Offense ?- Coordinator Sonny Dykes
Making the Right Decisions
QB Coach: Sonny Dykes
Last year the Wildcats completed nine touchdown passes. Sonny Dykes helped direct a Texas Tech system that completed five or more in three games, and three or more in seven different games.
Nothing’s promised, of course, but the point is inescapable ?- scoring them by throwing the ball.
Stoops took care assembling his new offensive staff and the bottom line was finding a way to move the ball consistently. The benefit in a
Tuitama Lyon Heavner
For Dykes, that will start with quarterbacks, notably junior Willie Tuitama and redshirt freshman Tyler Lyon. The Cats also bring back Kris Heavner, a fifth-year veteran.
A year ago Tuitama essentially missed three starts and much of five games overall after a series of hard hits to the helmet. That not only slowed his development but took one of the Cats’ best players out of the action. The quick-strike offense, built around swift pressure and more pressure via moving the ball all over the field, should help take some of the pressure off Willie. Plus a year of duty and some new schemes for young linemen will help even more.
Tuitama’s career is yet to be defined, though his two brief seasons (15 games) have shown sparkle that begs for good health and a full year’s worth of growth. Coaches feel he’s capable of 60-percent throwing and have a system that will take advantage of his ability to throw the ball anywhere on the field. He’s accurate and studies the game. He earned freshman All-America honorable mention in his five-game ’05 debut and is the perfect tool for UA’s re-tooling.
Willie Tuitama, 6-3, 225, Jr., 2L
Tyler Lyon, 6-5, 220, Fr-RS
Kris Heavner, 6-3, 230, Sr., 3L
Fall Recruit: Bryson Beirne, 6-3, 215, Fr.
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