Central Oklahoma head football coach Tracy Holland has reason to be excited about his offense.

Central Oklahoma head football coach Tracy Holland has reason to be excited about his offense.
After last season’s 16-12 season-opening loss to Pittsburg State in 2008, Holland and the 16th-ranked Bronchos have solved some of the offensive issues that plagued them against the No. 7 Gorillas.
For one, the Bronchos will not be platooning quarterbacks as they are set on first-team All Lone Star Conference North QB Brandon Noohi.
In last year’s game, Noohi did not last a full game as Holland said the Bronchos were in the process of trying to line out their offensive situation.
“We had a pair of quarterbacks that we were looking at,” Holland said. “With Brandon, he really came around in game five.”
After the Bronchos lost the first four games of the season in 2008, Noohi helped lead Central Oklahoma on a seven-game win streak and the LSC North Division title.
Noohi won the LSC North Division Offensive Player of the Week five of the last seven weeks of the season.
He was 172-of-316 passing for 1,990 yards — the sixth best in UCO history — with 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
Noohi also had 142 yards on the ground with eight touchdowns and finishing with 2,132 total yards — which is fifth on the UNO single-season list.
“He is our leader and our trigger guy,” Holland said. “We are very happy with where he is at.”
But, Holland knows that it will be a difficult task to throw the ball against a stout Pitt State secondary.
“The thing about Pitt State is that is where they return most of their players,” Holland said. “We have to find a way against that kind of defense and the pressure they bring.”
In addition to Noohi, the Bronchos’ offense also touts the return of running back Ben Birmingham, who missed the 2008 season due to injury — suffered during the Pitt State game.
Birmingham had 193 carries for 983 yards and five touchdowns in 2007 — going over the 100-yard mark four times in the process.
The Bronchos also have wide receivers Ryan Gallimore — a first-team All-LSC North receiver in 2008 — and second-teamer Kendall Hendricks — who was second on the team in 2008 in both receptions (28) and yards (405).
“The one thing they have is a year in our system,” Holland said. “I think they understand what we are trying to do and that is the foundation of success.”

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