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Game notes: UT vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 12
Posted under: The Quad
First: Congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the victory.  This was a hard fought victory on both sides of the ball.  I said this before the announcers, but the Bama team looked tired especially on defense.
Offense:  Bama put 364 yards of total offense on the board which included 247 passing and 117 rushing. They had a chance to put the game away but couldnít score from the one twice in the game.  They settled for field goals which means they left 8 points on the field.  I only have them for 1 three and out the whole game.  However, they did have 11 negative plays which included 5 sacks, 5 tackles for losses and an interception.  As far as positive 10 plus plays they had 13 pass plays and 4 running plays.  In the red zone they got there 4 times and had 2 touchdowns and 2 field goals.  One of the most important aspects of the game was in the second half Bama scored on 3 of 4 drives.  The last drive was a kneel down to end the game.  That last drive for the TD could be what could possibly propel them to the National Championship but mistakes must be corrected.  One thing I noticed was UT put one safety up tight and if he read run he was filling and if it was pass he was dropping.
QB:  Coker played a good game, and his receivers help turn it into a very good game.  The reason I say this is because of the catches the receiver made that were not put right on the money.  He was 21 for 27 and made good decisions.  Probably one of the best jobs was his scrambles that did not lead to sacks or minimal losses.  I will say he was a little late on the throw on the goal line which allowed the pass to be broken up and Bama not score the TD.
RB:  Henry had an outstanding game.  He ran hard and was hit numerous time and still gained yardage.  He ended up 28 carries for 143 yards.  He also blocked well on pass plays.  Now this is just my opinion, but I thought UT pushed the limit and hit him when he was already down more than once.  Drake ran hard in the few opportunities he got to run. 
REC:  These guys played well.  It was a game that featured Steward, Ridley, and Howard.  Steward and Ridley both came up with big catches.  They continually high pointed the ball beating the defenders to the ball.  I donít know if you noticed but there should have been no review on the completion none of the UT coaches signaled incomplete letting me know it was a good catch.
OL:  This is the Jekyll and Hyde of the team.  At times they look great but then they canít block a simple stunt.  The problem is it is not just one it is all of them making mistakes.  I purposely focused on them when I watched the game again.  Two sacks came from Robinson, and he was beat on at least one tackle for a loss.  Also, Jackson took bad angles or came off the combo late to allow the LB to run thru the gap.  I would love to see Bama put two backs and three wide outs in a couple of times to help with the blocking.  At least once in the game every OL got beat.  One thing I have noticed when coaching and you are an OL, if your player goes inside there is more than likely someone coming your way.
Defense:  The defense gave up 303 yards of total offense.  This included 171 passing and 132 rushing.  When they ran the ball and were effective they ran to the edges which Bama gave up numerous times.  I think it was the tired legs or they misinterpreted the speed of the UT players.  They still came up big late and secured the win for Bama.  They are only credited for 2 three and outs.  As far as negative plays they had 4 sacks, 6 tackles for losses and 1 fumble recovery.  For positive plays UT had 8 running plays and 7 passing plays for 10 plus yards.  I also looked at how Bamaís coverage effected the game.  Secondary coverage led to the 4 sacks, 3 throw aways, and 5 scrambles.  Of these 5 scrambles there was only 1 effective play where Dobbs got a first down.  Two of the balls thrown on the scramble should have been picked.  The big concern was the missed tackles that extended plays.
DL:  Even though they gave up more total yards rushing than they have in the past, they played a pretty good game. They did give up the edge in this game more than the past few.  This also seem to be where most of the yards were made.
LB:  They played pretty good.  They were having to play up the middle and wide since many of the throws and runs were wide. 
DB: They gave up a few plays especially one the quick drive where UT scored to take the lead.  They also could have help put the game away if they had come up with the three interceptions they should have made.  They covered well since I have them effecting 12 plays with coverage alone.
Penalties:  Bama had 7 penalties but is only counted for 6 since one was off setting.  Five of the seven was by the offense.  The one by Drake was just stupid.  This gave up yardage which was needed since it was 4th and long punting from deep in your own territory.  The false starts hurts Bama because if usually happens on first down or after a good gain which the penalty negates.  The best job the offense had to do was when they had to overcome 2 penalties on the drive for a field goal.  One of the calls was questionable.  I also thought that the false start on #89 was caused when a UT player entered the neutral zone.
Special Teams:  Special teams was good for Bama today except for 1 kickoff return where many tackles were missed.  AG kicked well.  All of his extra points and field goals were perfect.  JS had an outstanding day punting and helped flip the field.
Finally:  Bama needs this break.  Hopefully they will get healthy and work on fundamentals especially with the offensive line.
Please feel free to comment.
Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll
15 and counting

