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Posted: 9/2/2014 7:16 AM

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So Gardner had a pretty solid first game as a starter. Looks like he has the potential to be pretty damn good. With that being said, if Gardner is our starting QB for the next 3 years then how does Bobby utilize Reggie Bonnafon?

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Posted: 9/2/2014 7:34 AM

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Have him play the entire second half Saturday and make his as ready as possible for whenever Gardner has to sit out over the next three years. It's bound to happen.
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Posted: 9/2/2014 7:40 AM

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Was at the game and haven't watched the replay yet, but I thought Gardner had a less than solid game.  Threw behind recievers more than once. Looked flustered when protection broke down. Didn't hold on to the ball very well when hit, and seemed to have a hard time finding recievers. I'd call it less than solid. Was just expecting a little more "polished" look from a CBP quarterback. But, Miami was a quality team and he will get better.
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Posted: 9/2/2014 7:50 AM

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Started off a little shaky but I thought his performance and confidence grew as the game went on, I would say pretty solid for first start against what we will see was a really solid D.

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Was at the game and haven't watched the replay yet, but I thought Gardner had a less than solid game.  Threw behind recievers more than once. Looked flustered when protection broke down. Didn't hold on to the ball very well when hit, and seemed to have a hard time finding recievers. I'd call it less than solid. Was just expecting a little more "polished" look from a CBP quarterback. But, Miami was a quality team and he will get better.

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Posted: 9/2/2014 7:50 AM

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send2den wrote: Was at the game and haven't watched the replay yet, but I thought Gardner had a less than solid game.  Threw behind recievers more than once. Looked flustered when protection broke down. Didn't hold on to the ball very well when hit, and seemed to have a hard time finding recievers. I'd call it less than solid. Was just expecting a little more "polished" look from a CBP quarterback. But, Miami was a quality team and he will get better.
While Will did have a couple of mistakes, he was 20-28 for over 200 yds and 2 TD's. Not bad taking over for an NFL 1st Rd pick. Murray St will be a great opportunity for him to improve in some areas.

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Posted: 9/2/2014 7:51 AM

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send2den wrote: Was at the game and haven't watched the replay yet, but I thought Gardner had a less than solid game.  Threw behind recievers more than once. Looked flustered when protection broke down. Didn't hold on to the ball very well when hit, and seemed to have a hard time finding recievers. I'd call it less than solid. Was just expecting a little more "polished" look from a CBP quarterback. But, Miami was a quality team and he will get better.

He wasn't spectacular, but he wasn't bad.  This was, technically, his first ever college football game (not counting the 3 minutes he got last year under Strong).  Granted, you can't fumble the ball twice like he did, but he still completed 71% of his passes, for over 200 yards and 2 TD's.  Not too shabby in my book.

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Posted: 9/2/2014 7:56 AM

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Gardner improved as the game went on.    He did throw behind his receivers during the first series, but his accuracy improved quite a bit in the second half.      

... and I am sure we will see plenty of Reggie Bonnafon this week.

    

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Posted: 9/2/2014 8:17 AM

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Gardner was solid. Opening against Miami is a tough challenge. We're used to Bridgewater's near perfect decision-making, but we should remember that Teddy was eased into the rotation as a freshman.

We're in great shape at QB.
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Posted: 9/2/2014 9:47 AM

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Will looked solid with very conservative play calling.  Time will tell how good he will be.
send2den wrote: Was at the game and haven't watched the replay yet, but I thought Gardner had a less than solid game.  Threw behind recievers more than once. Looked flustered when protection broke down. Didn't hold on to the ball very well when hit, and seemed to have a hard time finding recievers. I'd call it less than solid. Was just expecting a little more "polished" look from a CBP quarterback. But, Miami was a quality team and he will get better.
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Posted: 9/2/2014 9:55 AM

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I thought Gardner looked respectable and finished with decent % of 65% or so on completions.

My biggest issue with Gardner is that he is taking too long to check down his receivers and make decisions. Maybe that will come with time. Also, he tends to not understand how to elude pressure. TB would feel pressure and move up in pocket or float away from it. WG seems to just freeze and collapse.

If he is going to be successful, he needs to have more poise in the pocket and touch on his passes. There were 3-4 drops by WR, but he was throwing the ball so hard at only 10 yards away that the receivers could not hold on. Sometimes, you have to learn the right touch on the ball and it doesn't have to be 100mph from 10 yds away to be a completion.

I think poise, touch and decision making is where Bonnafon is better than Gardner.   When I saw RB in the last scrimmage, he has the poise and touch of a Jr and not a true Freshman.



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Posted: 9/2/2014 9:59 AM

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I think Will did ok and he will improve with ever game no doubt. What worries me the most about him is the fact that Petrino is bringing in so many QB's on top of what we already have. I many be thinking to much into it but it makes feel like he's not sold on Will completely.
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Posted: 9/2/2014 10:10 AM

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Maybe he is sold on Will, he just doesn't want to be left with no depth at QB, in case of injuries to QB which is inevitable.



