STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTOK) - Just over 50 days until Joe Moorhead's Bulldogs will take the field for their season opener, the second year head man held a chalk talk session today for the media.
Moorhead dove heavily into the X's and O's, breaking down his offensive concepts and schemes and analyzing game film. "Joe-Mo" is known as one of the most innovative offensive minds in college football for his use of the run-pass option, which puts the defense at a disadvantage when game-planning.
Before coming to Starkville, Moorhead was the offensive coordinator at Penn State where he won a Big Ten Championship in year one, and a Fiesta Bowl in year two.
"I think specifically with some of the RPO [run-pass option] stuff you see defenses playing more man to man coverage to take the air out of the zone, and really not put a second or third level defender in conflict," Moorhead said.
"There's some things in the ever-evolving chess game that we've had to do, but I think in terms of defending the RPO that's the thing we've seen in the past few years."
Moorhead will be reunited with his former backup quarterback Tommy Stevens this season, after the fifth-year senior announced he would graduate transfer to Mississippi State last month.