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Friday, December 2, 2011

A Riddle Wrapped In A Mystery Inside An Enigma

Theo Riddick Kick Off Return
To steal from Sir Winston Churchill. 
Looking back at the play of Theo Riddick this year he appears to fit Churchill’s famous phrase quite nicely.

He won the kick return, punt return, and WR positions at the start of the season.

He started nine games at WR, was out with a hamstring injury for two, and participated in the Stanford game but did not start.

Theo lasted all of two punt return attempts.  Both infamous and memorable in the USF game.  Two for two yards plus a fumble and one of the two was a muff he recovered. 

He was used eight times in three games at kick-off returning for 166 yards.

As a wide receiver Theo caught 36 passes for 429 yards and three touchdowns.  Two of those TD’s were in the MSU game.  A game looking back I don’t know how we won.  His best game was against AFA where he racked up eight receptions for 83 yards and his third TD.

His rushing yards were 6 carries for 27 yards.  In the Stanford game he earned six of those yards in four carries.  The other two rushes were reverses/end a round.

When all said and done, I’m sure Theo would agree that a number of experiments did not work out.  This includes his efforts being less than a 100% at running back in the Stanford game.  I’m not sure why Coach Brian Kelly did not utilize either George Atkinson or Cam McDaniel in the Stanford beating.

Here’s hoping Theo can find himself in the Champs Bowl and next year.

Here’s hoping Brian Kelly can figure out how best to use Theo’s speed and talent.

BTW.  The phrase originated from a statement made by Churchill in 1939 about what role the Soviet Union might play in WWII.

“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia.  It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigna, but perhaps there is a key.  That key is Russian national interest.”

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Anonymous said...

Has McDaniel been "red shirted" so far? I agree;when the contest is no longer in doubt (one way or the other) turn the tigers loose.

Grim Jack

Subway Alumni said...


McDaniel has played in seven games on Special Teams. Two tackles. I don't know if it's punts or KO's.

He's not that big. But must be pretty good to burn a red shirt on ST's.

Kelly plays a lot of starters on ST. He thinks it's that important, yet our punt returns sucks.

Had to throw that in there.

Subway Alumni