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Fall Brawl #2 (SoftBall)
Jamos
Written by Jamos
Comments: 3
Posted under: The Quad
I know everybody isn't interested in softball right now with football being in mid season but I thought a few of you might be interested.

I missed last weeks fall brawl due to being out of state but I just had to go see the new pitcher, Alexis Osorio today and I'm glad I did.

Bama looks a little different this year due to graduation last year but I was very pleased with the new additions to the team. The new additions are Demi Turner (infield), Rachel Bobo (Outfield), Kayla Rettig (outfield), Carrigan Fain (catcher) and Alexis Osorio (pitcher). Bobo and Rettig are walkons and CPM was grinning from ear to ear about them. Both players parents graduated fro Alabama and one of them is majoring in electrical engineering and the other is majoring in chemical engineering. Their ability to walk on is that one of them scored a 31 on her ACT exam and the other scored a 32, scholarships took care of them. This is a big plus for CPM not having to provide any type of aid for them. All five of them were impressive in the games today.

Osorio, the new pitcher is very impressive, her pitching style is similar to Littlejohn's. Littlejohn seems to have been really working on her pitching, everything she throws is breaking balls and her willingness to throw in on the batters hasn't changed a bit. Osorio is very smooth with her delivery and has tremendous spin on the ball and very good control. Leslie Jury seems to be the same pitcher that we have seen for 4 years, still throws hard but her control is still iffy. I was hoping that after Jury had played with Littlejohn last year that she would work on slowing down her pitches and spinning the ball more but that didn't seem to be the case today.

The other players that joined the team this year swung the bat pretty good today and played very good in the field. All of you have seen Haylie McCleney play and know how good she is but Bama may have another star bound player this year. She is freshman Demi Moore, infielder from Huntsville, Texas. She is as athletic as Haylie and plays with very good skills. She played second base today and Bama has never had a second baseman like this young lady played today. She has good speed and swings a good bat as well, lefty. The catcher position is up for grabs as CPM is working 4 players at that position now, Chaunsey Bell, Leona Lafaele, Peyton Grantham and Carrigan Fain (freshman). Peyton played third base last year but she looked pretty good as she took her turn behind the plate today.

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Game notes: A&M vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 32
Posted under: The Quad
First:   First congrats to the Bama team for the victory.  This was the most dominant performance I can remember in a long time.  They dominated on both sides of the ball. 

Offense:  The offense did whatever they wanted to.   Bama rolled up 602 yards of offense.  They only had 3 negative plays, 2 tackles for losses and 1 sack, in the game and those did not come until the fourth quarter of the game.  Bama also had only 3 three and outs.  The offense score on 8 straight possessions and had scoring drives of 72, 84,64,80,24, 60, and 57 yards.  They had 30 first downs in this game.    They had 8 runs for over 10 yards, 6 of those were in the first half.  Bama had 11 pass completions for over 10 yards and 9 of those were in the first half.  They got into the red zone 5 times and had 4 touchdowns and 1 field goal.  The other 4 touchdowns were scored from outside the red zone.  Bama scored on 8 of their 13 drives.   The other factor to me was Bama running the ball with 7 to 8 in the box and many times they did this with what we use to call our Ace formation, 2 tight ends and 2 wide out with 1 back.

QB:  Sims had a very good game.  He did make one bad decision on the throw on the first drive that should have resulted in an int and probably 6 points for A&M.  On that play I think the outside rec was too wide as it looks as if Bama was trying to run a rub route to get the ball to AC.  Sims made good quick decisions the rest of the day.  He did underthrow OJH when he checked down and went to the backside.  I thought he checked down well and didnít force the ball.    As far as Coker he has the tools.  It looks like he tries to guide the ball on those short quick throws and it slows the play development down.  One of the best throws of the day was his TD pass to the TE for the last touchdown.  At times the looks to methodical when he is throwing the ball instead of letting it go.

RB:   TJY was a beast this game.  He totaled 159 yards of offense and averaged 9.9 yards every time he touched the ball.  He only touched the ball 16 times, but it seemed like more.  The only negative about TJY was he didnít work toward Sims when he was scrambling once.  DH also ran hard and totaled 111 yards on only 11 touches.  The biggest knock here was a missed block by DH.   I thought JF should have expected the run when he was knocked off his routes and looked to block for Sims on the scramble. 

REC:  AC had a good game an probably his best catch was on a 3rd and 10 when Sims found him on a scramble and he snagged it out of the air for a first down.    I know it has been effective, but I would love to see more recs involved in the game.    They blocked well downfield when the running back/QB broke the LOS. 

OL:  From the worse game to their best game of the year.  The sustained their blocks and moved to the 2nd level.  This is the best I have seen them come off the ball this year. They ran the ball effectively even when they had 7 to 8 in the box.  They did not miss a beat when Hill came in for the injured Shepard.  They got a push on running plays and pass protected well.  This is evident by the low number of negative plays all day.    They were able to run the ball to both the left and the ride sides of the LOS.   

Defense:  This was another very good game by the defense.   They dominated the spread team like no other.  A&M had 172 total yards on 55 plays and 98 of those came on 6 plays.  This means they gained   74 yards on the other 49 plays.  A&M had 14 drives.  Now take out two for right before half and the end of the game.  Of these 12 remaining drives, Bama had 7 three and outs and 4 four and outs.  As far a negative plays, Bamaís defense had 3 tackles for losses, a year high of 6 sacks in the game, they caused a fumble, and intercepted one pass.  Their longest drive was 9 plays and the ninth play was a fourth down play to get a first down.  They only had 8 first downs all day.  They did have 6 pass plays for over 10 yards.  This was the best tackling game for Bama this year.  There were very few yards after contact.  It seems that they were flying to the football and there were always numerous players around the ball. 

DL:  They played a great game.  The pressure put on the QB all day was done by 4 only most of the time.  It looks like Ragland is doing what Hightower use to do by putting his hand on the ground.  Maybe this is their new rabbit package.  Again, I can pick out Anderson who played a good game. Let me put it this way if the DL didnít do the job they did the LB would not have been able to make the plays they did.  I thought this was one of their best efforts on keeping the ball inside and not letting A&M get to the perimeter.   

LB:  Ragland and Depriest had good game.  They played the pass and run.  The longest run all day was 9 yards.  They covered down field and jumped the screen.  Ragland has been a huge surprised to me this year. 
 
DB:  They played well by coming up and supporting the run as well as playing pass coverage.  Ď
The best thing that helped them out was the pass rush, especially pressure with 4.  One of the best plays was when JW got up from a block and still made the play for a short gain.  They could have easily come up with 2 more picks during this game, Collins and Perry could have each had one.   

Penalties: How about this no Bama penalties.  A&M only had 2 which showís Bamaís dominance even more since they did not have to overcome their own mistakes. 

