CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves Football: Three things to watch against West Texas A&M
After a convincing week one victory, the 7th ranked CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves travel to take on the West Texas A&M Buffalos. The Buffalos are coming off of a week one loss to 13th ranked Azusa Pacific. The ThunderWolves are now in the top 10 again for the first time in a year. Can they continue their week one dominance in week two on the road? Here are three things to look watch for the ThunderWolves as the travel to Texas.
- Can the defense maintain?
The CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves rank 51st in the country in total defense after week one. They only allowed 311 yards to the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers. Last season the Orediggers were the number one offense in Division II.
The ThunderWolves run defense will get an early test. The Buffaloes run game averaged 4.5 yards per carry last week. They ran for 223 yards. The Pack defense will have to stiffen up just as it did in week one. It only allowed 94 yards to the Orediggers.
- Will they maintain a QB rotation?
In week one, the ThunderWolves employed a three QB rotation. The junior, Brandon Edwards got the start. He was able to show off his solid arm. The 6”2’ QB went 12-17 for 150 yards and 2 TDs and 0 INTs.
In the second half, the Thunderwolves brought in the runner. 6”1’ junior AJ Thompson came off the bench and showed his multi-faceted game. He went 6-10 with 76 Yds 2TDs and 0 INTs thru the air. He also used his legs for an outstanding 51 yds on 4 carries. That is an average of 13 yds/carry.
Senior Rex Dausin also saw action late.
Can CSU-Pueblo keep this rotation and have success throughout the season or will Head Coach John Wristen be forced to eventually make a decision on one guy for four quarters?
- Will The ThunderWolves offense stay balanced?
The CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves were very balanced on offense in week one. They ran the ball 31 times and went to the air 32. They totaled 465 yards in total offense. There are NFL teams who do not have this kind of balance.
If the ThunderWolves are able to maintain this balance on offense it will be tough on the competition. Not knowing what the offense is going to run plays into their hands.
The CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves are looking good after week one. Can they keep up this dominance heading into week 2? If so, we could possibly be seeing the makings of something special again in Pueblo.
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Editor’s Note: Featured Image courtesy of Bill Sabo – CSU-Pueblo Athletics.