/Now showing at JSU Hal Mumme’s Air Raid

Now showing at JSU Hal Mumme’s Air Raid

Mumme was more teacher-like than coach-like on the sidelines. He rarely raised his voice and just signaled plays with calm signals. Mumme is now at Jackson State for his 14th stop in a 42 year coaching career. He has been to Copperas Cove High School, Iowa Wesleyan and Valdosta State. He also has experience with Kentucky, New Mexico State, Belhaven, and many other places. The majority of his time as a head coach has been. He is now back at Jackson State as an offensive coordinator. This is where he feels most comfortable. Mumme said, “It’s great fun.” Mumme seemed like a man who is at home in his role as a coach of the offense. Mumme stated, “I believe this is the greatest group of skill children (wide receivers/backs) that I have ever inherited at any location.” It’s about getting them on the right page. Our young receivers are outstanding and can run. Our backs are strong and I love our quarterbacks. We have the people to do the things we want to do.” Mumme and Mike Leach created the famous Air Raid offense while at Iowa Wesleyan in 1988. They borrowed heavily from LaVell Edwards’ passing scheme. Mumme will always be remembered as the co-inventor and creator of an offensive system that has radically changed football. It was developed by Mumme and Leach at a small NAIA Iowa Wesleyan, but has since spread to other parts of the country. Bob Stoops, a respected authority, once stated that Hal Mumme was “always been a true American genius” and that every year, teams running his offense have the highest yards and points. Alabama defeated Georgia last year in the national championship game. These two SEC heavyweights, who traditionally used running, power-oriented offenses, borrowed from the Air Raid during the thrilling overtime match. Nowadays, nearly every offense runs from the shotgun position, spreads the field, and moves fast without huddle. The majority of people throw it at least half the times. Jackson State’s chances of getting it in the end are 70-75 percent, or even more. Mumme stated that it depends on the team and how they line up. “I call 70 percent of passes,” Mumme said. In the Air Raid the quarterback can change the call at the line-of-scrimmage based on what he observes from the defense. The defense can also be “read” by receivers, allowing them to change their pass patterns as a result. Mumme was the Kentucky head coach and used the offense against Alabama to win. Alabama was a team that the Wildcats hadn’t defeated in 74 year. Critics will surely point out that Mumme’s coaching careers have not always been successful. Belhaven was a good example of this. His teams won two games per season for four years. They combined were 8-33. These teams set offensive records, often losing by scores of 45-37 and 64-45. Belhaven was able to score many points but could not stop the other team. Mumme will now be in charge of scoring lots and the job of someone else to stop the other side. Tony Hughes’ two seasons at Jackson State saw some decent, and sometimes exceptional, defense. They are an offensive disaster. The Tigers finished last in the SWAC in scoring offense, scoring 12.7 points per match and total offense at 232 yards per match. This is going to change. You can bet on it. These numbers will rise significantly. Hughes is aware of what Mumme is doing. He was a defensive assistant at West Alabama in 1993 and 1992, when Mumme was the head coach of Valdosta State. In both years, Valdosta State used Air Raid to score 42 and defeat West Alabama by four touchdowns. Hughes will combine Mumme’s offensive with a solid defense. Since 2007, Jackson State has not won an overall SWAC championship. Since 2007, Jackson State has not won a SWAC overall championship.