Got a little bored so I did a little research:
Written by hscoach
Comments: 15
Posted under: The Quad
I thought I would look at what teams that played Bama has averaged offensively for the year and what they gained vs Bama,

1.  Wis:  averages:  405.6  vs Bama 268 = negative 137.6
2.  ULM:  averages:  328   vs Bama  92 =  negative 236
3.  A&M:  averages:  453  vs Bama  316  = negative 137  They also got 5 additional offensive possessions because of the picks and fumble on the punt.
4.  Ark:  averages:  433.3 vs Bama 220  = negative  213.3
5.  UGa:  averages:  429 vs Bama  299  = negative  130
6.  MTU:  averages 443.9  vs Bama 275  = negative  168.9
7. OM:  averages 521 vs Bama 433  = negative 88.  They also had two fluke plays that went for 139 yards plus they had 3 extra possessions because of ints.

Re: Alabama Softball Sweeps Sunday Doubleheader Over West Alabama
Written by Jamos
Comments: 7
Posted under: The Quad
Coach Pat Murphy has to be licking his chops with his team this year. The six incoming freshmen did not play like freshmen whether in the field or at bat. These kids are getting some major league development in these travel teams and when they get to college they're ready to play. Don't get me wrong, they weren't playing Florida or Tennessee but I think if they were they would have represented themselves very well. When the players come out of high school you think they have a growing up period their freshman year but not anymore, they are ready to play.

The one freshman that might need an adjustment this   year might be Madi Moore, the freshman pitcher. She pitched three innings yesterday and really struggled with her control. She missed most of her senior year in high school with a leg injury abd that might have hinder her growing process as far as her pitching is concerned. I have a feeling that CPM might bring in some help during the winter months to help with her development. It was good to see Sydney Littlejohn back to her old self pitching again. Her off season surgery seems to have gone well on her left foot. She seemed to have more velocity with her pitches and a lot more spin on the ball. This is very encouraging as Osorio seemed to have picked up where she left off from last year. She is Miss Cool when she's in there pitching, nothing seems to excite her, good or bad.

Their bats look very improved from last year, not so many swinging for the fence. The team will have more speed this year as well. CPM has 19 on the roster so bench strength should be better as well this year. As a whole, I think there's a lot of promise for this group but nothings a guarantee in sports but I sure like what I see.

