Aaron Roderick armed with new offensive insight

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Longtime coach spent past year examining offenses, including Toledo, Northwestern.

“Northwestern quietly wins 10 games every year with some of the worst players in the country,” he says. “They have slow, smart players. I was fascinated by that. They have great coaches. I was interested in how they get so much out of their guys.”

This wasn’t a casual exercise for Roderick. He might watch one play 20 times to understand all that was happening — blocking schemes, quarterback reads, etc. After taking notes, he texted or called coaches to get more details about the execution of the offense and certain plays.

“When you’re working on a staff,” he says, “you watch so much film, but you don’t get to choose what you watch. You have to watch your next opponent. I had a year to study what I wanted to study. I tried to spend several hours each day on it.”

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