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Re: USM vs Bama basketball
pmull
Written by pmull
Comments: 29
Posted under: The Quad
I thought we played well last night. We scored 80 points for the third time in three games. After struggling to score the last few years that is good to see. We have more scorers on this team than any CAG team. The new players Norris, Kessens, Tarrant and Coleman have all showed they can score. We already knew Randolph, Hale and Cooper are scorers. Taylor is a good defensive post player and his offense is starting to improve. We need 10 points out of him against quality opponents.

Rebounding looked much better. We out rebounded the smaller SM team 36-22.

All in all this was a good win for Bama before we head into the heavy part of of non-conference schedule. Before you get too carried away over this win keep in mind SM lost 5 starters from last years team and has a new coach.

I was in B'ham today on business and met my daughter for lunch. At the restaurant I noticed Asst. Coach Antony Pettway. He was by himself and looking at his smart phone. To make 100% it was him I simply said "Coach". He looked up and I said that was a good win last night. He smiled and said thanks. I introduced myself and we talked for a minute or so. He is a very nice young man. I said Levi is  off to a good start and he said Levi is taking the role of Captain of the team very serious. He said he has always been a hard worker but he is in the best shape and working harder than ever. I mention all the new talent and he said the team chemistry is very good and the deep bench gives them options they have not had in the past. I asked about Tarrant and he said they watched him practice all last year and knew he would be a good player. My favorite comment was when I asked about Coleman the small framed PG many are comparing To Pettway. I asked if Coleman was going to be as good as he was. He laughed and said Coleman was a lot better than he was. It was short but I enjoyed my conversation with him very much.

Re: Alabama men's basketball looks to continue strong offensive output tonight 8 p.m
pmull
Written by pmull
Comments: 40
Posted under: The Quad
It is hard to evaluate our team when we don't know how good the opponent is. WC played Miss State last Friday and lost 66-56 in Starkville. Some of these mid majors are pretty good.

I am very concerned about our rebounding. We have not dominated the boards in any of three games. The teams we have played are all undersized by SEC standards. We will see much bigger and more physical teams and that could be a problem.

I like the balance in scoring. We have players that know how to score. Randolph, Hale and Tarrant were all in double figures. Jimmie Taylor had his first career double/double with 15 points and 10 rebs (5 off reb).

We showed some fight late in the game. Last year we would have folded. Two plays that stood out were Hale making a big steal for an easy basket and Coleman hitting a three pointer. We also hit our free throws down the stretch.

Southern Miss will be a tough game on Thursday. They are 2-0 with wins over William Carey and South Alabama. They have a new coach this year. The previous coaching staff did very well. They are not very tall with their tallest players being 6-7 but they have some big bodies.

Re: Alabama men's basketball looks to continue strong offensive output tonight 8 p.m
Jamos
Written by Jamos
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It was a 180 degree turnaround from the game plan that Bama used in their first game. Last night the players were driving to the basket in a very fast paced game compared to game one. I don't know if this was the game plan or Western Carolina forced the issue. They were a very quick team and had an outstanding outside shooting threat that no one could seem to guard with any affect on him.

Kudos to Jimmie Taylor, where has he been with the style of play that he showed last night? It was good to see Kessens play last night, he seemed a little over anxious in the first half and a little gassed in the second half but he will help the team down the road as he gets more playing time.

Bama was their worst enemy last night by playing out of control so many times that caused turnovers and silly fouls. I'm not complaining too much about this though, I know those things will get better as the season goes along. The defense that WC showed last night really took the rhythm out of the outside side shots that Bama was taking, most of the shots looked like forced shots rather than them squaring up the shoulders as they should on their shots. Again, this should improve as well as the season moves along.

They play Southern Miss Thursday and this game should bring a bigger challenge to the team. I'm not sure how good Southern Miss is this year but they usually bring a pretty good team to T-town. I feel that last year's team would have lost the game last night and that is a positive but there is a lot of room for improvement for the team but at least they look more like a basketball team than they have for the past 2-3 years. There were way too many mental mistakes last night which made the game much closer than it should have been but the season is young and so are some of the players.