Special teams:   For the most part they were good on the kickoff coverage except for the last when a few backups were in.  I notice when Bama kicks off to their left they kick the ball higher and deeper.  Maybe this is because it is a more natural motion for a right footed kicker.  Foster made more big hits on special team.  I am glad Jones had a good day and his return help set up a Bama TD.

Finally:  This is the most complete game Bama has played.  I honestly feel they can play with anyone when they play like this.  They played with emotion and looked like they had fun.  The job now is to keep it going.   My congrats go out to the 7 Bama players who will graduate in December with their masterís degree.

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
15 and counting

Re: Game notes Bama vs Ark
Peewee from Grand Bay
Comments: 25
Posted under: The Quad
First:   First congrats to the Bama team for the victory.  They overcame many self-inflicted mistakes to win the game.  Bamaís defense won this game.

Offense:   This was the worse Bama offensive performance, 227 total yards, I have seen since the loss to LSU.  Bama had 7 three and outs.  They had 5 tackles for losses and 2 sacks.   The good news is the Bama offense did not turn the ball over.  They saved this for the special teams.  They only had 1 run of over 10 yards and 5 passes for over 10 yards.  They got into the red zone once and missed a field goal.  The scored their two TDís from outside the red zone.  I donít know why Bama kept running the ball to the right, but most of the runs were to that side.  In both halves they opened with 2 straight 3 and outs.  The bad part is Ark is ranked 51st in total D and averaged giving up 140 yards rushing a game. 

QB:  Blake Sims was a Jekyll and Hyde in this game.  He made some very poor choices on throws, but he made two good plays on the TD throws.  He tried to force the ball into AC a couple of time and fortunately Ark dropped the ints.  He overthrew some balls and I think he should have run the ball and gained a few yards instead of throwing.  On a third down play the Ark defense had 3 v 2 on the recs to AC side.  He had CJ crossing on a LB who may have had a chance to outrun him for a first down if the ball had been completed.  This is one play where he tried to force the ball to AC and was almost picked.     I would give this performance a C-.

RB:   The running backs were hit pretty quickly in the running game.  The big play that stood out to me was when TJY missed the block in the red zone on #86 and Sims was sacked.  He didnít even have time to check the backside routes.  DH looked like he went the wrong way on a running play in the red zone which ended up being a loss or no gain. 

REC:  The recs looked like they couldnít get away from coverage very often.  OJH missed the block on the first wide rec screen.   Other recs are going to have to get involved or the defenses are going to double AC and load up on the run.   

OL:  Worse game of the year so far.  At the beginning I wasnít sure the RG was going to block anyone.  They did not dominant and get the push they did against what was supposed to be a better defensive front OM.   They did not sustain their blocks and when they did get to the 2nd level they didnít block people. I am going to start calling AK, FSK because he gets at least one false start a game.  The tilted nose gave the G and C trouble.  He easily crossed the guards face when the center did not help. 

Defense:  I thought the defense played well.  They played 27 snaps in the first quarter alone while having to play 80 snaps the whole game because of the ineffective offense.  They had 7 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 int, and a blocked extra point which turned out to be the game winner.  They had six 3 and outs.  Three of these came after Bama took the lead.  They did have 1 one and out as they caused a fumble on the first play of the drive.  They did lose contain on the QB a couple of times and I will talk about this later.   They gave up 3 runs for over 10 yards and 9 passes for over 10 yards.   I will say Ark had a good game plan with all the play action throws, but also the roll throw back scheme they used.  The only complaint was the few missed tackles.  The big missed tackles was right before half when they allowed the RB to gain a first down on 3rd and long when Bama had called their timeouts to get a chance to score and get the ball back at the start of the 2nd half.

DL:  I though they played well.  Ark was averaging 278 yards a game rushing and Bama held them to 89.  This was against an OL that is heavier than any in the NFL by average.   I thought Robinson, Anderson, and Dickson played especially well. 

LB:  Ragland had a very good game.  Probably one of his best plays was the pass interference.  Here is why. This was a misdirection pass.  The TE lined up on the left side and RR was on the right side.  The QB rolls to his left and the TE releases without much of a jam.  The TE runs across the formation and turns up the field.   Because of the action Raglandí s read took him away from the play, but he caught up and had the PI call but it could have been a touchdown.  Dillon Lee would look good on a play and lost on another.   There was once where he rushed from the backside and came around and was almost on the tackle on a short pass play. 

DB:  Overall they played pretty good.  The problem was a couple of bust.   On one long completion C Jones was in zone and everyone else was in man.  His man crossed the field and made the catch.    There were times when they blitzed they are the ones who lost contain on the QB.  Early in the game Jackson does not jam and throw off the timing of the slant.  He had no other threat coming so he could have stayed with him.  They did a better job later in the game.  On the pass for the TD, Jackson took a bad angle and allowed the rec to get into the end zone.

Penalties: They only had 4 penalties for 30 yards.  One the PI saved a TD. Another big one was a short down situation and Bama breaks the huddle with 12 and this was after a timeout.  The false start put them in a long 3rd down situation.  I do think the refs made a mistake here.  I donít think the clock was supposed to start after this penalty.  If so, then what is to keep a team from running the clock out with numerous false starts. 

Special teams:   What can I say here except Bama saved the game from the mistakes created by the special teams.  There were 4 special team fumbles and Bama recovered 2 as well as Ark recovering two.   Griffin missed another field goal and again it looked like an alignment problem because of how he finished.  Look where he is facing.  All but one punt was downed inside the 20 yard line. The kickoff coverage was very good.  I donít know if you noticed, but Rueben Foster blew the Ark player up on the kickoff once.  I know Bobby Williams is a longtime friend of CNS, but they have got to do a better job on special team.  He is also the TE coach and they have been a weakness blocking this year.

Finally:  Bamaís mistakes should have cost them a game this time, but the D bailed them out.  We are still waiting for that clean game that we know Bama can play.

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
15 and counting


Again another great write up of the game from hscoach. He makes a lot of valid points in this, so just let add a few as well.

The defense did win this game for us. With out their play we lose this one easily.

Offense: The offense never got into any type of rhythm at all. No push from the O-Line on the run plays & pass protection was not all that great either. They did put together two decent drives and the one in the second half when we had to go down the field and score to take the lead we got the job done. That does not excuse their lack of meaningful play for the game but we did what we had to do to win and as ugly as it was I will take the W every day.

QB: As hscoach said it was kinda on & off day for Blake. He made several very poor decisions that if Arky had caught them for Int's I don't think we would have pulled this one out. He did some good things as well but the last pass to D White for the go ahead score was although it was back across the middle late and against his body was a great throw.

RB: For the biggest of the day they had absolutely no room to run. The defense was in the backfield or made us try bounce it outside but they strung us out to the side line almost every time. hard to blame them for the lack of running yards when they pretty much had no chance.

Rec: Not the greatest day for them, they had Amari doubled covered all day and while their was some others open we seemed to concentrate on trying to force the ball to Amari. I am not sure if this is a Blake thing not coming off Amari soon enough and looking for the others or what but the couple of times he did that we hit plays to OJ Howard, Cam Sims and the TD to D White.

