In case you are a follower of my Twitter feed, you recognize I’ve been on the “play Kyle Hamilton on offense” prepare for a while. It at first began out as a bit, however has since grown into one thing I feel actually must occur.
The difficulty got here to the floor yesterday when Brendan McAlindon of One Foot Down posted a meme of Tommy Rees and yours actually, with me imploring Rees to play Kyle on offense. Normally these are simply enjoyable web happenings, then Kyle Hamilton himself received concerned and issues took off a bit.
To be clear, this isn’t affirmation of something and it might very effectively be web enjoyable with nothing to it, however because it got here up between a few the foremost events I figured I’d put my full ideas on the topic in a full piece.
How May This Work?
Normally when the subject of Kyle Hamilton on offense comes up the pure response is to suggest throwing him some fades on the objective line. Not that it is a unhealthy thought, it is rather a lot not, however it doesn’t need to be restricted to that. Bear in mind, Kyle was a two means participant in highschool and was utilized in a wide range of methods–jet sweeps, put up routes, wild cat quarterback, fast screens. And in response to what his mom posted throughout all the happenings yesterday, he was fairly efficient in any respect of these issues.
The purpose is, Kyle just isn’t new to having the ball in his fingers in a wide range of methods and wouldn’t be a fish out of water on that facet of the ball.
Think about a lineup of Kevin Austin to the sphere, Michael Mayer within the slot, Kyle Hamilton to the boundary, with Kyren Williams and Chris Tyree within the again area, motioning round and looking out typically threatening. That is someplace contained in the opponent 40 yard line. There’s fairly a bit to be involved with for the protection, which is form of the purpose. They’ll need to deal with Meyer and Austin, however then there’s a cyborg to the boundary, and likewise versatility and velocity within the backfield. Given the dimensions of this group, operating could be very a lot in play, vertical passing is in play, brief passing in play.
Or how a couple of state of affairs the place Kyle traces up barely indifferent virtually like a good finish, with Mayer within the slot, and Austin outdoors of them in journeys. This fashion Kyle can get matched up down the center with both a security or linebacker, very similar to Florida used Kyle Pitts so successfully final season. If you wish to see how this might look, that is how is highschool staff used him to show defenses.
This in fact doesn’t need to be a daily factor, possibly 5-10 snaps a sport. However, it doesn’t take a lot for a participant like him to efficient, that’s the entire level. He’s so proficient he solely wants a number of alternatives to wreck a protection or create an enormous play.
Will It Impression His Play On Protection?
This can be a variable that’s laborious to mission and one thing I’ve heard fairly a bit is “he’s too necessary to the protection” which I initially took as not wanting him to get harm. The extra I thought of it, I noticed it as extra of assertion of needing to maintain his play on the defensive facet at as excessive a degree as doable. There’s a situation the place Kyle saves some vitality defensively as a result of he’s received some offensive snaps coming. In case you’ve ever gone each methods at the highschool degree, or past, you recognize there’s a sure diploma of vitality administration there. Would that be mitigated by extra of a bit position?
I figured quite than prognosticate how which may go, I ought to ask somebody who has really been on this place. Jeff Burris is a former first staff All-American security at Notre Dame whereas additionally taking part in on the offensive facet of the ball for 2 seasons. All through his profession, Burris touched the ball offensively 30 occasions for 139 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s presently the cornerbacks coach on the College of Louisiana and he was sort sufficient to speak to me about his expertise at Notre Dame and the way he managed his time between the 2 positions.
“It didn’t take away a minute of my prep time on protection,” Burris stated. “I used to be fairly conscious of what we have been doing schematically on protection and we had solely designated sure days to go over the offensive package deal.”
One of many greater points relating to whether or not to play Kyle on offense is the tole that could possibly be positioned on his physique and the specter of harm. Burris indicated it wasn’t a fear for him.
“So far as the wear and tear and tear, I liked being on the sphere so I NEVER thought of it in any respect,” he stated. “If me being on the sphere was going to assist us win then I used to be all in.” Burris was additionally in favor of the thought of utilizing Kyle on the offensive facet of the ball.
“I feel he is an exceptional athlete and soccer participant. And I can inform he likes to play the sport of soccer. I used to be lucky sufficient to play on the objective line offense solely as a result of we had some studs on our D-Line. Coach Holtz determined to maneuver me from the primary protection to see if I could possibly be efficient. It wasn’t essentially something I did, Aaron Taylor, Tim Ruddy, Todd Norman and the remainder of the O-Line did their factor and the remainder is historical past. It was only a easy alternative allotted to me,” Burris defined. “It was not a greatest participant on the staff state of affairs like with Kyle.”
“Do I feel Kyle ought to play offense? Completely! He’s the most effective participant on the staff and needs to be given each alternative to indicate the nation his skills.”
The Danger Of Damage
That is in fact continuously talked about and I don’t give it a lot credence. After all there’s threat concerned, if the participant is pleased with it and the household is pleased with it what extra is there to speak about? Kyle received harm within the first sport final yr on some fluke play the place somebody fell on his ankle. That didn’t cease them from sending Kyle all the way down to cowl punts when he returned to the lineup. We’ve seen star and indispensable gamers resembling Drue Tranquill, Alohi Gilman, Chase Claypool, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, and Kyle himself operating all the way down to cowl punts and kickoffs. Why is it an appropriate harm threat for Kyle to cowl kicks, however to not catch touchdowns? That doesn’t make a lot sense to me.
Go For It
All offseason we’ve heard speak of taking possibilities and being aggressive. However, in terms of taking part in the most effective participant on offense and protection, they don’t need it. I say if the participant needs it and the workers can use him, then go for it. It will possibly assist the staff. Everybody is aware of Kyle is particular. Phrases and phrases being written about him being generational this offseason. So use your generational participant. He can do issues the opponent can’t scheme in opposition to and you’ll’t actually scheme for. He could make performs that aren’t there to be made. So let’s do it and be legends.