Funny story:
Written by hscoach
Comments: 9
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I was out the other night with a friend I use to coach with and the 2016 top TE goes to his school.  He said he has narrowed the schools down to Bama and Stanford.  He said Stanford told him they use 3 and four TE's every play.  The funny part is Tennessee came in the other day and has his computer laid out for his presentation and in walked Kaden with an Alabama t-shirt on.  Said the Tennessee coach just closed his laptop and left.  This kid is 6'5" tall and weighs 230.

Re: Game notes: MSU vs Bama
Peewee from Grand Bay
Comments: 25
Posted under: The Quad

First:   First congrats to the Bama team for the victory.  This was a great game for Bama considering what they had to come back from, the physical play from the game last week.

Offense:  The offense only had 335 total yards in the game and missed some opportunities to score more.  They had 5 tackles for losses, and 1 sack for 6 total negative plays.  They had sic total 3 and outs and out which equated to 3 each half.   Two of the three and outs in the first half were on back to back series. The only put together a couple of long drive, but one was crucial in the second half to seal the game.   They had a total of 4 runs of 10+ yards and 8 passes for 10+ yards.  Bama got to the red zone 5 times and had 1 field goa l and 3 touchdowns.  There was a missed field goal again that could have been costly if not for the defense.  In my opinion this wasnít one of Bamaís better played games which I will address in the individual sections.  The most worrying part is Bamaís offense did not give the defense very good breaks by sustaining drive in the second half when they had the 13 point lead.  The biggest high point was the important drive that put the game back to a 2 score game.
 
QB :  Blake completed 61% of his passes.  I think he played a pretty good game.  The drops were not his fault, but he did miss a couple of open rec.  The biggest complaint was the underthrown balls that could have been a touchdown, especially the one to AS.  The biggest plus was his directing and making plays on the drive that put the game back to a two score game in the 4th quarter.  He made some huge plays on the scrambles and checking down to his recs.

RB:  They ran hard and pass blocked well when called upon.  The problem was there wasnít a lot of room at times which I will address in the OL.   They caught the ball and made big plays when it counted.

REC:  In my opinion this was not on of the better blocking games by the recs.  There was one  play AC doesnít block on an outside run to him.  Also it looked like he was running a route.  On the outside screen BV missed a block where he had the perfect angle on him..  On the plus side AC made some big catches by going up and getting the ball.  In other words he high pointed the ball.  I am not completely sure he didnít score on the long pass because it looked like he was laying on the defender when he went down.  There were drops by AC and OJH which were big.  If OJH makes the catch Bama does not have one of their three and outs in the second half.  I think it would have been a huge momentum builder and given the D a little more rest.  DW missed a big block on the wide rec screen to AC which looked like he had room to run.

OL:   This is where I think Bama didnít play well.  I know there were not many negative plays , but I saw too many mistakes.  On one play running to the right, AK goes left.  Would this have made a huge difference, probably not.   Many times the center was hit in the mouth and driven back.  There were opportunities for combo blocks that were not made.   The MSU LB ran thru when LB didnít come off the combo block to take the LB.  I donít think they took good angles to get to the second level.  One on play run to the right for a short gain there were 4 or 5 MSU players and only 2 crimson shirts, where the OL?  When they did make the blocks and sustained them Bama moved the ball well.

Defense:  As much as they were on the field they played well.  They had to defend 88 plays and gave up 428 yards.  You can look at this a couple of ways.  First they were on the field for 88 plays which breaks down to 4.9 yards per play.  You can also take the incomplete passes out and say they gained 428 yards on 67 plays which equates to 6.4 yards per play.  You also have to take in account the last drive where Bama was playing safe and not letting them score quickly and MSU moved the ball 70 yards.  Bamaís defense had 7 tackles for losses, on sack and 3 interceptions for negative plays.  They had 4 three and outs and one 2 and out when they got the safety early in the game.   MSU got into the red zone 6 times and came away with 2 field goals and 2 touchdowns.  They also had two of the 3 ints in the red zone.  These guys in my opinion deserve a hell of a lot of credit coming off last weekís physical game and playing 88 snaps in this game.  They were aided by the special teams which I will talk about later. 
 
DL:  I thought these guys played a very good game.  They help hold two powerful runners to a total of 119 yards on 32 carries.  I thought JR played well again along with AR.  They played their positioning well and allowed the LB to make plays if they got to them. 

LB:  You didnít hear their name much.  I thought TD played up and down.  It looked like he was spying on Dak and didnít come hard to make the hit a couple of times.  He also missed a big tackle that would have forced a three and out.   