OL: As everyone knows these are my guys and they just flat out did not play well at all. Virtually no push in the running game could not get to the second level of the defense to make a block in turn causes what we saw!!! NO running attack at all!!! At one point mid way into the third quarter we only had 1 rushing yard!!! 1!! Totally unacceptable!! To me this group has been totally different since Ryan Kelly went down. If they do not get their act together it will be a rough time trying to win from here on out!!

Defense: They were the hero's and star's of the game. Arky came in with the #1 rushing attack in the nation. We played in our Base defense almost the entire game which is something of a rarity now a days with all the spread we see. Our Big ugly's held their vaunted rushing attack to just 89 total yds with an average of 2.3 yds per rush!! And if that was not enough Arkansas had only 5 count them 5 rushing yards in the second half!! While we were able to get them into third and 8, 9 10 or more at times they were able to convert when we blitzed them on third down by hitting some crossing routes and short passes that allowed them to convert early in the game. But after we started just rushing four on third down and played coverage that came to a halt!! Then in the fourth qtr when we had to have it the most the did not allow a single third down conversion!! Four three and outs!! Great job guys!!

DL: These guys came up big time. A'Shawn, Ryan Anderson, Jarren Reed, Xavier Dickson, Pettway and everyone else all had a great game.

LB & DB hscoach pretty much nailed it. Nothing to add.

Penalties: While we only had four it was when they came and at the time in the game they happened!!! After a time out we get a substitution infraction, Third and one to put the game away we get a false start!! I don't have the answer to this question but just how many false starts have been charged against Arie & Leon Brown?? 100!!!! I know it not close to that but sure does seem that way!!!!

Special Teams: OMG!!!!! I literally thought CNS was going to blow a gasket Saturday!! I don't think you can put blame on CBW for their play strictly due to the lack of Normal decision making with this group. It's not on the coach when the ball bounces on the ground in front of the return man and surrounded by the coverage team and you just go dive at the ball?? What in your thought process tells you to do that?? When the punt is short and the returner is waving everyone away you just kind of happy go lucky continue down the field with ever once trying to find where the ball is and move away from it?? Cyrus Jones after replacing CR Jones starts running with the ball after he fields it and then just drops it!!!! All of these things are mental errors and bad decisions that should never happen. You know how this is supposed to be done!! I have seen you do it a hundred times!! Why is it different now?? OK Rant over.

Final thought: We should have lost this game with all the mistakes that we made. But the biggest thing that I noticed through out the game is that no one ever gave up or quit!! They had each others back from the very beginning and was right there when a mistake was made encouraging that player to forget it and move on to the next play. That in it self is probably the one of biggest reasons we won this game. I would love to see how well this team can play when we do not have all of these mistake and mental errors. Just give me one clean game!!! No mistakes, bad decisions, Bone head plays or moves. Just sharp clean execution!!

Let me know what yall think Roll Tide!!   

 

Game notes Bama vs Ark
Written by hscoach
Comments: 25
Posted under: The Quad
First:   First congrats to the Bama team for the victory.  They overcame many self-inflicted mistakes to win the game.  Bamaís defense won this game.

Offense:   This was the worse Bama offensive performance, 227 total yards, I have seen since the loss to LSU.  Bama had 7 three and outs.  They had 5 tackles for losses and 2 sacks.   The good news is the Bama offense did not turn the ball over.  They saved this for the special teams.  They only had 1 run of over 10 yards and 5 passes for over 10 yards.  They got into the red zone once and missed a field goal.  The scored their two TDís from outside the red zone.  I donít know why Bama kept running the ball to the right, but most of the runs were to that side.  In both halves they opened with 2 straight 3 and outs.  The bad part is Ark is ranked 51st in total D and averaged giving up 140 yards rushing a game. 

QB:  Blake Sims was a Jekyll and Hyde in this game.  He made some very poor choices on throws, but he made two good plays on the TD throws.  He tried to force the ball into AC a couple of time and fortunately Ark dropped the ints.  He overthrew some balls and I think he should have run the ball and gained a few yards instead of throwing.  On a third down play the Ark defense had 3 v 2 on the recs to AC side.  He had CJ crossing on a LB who may have had a chance to outrun him for a first down if the ball had been completed.  This is one play where he tried to force the ball to AC and was almost picked.     I would give this performance a C-.

RB:   The running backs were hit pretty quickly in the running game.  The big play that stood out to me was when TJY missed the block in the red zone on #86 and Sims was sacked.  He didnít even have time to check the backside routes.  DH looked like he went the wrong way on a running play in the red zone which ended up being a loss or no gain. 

REC:  The recs looked like they couldnít get away from coverage very often.  OJH missed the block on the first wide rec screen.   Other recs are going to have to get involved or the defenses are going to double AC and load up on the run.   

OL:  Worse game of the year so far.  At the beginning I wasnít sure the RG was going to block anyone.  They did not dominant and get the push they did against what was supposed to be a better defensive front OM.   They did not sustain their blocks and when they did get to the 2nd level they didnít block people. I am going to start calling AK, FSK because he gets at least one false start a game.  The tilted nose gave the G and C trouble.  He easily crossed the guards face when the center did not help. 

Defense:  I thought the defense played well.  They played 27 snaps in the first quarter alone while having to play 80 snaps the whole game because of the ineffective offense.  They had 7 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 int, and a blocked extra point which turned out to be the game winner.  They had six 3 and outs.  Three of these came after Bama took the lead.  They did have 1 one and out as they caused a fumble on the first play of the drive.  They did lose contain on the QB a couple of times and I will talk about this later.   They gave up 3 runs for over 10 yards and 9 passes for over 10 yards.   I will say Ark had a good game plan with all the play action throws, but also the roll throw back scheme they used.  The only complaint was the few missed tackles.  The big missed tackles was right before half when they allowed the RB to gain a first down on 3rd and long when Bama had called their timeouts to get a chance to score and get the ball back at the start of the 2nd half.

DL:  I though they played well.  Ark was averaging 278 yards a game rushing and Bama held them to 89.  This was against an OL that is heavier than any in the NFL by average.   I thought Robinson, Anderson, and Dickson played especially well. 

LB:  Ragland had a very good game.  Probably one of his best plays was the pass interference.  Here is why. This was a misdirection pass.  The TE lined up on the left side and RR was on the right side.  The QB rolls to his left and the TE releases without much of a jam.  The TE runs across the formation and turns up the field.   Because of the action Raglandí s read took him away from the play, but he caught up and had the PI call but it could have been a touchdown.  Dillon Lee would look good on a play and lost on another.   There was once where he rushed from the backside and came around and was almost on the tackle on a short pass play. 

