So we have this play diagrammed. Now my point is Tennessee’s offensive and defensive lines were supposed to be HORRIBLE. Our offensive line is one of our biggest strengths - but we couldn’t really run on them. yeah they stacked the box but there are schemes like above that you can still run. Our defensive line and stand up defensive ends (Mike calls them linebackers) are awesome. yet Tennesse moved the ball on us, were able to run and we wouldn’t have one the game had not our secondary bailed us out. West Virginia has a heck of an offense, granted one Mike Stoops tiny linebacker scheme does work against. But do you remember me writing a post on Zack Sanchez is the biggest player we can’t afford to lose on defense. He is playing hurt, he is playing with basically one arm. His ability to hit is almost gone. If you saw his incredible interception against Tennessee it was with one arm. Zack will have a tough time against a primary receiver that is much bigger than he is.
Just Alabama’s second snap on offense and West Virginia lined up wrong Alabama’s 5th year SR quarterback, Blake Sims, I like better than AJ McCarron , at least in the first half Must not fault W VA for their lineup on Amari Cooper, that a good play design by Lane Kiffin, Bama’s new offensive coordinator
West Virginia lines up wrong on Alabama’s first offensive snap, guaranteeing a huge play Can only hope we get this, however, teams make the biggest improvements from game 1 to game 2
Why can’t I comment on Crimson and Cream Machine on sports blog nation. Killing me, as best I can tell I haven’t been “blocked” and my comments aren’t the type they allow of the “rude with no data backing it up” variety. Perhaps for the best, too many hours on football: I’ll do the grown up thing and get necessary supplies from Home Depot.
Yesterday on sports talk radio, being out of range of anything like a game, I was aghast at a program that’s entire topic was two guys on “why Texas isn’t any good.” Okay last year they demolished us, their biggest rival, then ranked number 12. They came within one game of winning the Big 12. Yesterday they almost beat number 12 UCLA.
Does Texas have problems? Yes. What might they be?
- They don’t have an offense that comes anywhere close to exciting in state top recruits compared to Texas A&M and Baylor’s.
- Texas A&M has wisely left for the SEC where they are no longer under Texas shadow and the defenses have to defend two different schemes, the air raid and slow bully ball.
- A&M gets in more marquee games their and recruiting is easier.
- Maybe Texas biggest problem is they couldn’t get Art Briles to be their head coach.
Ditching Mack Brown was a mistake, he did a great coaching job last year.
But defense wins championships and that is what got them to within one game of the Big 12 title last year. A title we weren’t in contention for.
To do a radio show bashing their football program is untrue and ludicrous.
The real tragedy of Adrian Peterson spanking his child with a switch is that the statute of limitations for this kind of child abuse aren’t 60 or 70 years. Then adults still living that practiced this kind of corporal punishment would be behind bars where they belong.
Who we can’t afford to lose on offense. Sterling Shephard, a great player who naturally would play in the slot but we have to play as a wideout. We expected to have this crop of outstanding big wide receivers with great speed to replace our difference making receivers that graduated, LaColtan Bester and Jalen Saunders. It hasn’t happened. At this point I consider our new split ends - skinny, inept, not physical enough to perform the necessary blocks, lacking the necessary knowledge and confidence - to be nothing but kids deployed in a blow out to get some game time. Think I’m being too harsh? What did you see from Ryan Broyles in his first game? Jalen Saunders? Sterling Shephard? Even the overly touted Trey Metoyer? If these kids don’t grow up quick and something happens to Shep we are dead; he is our only returning offensive star. If that happens, and the young receivers don’t improve by several magnitude, I see our only hope as innovation. Alex Ross becomes a wide out in addition to running back. We put bunch formations of tight ends, that will change the oppositions line ups. Opponents left facing 9 big blockers, (five down linemen, Aaron Ripkowski the fullback) and three tight ends that can turn into possession receivers.
Obviously, the other player we can’t lose is Trevor Knight. At least as long as, Baker Mayfield is ineligible. Surely, I wasn’t the only one really upset against Louisiana Tech when we have the backups deployed at the skill positions but not a good enough 2nd string quarterback to even let on the field.
And another thing that will become one of my meta narrative rants, put the quarterback in protective knee braces like the linemen wear. Trevor Knight we know is injury prone. If Sam Bradford wore these he would have played last season and the current one. If we aren’t running the bone or some modern evolution (Auburn, a healthy Taylor Martinez at Nebraska) we only need a mobile quarterback not a lightning in a bottle one.
Zack Sanchez is number one on my list of defensive players we can’t afford to lose. Thank goodness his shoulder injury against Tulsa is not supposed to be serious.
My number two player is hard to pick partially to the fact it it maybe should be number one. I will say Eric Striker and Geneo Grissom tied. Not only are they legitimate stars but their back ups are very weak.* Devante Bond and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (due I believe to pronunciation he goes by the sobriquet Obo) lack the necessary knowledge of our defense. Devante Bond is a physical specimen, for combination of speed, size, power I place him a distant second to Geneo among the backers. Obo against LA. Tech was so confused at times he was paralyzed; this on a play which probably called for pass coverage. He had to line up wide on a receiver in the slot. These new players can’t cut it loose because responsibilities aren’t in unconscious memory. Charles Tapper, for his size man that guy is fast, he never slows down on a play, notice how often he chases down the ball carrier from behind - if we lost him Grissom could adequately replace him - they bring different things to the table. If we lost Striker, Geneo could play that position if he gained the head knowledge. Geneo can’t be everything Striker is but he can damn sure be things Eric is not - take on a blocker, bigger threat for interceptions. PROBLEM IS MIKE STOOPS PROBABLY WOULDN’T LET HIM. ANXIETY GETS THE BEST OF ME, THINKING WHAT “SAFETY” MIKE WOULD TRY TO PUT in place of the great Eric Striker. Striker plays much bigger than he is. Imagine the trio of safeties playing linebacker our defensive coordinator would deploy - Dominique Alexander, Frank Gastelum, Jordan Evans?
Don’t say that by mentioning this I will cause it to happen or am cursing us. We have to be prepared. In 2008 when Ryan Reynolds went down at linebacker Texas wisely capitalized on it and that was the difference in the game. In 2011 when we played Florida State and Texas we were A TEAM THAT COULD WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. We lost Jamell Fleming in the Kansas game and versus Texas Tech his replacement got burned multiple times and that was the difference in their upset win. (The replacement was Gabe Lynn and poor Gabe got an unfair targeting call on probably the hardest hit of the game: I jumped up out of my seat so fast screaming at the top of my longs that I passed out and a Texas Tech fan kept from calling. And no I wasn’t drunk.) By the end of the year we had so many injuries to key players we were not close to the team that began the season.
*With the exception of P.L. Lindley.,
While the Big 12 had a presence, with two teams on the list, the SEC ruled. Granted West Virginia tied for first with Mississippi, and us Sooners came in at 7th. But the list was dominated, dominated by the SEC.
SEC Obesity rankings week 2 of NCAA Division I football.
1. Missisissippi tie with W. Va.
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