Connor Cook: Comfort Food

Comfort food and football go together like apple pie and America. Mark Schofield takes this comparison to one of the quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft class: Connor Cook. Although not a standout with any one trait, Cook is solid across the board, not unlike your standby dish at your favorite restaurant.  We all have them,…

Vernon Adams On Two: Play Within Structure

Like any good researcher, Mark Schofield despises a small sample size. Unfortunately, prospect evaluation is almost always too early, or without all the information necessary. Thus, we have our series: On Two, in which Inside The Pylon examines two plays from a quarterback that address traits that scouts are talking about. In recent weeks many draft evaluators have turned their sights on Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams as one of…

CFB Big Gain: Vernon Adams Connected With Taj Griffin On A Wheel Route

The Oregon Ducks have moved on from Marcus Mariota and his replacement is doing just fine. In their matchup with the Stanford Cardinal, Vernon Adams connected with Taj Griffin for a game changing touchdown pass. Mark Schofield demonstrates how a well-executed mesh concept resulted in the score. Last week, Inside the Pylon broke done some…

CFB Film Review: Vernon Adams Wins Throw of the Week

Each week in college football, there are many wonderful throws but there can be only one winner. There were many contenders, including Deshaun Watson’s long strike against Appalachian State or Trevone Boykin’s 60-yard strike to Kolby Listenbee. Mark Schofield‘s inaugural Throw of the Week award goes to Vernon Adams ‒ and not for his impromptu left-handed toss in the…

CFB Film Review: MSU Defense Did Its Homework

The Michigan State Spartans emerged victorious in the first meeting between Top-10 teams this season, knocking off the Oregon Ducks 31-28. Mark Schofield previewed the matchup, and looks at the tape from Saturday to show how the MSU defense did its homework. The Spartans rode to victory behind a solid performance from quarterback Connor Cook and…

Friday Walkthrough: Big Games in the SEC and in East Lansing

Some big games are on this weekend’s CFB slate. Our Friday Walkthrough will get you ready for all the action including the big rematch between Oregon and Michigan State. Head writer Mark Schofield breaks down what to expect this CFB weekend. Film Reviews Here are some pieces about last weekend in college football that you might have missed: Rosen Makes…

A Trait-Based Comparison of Vernon Adams and Marcus Mariota

Mark Schofield thinks Vernon Adams and Marcus Mariota share many of the same traits, making the transition from Heisman winner to FCS transfer easier for the Oregon Ducks. The big question is size, as Adams has the athletic ability and competitive toughness to succeed. In addition to familiarity with the offensive schemes used by Oregon, Adams displays many of the same…

Three Reasons Marcus Mariota Should Go #1 Overall

Inside The Pylon‘s head writer Mark Schofield has spent the last three months watching quarterbacks and wide receivers, evaluating their potential on film, at the Combine and at Pro Days. This quarterback’s footwork, strengths and weaknesses, and transition to the next level have all gone under the microscope and now it’s time for final arguments on…