DB:  Overall they played pretty good.  The problem was a couple of bust.   On one long completion C Jones was in zone and everyone else was in man.  His man crossed the field and made the catch.    There were times when they blitzed they are the ones who lost contain on the QB.  Early in the game Jackson does not jam and throw off the timing of the slant.  He had no other threat coming so he could have stayed with him.  They did a better job later in the game.  On the pass for the TD, Jackson took a bad angle and allowed the rec to get into the end zone.

Penalties: They only had 4 penalties for 30 yards.  One the PI saved a TD. Another big one was a short down situation and Bama breaks the huddle with 12 and this was after a timeout.  The false start put them in a long 3rd down situation.  I do think the refs made a mistake here.  I donít think the clock was supposed to start after this penalty.  If so, then what is to keep a team from running the clock out with numerous false starts. 

Special teams:   What can I say here except Bama saved the game from the mistakes created by the special teams.  There were 4 special team fumbles and Bama recovered 2 as well as Ark recovering two.   Griffin missed another field goal and again it looked like an alignment problem because of how he finished.  Look where he is facing.  All but one punt was downed inside the 20 yard line. The kickoff coverage was very good.  I donít know if you noticed, but Rueben Foster blew the Ark player up on the kickoff once.  I know Bobby Williams is a longtime friend of CNS, but they have got to do a better job on special team.  He is also the TE coach and they have been a weakness blocking this year.

Finally:  Bamaís mistakes should have cost them a game this time, but the D bailed them out.  We are still waiting for that clean game that we know Bama can play.

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
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Re: Game notes: Bama vs OM
Peewee from Grand Bay
Comments: 43
Posted under: The Quad
First:   The first thing I want to say is my prayers go out to KD.  It will be a great loss for Bama going forward.  Second congrats to Ole Miss for their not giving up.  To Bama, this is a game you gave away by making too many mistakes at crucial time.

Offense:   The offense made too many mistakes in crucial time of the game to win the game.  They put up 396 yards of offense.  They ran the ball effectively but dug themselves holes too often.  They missed crucial block on 3rd and short D Ball as well as OJ Howard.  They had drops that would have kept the drives alive.  They only had 4 tackles for losses, one sack, and an int.  They only had 2 three and outs while having at least 3 runs for over 10 yards and 6 completions for over 10 yards.  There did seem to be a couple of blown opportunities when watching the replays, but they donít show the complete field.   Some sad facts here, Bama had a first and10 on the 19 going in and had to settle for a long field goal because of penalties and plays.  They should have had a 1st on the 18 going in on the last drive, but a penalty negated this.  It also looks like the offense is giving the screen away too soon on some of the plays.  They had to waste 2 timeouts on offense which could have been crucial in the final drive.

QB:  Sims made plays, but also missed on some plays.  It looks like on the drop by OJH that C Jones was open over the top for probably a TD.  Now this was not showing he complete field, so someone may have been over the top of CJ.  The 2nd was when he threw to Vogler, it looks like Cooper is open deep for the TD.  Again same thing as before could not see the whole field.  I also thought Sims feet got a little happy too early.  There is a play when Sims didnít throw the ball away and I think this was because there was a screen called and he would have had men down field.  He would have had to throw it to the feet of the RB.  I do think if he had thrown the ball out to OJH left instead of a little behind he would have had a better chance for the ball.

RB:   TJY played well. He gained over 100 yards and this was against a tough D.  I wonder if Henry didnít get a little banged up because he wasnít used late.  It may have been just because of the way TJY was playing. 

REC:  AC was the main focus of stopping the passing game.  OJH had a big catch, but also made many mistakes, 2 holding calls.   Vogler missed a crucial block on a 3rd down and 1 play as did Ball when Bama had him at a TE position.  There were a couple of times when it looked like the routes by recs were not run hard and at times it didnít look like they adjusted to the scramble very well.

OL:   By looking at the negative plays the OL had a pretty good game.  There were a couple of busted assignments one by the right guard.  This was a big 3rd down play before the half that could have kept a drive alive.  The new center put the ball low and makes the QB take his eyes away from the D which hurts in his reads.

Defense:  The defense made bad coverage mistake that hurt Bama in the game.  The defense had 10 tackles for losses, 1 sack, a blocked PAT, and a fumble recovery for a TD.  They had 3 runs of over 10 yards and 8 passes for over 10 yards.  In all honesty, the play should have been negated by the facemask penalty.  They had 1 three and out and 1 4 and out.  This is not counting the 4 play drive for a TD or 3 play drive for a TD.  The D did a good job on the first drive holding them to a field goal.  There were some missed tackles, especially in the 4th quarter that would have put Ole Miss behind the chains.   

DL:    I thought they did a good job stopping the running game.  Many times, and this is how DD got hurt, the DE came in and took on/out the pulling linemen and stuffed the play.  They were just a step short on getting to the QB, but many throws were quick. 
 
LB:  Both LBís had some difficult times.  First, RR doesnít adjust with the motion which should have cost Bama.  Second TD went too flat on the long pass to the TC for the long gain in the second half.  RR did have some big hits on the OM running back and QB. 

DB:   Here was a major problem.  They seem to be extremely confused on who had who on the trips bunch package.  This cost Bama the most in the game.  Ole Miss threw at least 5 back shoulder throws and completed 3 of them.  On the bubble screen Jones went inside and allowed them to get the edge instead of fighting thru the outside should and forcing the player back inside where his help was.

Penalties:  In my opinion this is where the game was lost.  For example Bama had a 1st down on the 19 yard line going in and ended up kicking about a 46 yard field goal.  They had a 1st down on the 18 going in on the last drive have a holding call and have then have a 2 and 13 at the 32.  They still had time and didnít have to force the ball into coverage. There were also times when Bama would start 1st and 15 which is harder to overcome.  I am not sure, but I would bet most of the penalties where in the second half.  There were penalties on special teams.  A big one was the block in the back which negated a nice kickoff return by Cyrus Jones.

Special teams:   The first couple of kick offs hurt because of not giving the coverage team time to get down there.  When the ball was kicked high they covered well.  There were two missed field goals from 46 and 51 yards.  The big play was the fumble on the kickoff return when Bama should have had good field position because of the Ole Miss penalty. JK Scott did a great job changing field position and averaged over 50 yards a kick.  I know it is only 5 yards, but there was a penalty on delay of game on one punt.

Finally:  Bama mistake came back and caused them to lose to a good football team. These mistakes led to 2 touchdowns in the last 6 minutes.  They did give themselves a chance to win, but made more mistakes on the final drive. 

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
15 and counting


Good Morning, Let me echo what hscoach said about Kenyon. I can not get the sound of him hollering in pain out of my mind. I have heard unconfirmed reports that it was a clean break but it sure did not seem that way when I saw it on TV. we should know shortly when CNS Press Conference happens. Again I think hscoach has made very good points in his analysis of the game. Let me just add some thought of mine and yall let me know what you think.

Over view: We all knew that this would be a tough game with the defense that Ole Miss has on the field this year. But I thought that overall while we did not play to the best of our ability we did do enough to win the game.

