Zac Dysert is struggling to get things going on a consistent level in Mobile. On the biggest stage, with his competition breathing down his neck, Dysert hasn’t taken full advantage of this enormous opportunity.
This comes to my utter surprise as Dysert has made a career of showing up on the biggest stage. Dysert was fantastic in a loss to Ohio State this season. I counted seven dropped balls in the contest, some of which were drops in crunch time or in big spots. That pretty much sums up Dysert’s career at Miami of Ohio. He was 20-27 against Boise State. As a true freshman, he threw at a 70 percent clip against a Cincinnati team that finished eighth in the country.
Dysert had three coordinators in his four seasons. He was a relative no-name from Ada, Ohio that has emerged from Ben Roethlisberger’s huge shadow to break all of Big Ben’s passing records. If you’re looking for an experienced starter, look no further than Dysert. Outside of Matt Barkley, you won’t find a more seasoned quarterback in the draft. He’s played in a slew of offensive schemes, sometimes with a hodgepodge of offensive principles. In 2012, Dysert had little to no help from the running game, a porous offensive line, and very few legitimate weapons.
There’s no doubt that Dysert has the skill set to compete for a starting gig at the next level. There’s also a lot to be frustrated with in Dysert. A four-year starter should have a grasp on simple defensive concepts. Dysert, often, will make mistakes against very simple concepts. It’s maddening to watch him play outstanding and miss a hang corner to throw a pick six. Just about every collegiate quarterback could be criticized for locking onto their first read, but Dysert does it with regularity. It leads to batted balls and costly picks.
I will look at all the aspects of Dysert’s game, both negative and positive with a conclusion at the end that may surprise.
ARM STRENGTH/BALL PLACEMENT
Zac Dysert doesn’t possess the arm strength of Mike Glennon or Ryan Nassib. That said, he can make every throw on the field. The Miami offense was based on the quick passing game this season, so its a rarity to see Dysert making the deep out from the opposite hash. Don Treadwell spent much of the season hiding an atrocious offensive line, particularly the interior. They used a lot of west coast principles to get the ball out quick. It doesn’t allow for much evaluation of Dysert’s arm strength, but it can be seen when Dysert is on the roll, which Treadwell did often this season. When you have a porous offensive line, you throw quick or move the pocket. Miami did plenty of both this season and we look at a play where Dysert is backed up in his endzone and they roll him out. A dangerous play but it’s a real opportunity to see the arm talent that Dysert possesses. Ohio State is in a quarters look with the free safety getting nosey in the backfield.
Dysert can’t set his feet with Jonathan Hankins bearing down on him. Dysert could check this one down into the flats (87) but he decides to take his shot as they won’t come often against Ohio State with his receivers. Dysert has to make a great throw with Brad Roby’s closing speed and the free safety working back over the top. This is a great example of Dysert throwing his receiver open and showing plus arm strength. Read the rest of this entry » «Zac Dysert Film Study»