Game notes: Bama vs A&M
Written by hscoach
Comments: 16
Posted under: The Quad
First: Congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the victory.  I thought both sides of the ball had great game plans going into the game.
Offense:  Bama had 396 yards of total offense which included 138 passing yards and 258 rushing yards.  This would have been much more if not for the 14 negative plays.  I have Bama for 12 tackles for losses and 2 sacks to take away from the offensive totals.  I have Bama for 5 three and outs many of which resulted from penalties on first down or one of the negative plays that put them in a hole.  As far as plays of over 10 yards Bama had 10 runs and 5 pass plays.  They got into the red zone 4 times and scored 1 touchdown and 2 field goals.  The other was when Bama was running the clock out and was in victory formation.  They scored one touchdown from outside the red zone, not counting the 3 picks from the defensive side of the ball.  He OL looked very good early on, and struggled some when Kelly went out in the drive right before the half.  Also, understand Bama lost 4 offensive possessions with the three pick sixes and the fumble on the punt.  They also lost a lot of positive territory when the targeting call was made.  Again, 3rd down efficiency was not good as Bama goes 4 for 16. 
QB:  I thought Coker played a very good game.  He made decisive throws.  I know he missed a couple, but he didnít really force the ball except on one throw.  He did a great job on the scramble and didnít throw off balance with a defender in his face.  The big miss was when he underthrew the rec for what looked like would be a touchdown.
RB:  Congrats to Henry for an outstanding day.  He had monster game which was aided by the OL blocking early.  I thought he hit the hole harder this game and finished the runs.  He took many hits and still kept running.  Henry actually punished tacklers at the end of many of his runs.  Drake ran tough but was hit many times before he got a chance to get started.  He did get away with a trip on the play the announcers were commenting on he didnít know what the play was.  They say it is a deep thigh bruise, but I wouldnít be surprised if it wasnít a hip pointer.
REC:  Bama made catches when given the opportunity.  This was a hard hitting game in the secondary and many times the rec could have been looking for contact instead of focusing on the ball. 
OL:  They started out great.  Then they missed many assignments in crucial situations.  I did think A&M got away with and offside on one play.  On the goal line the OS player, TE I think, went for the wrong guy and left the rusher by himself against a defender.  I will also say, and this is all my opinion, there were bust on chip blocks or they are asking these OL to make some very difficult reach blocks.  On the 55 yard run for a touchdown, it was a clinic on how to combo block and get to the next level.   It wasnít just the new center that got beat at times.  Both Robinson and Taylors missed and/or misread the defense which led to the missed blocks.
Defense:  Another outstanding job by this unit.  They gave up 316 yards of offense.  There was 248 yards passing and 32 rushing.  I have the defense with 7 sacks and 6 tackles for losses.  And 4 interceptions 3 of which were returned for TDís.  I honestly think MH had an interception because I thought he got 1 foot down before going out of bounds.  Harrison also had one go right thru his hands which could have been a huge way to start the game.  I have 4 three and outs as well as a 3 and out because of a no play with a penalty.  I have a 1 and out because of an interception and a 2 and out because of an interception.  I have A&M with 2 runs of 10+ yards and 12 passes for 10+ yards.  I also want everyone to realize how the defensive unit had to keep coming back on the field because of the pick 6ís and also a fumbled punt.  This means the defense had to play extra series.  I have about 14 instances where the QB had to make decisions because of the pass rush or coverage.   Most of these came out in favor of Bama.   Bama did get caught with 12 men on the field but overall they did a great job getting their subs in on plays when A&M didnít sub.  Bama also did a very good job tackling this game.
DL:  They played a very solid game.  They stopped the run and still were able to get after the QB on pass plays.  I will say it is amazing A&M throws the ball 40 times, plus the scrambles, and doesnít get called for holding once.  I know I saw Devall get tackled at least once.  You keep hearing Allen and Reedís names called and they can rush the passer and play the run.  They did lose contain a couple of times and it did allow the QB to scramble for a 1st down once on what would have been another 3 and out.
LB:  I donít know how many tackles Ragland had but he played another great game.  I have said this before but he plays side line to side line and plays both the pass and the run.  In my opinion he is having an All-American season.  The LB unit as a whole did a great job.
DB:  What can you say here except they played great?  As much man coverage as they play they are going to get beat at times.  I think they may have busted coverage at least twice.  One hurt on the TD drive.  I didnít count but between the DBís and LB there were 6 or 7 PBUís.  They may not have made all the plays, but they made most of them.  They did a good job making the tackle after the catch.
Penalties:  I had Bama for 9 penalties but a couple were declined.  They were declined because A&M took the play instead.  The big one was the targeting call on the punt.  This took Bama from the 43 to the 17 yard line, 26 yards of field position.  After this there were some false starts that put Bama in a deeper hole.   I am still not sure what the unsportsman like call was on the interception returned for the TD.  With the targeting call the players are just going to have to be more disciplined.  I know they have a kill shot, but the outcome is not worth the yardage to the offense.  It is also strange to me A&M had one penalty for 5 yards.
Special Teams:  This is what kept A&M in the game.  The blocked punt ended up not hurting Bama.  It was a low snap and a bad block on the edge.  The punt return for the touchdown which was aided because it was such a good kick and the fumble on the punt led to 14 points.  The other bad decision was when Harris decided to bring the ball out when he didnít have to since the momentum carried the ball into the end zone. 
Finally:  Bama has a tough test coming up this week.  I say this because it will be their 8th straight week of playing.  Of course UT has a bye like A&M.  They have got to clean up the offensive line.  They proved early they can do the job.  This game was a game of big plays and many were made by the defense.  They made a huge stop after the blocked punt.  After this the O went on a 13 play drive that led to a FG.  In my opinion this team has the potential to win it all.
Please feel free to comment.
Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll
15 and counting

