Non-hateful UA fan, very pro-SEC. AU and LSU and TN and all the others can win 11 games a year with no problem from me.
Whoops, I meant ">100yds total". Morning fumble-fingers...
I'm with you there. Chubb vs. Damien Harris: 93 yards more. Michel vs. Scarb.: 28 yards more. And that's with Jalen Hurts taking 954 yards away from the RBs. So you can argue the 2-deep at RB is almost equivalent there. But behind them: UGA: 2 players w/ <100yds total, and one was a WR. Recruited 1 RB, 4-star #4 RB D'Andre Swift. Bama: 2 players w/ <100yds total, both of whom are back. Recruited 2 RBs, #18 RB 4-star Brian Robinson and 5-star #1-ish player overall Najee Harris, plus #13 ATH Chadarius Townsend who's been practicing at RB. So at the 2-deep Bama is at worst a wash from last year with the handicap of a 1k-rusher QB, and Bama clearly has better depth behind those guys. I'm not saying Harris and Scarbrough are necessarily better than Chubb and Michel, but the numbers speak for themselves. I am with bcassady: This may be Saban's most talented backfield overall, competing with the 2010 group of Ingram, Richardson, Lacey, Jalston Fowler, Corey Grant. And it's probably as good or better than 2013 with Kenyan Drake, Fowler, Dee Hart, Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamara, TJ Yeldon.
I think Herbie is still doing a good job at this. I used to dislike him but now he's my favorite ESPN personality.
I could easily see Moses playing outside simply to get him more playing time. We have two returning starters at MLB (SDH, Evans), none at OLB. Plus I think we have more experience coming back at MLB behind the starters as well, so I'd bet that Moses has more opportunity for playing time outside. But we'll see.
I can see both sides to this question. On the one hand, yeah, Dabo has built something good at Clemson and it would be hard to leave that. On the other hand, "...when Momma calls, you just have to come runnin'."
There's no reason why we can't go back to a more pro-style look, but still incorporate tempo and QB runs. All that will do is add a dimension to that pro-style attack that was lacking when we had Greg/AJ/Jake. If nothing else, we can have a pro-style attack with a QB that is much, much better at not just avoiding sacks but making some yardage happen on a busted play. I really want to see Jalen develop his passing game so we can have this. I am very excited about Tua and Mac, but they are unproven commodities at the intangible things that Jalen was excellent in all year last year, no matter how good or bad his passing was.
I would imagine that if he hasn't RS'd yet he could just take one this year. And if he has, he could apply to the NCAA for a waiver to gain a 6th year.
Other names: Anfernee Jennings, Dylan Moses, and maybe Rashaan Evans moves back outside with the middle being SDH and Mack Wilson or Ben Davis or another ILB.
True, but still in the class of 2016. Close enough for the purposes of the article.
For anyone who doubts Bradley Bozeman on this list, if I remember right, he didn't have any penalties on him personally (holding, false start, etc.) in the 2016 season, just the usual delay-of-game that may not have even been his fault to start.
I like this change. Instead of an ejection that has to be overturned, you have to confirm that an ejection is warranted. That should result in fewer pointless ejections.
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I don't think this was about iPads on the sidelines, but rather electronic aids in places where the home team would have a clear and massive advantage, exacerbated by any significant difference in program income. These places are as mentioned the coaching booths and the locker room. If both teams have sideline iPads, that's fair. But if UA or UT go play each other, and the home team has a massive electronic "Halftime Meeting Room" and the visiting team is only left with what they can carry in, even the most wealthy programs will be at an unnecessary disadvantage. And then imagine if the visitor is a non-P5 team, or even a lesser P5 team. The only way to fix it would be to require programs to provide visiting teams the same capabilities on game day. Good luck enforcing it, and the visitor would still be on unfamiliar equipment. I am all for taking every advantage you can, but this sort of thing creates a very unfair situation. It would be like if a big program could pay to have an extra coach on the field or something.
I think Leatherwood will play a lot as a primary backup. But Elliot Baker has a great shot to be a starter with his talent AND experience. And I've heard rumors about Josh Casher showing some "potential starter" flashes lately. The A-Day Game will be very interesting in so many places, but O-line is a huge one. Interesting scenario: Starting O-line is Williams/Baker at OT (I have no idea which goes where), Ross P at LG, BB at C, and Leatherwood slides inside to start at RG. He has the talent to do that, and I could see them doing that just to get the 5 best on the field all at once, even if they feel that Williams and Baker are more suited to hold down the OT spots.
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That wouldn't surprise me. It also wouldn't surprise me to see Rashaan Evans step up into that as well.
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Clemson has a good defense, and I honestly don't know who they're losing. However, they're losing a Heisman-worthy QB, and their best WR, and I don't know who else. But those two alone would knock them down a few spots for me, until they prove they can overcome such a loss. I am in no way comparing rosters, but see what happened with MSU after Dak Prescott left. Essentially, the worry is that Clemson will drop from a top-5 or better team to a top-10 team with Watson's departure, and I don't think that's unrealistic. In fact, it's a compliment to the rest of the roster and to the coaching.
That's more true recently, but not long ago if I remember right LSU set a record for eligible juniors going out for the draft. That's one thing that they improved upon, and still didn't develop properly and win more games, and got Les fired.
When Browning is under pressure he tends to get rattled and start pressing. So there is a good chance that we get to him early and often and get UW one-dimensional very quickly. When that happens, you end up with more passing attempts, which means more sacks, and likely more INTs and even fumbles. So I could see our defense holding their score down pretty well, and forcing a lot of punting and keeping our defense fresh all game. Then, I think we could very easily get going pretty strongly on offense, especially if Jalen improves over the break like Jake Coker did last year. Combine that with at least one, if not more, NOT, and there's no reason we don't score 52 like against USC, and hold them to 10. Or maybe it's 56-14. Now, I'm with you, and I think it won't be that bad. But I think we win by more than 14. Between our defense, NOTs, and overall depth and stamina, I don't think they have the steam to keep up for all four quarters.
I absolutely believe Washington is a good team, deserves their spot, and will not be a pushover opponent. But I also have serious doubts about some of the stats because of the difference in opponent quality. UW's offense has not faced defense on the level of most SEC teams, much less Bama. And more than once, they did face better defenses (USC and Colorado) and they got beat or struggled. And they had a decent run defense, but Bama averages 10 YPG more than the best in the PAC12, Arizona, and UW allowed 308 rushing yards from AZ and won in OT by a TD after AZ was -2 in TO margin. So I'm just not sure about how effective their defense will be, especially through four quarters of Bama depth and stamina.
I don't mind videos. My issue is the same one I have with any other website, such as ESPN and Bleacher Report: autoplay. If I want to watch the video, I will. Otherwise, it's intruding in my music, or just making noise since I've opened multiple tabs and now 5 of them are autoplaying different videos. I just want the default to be to not play, and then give me the choice.
@#17: We now have much better QB coaching. That's not really a knock against previous QB coaches at Bama, but a compliment to CLK and now CSS. So we can recruit and develop them better now. CNS is recruiting and developing QBs better now because he's recruiting and developing better coaches. And also there just aren't that many 5-stars each year, so there aren't going to be that many 5-star QBs. 4 stars is still very elite. @Nighthawk: Brandon Ruiz. I think he starts day one for us. He's the top kicker on Scout, #2 on the 247 Composite, and #5 on ESPN (for some reason, he's completely unranked on Rivals, but it almost looks like they just haven't scouted him at all). Watch some highlights and you'll see what I mean. And he can punt too.