Bil Lynch’s radio show Monday night was as uneventful as usual, but there were a few mildly interesting responses to questions.
For one thing, the breakdown in blocking Saturday that lead to the block punt on which Akron scored its second touchdown will not discourage Lynch for continuing to use spread punt and the rugby punt.
“What it does is, it’s a spread formation,” Lynch said. “So it spreads everybody out, and you have multiple eligible receivers, so it kind of spreads the defense out. What I think happened is the traditional pro-style punt, what we used to call the spread punt, people found ways to rush the punter. That particularly was what happened to us last year. … When the season was over, we looked at everything we were doing. We just thought it could give us an advantage and take the heat off the punter. What it does is it gives you four gunners down the field. … We have a bunch of guys that can get down the field quicker, and it also slows the rush down a little bit.”
A caller into the radio show asked Lynch if he would be willing to use the triple option offense. It’s been kind to Navy, which had Ohio State on the ropes in the opening week, as well as Georgia Tech and others. Lynch said he likes the offense and considers it tough to defend, but isn’t looking to make a switch.
“Triple option football is a very very difficult thing to defend because you don’t see much of it,” Lynch said. “… I think the biggest thing is you have to make a total commitment to it. You really can’t mix pro-style offense with triple option offense because of the time demands and what you’re looking for in personnel. It’s certainly been a successful offense and the military academies and shown that in the last couple of years, but we like what we’re doing.”
Funny moment came when Will Patterson’s younger brother called in to ask the senior linebacker what he’d learned about leadership. Patterson told everybody that his younger brother is going to graduate from an Indianapolis charter school at age 15 and he’s thinking about going to Purdue for engineering. Patterson said he’s doing everything in his power to make sure he picks another engineering school.