DB:  I thought they played well here.   CJ always seems to be in position and so was EJ most of the time when he wasnít getting pushed.  They had three picks that stopped drives and two were in the red zone.  I had both CJ and EJ for two PBUís.   They were aided by a pass rush that may not have gotten to the QB, but put enough pressure on him to hurry some throws.

Penalties: Bama had 7 penalties in the game.  Most of them were overcome.  The ones that hurt were the false start by CR that didnít allow Bama to go for a 4th and 4.  They were forced to punt because of this.  The face mask penalty help move MSU in the drive before half time where they kicked a  field goal.  This was tough because TD was going to make the tackle and DP dove and his hand just went to the face mask.  The big one that didnít hurt because Bama got a three and out was the personal foul by DD where Bama had MSU pinned on the 5 and then the ball was moved to the 21.

Special teams:   Scott did a great job pinning MSU back on their side of the field and deep.  Also, the coverage team on both the kick offs and punts did well except for one.   After the 5 yard delay, Scott punted for 46 yards but MSU returned it to the Bama 38 and they later scored their first touchdown.  AG again missed a makeable field goal.  I canít see what the problem is, he hit one from practically the same distance earlier.  This was 3 important points left on the field.

Finally:  This game was also a battle.  My hat is off to MSU who played hard and never gave up even when Bama was up 19-0.  Bama made the big drive when needed. The areas that need to be cleaned up are the OL run blocking, the rec blocking, the dropped passes, and penalties.  I also hope Bama gets a good lead early and can get some backups in as rest for the starters.

Please feel free to comment.
 
Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll

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Great analysis by hs coach again, let me add some thoughts as well.

Offense: This was the first game at BDS that we did not score on our opening possession this year.
But at the same time in the first half I thought that they played pretty well. In the second half we kinda got bogged down again after MS St. came out strong and tried to shut us down. They did a decent job of it for the most part but again when we had to have that one drive to put the game out of reach they dug down and made the plays that were needed to do just that. is there room for improvement? Without a doubt there is but they are doing some good things it just has to be on a more consistent basis.

QB: Coach pretty much covered this and I agree with what he said. Again when it came down to the nitty gritty it was Blake making plays with his legs that kept the drive going.

RB: Overall I thought that both TJ & DH played very well. They did not always have a lot of room to run in but they took advantage of the openings they had and made good runs!!!

REC: For the most part this was a good game for them. Amari made some huge plays but also had a couple of drops as did OJH. On the blocking that coach referred to I agree with him but the one missed block that he did not mention was the missed block by DeAndrew white on the bubble screen to AC. If he makes that block AC has a huge amount of open space in front of him. Again not a great game for them as a group but it still was a good game!!

OL: Our boys had a very tough task with this group from MS St. Their front seven are very big and strong and gave us problems during the game. There were some missed assignments and maybe even some missed calls as well. But again I have to say that when it came down to the drive that we had to have they may not been great on that drive but they did what was needed to to put the ball in the end zone.

Defense: They had a tough task all day but they were up to the challenge for the most part. Still let them convert too many third downs and all of the fourth down attempts. State came out in the second half and proceeded to march down the field but they forced the field goal which was HUGE!!!
And then on MS St. final drive that ended up for the TD but the big thing was that they made the tackles to keep the clock running and again that was a huge factor!!! I still do not know why CDM did not use his TO's but I am sure glad that he did not!!!

DL: This group of guys were playing some of the best football they have played all year!!! They held MS St. to 85 yds rushing in between the tackles where they have been getting almost 200 yds a game if I am not mistaken!! They also put up a decent pass rush all day and were a factor all day long!!

LB: Here is where I differ on what coach said, I thought that both TD & RR had huge games. They combined for 11 solo tackles and 19 total tackles and it was TD that hit the Bowling Ball to keep him in the end zone until help arrived to get the safety which was a very pivotal play early in the game!! Their tackles were only bested by Nick Perry who had 9 solo and three assists for a total of 12 tackles. Yes there were a couple of missed tackles thrown in there but again I thought they played very well.

DB: This may have been the best game so far logged in for the group. Even though MS St. had almost 300 yds passing for the day the biggest portion of that was on the last couple of drives they made the plays that had to be made to win this game!! The three picks by DP was the major turning points in this game!! if we don't come up with those I am not sure we win this game!! They were strong on run support all day which was huge as well!!

