Granted, that was with Geno Smith and Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, but still.
"They have weapons,'' Spencer said. "Their quarterback can throw the ball. [Dreamius] Smith and [Charles] Sims are two great running backs. And Coach Holgorsen does a great job of spreading the field. It will be a test for us to defend all of it.''
Well, perhaps. But it hasn't been much of a test for anyone else to defend it.
If it's time for a change in offensive philosophy, though, Holgorsen isn't budging. He'll tweak, but he won't change. The system has been too good for him for too long.
"Our philosophy has remained the same for about 15 straight years, so I doubt that's going to change any more than it has,'' Holgorsen said. "There's always an evolution of what you're trying to get accomplished on offense.''
This year, that evolution has, in fact, been toward the running game. That's not unusual because there have been times in the past when Holgorsen's offenses have run the ball. His one season at Oklahoma State is a prime example.
"We've spent a lot of time in the run game and will continue to do so,'' Holgorsen said. "Our yards per play in the run game is not bad. It can always improve, but it's not bad. I think the bigger problem with what we're doing offensively is we're not executing the pass game like we should. I've been saying that since day one. It's still a work in progress.
"We have to coach them a little bit better. We've got to get them out there and get them to relax. I like where our team is. We just have to get out there and do a better job.''
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