Sunday Morning CRS Coach's Corner: Game 7
Written by Jamos
Comments: 41
Posted under: The Quad
Over 102,000 fans were in the stands yesterday and millions more were watching it on television and what a big game and a huge win for the Crimson Tide. No one got cheated of not seeing a very exciting and tough played game.For the Bama fans, I think that was a big touche from them to TA&M for the Johnny Football years but for the Aggie fans I think they were just wanting some payback for the 59-0 loss last year.

The game started with Bama hitting on all cylinders and jumping out to a good lead but before the half could end, the Aggies had wrestled the momentum from Bama and closed the gap of the score. Ole momentum played a big role in this game as it was swapped back and forth until the second half of the fourth quarter and Bama took control of the game with their defense shutting the door on the Aggies. There were some huge plays by the secondary in this game that Bama fans have been waiting on for a long time, interceptions for touchdowns. It was the big difference maker in the game.

This game was a complete victory for the Tide as both the offense and the defense played big roles in the win. Coker, Henry, and the receivers gave the defense of TA&M all they wanted but the secondary played a major role in the scoring as well with four interceptions for touchdowns. It's been a long time since a Bama team shared the scoring as they did yesterday. Also, I think a lot of maturity was gained by some of the players such as Coker and the secondary. A coach can only teach them so much and I don't think there is a better coach in the game than game experience. The Xs and Os will get them on the field but the execution of those Xs and Os in the game is what teaches them to become good players as every team they play is different and you have to learn to adjust to each team played.

There were some mistakes by the team that were costly and there was an injury that affected the team as it did last year. The biggest mistake was the long punt return and I know everyone is going after Bobby Williams. I wish everyone that is after Bobby Williams would just check the number on the jerseys of the players on the special teams. These are not bench warmers, they are the starting players on the offensive and defensive teams. On the long punt return, look at the player that missed his tackle as the player turned up field to go untouched to the endzone, it was Derrick Henry. Derrick has played on the special teams since he arrived and is considered one of the better players on that unit but he missed a touchdown saving tackle. That's the point I'm trying to make when us fans are   criticizing the coaches. Sure the coaches make mistakes but they aren't the blame for everything that happens on the field and the players aren't either, it's called team play and that is who the blame is on, not a single player or coach. We all like to blame Lane Kiffen for the plays that don't work but I can promise you there is not a play in the playbook that won't work if the players execute it as designed. Now there will be some times when I might question a coach on a certain play that is called but I'm sure he knows more about that than I do.

