Preparing for a Full Night of Harrison Beck

As a devout reader of the hilarious NFL Blog known to fans as KSK, I can’t help but think of their Rex Grossman posts everytime Harrison Beck enters the game – particularly this one (warning – more bad language than a BJD95 live blog that involves UNC or Duke).

I’m certainly glad Beck is taking the reins Saturday, since Daniel Evans or punting on first down (I’d prefer the latter) are our only alternatives. But I would suggest taking Tom O’Brien’s lead and keeping your sense of humor front and center.

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47 Responses to Preparing for a Full Night of Harrison Beck

  1. Greywolf 09/23/2008 at 10:10 PM #

    “It’s really a shame because when Beck is clicking and the offensive is moving it is an awesome sight. Maybe having an entire game to play will give him a chance to get the interceptions out of the way and start playing consistent. A few plays here and there makes it easy for everyone to pick out only the mistakes.”

    Yes, if it were true that he did not have extended periods of play. It isn’t the ‘mistakes’ Beck makes, it’s his cavalier attitude with the ball. Fortunately, IMNSHO it’s easier to work with a player and his attitude than to try to instill some athleticism or arm strength in some one who shall not be named because of his dad and the fact that he is a nice kid.

    Do those of you who feel you must predict 3 INTs think that our coaches are so inept as to not make a difference with Beck?

    I would say one of the keys to the game offensively is how well we run the ball, i.e., force the bulls to put 8 in the box to stop the run. If they have to support the run D with LBs we will have some room underneath. Of course pass blocking will be most critical as well. Beck has shown some prowess at eluding the rush.

  2. Ismael 09/24/2008 at 2:02 AM #

    i just don’t feel any anxiety about this game, its almost like “this is HB’s chance” kind of game.

    This is would actually be my strategy.

    1st play from scrimmage roll HB out to the wide side, with Jarvis, Owen Spencer, and TJ all running streak routes and just heave it to whoever is open, overthrowing good in this scenario if you can’t connect.

    Then run about 3-4 plays in a row of nothing but underneath passes to AB/JE, crossing routes, 5-10 yrd out-patters etc.

    Then the D of USF should be primed for some good old fashioned north/south punishing rushing from AB/JE.

    Who the F is with me???

    That should get HB some nice confidence.

  3. BJD95 09/24/2008 at 7:02 AM #

    Confidence has never been a problem with Beck. He has that in spades. Discretion is what he needs!

  4. Sw0rdf1sh 09/24/2008 at 7:24 AM #

    I’m with you Ismael.

    I think HB can pull this out as long as our defense can keep the USF offense in check.

    Nothing would make me happier than seeing us upset the second rank team in as many weeks. Especially to watch that USF coach on the sideline have fits when we drop the hammer on them.

    Go Harrison, Go. All that confidence just needs to be channeled.

  5. SEAT.5.F.2 09/24/2008 at 7:36 AM #

    If teams play zone and can look into backfield than it doesn’t bode well for Beck most of times. He has a big time arm, yes, but his accuracy seems dependent on staring down receivers.

  6. RAWFS 09/24/2008 at 8:13 AM #

    Cuidad Juarez, eh, Chop? What a fun place to visit. My company has a major manufacturing presence there, and it’s an…um….interesting place. Crossing the border is a nightmare.

    I wonder if we will see the careful, too-cautious Harrison Beck or the guy who can put it far down the field and make the defense respect his arm. If USF chooses to stuff the box (as I expect they might) then Beck and his arm will have to loosen them up and get the backs room to run.

    This could be an interesting game when NC State’s offense is facing their D. Let’s just hope that ‘interesting’ isn’t the Chinese curse interesting.

  7. PAJ 09/24/2008 at 9:02 AM #

    I am anticipating a lot of empty backfield, spread-the-field football. We might score 50. We might give up 50.

    RAWFS, what time is the tailgate?

  8. Ismael 09/24/2008 at 9:44 AM #

    RAWFS – that’s what im talking about, all teams stack the box till you burn’em or get them to at least think backpedal first.

    PAJ – daz what i’z talking about.

    Man, so liberating, this is a total throw-away, experimental game in my opinion, i wouldn’t be surprised if they had Bradly Pierson with his 3.9 speed line up at Flanker or something.

  9. PacknSack 09/24/2008 at 9:47 AM #

    Beck was the first person I thought of when I first read those KSK Sex Cannon posts. He always seems to make the deepest route his primary read.

    I thought Beck did a nice job in the two-minute before the half. We would have gotten points if not for the “fumble”. Maybe we run more no-huddle with him in there. I’m not being sarcastic, he really seems to have a knack for the hurry-up offense.

  10. Ismael 09/24/2008 at 9:55 AM #

    agreed PackNSack – don’t know if others recall, maybe my memory is just too foggy, but i thought he started out pretty well against BC last year. I remember a couple of throws he made and the announcers were amazed: 40yd heaves on the run, perfect strikes. That was the game where he also threw some INT’s but i think he can do it. As vaunted as Selvie is and the other DE (Selvie may not even play), they’ve only got three sacks so it looks like they’re containable along the front and/or they don’t blitz. HB just may get time to throw.