Offense: The offense started out well running the ball and made good yardage early in the game. While they were all over Amari trying to take him away in the game he still manage to make a few very outstanding plays. The dropped passes we had were very costly in the fact they cost us first downs. But overall would have won us the game if not for all the penalties and turn overs.

QB: Blake played a good game for the most part, missed of couple of throws that could have been a big play, but also had some questionable ones as well especially on the int in the endzone to seal the game for Ole Miss. He also cost us when he took the two consecutive losses that took out of decent FG range in the first half instead of throwing the ball away. So staying focused and making the right decisions needs to be improved upon.

OL: While they played well there again too many miscues that cost us big time again. But I believe that when Rayn Kelly went down the OL was in chaos for a good bit as shown by having to take two time outs back to back. Communication was either slow or the right calls being made on the line. When Blake was freaking out trying to get the ball snapped and the line was still point out the Mike, Sam, and everybody else and was oblivious to the play clock. From that point on the entire complexity of the game changed. After Ole Miss took the lead I told my bud Rick who I was watching the game with the Championship Teams need to at time need to make Championship Drives and this was ours right here, the OL played well and seem to be in sync. The holding penalty on OJ broke our backs after we had the first down inside the 15 with one TO remaining. 

Defense: While I thought that overall they played a good game the three or four busted coverage's that they used to score their touchdowns on has got to be corrected. I understand that we had a True Freshman in the game but it also seemed like at times there was a lack of the proper communication going on out there.  But they were put into a bad position a couple of time and stood firm and made them settle for FG's that kept the score in check for us.

DL: They played a good game. They held their running game in check and put some pressure on Bo at times. It did seem that when he did hit the passes their was a lack of pressure on those plays. So while they are getting better there are not quite where they need to be yet.

LB: They as everyone else played well for the biggest portion of the game. The on busted coverage was on the back doing the wheel route out of the backfield and the pass to the TE for 50+ yds. CNS said that there was not the right rotation on the wheel route and the wrong coverage on the TE play which changed the momentum of the game that we never really got back.

DB: Again the same as last year we are having trouble keeping the same guys in the lineup week in and week out. The back shoulder throws as hscoach pointed out was a very strong point for Ole Miss. They hit it it seemed almost at will against us. I am sure all of yall are sitting there hollering turn around!!!!! to which ever DB happens to in coverage just as I do. There has to be some sort of tactic to be able to correct that in some way. If not we will be preyed upon all year this way. Communication was a factor again, I know that it's tough when you have a revolving door out there but this must get corrected!!!

Penalties: The straw that is continually breaking our backs!!! I am not sure if it is a lack of focus, communication, lack of eye control or just what is causing this to keep being the problem it is. But in our last two games we have had more penalties than maybe all of last year!!! Don't quote me on that but it sure seems that way!!! This above any other factor has been what has ultimately cost us the game this week and the most of all of our problems this year. I know that this is driving CNS and his staff nuts. I was hoping that this would disappear during the bye week but I was wrong about that. It has to be a major focal point in practice to be corrected.

Special Teams: I will hit the high spot first. JK SCOTT what can you say about this young man except for OMG!!!!! The first punt again this week was a howitzer shot that totally flipped field position for us. This young man will be a very important weapon for us in his tenure at Alabama. Kick & Punt returns. While usually a high spot for us cost us big time on the Fumble by C Jones. You know that with the amount of time spent on ball control this would not be an issue but it sure rears it head up a lot at us. at some point I hope we can go at least one complete game with losing the handle on the ball.

Final thoughts: If there was ever any doubt of the strength of the SEC West Division they should all be forgotten by now. We still control our own destiny but will need someone else to beat Ole Miss for us to get to Atlanta. While I think that we are more than capable of completing this task it will not be an easy journey. The games this week will shed a bit more light on what it will take for it to happen. We go on the road aging to face a very BIG and very STRONG OL at Arkansas. These guys play smash mouth football. They run the ball as we do and just say stop us if you can. This should give us a chance to stay in our base defense for the biggest portion of the game and hopefully work in our favor. But again it will boil down to penalties and mistakes made on both side of the ball. If we can play a CLEAN game then I really like our chances, but if not then it could go down to the wire and that is just happening too much so far!!! We are still in good shape to make the playoff but we must clean up all of the miscues. Let me know what yall think and Roll Tide!!!!   


Re: ***CRIMSON RED DAILY THREAD***
Jamos
Written by Jamos
Comments: 29036
Morning CRS.

I'm back home now, got myself a fresh shower, and I'm still thinking back over our experience in Rebelville. The score didn't end up as we woulkd have liked but that didn't dampen my thoughts of the fun that we had there. Chech and LF were great hosts and we had lots of time to sit and talk about everybody, especially CRS members, and all of their bad habits that we know of, just kidding. It was a fun time though that 2 and I will always have some good memories of.

The Ole Miss campus has changed drastically since I was last there, the gameday experience was total chaos with fans shoulder to shoulder. Chech was a great tour guide for us, we met a lot of his friends and saw some things we wouldn't have seen without him and LF. The Ole Miss fans were just great, except for one, as we shared their tailgate parties. We had good seats at the game in one of the Bama sections and enjoyed the game until the 4th quarter, but it's just one game and if we have to lose a game I would rather it be Ole Miss than any of the other schools in the conference.

Thanks again to Chech and LF for the wonderful hospitality and to all of you CRS members, you are missing out on something special by not having met the two of them, I'm glad that I have. Wink

Game notes: Bama vs OM
Written by hscoach
Comments: 43
Posted under: The Quad
First:   The first thing I want to say is my prayers go out to KD.  It will be a great loss for Bama going forward.  Second congrats to Ole Miss for their not giving up.  To Bama, this is a game you gave away by making too many mistakes at crucial time.

Offense:   The offense made too many mistakes in crucial time of the game to win the game.  They put up 396 yards of offense.  They ran the ball effectively but dug themselves holes too often.  They missed crucial block on 3rd and short D Ball as well as OJ Howard.  They had drops that would have kept the drives alive.  They only had 4 tackles for losses, one sack, and an int.  They only had 2 three and outs while having at least 3 runs for over 10 yards and 6 completions for over 10 yards.  There did seem to be a couple of blown opportunities when watching the replays, but they donít show the complete field.   Some sad facts here, Bama had a first and10 on the 19 going in and had to settle for a long field goal because of penalties and plays.  They should have had a 1st on the 18 going in on the last drive, but a penalty negated this.  It also looks like the offense is giving the screen away too soon on some of the plays.  They had to waste 2 timeouts on offense which could have been crucial in the final drive.

