Switzer isn't overly concerned about going deep against Martinsburg Friday because he said it's not the most important aspect of the game.
"Especially because last year the big one wasn't really needed to keep us in the game,'' Switzer said. "Our offense chipped away at them, and this one ought to be more of the same if they stack the box.''
If the Bulldogs put extra defenders in the tackle box, as many GW opponents have done in recent weeks, Switzer expects the Patriots to again utilize other options - like running back Jacob Jackson on the flank, fullback Trevon Johnson up the middle or any number of capable receivers.
"You've seen our guys run the ball instead of me running on the outside,'' Switzer said. "You'll see a lot of me in the slot and outside this week if they do that.''
In a couple games this season, Switzer has even lined up as a quarterback in the Wildcat formation and taken shotgun snaps. He's 3 of 3 passing this year for 12 yards with two TDs.
Martinsburg will undoubtedly present GW with one of the toughest defenses it's faced all season. The Bulldogs have allowed just one TD in the postseason, beating Woodrow Wilson 39-0 and Musselman 50-7.
"We have played pretty well on defense in those two games,'' Walker said, "but that being said, we were really familiar with Musselman - having played them a couple weeks earlier. Against Woodrow, we played really well. But we've not seen the challenge we're getting ready to see this Friday.''
In 12 games this year, Martinsburg has permitted just six rushing TDs and opponents are averaging a mere 81.5 yards per game on the ground and 2.4 per rushing attempt.
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