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Posted: 9/2/2014 10:10 AM

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I'm not sure it says anything about Gardner, but rather the 'other guys'.  Nelson will be gone after next year and I think Bolin will as well.  We just have too many new kids being brought into the fold.  I could see Bolin ending up at Western Kentucky with Jeff Brohm next season.  He would have to sit out a year, but could take over when Brandon Doughty is gone. 

After those two leave, it would leave us with the following next season:

Gardner
Bonnafon
Ferguson
Bruggman
Thomas
Jackson

That is still a LOT of quarterbacks.  Six scholarship quarterbacks is a ton.  I think that perhaps Thomas gets converted to another position.  I suppose we won't have to worry about injuries at the position with that many options.
wmcard wrote: I think Will did ok and he will improve with ever game no doubt. What worries me the most about him is the fact that Petrino is bringing in so many QB's on top of what we already have. I many be thinking to much into it but it makes feel like he's not sold on Will completely.
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Posted: 9/2/2014 11:08 AM

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And NO interceptions with at least two dropped passes and still had a 71% completion rate.  Not bad at all for a first career start against a team that bore no resemblance at all to Tennessee Martin..  biggrin
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send2den wrote: Was at the game and haven't watched the replay yet, but I thought Gardner had a less than solid game.  Threw behind recievers more than once. Looked flustered when protection broke down. Didn't hold on to the ball very well when hit, and seemed to have a hard time finding recievers. I'd call it less than solid. Was just expecting a little more "polished" look from a CBP quarterback. But, Miami was a quality team and he will get better.
While Will did have a couple of mistakes, he was 20-28 for over 200 yds and 2 TD's. Not bad taking over for an NFL 1st Rd pick. Murray St will be a great opportunity for him to improve in some areas.

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Posted: 9/2/2014 11:15 AM

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Gardner looked shaky at first and needs to learn to throw the ball away when necessary.

With that said, I agree the performance was solid. He took what the defense gave him and didn't force anything. There were some dropped passes for large gains as well. Also, he didn't have Parker who catches anything thrown within 10 yards of him.

Petrino develops quarterbacks better than anyone in the game. We may struggle a bit but will be fine long-term.

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Posted: 9/2/2014 11:19 AM

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cardadistance wrote: And NO interceptions with at least two dropped passes and still had a 71% completion rate.  Not bad at all for a first career start against a team that bore no resemblance at all to Tennessee Martin..  biggrin
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send2den wrote: Was at the game and haven't watched the replay yet, but I thought Gardner had a less than solid game.  Threw behind recievers more than once. Looked flustered when protection broke down. Didn't hold on to the ball very well when hit, and seemed to have a hard time finding recievers. I'd call it less than solid. Was just expecting a little more "polished" look from a CBP quarterback. But, Miami was a quality team and he will get better.
While Will did have a couple of mistakes, he was 20-28 for over 200 yds and 2 TD's. Not bad taking over for an NFL 1st Rd pick. Murray St will be a great opportunity for him to improve in some areas.
No doubt. Considering the drops, he should have been ~22-28 for 250+
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Posted: 9/2/2014 12:28 PM

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Will played pretty well, but I agree with those that said he needs a bit of work on how to handle pressure.  As CBP said, tucking the ball when he gets pressured, not throwing a wild pass when going down for a sack and winning by 7, eluding the pressure to get a hail mary pass off, and simply recognizing the rush and knowing when to give up on the play and either throw the ball away or take the sack are all areas for improvement.  

However, this was a fantastic way for him to learn these things.  We played a tough opponent, he made some poor decisions, and we still won the game by 18 points.  Since I don't live in town anymore, I don't know about Bonnafon other than what I've read here, but I'd like to see other QBs get some work this weekend.  I think this experience does nothing but help Gardner though - I couldn't think of a better way to learn.  He made some really nice plays as well, so he can keep his head up AND still learn from his mistakes.
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Posted: 9/2/2014 1:55 PM

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Gardner is our starter.

But much like Brohm/Cantwell situation Bobby LOVES having his backup GAME READY!!   If the lead gets out of hand I could see him sitting Will for a few series in the 2nd half of the games to get Reggie some valuable PT, in case of an injury of something.noidea

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Posted: 9/2/2014 2:24 PM

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If Gardner holds onto the ball, he will be fine.  He throws a beautiful ball and he was accurate.  The rush got to him a couple of times but he will get better at that with more game time.   The good thing is that we have a couple of games for him to get comfortable.
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Posted: 9/2/2014 2:27 PM

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Redshirt Bonnafon so there's only two years of overlap. It's funny seeing people trying to push Bolin out. He's already used a redshirt year so what, he just wastes another year of eligibility transferring to WKU? Yeah...
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