Penalties: I agree with what coach said about them. on the Face mask one it was made by a diving attempt for the tackle and just did catch it. Denzell Duvall had the Bone Head Penalty of the day and was LIT UP by CNS out on the field when we had them pinned at the 5 yd line. If we can have clean games and not hurt ourselves then life would be so much less stressful!!!!

Special Teams: AG missed one that I think the reason was there was an St. player that came in untouched from the right hand side of the formation right in AG's field of view and I think he hurried that kick resulting in the miss. JK Scott had a good day even on the one punt he did not hit well he got the good roll that resulted in a 40 plus yard effort instead of somewhere around 30 yds. he ended up with 7 punts for 319 yds, averaging 45.6 yds with a long of 56 yds and placing 5 of those inside the 20 yd line!!! 

Final Thoughts: This was a very physical and hard fought game!! MS St. was ready to go to war and that is exactly what it was!! Our guys stood tall when the game was on the line and the crowd was a huge factor as well. I am not sure if you could tell on TV how loud it was in BDS but it was one of the best atmosphere's we have had in there.

Let me know what yall think and Roll Tide!! 



 

Game notes: MSU vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 25
Posted under: The Quad
 
First:   First congrats to the Bama team for the victory.  This was a great game for Bama considering what they had to come back from, the physical play from the game last week.

Offense:  The offense only had 335 total yards in the game and missed some opportunities to score more.  They had 5 tackles for losses, and 1 sack for 6 total negative plays.  They had sic total 3 and outs and out which equated to 3 each half.   Two of the three and outs in the first half were on back to back series. The only put together a couple of long drive, but one was crucial in the second half to seal the game.   They had a total of 4 runs of 10+ yards and 8 passes for 10+ yards.  Bama got to the red zone 5 times and had 1 field goa l and 3 touchdowns.  There was a missed field goal again that could have been costly if not for the defense.  In my opinion this wasnít one of Bamaís better played games which I will address in the individual sections.  The most worrying part is Bamaís offense did not give the defense very good breaks by sustaining drive in the second half when they had the 13 point lead.  The biggest high point was the important drive that put the game back to a 2 score game.
 
QB :  Blake completed 61% of his passes.  I think he played a pretty good game.  The drops were not his fault, but he did miss a couple of open rec.  The biggest complaint was the underthrown balls that could have been a touchdown, especially the one to AS.  The biggest plus was his directing and making plays on the drive that put the game back to a two score game in the 4th quarter.  He made some huge plays on the scrambles and checking down to his recs.

RB:  They ran hard and pass blocked well when called upon.  The problem was there wasnít a lot of room at times which I will address in the OL.   They caught the ball and made big plays when it counted.

REC:  In my opinion this was not on of the better blocking games by the recs.  There was one  play AC doesnít block on an outside run to him.  Also it looked like he was running a route.  On the outside screen BV missed a block where he had the perfect angle on him..  On the plus side AC made some big catches by going up and getting the ball.  In other words he high pointed the ball.  I am not completely sure he didnít score on the long pass because it looked like he was laying on the defender when he went down.  There were drops by AC and OJH which were big.  If OJH makes the catch Bama does not have one of their three and outs in the second half.  I think it would have been a huge momentum builder and given the D a little more rest.  DW missed a big block on the wide rec screen to AC which looked like he had room to run.

OL:   This is where I think Bama didnít play well.  I know there were not many negative plays , but I saw too many mistakes.  On one play running to the right, AK goes left.  Would this have made a huge difference, probably not.   Many times the center was hit in the mouth and driven back.  There were opportunities for combo blocks that were not made.   The MSU LB ran thru when LB didnít come off the combo block to take the LB.  I donít think they took good angles to get to the second level.  One on play run to the right for a short gain there were 4 or 5 MSU players and only 2 crimson shirts, where the OL?  When they did make the blocks and sustained them Bama moved the ball well.

