As spring practice opened today in Clifton one of the most pressing questions of the day is about the offense. What will the personnel be? What will the formations look like? What will the run/pass balance be? With a first time playcaller like Offensive Coordinator Eddie Gran the answers to all of those questions are, and will remain for awhile, fluid. To start on the process you have to look at who he has worked for, and more importantly who his bosses worked for early on in their careers. Which takes us to Southern California in the mid 70's.
One of the most under utilized players for the Bearcats under Butch Jones and Mike Bajakian was Ralph David Abernathy IV. Will Eddie Gran and Darrin Hinshaw find a way to get the speedster more involved in the offense.
Anytime you try to figure out what a first time offensive coordinators offense will look like it pays dividends to look at who he has worked under and what they did. In Grans case that means a trip back in time and space.