different potential outcomes to the Hitch-Naked play.