Jeff Durden knows Russ Huesman all too well. Durden was the offensive coordinator at James Madison,aand Huesman was the defensive coordinator at Richmond. "I was always afraid that they were looking to score on defense. They weren't just going to stop you. They were going to try to score."
Durden scored big with Huesman when he said his offense will utilitze all of its components. Said Durden,"I think the job here is to convince these players that it isn't just about one or two or three guys. We want to get everybody involved." Added Huesman,"In his interview, the thing that I liked the most. He said I want to get a lot of people involved in the offense."
Durden describes his offense as reckless, at least when he's not talking to Huesman. Said Huesman,"He never said that. I read that in the paper."(laughter)
But reckless is not a philosophy from the Longest Yard movie or anything. Said Durden,"The 20-yard shuttle. Usually they run that in about four seconds or four-point three, whatever. Or low four's. That's about as long as a football play lasts. If we can convince our kids to go that hard, and play that fast from down to down, I think that's what we are trying to get to as far as just playing wide open."
Huesman has joked that he never goes to the offensive side of the ball in practice. And apparently he's not kidding. Said Durden,"When I got here on sunday, he didn't even have a key to the offensive staff room."(laguther)
While Huesman may not have the key to the offensive staff room, Durden believes he has the key to the success. Said Durden,"UTC seems to me like a very dynamic place. Things are happening around here. I know they are right on the verge."