We don’t run AirRaid or Run N Shoot, or high-level pro-style, but the first two schemes work well with really athletic “smurf” WRs. USC now runs Air Raid, but historically they just pull 5 star WRs every year with a QB who can sling it.
Just as we’ve just recently been successful with getting LBs to the NFL - with Lloyd being an obvious next candidate - I think with the array of QBs Ludwig has coming in, at least one will be able to distribute the ball to make the throw game more capable than it has been.
As we see with the NFL game, a really accurate QB can overcome really tight coverage, so I think even if we don’t have Steve Smith-like athleticism and ability to separate, an accurate QB will put the onus on Enis, Thompson, Covey, et al, to make tough catches in tight coverage. They’re up for that challenge.
Success in the throw game will take pressure off the run game, help the OL look better, and we’ll be getting looks from elite WR recruits.
You have to basically create your own pipeline. As long as we’re not turning the ball over too much, Whittingham will trust Ludwig to open things up. Whit would love to have the offense we had with Alex Smith throwing the ball all over the field.