The 2019 LSU soccer staff undeniably featured among the finest receiver teams in school soccer, and a big a part of that success stemmed from the usage of a robotic quarterback.
A 6-foot, 350-pound passing machine known as “The Seeker” is “far more sophisticated” than a standard passing machine. Passes are fired at 100 MPH, and receiving routes could be programmed right into a touchscreen interface.
The Seeker can throw six balls in 10 seconds, and it will probably make 5 to six extra passes than a daily passing machine. It’s protected to say the superior degree the trio of LSU’s 2019 receivers performed at throughout the season has lots to do with this superior system.
“They cherished it,” LSU Director of Athletic Training Jack Marucci told SDS. “It was a novel system and no one had it on the time … all of them skilled it, all of them used it, they did all of the testing with the system to have a look at how they catch the ball. I’d say positively they loved it. It made it extra enjoyable to do the work.”
One other benefit the Tigers noticed from this machine was permitting quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Myles Brennan to have some relaxation in between reps whereas permitting receivers to proceed coaching at a excessive degree.
“These huge receivers, they don’t want a quarterback. Now they’ll run routes the place you place within the play scripts and allow them to even have a observe and not using a quarterback,” Marucci stated. “They only wanna catch footballs.”
Head coach Ed Orgeron was blown away throughout an indication of The Seeker after witnessing it run punt cowl drills. The common quantity of punts a standard passing machine can get within the allotted time is 10 to 12. The seeker acquired 52 reps.
“The creativity that a few of these coaches have with devising their very own routes, we’re only a piece of that puzzle,” Karlicic stated. “We have been very fortunate to have discovered that relationship (with LSU), however for us, it was about getting that suggestions, getting that growth and for them to be the very best staff they may probably be. You noticed the results of that play out.”
Through the 2019 season, The Seeker turned such a distinguished a part of LSU’s offense it traveled within the tools truck on away video games.
The Seeker has additionally been utilized by Iowa, Oklahoma, SMU, Virginia and Northwestern and on the NFL degree, tight ends George Kittle, T.J. Hockenson and Hunter Henry. Because the phrase will get out, it’s anticipated to take over the complete school soccer and NFL world.