QB:  Sims made plays, but also missed on some plays.  It looks like on the drop by OJH that C Jones was open over the top for probably a TD.  Now this was not showing he complete field, so someone may have been over the top of CJ.  The 2nd was when he threw to Vogler, it looks like Cooper is open deep for the TD.  Again same thing as before could not see the whole field.  I also thought Sims feet got a little happy too early.  There is a play when Sims didnít throw the ball away and I think this was because there was a screen called and he would have had men down field.  He would have had to throw it to the feet of the RB.  I do think if he had thrown the ball out to OJH left instead of a little behind he would have had a better chance for the ball.

RB:   TJY played well. He gained over 100 yards and this was against a tough D.  I wonder if Henry didnít get a little banged up because he wasnít used late.  It may have been just because of the way TJY was playing. 

REC:  AC was the main focus of stopping the passing game.  OJH had a big catch, but also made many mistakes, 2 holding calls.   Vogler missed a crucial block on a 3rd down and 1 play as did Ball when Bama had him at a TE position.  There were a couple of times when it looked like the routes by recs were not run hard and at times it didnít look like they adjusted to the scramble very well.

OL:   By looking at the negative plays the OL had a pretty good game.  There were a couple of busted assignments one by the right guard.  This was a big 3rd down play before the half that could have kept a drive alive.  The new center put the ball low and makes the QB take his eyes away from the D which hurts in his reads.

Defense:  The defense made bad coverage mistake that hurt Bama in the game.  The defense had 10 tackles for losses, 1 sack, a blocked PAT, and a fumble recovery for a TD.  They had 3 runs of over 10 yards and 8 passes for over 10 yards.  In all honesty, the play should have been negated by the facemask penalty.  They had 1 three and out and 1 4 and out.  This is not counting the 4 play drive for a TD or 3 play drive for a TD.  The D did a good job on the first drive holding them to a field goal.  There were some missed tackles, especially in the 4th quarter that would have put Ole Miss behind the chains.   

DL:    I thought they did a good job stopping the running game.  Many times, and this is how DD got hurt, the DE came in and took on/out the pulling linemen and stuffed the play.  They were just a step short on getting to the QB, but many throws were quick. 
 
LB:  Both LBís had some difficult times.  First, RR doesnít adjust with the motion which should have cost Bama.  Second TD went too flat on the long pass to the TC for the long gain in the second half.  RR did have some big hits on the OM running back and QB. 

DB:   Here was a major problem.  They seem to be extremely confused on who had who on the trips bunch package.  This cost Bama the most in the game.  Ole Miss threw at least 5 back shoulder throws and completed 3 of them.  On the bubble screen Jones went inside and allowed them to get the edge instead of fighting thru the outside should and forcing the player back inside where his help was.

Penalties:  In my opinion this is where the game was lost.  For example Bama had a 1st down on the 19 yard line going in and ended up kicking about a 46 yard field goal.  They had a 1st down on the 18 going in on the last drive have a holding call and have then have a 2 and 13 at the 32.  They still had time and didnít have to force the ball into coverage. There were also times when Bama would start 1st and 15 which is harder to overcome.  I am not sure, but I would bet most of the penalties where in the second half.  There were penalties on special teams.  A big one was the block in the back which negated a nice kickoff return by Cyrus Jones.

Special teams:   The first couple of kick offs hurt because of not giving the coverage team time to get down there.  When the ball was kicked high they covered well.  There were two missed field goals from 46 and 51 yards.  The big play was the fumble on the kickoff return when Bama should have had good field position because of the Ole Miss penalty. JK Scott did a great job changing field position and averaged over 50 yards a kick.  I know it is only 5 yards, but there was a penalty on delay of game on one punt.

Finally:  Bama mistake came back and caused them to lose to a good football team. These mistakes led to 2 touchdowns in the last 6 minutes.  They did give themselves a chance to win, but made more mistakes on the final drive. 

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
15 and counting

John Garcia Jr talks recruiting and Bama football with REC
Jamos
Written by Jamos
Comments: 6
Posted under: The Quad
As is with most recruiting analysts, they have tons and tons of information on every high school athlete in the country and John Garcia was no exception. I wish I had come away from the meeting tonight with some solid information about who Bama will sign this year but that isn't the case at all, you could probably use a Ouija board and be more accurate about who signs where. He explained there are some that are committed that won't be changing their minds but there will always be some that play the "flipping game" just to get their name on the sports news. John had a lot of info on the recruitment of Blake Barnett and is really impressed with what he will bring to Bama football. He will graduate from his high school in December and enroll at Bama in January. 

John did have some interesting bits of info on this years team though which did make the evening a little more bearable. He was asked about the status of Marlon Humphrey and was quick to say that Marlon's problem with not playing more is that he came to Bama knowing he was a 5 star recruit and should have realized that a player isn't given a spot on the team, he has to earn it. He did talk about the success of Blake Sims this year and how he has changed the whole philosophy of Alabama football. He explained that CLK is the genius behind all of this and his career just might be starting now even though he has already been a head coach elsewhere. He was asked how long he thought CLK would coach at Bama and he answered with at least 2 years but that isn't saying that he would be leaving after 2 years. Who knows what can happen from year to year in the coaching circles.

John explained that there are still chances of a player or two from Bama that might flip to another school but there are also some good chances of players that have commited to other schools that will flip to Bama but that will all happen during the latter stages of the recruiting year.

If there was one kid out there though that I would be willing to bet on where he will play his college football it would be Blake Barnett. He is locked in on his decision and doing some heavy recruiting in trying to get others to come with him to Bama.

Re: Game notes: UF vs Bama
Peewee from Grand Bay
Comments: 34
Posted under: The Quad
First:   Congrats to Bama for the win.  Bama won the game despite giving up 21 points because of turnovers. 

Offense:   The offense put up 645 yards of offense against UF.  Again, I thought CLK called a very good game.   The best example was the first play of the game.  They put up this much offense and had 12 negative plays during the game.  They had 7 tackles for losses, 1 sack, 3 lost fumble, and an interception.  They only had 1 three and out.  They did have 3 one and outs.  Two were long touchdown passes and the other was a fumble.  They got into the red zone 5 times and scored 4 touchdowns, while the other was a turning over the ball on downs while not running up the score.  In the first half Bama had 1 run for 10+ yards while in the 2nd half they had six for 10+ yards.  In the first half they had 7 pass plays for 10+ yards and 4 in the second half.  There were 2 touchdowns that came from outside the red zone.   The touchdown drives were 87, 79, 64, 58, 80 and 69 yards.  They did miss one field goal which I will address later.  They also committed too many penalties which I will address later.  I also thought the plays getting to the offense went more smoothly this game.  The way the safeties were filling I expected a little more play action.  This game could/should have been 24-0 at the half.   Ball security is/was an issue that Bama was able to overcome this game.  CLK also called the proper time to run the screens in the 2nd half.  Probably one of the best statistics of the game was Bama gong 12 for 16 on 3rd down.  A couple of these were tough because of penalties. 