On the injury that hurt the team yesterday it's about the same thing that happened last year at Ole Miss. At that time Bama's offense was playing well, especially the running game with Kenyon Drake being the running back that was having the most success. Bama was having a lot of success that day until two players went down, Drake and Ryan. After they went down, Bama had a lead, the running game died and Bama lost the game. Yesterday it wasn't Drake that had the hot hand it was Henry but Ryan was the common denominator in both cases, he was the boss of the offensive line. The offensive line became a picture of disarray after Ryan left the game with penalties, players lined up wrong, and the blocking of the line was very different as Henry really had to struggle for 2-3 yards where he had been running for 7-8 yards per carry. It changed the game as Bama almost lost the lead when the ability to run the ball left the game. Those are the times when I question the coaches on the type of plays that are being called. Hopefully the replacements for Ryan will have some good practice this week but experience is hard to replace because it has to be earned on the field and not out of a book.  

Anyway there are more challenges ahead for the team in the coming weeks and it won't be easy. Tennessee and LSU are the next two games with an open date before LSU which should give the team a few days for healing purposes and after that we go to Starkville to play Miss State which is usually a tough physical game. Tennessee will come in here next Saturday with a vengeance on their minds, They don't like Alabama and Alabama doesn't like them. It will be important that Bama is mentally ready because they historically don't play as well after a big game. Tennessee is a better team than their record shows and again, they don't like Alabama. Bama's road for a national championship isn't an easy one so it's going to take all of the players to do this, not just the starters each week. Those players on the scout team that provide the practice competition for the starters are just as important and needed. That's why I say it's a team effort and not a player or coach effort, it takes them all, 125 players and the coaching staff, and the blame for things that go wrong falls in the team category.

Hopefully some of you will be in the stands next Saturday making a lot of noise for the team. We got a good example yesterday of how noise can really affect a team's play. RTR!!

Re: Alabama Softball Sweeps Day One of Fall Brawl
Written by Jamos
Comments: 3
Posted under: The Quad
Coach Murphy reminds me of CNS as his recruiting ranks right up there in the sport of softball. Bama has 6 freshmen on the roster this year and I thought they were very impressive today, especially Reagan Dykes, a new catcher from Collins, Mississippi.

She put on a clinic today behind the plate as she has been coached very well in her high school days. The real beauty of her performance today though was her bat as she had a home run and 2 doubles in 4 at bats. She is very athletic with a cannon for an arm.

I think the team looked better at the plate today than they did last year. There wasn't that much swinging for the fence but just putting the bat on the ball. Defensively it will be interesting as to who will play shortstop this year as Denae Hays graduated. This is a huge void to fill and Chandler Dare played there the first game and did a pretty good job. She's a little quicker than Denae was but I don't think her arm is as strong.

CPM really does the girls a favor as he switches them all around at different positions in the fall games to find their weaknesses in their defensive skills. Bama has 19 on the roster this year, the most I have ever seen. This should help next season if the injury bug pops up like it has in recent years.

Sidney Littlejohn started the game as the pitcher today and looked like pitcher she was before her injury last year. She had foot surgery in the off season and she showed no post surgery complications today. She gave up 2 hits and one run in the 4 innings she pitched. Madi Moore, the left handed freshman from Winfield, pitched the last three innings and I can see a lot of promise for her. She throws a little harder than Littlejohn does and spins the ball well. It will be interesting to see how much improvement she will have between now and next spring. She has a little bit of a control problem but I think that is mostly from her trying to do too much too quick.

Tomorrow is a new day and it will be interesting to see how they play on back to back days.   

Coach Avery Johnson says, "You better buckle up"
Written by Jamos
Comments: 8
Posted under: The Quad
Mrs. J and I attended a short basketball scrimmage this afternoon and I have to agree with what CAG said, you are going for a fast ride with this team so you better buckle up.The CAJ brand of basketball is something that the Bama fans have never seen before, it is very fast.

They opened the scrimmage with some 3,4, and 5 man weaves and I thought it was a good way to loosen the players up but little did I know that would be their pace of play. They practice with a 20 second time clock and then they practiced with a 10 second time clock and I only heard the time clock expire twice during the practice.