Defense:  As much as they were on the field they played well.  They had to defend 88 plays and gave up 428 yards.  You can look at this a couple of ways.  First they were on the field for 88 plays which breaks down to 4.9 yards per play.  You can also take the incomplete passes out and say they gained 428 yards on 67 plays which equates to 6.4 yards per play.  You also have to take in account the last drive where Bama was playing safe and not letting them score quickly and MSU moved the ball 70 yards.  Bamaís defense had 7 tackles for losses, on sack and 3 interceptions for negative plays.  They had 4 three and outs and one 2 and out when they got the safety early in the game.   MSU got into the red zone 6 times and came away with 2 field goals and 2 touchdowns.  They also had two of the 3 ints in the red zone.  These guys in my opinion deserve a hell of a lot of credit coming off last weekís physical game and playing 88 snaps in this game.  They were aided by the special teams which I will talk about later. 
 
DL:  I thought these guys played a very good game.  They help hold two powerful runners to a total of 119 yards on 32 carries.  I thought JR played well again along with AR.  They played their positioning well and allowed the LB to make plays if they got to them. 

LB:  You didnít hear their name much.  I thought TD played up and down.  It looked like he was spying on Dak and didnít come hard to make the hit a couple of times.  He also missed a big tackle that would have forced a three and out.   

DB:  I thought they played well here.   CJ always seems to be in position and so was EJ most of the time when he wasnít getting pushed.  They had three picks that stopped drives and two were in the red zone.  I had both CJ and EJ for two PBUís.   They were aided by a pass rush that may not have gotten to the QB, but put enough pressure on him to hurry some throws.

Penalties: Bama had 7 penalties in the game.  Most of them were overcome.  The ones that hurt were the false start by CR that didnít allow Bama to go for a 4th and 4.  They were forced to punt because of this.  The face mask penalty help move MSU in the drive before half time where they kicked a  field goal.  This was tough because TD was going to make the tackle and DP dove and his hand just went to the face mask.  The big one that didnít hurt because Bama got a three and out was the personal foul by DD where Bama had MSU pinned on the 5 and then the ball was moved to the 21.

Special teams:   Scott did a great job pinning MSU back on their side of the field and deep.  Also, the coverage team on both the kick offs and punts did well except for one.   After the 5 yard delay, Scott punted for 46 yards but MSU returned it to the Bama 38 and they later scored their first touchdown.  AG again missed a makeable field goal.  I canít see what the problem is, he hit one from practically the same distance earlier.  This was 3 important points left on the field.

Finally:  This game was also a battle.  My hat is off to MSU who played hard and never gave up even when Bama was up 19-0.  Bama made the big drive when needed. The areas that need to be cleaned up are the OL run blocking, the rec blocking, the dropped passes, and penalties.  I also hope Bama gets a good lead early and can get some backups in as rest for the starters.

Please feel free to comment.
 
Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll

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Re: Alabama vs Towson: Basketball Game at 7 pm Tonight
Jamos
Written by Jamos
Comments: 24
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It was quite a contrast to the way the team played Monday night and as I left Coleman tonight, I felt like this team has a chance to beat some teams this year after beating Towson 82-54. The team started slow and Towson was fired up just to be on the University of Alabama campus so the first 15 minutes of the game was pretty much a standoff between the two. Bama then turned up the heat on the defensive end and never looked back. They totally shut Towson down with the defense for the first 15 minutes of the second half and just ran away with the game. In reality though, this is what they were supposed to do if they are to get some recognition this year.

This team has a lot of talent and speed along with some improved shooting from the free throw line to the 3 point range. This team also has some experience from the newcomers that should pay them big dividends as the chemistry of the team starts to jell. There was no players standing around wondering what to do next, something that was all too prevalent on the past two year's teams. They made some mistakes but they were hustling mistakes and that is something that will improve as the team pratices and plays more games.

I didn't notice any one player that stood out above the rest either. Levi is the leader of the team but he didn't try to put the game on his back, he just played his role as just one of the players on the court which I think means a lot to the chemistry of the team. Bama doesn't need a go to guy, all they need is the confidence that any of the players can make the shot and tonight's play reflected that.

One game doesn't make a season but I think this team has a chance to have something this year providing they grow off of each game and keep improving. There will be some bumps in the road for them but with the number of players they have this year, they will have the option of playing the ones with the hot hands, something they haven't had in a very long time. RTR!!!!

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Re: Men's Basketball Faces Montevallo on Monday (Tonight) in Lone Exhibition Game
pmull
Written by pmull
Comments: 18
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Montevallo is under sized compared to Division I teams. We should have been able to pound the ball inside and score at will. I expected Taylor to dominate under the basket. Taylor finished with 4 points and 8 rebounds. We only had 5 offensive rebounds to their 9. We only out rebounded them 37-33. I am looking forward to Kessens getting in the lineup. I think he will made a difference.

