Kevin Kelley has gained national notoriety with his coaching style and outcomes in the first two weeks of the college football season.
Kelley, who has moved up to the college level for the first time after mastering Arkansas High School football for over 20 years, won his first two games at DI-FCS school Presbyterian College, but ran into some trouble in Week 3.
If you're unfamiliar with Kelley's story, or his play-calling style that has turned heads at every level, you can read about him HERE.
Presbyterian faced two NAIA teams in its first two weeks of the season, winning those two games by an average of 53 points. Quarterback Ren Hefley had 14 touchdowns and only two interceptions over those first two games.
However, in Week 3 the team played a bigger challenge in their first FCS opponent, Campbell College.
Campbell will be one of the better teams that Presbyterian will face this season, but they were not up to the task in Week 3. The Camels of Campbell College brought their best game and took it to Kelley’s Presbyterian College.
The final score of the game was 72-0 in favor of Campbell College.
The team played with its usual aggressive tactics, but this time the difference in talent level of the opposition may have shown some flaws in the game plan. The offense struggled to say the least.
The aggressive nature lead to throwing seven interceptions, giving the Camels many offensive possessions in plus territory that were turned into points. It starts to beg the question of if this video game like style of play is works against the better competition.
The strategy forces the defense of the other team to stop the team constantly and if they cannot limit the offense of Presbyterian to 10 yards over four plays the offense will score every time down the field.
However, when the defense has the edge in talent or game plan the team is in a very deep hole and handing the opponent many advantageous opportunities.
A good NFL analogy for the situation is the aggression from John Harbaugh going for two and going for it on short 4th down situations. However, the difference is that they have more athleticism and speed than most all their opponents, which is why the aggression works.
Presbyterian is not blessed with the same talent and therefore may mean this style of play will not work. The Blue Hose will have a chance to redeem themselves in week four against league opponent Dayton.