QB:  Sims completed 70 percent of his passes and with the long ball averaged almost 14 yards per throw.  He threw the deep ball well yesterday.  I thought one of his best throws was the fade to AC that was disallowed because of the illegal formation.  There was one play that Sims should have checked down instead of trying to force the ball to AC.  However, AC almost made a heck of a catch.  The simple throw would have gotten a first down.  Sims also held on to the ball too long once which led to a sack.  Coker came in and finished off a drive for a TD without warming up, but Bama had the running game working by then.  I do think this late in the season Coker shouldnít have to run to the sideline to get the play. 

RB:   The running back ran hard and were hit hard by the filling LBís and safeties from UF.  There is rarely a time when one player alone brings down a Bama back.  There were a couple of times TJY did a great job pass blocking.  First, he helped when it looked like CR was losing his player.  The second was on a blitz where he actually blocks two players with one block.  He actually knocked one player into another stopping their rush.  I know KD fumbled, but did you notice his breakaway speed on the first pass play.  He was leaving the UF player who probably thought he had the angle on him.  One of the knocks I have with the Bama running backs is where they have the ball on the inside instead of moving it to the outside arm.

REC:  Again, AC was the main target.  I am not sure any player can jam him on the LOS.  I really like the way the Bama rec catch the ball in front with their hands.  They donít let the ball get into their body very often.  Big day as OJH got his first 2 catches.  I also hope you noticed the hustle by Howard when he tried to run down the UF player on the fumble return for a TD.  The knock here was there were a couple of missed block by BV which led to tackles for losses.

OL:   The OL had a pretty good game even with the 8 tackle for losses.  There were a couple of missed assignment, one which help lead to a fumble.  That being said they still help account for 645 yards.  The only sack was not the OL fault, you can only pass block for so long and the defender came from the backside with Sims rolling right.  I think it would help keep the DL hands down if the OL would attack the player who stops his rush.  This would have to be done in a controlled manner.  One sack when you try to throw the ball 35+ times is pretty good.  At this point I think,, and I could be wrong, that all sacks could have been avoided by the QB.  Another reason I think Bama had a good game on the OL was because of how physical they were.  How many DL/LB went out of the game for a period of time? 

Defense:  The defense only gave up 200 total yards.  Many times they put pressure on the QB rushing 4.  It is amazing how much better your coverage becomes when you get pressure on the QB.  The UF offense only averaged 3.6 yards per play.  Also, the defense came up with 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery.   With the two TD drives, they started on Bamaís 31 and 16 yard line.  They also had to defend short field because of a short punt and a fumble to begin the 2nd half.  If my count is correct, they only brought more than four 15 times.  When doing this they really didnít get hurt by the offense.   They did get hurt because of a busted coverage in this situation.   I also think Bama did a better job tackling this game. 

DL:    Again they did a better job putting pressure on the QB with only 4 rushing.   I thought Reed had a good game along with Devall.  I also think the outside rushers are doing a better job pushing up field before coming inside and not losing contain.  They did lose contain once on a running play when, I think it was Allen, got hooked. 
 
LB:  I thought both DePriest and Ragland had good games.  They had to play both run and pass with the mobile QB.  Both were involved with big hits and made plays outside the box.

DB:   As I stated earlier it is amazing how a good pass rush helps your coverage.  Bama came up with 2 picks.  The first was because of pressure causing the ball to be overthrown.  The 2nd was a good job of Collins playing a robber technique in the secondary.  They came up and supported the run well.  There were 2 things I think need mentioning.  First, the players who played for Perry did well and Brownís first start was a success.   

Penalties:  Bama had too many penalties this game.  They had to overcome some to score touchdowns.  They also were in the red zone which needs to be fixed.  Too many times Bama started out 1st and 15.    Most of the penalties were on the offense, while 1 was on special teams and another on the defense for pass interference. 

Special teams:   The kick off cover team did a great job.  UF started on their 25, 23, 36 (penalty aided), 14, 35 (kick out of bounds), 16 and 20.  The coverage was good even when the kick wasnít into the end zone.  On the missed field goal it looked like he just misaligned.  There was plenty of height and distance. 

Finally:  Bama has got to eliminate the turnovers especially when they account for 21 points.  It is very rare that a team gives up 21 points on turnovers and still wins the game.  Not only did they win they dominated.  If they can play this well and overcome the adversity they did in this game, how good can they be if the eliminate those mistakes. 

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
15 and counting


Again a great analysis of the game coach. I am adding my thoughts as well sir. 

Offense: Dead on no other comments needed.

QB's: Blake Sims stepped up to the plate and played his best and most complete game to date!! Touch on the long passes especially the fade down the sideline to Amari were outstanding!! Plenty of air and distance on them as well as being on time!!! The other's were bullet type dead on the money except just one if I am not mistaken. Accuracy which was one of his skills that needed improvement was Outstanding!!! On the subject of Coker going to the sideline to get the play call I am thinking that may be more of a coaching decision to make sure he has the right play to call, I also think that is what has been holding him back. His pass to Amari for the TD in double coverage was also outstanding!!! It was in the right spot for Amari to go up over both FL defenders and take the ball away. I like the way he came in cold and handled the drive ending in the score!!

RB: It seemed to me that FL game plan was to take away the run and make us beat them through the air which is exactly what happened. As the game progressed and we started dominating the Clock in the second half they got wore down which allowed us that little bit of room needed to get the rushing yards we needed. With the exception of the fumble by Kenyon Drake they all played very well in all aspects of the game.

REC: What else can be said about Amari. He put himself in the forefront of the Heisman talk with this game against the #1  cover corner in the nation!! I will add something else about VH at the end. DeAndrew had another big day as well with his fumble being the only downside. He made plays when they were needed most and was always in the right spot. OJ Howard got into the action as well. Hopefully this will start a trend on getting him a few touches each game.

OL: Well my boys did pretty well overall for the game. Again there were miscues, two snap infractions by RK a handful of false starts. The tackles for loss were not really on them per say. Most of those happen when we tried to run wide but the team speed of a SEC team show up and did not allow us to get to the corners resulting in the losses, and as I mentioned above I think that was FL game plan to take that away.

Defense: Best overall game to date. They played with renewed passion, speed, sense of urgency for the entire game. True Freshman TB made his first start due to EJ not being 100% and did very well recording his first sack of the year. Trey, Reggie and Ruben all play hard and fast and made a huge difference in the game. If they can take this game and improve on it and move forward this could be a very good defense. The next game will be an even tougher test for this group and could be the defining game as to their development into becoming the type of defense we have grown accustomed to seeing at Alabama.

DL: Again this was their best effort to date. They were in the backfield creating problems for  the quarterback and running backs as well. Jaren Reed had a big day and showed us why he was the #1 juco last year on the DL.

LB: As I mentioned above they all played very well and made the plays when they were needed. A great job done by all.