  11. BoKnowsNCS71 09/24/2008 at 9:58 AM #

    Tough situation for him. He can be a hero or a goat. Going to be a tough game for us even if everyone was 1005 healthy.

  12. RAWFS 09/24/2008 at 10:14 AM #

    PAJ – I am supposed to shoot you an email about the tailgate…I’m game for any time you and yours want. Since it is a late game and finally feels like fall, heck, cooking out would be great with me.

  13. b 09/24/2008 at 10:58 AM #

    What I remember of the BC game was we were in the game and then Beck threw a INT(I think a pick six too) while we were on the goalline. Completely changed the complexion of the game, and we had to throw later on and he piledup the other INTs. He had 5 picks in that game and it is the primary reason his numbers are so skewed.

  14. Greywolf 09/24/2008 at 11:15 AM #

    I hope our coaches are excited about playing this game. This is the fun in coaching, or at least it was for me, being the underdog and matching wits with the other coaches.

    One situational difference for Beck this week is he won’t come in with the pressure of thinking if he doesn’t score and score quickly, we are going to lose the game. And he doesn’t have to win the starting job with his play.

    Looking back at Beck’s performance last week, the stats are deceiving. He actually was playing “Wolfpack Ball” when his throw was a little off. “Little off” does not mean a pick six every time our QB is a little off. Nice gain on the “fumble” before the official got the whistle stick in his stuck in his throat and gave ECU the ball.

    Putting together a game plan that utilizes what Beck does best, working with Beck in practice, building his confidence, training him in game management, giving him the reps with the first team. The great thing about Beck IMNSHO is he is just a wake-up call from being an good to excellent college QB.

    I don’t think we will get what we have seen in the past because the coaches are putting correction in. If Beck falls back and the correction goes out the window and Beck starts doing what he’s always done, we will get what we’ve always got, INTs. Otherwise…

    TOB and his staff have confidence in Beck. If not DE would play giving RW sideline time to look at what the D is doing. If you think about it, TOB may be more giving Beck an opportunity than giving RW “a chance to look at what the defense is doing.” Can you really see from the sideline what the defense is doing?

    After my initial fear and disappointment at losing RW and NI, I too am getting excited about this game and our chances. Another great opportunity on Saturday. Come on in Bulls; bring your national ranking with you. And when you leave, tuck your tail between your legs and shut the door behind you.

    Let’s get it on!!

  15. CannonballJunior 09/24/2008 at 1:16 PM #

    If he can hold it down to just one int(preferably the non-pick six kind) then I think he and we are gonna be alright.

  16. Ismael 09/24/2008 at 7:26 PM #

    has anyone seen the WRAL tv interview with HB…absolutely hilarious, funniest thing ive seen in a long time. this kid has no fear (and i am not sure if that’s good or not)…this has to be archived though

  17. inhoc... 09/24/2008 at 7:54 PM #

    On O’Brien’s comment early in the week about Beck ‘making sure he knows we are wearing the red jerseys’
    “I don’t care. It’s not a big deal, I’m gonna throw it where I’m gonna throw it. I don’t really think about that kind of stuff. If he catches it, he catches it. If it gets picked off then when the next play comes

    for some reason i just cant get that warm fuzzy feeling about this game…

  18. redfred2 09/24/2008 at 9:49 PM #

    Good video Ismael, thanks.

    I don’t think that anyone could disagree that TOB has his choice of varying personalities to insert into the QB position.

    I’d love it if Beck WENT OFF and lit them up for about 350, and 4 TD’s through the air on Saturday.

  19. DFMo 09/25/2008 at 9:41 AM #

    Some of you surely have seen …

    Beck: “I’m gonna throw it”

  20. wufpaxno1 09/25/2008 at 12:49 PM #

    He sure has the “Go to Heck! I’m Harrison Beck!” Attitude. The kid has Moxy, you have to give him that. I remember someone’s comment, in an earlier post, on Beck making up his own plays in the Huddle at practice. I can just see him in the huddle, palm up, drawing out routes for his receivers. “TJ, you go out to the blonde cheerleader and hook in, Spence, you go toward the wolf statue in the tunnel and I will hit you at the goal line…ready break!”

    Thing is, with kids like this, you will get some of the most amazing performances that you will ever see, and then you will get a total train wreck, anyone else remember Clint Longley in the Cowboys Redskins game in ’74? Let’s just hope that Harrison is in a groove Saturday and we can roll up enough points early to overcome mistakes. Either way, it is going to be entertaining.

  21. Ismael 09/26/2008 at 1:59 AM #

    Wowwwwww, good news….

    Clem Johnson “Probable”. Which probably evoked Tysiac’s needling of TOB with “so who is your 3rd QB?” TOB: “TBD”.

    Can’t wait to see this guy play, he’s supposed to have wheels, and can bring it.

    I’m gonna watch that HB interview about 10 more times i think.

  22. SEAT.5.F.2 09/26/2008 at 7:49 AM #

    Be interesting at what capacity CJ is probable for.

    Is he just avail. for emergency QB?

    Can he play some FS? Byers is playing well but has to be getting worn down by all the reps.

    Can he jump right in and punt return?

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