Gregg Brandon takes the spread back to Bowling Green

2011-09-16T14:00:00Z Gregg Brandon takes the spread back to Bowling Green Casper Star-Tribune Online
September 16, 2011 2:00 pm

In his first season as Wyoming's offensive coordinator, Gregg Brandon has fans excited about a spread offense they hoped to see under Dave Christensen.

Sure, the Pokes haven't played an FCS team yet, but Brett Smith and the Pokes have still created some buzz.

Today, Brandon takes that spread back to Bowling Green, where he and Urban Meyer turned heads with it about a decade ago. The Falcons set a slew of records when Brandon was Meyer's offensive coordinator and when Brandon took over as head coach.

He didn't leave on the greatest of terms, but in terms of wins and numbers, Brandon sure left his mark.

I'll take a look at Brandon's return and the evolution of the spread offense in our third edition of CoinToss in tomorrow's paper. Be sure to pick one up.

In the meantime, here's what some of the Cowboys are saying about Brandon and the spread offense:

"In high school that's what we ran, we ran the spread offense," true freshman Dominic Rufran said. "When I came to make my decision of where I wanted to go, I knew Wyoming was running the spread and that was one of the main decisions that I chose here."

Still, when Rufran made his decision to come to Laramie, Marcus Arroyo was still the Pokes' offensive coordinator. Brandon only took over right around Signing Day this past spring.

"I love Coach Brandon; he's a great coach," Rufran said. "He's enthusiastic. He knows what he's talking about. I love being coached by him because he loves to critique me. He just cares. He cares about his players, he cares about his athletes, he cares about his coaches."

It didn't take long for returning players to get excited about what Brandon would bring to the table, either.

"I did a little bit of research and saw that he had actually coached here and he coached two great receivers in Ryan Yarborough and Marcus Harris," senior receiver Mazi Ogbonna said. "When I saw that, I was really excited.

"I knew everything was going to get better from then on."

And it has. The Pokes rank in the top-third of FBS programs in every major offensive statistical category right now.

"[Brandon] knows what he's doing; he knows what he's talking about," Ogbonna said. "He knows what he wants, he knows how he wants it to be done and it's just up to us to execute his gameplan. He's in the driver's seat."

Again, make sure you pick up a CoinToss early tomorrow morning. It'll surely get you ready for the 10 a.m. kickoff.



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