Things learned, observed around Osan Amerian football camp
-- Look everywhere around Osan American football, and you see a great many things that look like their lone Far East Division I football title season.
-- The old-school coaches who helped the program’s poobah Tony Alvarado build that title team. Then-assistants Duke Allen and Mike Horan are firmly entrenched into their second season back at the helm, and they’re doing things the way the Cougars used to when they were reaching title games last decade.
-- That Maryland I offense, a triple-back I set that resembles something out of a 1940s college football clip shot from helicopter height. Or that double wing that resembles Fisher DeBerry’s set at the Air Force Academy in the 1980s.
-- Plenty of energy around Cougars camp. There’s even talk harkening back to that 2005 championship game, played before 2,000-plus people crowding Cougars Field.
-- But boy, the work it’s going to take to get there. Like the rest of the DODDS Korea football corps, there’s a small core of veteran leaders surrounded by players as green as the field turf.
-- Replacing star running back B.J. Bryant will be a chore. Quarterback Kenny Mack Stewart comes off a serious knee injury. Let’s see if Tim Ampa’s track skills translate at running back.
-- Man, I thought Kadena and Kubasaki were the most fierce rivals in the Pacific. Better move over, Panthers and Dragons; Osan powder blue and Daegu green and white get along as a cobra does with a mongoose.
-- Losing its first game at Kadena to Typhoon Bolaven will hurt. Osan will do nothing but practice for five weeks prior to traveling to Robert D. Edgren. Allen is seeking a foe, any foe, to play on Sept. 1, be it Seoul American’s junior varsity, a Korean team; they’ve even invited American School In Japan to play.