Randolph, Hale and Cooper looked good. They combined to score 54 of our points. I thought Coleman played well at the point for a true freshman. He is quick but very small. All the freshmen got to play. Norris had 6 pts and Mitchell had 4. Slaughter was 2-2 with both shots 3 pointers.

I think we will be a different team with Tarrant at the point and Kessens down low. I hope those guys are ready to play soon because the season starts Friday.

Last night we looked very similar to last year. Poor ball movement just passing around the perimeter and no inside game. We shot 25 three pointers. We can only hope we will be better when everyone is healthy. I am as optimistic as it gets but I am very concerned about this team. I hope I am wrong.

Re: Men's Basketball Faces Montevallo on Monday (Tonight) in Lone Exhibition Game
Jamos
Written by Jamos
Comments: 18
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Bama did win the game against a team that they should beat but I have to give Montevallo credit, they had a couple of players that were making shots from Greensboro Ave and McFarland Blvd. They were a decent team that should do well in their conference again this year.

Bama struggled a lot tonight but with the lineups they were using I thought they would. The young ones were playing hard but not smart but that will work itself out as they get more playing time. My biggest disappointment is Jimmie Taylor, he just doesn't have the skills to assert himself offensively or defensively. For the most he just gets pushed around and when he does try to assert himself he fouls.

Bama's outside shooting was much improved over last years  and their free throw shooting picked up, as it should, at the end of the game. Randolph, Hale, and Cooper picked up where they left off last year. I thought Coleman played hard and has a very good outside shot but he isn't very tall and I wonder how he will match up with the big guards in the SEC. He reminds me a lot of Pettway when he played at Bama, just smaller. Riley Norris played a little passive in the first half of the game but he picked up his pace in the last 10 minutes of the game and showed he can fit in with the team with more experience. I thought Dakota Slaughter played well, he's not flashy but he is physical and has a pretty good shot from the outside.

Right now the key to this team is getting the injured healed and get them in the lineup. To me, Kessens is the key player that Bama needs to step in and be a force. Again, this was an exhibition game and Bama played pretty sloppy with  lot of fouls in the first half but that should get corrected as the team plays more games. I was pleased to see the effort of the players, especially the new ones, but I think the team should and will look better Friday night. I'm worried about Obasohan though, he had an ice pack on his left ankle the whole game.

The big question is will this team be better than last year's team? There is no way that question can be answered after watching the game tonight, this game was all about playing everyone that was available and that is exactly what happened.

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Re: Game notes Bama vs LSU
Peewee from Grand Bay
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Posted under: The Quad
First:   First congrats to the Bama team for the victory.  This was a tough battle on both side of the ball.  This was big boy football.   

Offense:  The offense struggled most of the night.  They only had one long drive during the game which ended with a missed field goal.  They had seven 3 and outs.    Bama only ran 16 plays in the 2nd half until the 9 play drive to tie up the game.  They put together only 315 yards of offense.   The offense only had 4 running plays for 10+ yards.  They did have 10 pass plays of over 10 yards, but most of those were throw under 10 yard and the yardage was made after the catch.  Bamaís offense only got into the red zone three times and one of those was in overtime. The positive beside the win, is Bama only had 4 negative plays last night; two were tackles for losses, one was a sack where Cooper was blocking instead of running a route, and the big fumble which allowed LSU to take the lead.   It looked like they didnít communicate well on offense.

QB:  Blake did not make some throws in this game, but did make the plays in the last 50 seconds and in overtime for Bama to tie and ultimately win the game. Sims missed some big balls which were underthrown and a few passes were behind his rec but some still made the catch.   He was not helped by 4 drops which I will address later.  It looked at times he wasnít keeping his eyes downfield. 

RB:  They ran hard in very little space.  The LSU players hit them hard and often.  If you watched when they were pass blocking, which they did a pretty good job, they were getting jacked.  One big play not made was the pass to TJY who had a lot of open field to work with.

REC:  There were some opportunities here but plays werenít made.  I do think LSU got away with a couple of pass interference calls that were not made.  I had Cooper for 3 drops.  I also didnít think White ran some routes well or didnít think he was getting the ball.  The good thing here is more rec got involved in the game.

