“Their receivers adjusted to different coverages and made the quarterback right more often than not, because they just did it so often. They just repeated what they did and guys got used to doing it. You don't have to have a lot of plays, because your guys really understand where to be and where to create space.”
Couch was the youngest quarterback to take over an Air Raid. He was a sophomore in 1997, when Kentucky's offense took the nation by storm. The Wildcats went just 5-6 but scored 27 on Mississippi State, 28 on Florida, 40 on Alabama, 28 on LSU and 31 on Tennessee. The next year, Kentucky scored 35 on Florida, and Gator defensive coordinator Bob Stoops vowed to implement the offense if he ever had his own program. Which he did the next year with Leach.
Couch became the No. 1 pick of the 1999 NFL Draft. He eventually went 22-37 as the Browns' starting quarterback and is considered a pro bust. But Couch remains the only Air Raid quarterback to quarterback an NFL win.
That's a later assignment for Lunt. He's not being asked to win games for the Dallas Cowboys. He's been asked to win games for the OSU Cowboys.
“He's doing fine,” Monken said. “He's doing really good. He gets it. Does he get everything we're doing? No. Half the stuff, he doesn't answer the question right in the meeting, he's still trying to figure it out, what I want to hear, what he thinks is right, whatever. Eventually it's all going to come together. Hopefully that'll be by Sept. 1.
“But the things he does, he's smart, he's accurate. He's got a good idea of what teams are trying to do (defensively). What are we doing? Where do I go with it? He's done great. He'll be fine.”
Air Raid rookies always are.
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