Fitzgerald's problems can be traced mostly to receivers and OL. Still, he is probably about 5th in the league.
I believe it is down. 2 very good teams, a gaggle of mediocre teams. UF, USC, MSU, UT, UK, AU, LSU, ARK, A&M, Vandy, they aren't scaring anyone. Ole Miss can score, can't play D. I don't know if Mizzou can do either.
I think both games for State were flukes. They were exactly the same games, only in reverse. LSU went on the road, in the SEC, at night, to a decent opponent. They got down early, the crowd got into it, and it was over. The next week, MSU went on the road, in the SEC, at night, to a decent opponent, and the same thing happened.
This game is the mirror image of what happened to LSU last week. A pretty good, but overrated, team goes on the road, in the SEC, at night, to a better team. They get down early, the crowd gets into it, and they can't recover.
I think UGA is at Alabama's level...this season. The question is whether they can maintain.
Nobody at State was proclaiming they are the best. That was all journalists who had tired of talking about Alabama's clear supremacy.
The SEC is a shell of its former self. There are two good teams, and a gaggle of mediocre ones. In many past seasons, the 3rd best team in the SEC would be the best in almost any other conference. From MSU (I'm a State guy) down, these teams are middle of the pack in most other conferences. I'm sure some of them will improve, but it should be an interesting bowl season.
MSU still has a little trouble stopping strong backs. LSU only gave Guice 15 carries. He averaged 5 ypc. I think MSU's strength is the pass rush. Montez Sweat and Jeffrey Simmons can get after it.
I think it's more of a constant search for who will unseat Sabama.
The pass rush looks to be fierce, but I am concerned about stopping the run, as well. Guice averaged 5 ypc, but the backs at LaTech averaged a little more than that.
Yes. I think you should forfeit now. Please.
Yeah, you're right. No way to know if Fitzgerald gets more yards against MSU's inferior defense with UA's superior offensive line and receivers than the other way around.
Care to wager how many players on Alabama's offense play in the NFL compared to MSU's?Suppose for a moment that Hurts played for MSU against Alabama last year, and Fitzgerald instead had a game playing for Alabama against MSU. How might the game have changed? I don't think it would have at all.I don't think either of them can be defined as great, but they are probably the best in the conference, except maybe Shea Patterson.
I think that's a legitimate gripe, EXCEPT that it is undeniably true that Hurts has more to work with. Also, calling Fitzgerald a system QB while not seeing that Hurts is absolutely a product of his system is silly. Hurts is a good QB who is often inaccurate. Fitzgerald is the same.Fitzgerald learned how to play QB in college. He had 86 pass attempts total in high school. Hurts had over 360.
UMass ran up some yards, too.
He's far ahead in YPC. He was faster, by a long margin, and could run between the tackles. Ron Zook didn't get Croomed. He got Jerioused.
When I first saw that, I thought you were trying to insult him by calling him riff raff.
Jerious Norwood is still the best offensive player to play for State.
Loved Banks, but Smoot was a better player, if only for 2 seasons.
How do you know he can't throw as well as either? Fitzgerald had 86 total attempts in high school. Prescott had 250 in his senior year of high school alone. Fitzgerald learned how to play QB in college. He will, as every one of Mullen's QB's at State, make a huge leap this year.
There is no reason to believe Fitzgerald's passing will be iffy. He basically learned the position last year. He had EIGHTY-SIX total pass attempts in high school. He had over 300 last year. He will make his biggest jump in his junior season, just like all of Mullen's MSU QB's before him. At the absolute worst, he will be slightly above average as a passer, and he is an elite runner. Fitz's biggest problem will be his lack of proven targets. Donald Gray is the only one.I expect Patterson will lead the league in passing yards. Great receivers, decent OL.
I'm not much for conspiracy theories, but I believe any team (outside of the Big 3) that wins or threatens in the West will get the same treatment.
Can Mullen ban his players from Twitter?
The only real complaint I have with Freeze is his reputation for casting stones at certain other coaches. I wasn't in those living rooms, though.
Perhaps, but it seems as though he was casting stones at other coaches as part of his recruiting efforts.
He has more experience coming into his junior year than Prescott did. His numbers passing are similar, and his running numbers are far superior. He runs like Matt Jones did for Arkansas. You see him running, and he doesn't look fast. Yet, there he goes for 20.
The work with Prescott is less impressive than his work with Chris Relf. I cannot think of any coach who has gotten more from less than Mullen with Relf.
Yes, if you are discussing his relative merits as a player, or, more importantly, Mullen's mistakes as a coach. However, if you are discussing explosiveness, no, it doesn't make sense.He had more 50 yard runs than any QB in at least the last 5 years. He had 3 70-yard runs. Nobody in the conference has had more since at least 2010. And, yes, those guys played against weak teams, as well. Criticize his passing if you must (He's about as good as Prescott was as a sophomore), but he is explosive.
I didn't realize Fitzgerald played defense. Hurts didn't have to play Alabama's defense. Fitzgerald did. How many NFL players play on Hurts' OL? How many on Fitzgerald's.