DB: Over all an outstanding job done by this group having to be pressed into action due to EJ and NP being out. I think with just a few miscues they did very very well. Gabrile Washington who gave up the first FL TD on a blown coverage redeemed himself with a front sliding interception to end a FL drive that was headed to the Red Zone. LC pick was a thing of beauty!! Playing the rover spot inside of two deep coverage he watched the qb's eyes and timed it perfectly for the one handed snag.

Special Teams: Kick off coverage was fantastic all day against one of the top return men in the nation. everyone stayed in their lanes and made solid tackles. JK Scott had one bad punt that went off the side of his foot but other than that he did ok.

Penalties: 11 for 80 yds is unacceptable!!  You can bet money CNS will be allover this during the next two weeks.

Overall: Even with the miscues, penalties, & turnovers our team never let any of that bother them. They just back out on the field and played the next down!! Total domination in almost every aspect of the game. If they can keep that type of mindset they had Saturday and " play with the mental toughness to overcome the adversity " I think is how CNS put it we will be in good shape.

I also wanted to add something on Vernon Hargreaves III here, after the game was over and all of his team mates were in the locker room he waited patiently while Amari finished up his TV interview to congratulate him on the game he played. My respect level for this young man increased by 1000% for that class act. It was nice to see that is still alive in at least a few players.

Game notes: UF vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 34
Posted under: The Quad
First:   Congrats to Bama for the win.  Bama won the game despite giving up 21 points because of turnovers. 

Offense:   The offense put up 645 yards of offense against UF.  Again, I thought CLK called a very good game.   The best example was the first play of the game.  They put up this much offense and had 12 negative plays during the game.  They had 7 tackles for losses, 1 sack, 3 lost fumble, and an interception.  They only had 1 three and out.  They did have 3 one and outs.  Two were long touchdown passes and the other was a fumble.  They got into the red zone 5 times and scored 4 touchdowns, while the other was a turning over the ball on downs while not running up the score.  In the first half Bama had 1 run for 10+ yards while in the 2nd half they had six for 10+ yards.  In the first half they had 7 pass plays for 10+ yards and 4 in the second half.  There were 2 touchdowns that came from outside the red zone.   The touchdown drives were 87, 79, 64, 58, 80 and 69 yards.  They did miss one field goal which I will address later.  They also committed too many penalties which I will address later.  I also thought the plays getting to the offense went more smoothly this game.  The way the safeties were filling I expected a little more play action.  This game could/should have been 24-0 at the half.   Ball security is/was an issue that Bama was able to overcome this game.  CLK also called the proper time to run the screens in the 2nd half.  Probably one of the best statistics of the game was Bama gong 12 for 16 on 3rd down.  A couple of these were tough because of penalties. 

QB:  Sims completed 70 percent of his passes and with the long ball averaged almost 14 yards per throw.  He threw the deep ball well yesterday.  I thought one of his best throws was the fade to AC that was disallowed because of the illegal formation.  There was one play that Sims should have checked down instead of trying to force the ball to AC.  However, AC almost made a heck of a catch.  The simple throw would have gotten a first down.  Sims also held on to the ball too long once which led to a sack.  Coker came in and finished off a drive for a TD without warming up, but Bama had the running game working by then.  I do think this late in the season Coker shouldnít have to run to the sideline to get the play. 

RB:   The running back ran hard and were hit hard by the filling LBís and safeties from UF.  There is rarely a time when one player alone brings down a Bama back.  There were a couple of times TJY did a great job pass blocking.  First, he helped when it looked like CR was losing his player.  The second was on a blitz where he actually blocks two players with one block.  He actually knocked one player into another stopping their rush.  I know KD fumbled, but did you notice his breakaway speed on the first pass play.  He was leaving the UF player who probably thought he had the angle on him.  One of the knocks I have with the Bama running backs is where they have the ball on the inside instead of moving it to the outside arm.

REC:  Again, AC was the main target.  I am not sure any player can jam him on the LOS.  I really like the way the Bama rec catch the ball in front with their hands.  They donít let the ball get into their body very often.  Big day as OJH got his first 2 catches.  I also hope you noticed the hustle by Howard when he tried to run down the UF player on the fumble return for a TD.  The knock here was there were a couple of missed block by BV which led to tackles for losses.

OL:   The OL had a pretty good game even with the 8 tackle for losses.  There were a couple of missed assignment, one which help lead to a fumble.  That being said they still help account for 645 yards.  The only sack was not the OL fault, you can only pass block for so long and the defender came from the backside with Sims rolling right.  I think it would help keep the DL hands down if the OL would attack the player who stops his rush.  This would have to be done in a controlled manner.  One sack when you try to throw the ball 35+ times is pretty good.  At this point I think,, and I could be wrong, that all sacks could have been avoided by the QB.  Another reason I think Bama had a good game on the OL was because of how physical they were.  How many DL/LB went out of the game for a period of time? 

Defense:  The defense only gave up 200 total yards.  Many times they put pressure on the QB rushing 4.  It is amazing how much better your coverage becomes when you get pressure on the QB.  The UF offense only averaged 3.6 yards per play.  Also, the defense came up with 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery.   With the two TD drives, they started on Bamaís 31 and 16 yard line.  They also had to defend short field because of a short punt and a fumble to begin the 2nd half.  If my count is correct, they only brought more than four 15 times.  When doing this they really didnít get hurt by the offense.   They did get hurt because of a busted coverage in this situation.   I also think Bama did a better job tackling this game. 

DL:    Again they did a better job putting pressure on the QB with only 4 rushing.   I thought Reed had a good game along with Devall.  I also think the outside rushers are doing a better job pushing up field before coming inside and not losing contain.  They did lose contain once on a running play when, I think it was Allen, got hooked. 
 
LB:  I thought both DePriest and Ragland had good games.  They had to play both run and pass with the mobile QB.  Both were involved with big hits and made plays outside the box.

DB:   As I stated earlier it is amazing how a good pass rush helps your coverage.  Bama came up with 2 picks.  The first was because of pressure causing the ball to be overthrown.  The 2nd was a good job of Collins playing a robber technique in the secondary.  They came up and supported the run well.  There were 2 things I think need mentioning.  First, the players who played for Perry did well and Brownís first start was a success.   

Penalties:  Bama had too many penalties this game.  They had to overcome some to score touchdowns.  They also were in the red zone which needs to be fixed.  Too many times Bama started out 1st and 15.    Most of the penalties were on the offense, while 1 was on special teams and another on the defense for pass interference. 

Special teams:   The kick off cover team did a great job.  UF started on their 25, 23, 36 (penalty aided), 14, 35 (kick out of bounds), 16 and 20.  The coverage was good even when the kick wasnít into the end zone.  On the missed field goal it looked like he just misaligned.  There was plenty of height and distance. 

Finally:  Bama has got to eliminate the turnovers especially when they account for 21 points.  It is very rare that a team gives up 21 points on turnovers and still wins the game.  Not only did they win they dominated.  If they can play this well and overcome the adversity they did in this game, how good can they be if the eliminate those mistakes. 

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
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