OL:  They did a good job pass blocking but never really established dominance in the running game.  The line did get a push a couple of time,

Defense:  They only gave up 259 yards.   They had 6 tackles for losses, 2 sacks, and 1 interception.   They had 4 three and outs, but one of those was because of the interception.   They did lose contain a couple of time but overall played well.  The biggest plays the LSU had were when the QB scrambled.  The QB ran for 40 yards and most of that was on 3 scrambling plays.  They did have some substitution problems early, but seem to get them worked out.  In the game, LSU had 6 runs for 10+ yards and 4 passes for 10+ yards. 

DL:  Against the big physical offense the DL held their own.  The only problem was they lost contain a couple of times, and when they rushed the QB they got too far up the field allowing a lane for the QB to escape.

LB:   RR again a very good game.  He had at least 8 tackles in the first half alone.   TD also played pretty well, but RR is the one that seems to stand out each week. 
 
DB:  They played a solid game.  One of the best plays of the night was on the 3rd play of the game when LSU ran the option.  Collins got cut and still got up to make the play. 

Penalties: Bama had 3 penalties in the game.  They overcame every one of them which is a plus. 

Special teams:   Scott did a good job in the clutch flipping the field. 

Finally:  This game was a battle.  It is what we have come to expect in these games.  I do think Bama needs to be more balanced on offense.  They threw the ball 46 times and ran 29.   


Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
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Sorry for the delay in responding to hs coach's analysis but had some issues going on.

First another great analysis by hs coach, and a hard fought victory for our boys in Death Valley!!
This was almost a carbon copy of the game two years ago. We all knew that LSU would be big time fired up for this game!! This makes four in a row including the 2011 NC game that we have defeated them. They came out out very physical and had a determined state of mind to win this game.

Offense: They did struggle for the biggest portion of the game due to the amount of noise making it hard to hear. They did not really get the push that was needed to open up the run game either. They did fairly well on the pass blocking all night. This week will be another huge challenge for them.

QB: Blake did not have a great game but he he had a solid game with no turn overs, he missed a few throws but also with the uncharacteristic drops by Amari & company did not help him but when it came down to the nitty gritty and we had to drive the ball down the field he made the plays that were needed to put us in position to tie the game and ultimately win the game in OT.

RB: They did not have a lot of space to run in but when they did they made the most of it. I am not sure that TJY was at his best for the game and the injury at the end of the game that resulted in the fumble does not help him recover from it. So it could be that we are in line for a big dose of Derrick Henry this week!!

REC: Again not their best game but when plays had to be made they were there. Coop's drops were not like him at all and hurt us when they happened. But what about the big catch made by Green in OT?? Totally out of the blue right there!! But I was very proud of the way the offense responded after the PF against Leon Brown that backed us up after it was First and Goal from the 1 yard line!! The pass play to score the winning TD was run to perfection by D White & company and it was a Great Pass that was on the money by Blake.

OL: Nothing else needed to say except as I mentioned above they have another huge challenge this week and must step up and give the RB's a little room to run the ball!!

Defense: This group stepped up to the big challenge of shutting down the run game and did just that. LSU hit a couple of descent runs but no huge run or pass plays!! 

DL: They had a mighty task for the game and performed very well imo. For the most part of the game the shut their running attack down and between RR & JR they combined for 28 tackles!!

LB: Another very solid game turned in by RR & TD. RR has become a force for us and only gets better and better with each game he plays!!

DB: What can you say about these guys!! They had a very solid game and made the plays at the end to secure the win for us!!! Congrats to this group!! They have made a lot of progress in the last couple of weeks and I hope they continue to do so!!

Penalties: The PF on Leon Brown in OT could have easily cost us the game but the offense rose up to the occasion and moved the ball back down to the goal line to set up the game winning pass.

Special Teams: JK Scott did not have the booming punts that we have come accustomed to but he had good ones that help flip the field position. Adam Griffin did miss his first attempt of the night but made the big one when we had to have!!!

Final Thoughts: This was pure smash mouth football that we all love and want to see!! Very physical all night long as we expected it to be. But we get no reprieve this week as MS St. comes to call and we are in for another very tough and physical game!! Bottom line this week is we need to run the ball!!

Please let me know what yall think.

Roll Tide!!!!




 

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