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I was planning on committing to Oregon State to play football in January of 1999 on my official visit. The week before my trip to Corvallis, the other schools that I had offers from pulled the offers that they had made and moved on to the next prospects on their perspective lists. I understood that they were doing what they needed to do. I knew that Coach Riley was being looked at by teams in the NFL, but, I didn’t know that he was actually going to go. Coach Riley’s departure left me in limbo. My official visit had been cancelled and I was unsure if there would even be a scholarship waiting for me with the new head coach.
A few days later while warming up for a high school basketball game in mid January in the Lancerdome at Churchill High School, Mark Lewis, also known as ‘Denny Green’ around the team for his Vikings Pullover, approached me with a huge grin on his face to tell me that Dennis Erickson was the new head coach at Oregon State. My initial reaction was, “Who is Dennis Erickson?”. One has to understand that at this point in my life, I was a basketball junkie and had just started following major college football other than the Beavers or Ducks.
Coach Erickson honored the scholarship that Coach Riley had offered me. I learned lots of football playing for him and his staff. Most notably, I learned that football is a physical game and that there is a proper way to play it. Coach Erickson and I have stayed in touch with each other over the years. We even coached against each other last year as I was at Crescent Valley H.S. and he was at South Albany H.S. serving as OC under his son Bryce.
I have seen Coach Erickson’s philosophy on offense remain consistent. He loves to run the ball, throw quick routes, and take shots deep. He has three excellent wide receivers at Utah and a mobile quarterback that can move the pocket and help his running back gain yards.
In an already tough environment to win, having a coach like Dennis Erickson on their staff makes the job of any DC defending Utah’s offense in Salt Lake a little bit harder.
Tomorrow, we will take a closer look at what I will be watching for during the game Saturday night.
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