This team is loaded with shooters but they really attacked the goal on missed shots, something we aren't used to seeing. Cag is really coaching as he was right in the middle of everything and stopping plays when players were out of position showing them what they did wrong. My favorite correction that he made was with Jimmie Taylor. Taylor got the ball underneath, faked to his left and then moved to his right toward the baseline and forced up a shot that missed badly, something that we saw more than once last year. Coach stopped played and then demonstrated to him what he had done wrong in forcing up a low percentage shot when he could have moved back to his left and put up a higher percentage shot with his right hand. Taylor looked like a different player today, lots of energy and he even had two free throws and made them both.

I really liked the way the coaches worked with the players, many times they stopped play to get the players where they should be. The one player that stood out to me was Donta Hall, a 6'9" freshman forward from Luverne, Alabama. He really makes his presence known under the basket plus he is very quick breaking toward the basket. He could be that big man that's been needed so badly to help out Kessens and Taylor.

CAG spoke to us after the scrimmage and wanted to clear the air about one subject that has been floating around for a while. In a very strong voice he told the crowd that CAJ is here to stay for as long as Bama will keep him. He is building a new home here in T-town and his wife is now located in Tuscaloosa waiting for the home to be finished. By the way, AJ Jr. is called Little A by the players.

Today got their season off to a good start with the fans. There was between 400-500 there and everyone was really excited. I went to the ticket office last week to select my new seats for this year, due to the new seating arrangement for the students, and I asked the lady in Tide Pride how well ticket sales were going. She said it's been fantastic, almost unbelievable compared to past years. I asked her what did she have available that I could maybe upgrade my seats to and she said she had nothing. Folks, that is unbelievable for this short period of time that CAJ has been here. It only proves how hungry the fans are for some good basketball again

Anyway, CAJ has made some very big promises for this year and from what I saw today, I think he will fulfill those promises. He told the crowd that the team's goal is make the Big Dance every year and go all the way to the Final Four. With what he has recruited already and the recruits he is now chasing for the years ahead, I feel very good about his goals but I also understand that Rome wasn't built overnight either.

I hope some of you get a chance to see a game at Coleman or the one in Birmingham this year, it really feels good to have hope for something special in basketball again. RTR!! 


Sunday Morning CRS Coach's Corner: Game 6
Written by Jamos
Comments: 11
Posted under: The Quad
The weather last night was much better than last weeks game against Georgia but the opponent was about as nasty as the weather was last week against Georgia. The game wasn't for the lighthearted for most of it as the two heavyweights seemed to be sparring with each other waiting for the knockout punch to happen which didn't come though until the fourth quarter. Needless to say, I thought the play that changed the outcome of the game came out of nowhere, Les Miles style, and surprised everyone watching, a fake punt. The element of surprise can be very rewarding sometimes but it can be a heartbreaking experience as well, just ask Arkansas.

I think most folks thought Bama would come out swinging last night after the big win in Athens last weekend. Surely us Bama fans have learned by now about their games after a big win usually aren't so pretty. It isn't very often that the team looks sharp after a big win and last night was no exception but let's give Arkansas some credit, they came here to win the game as Bama did and played that way.

Offensively the team was a total opposite of how well they played against Georgia. Henry, running the ball, looked very average for most of the game as the offensive line wasn't doing much to help his chances of making a big run. The receivers weren't making their catches and the quarterback made a few bad decisions as well with one of them being very costly that led to a touchdown by Arkansas that put Bama behind in the game. Let's also add in the missed field goals and we're pretty much talking about how the team had looked prior to the Georgia game. The one bright spot last night though was the resurgence of our punter. Scott looked the best he has looked all season and hopefully he's made the turn and there are brighter days ahead for him.

Defensively, the team played very tough, something that has improved with each game. To me the defense will be the reason of Bama making the playoffs or not because of the up and down play of the offense.

Arkansas made the big gamble last night and it pretty much cost them the game but Bama did something after the stop of the fake punt that we haven't seen them do in a long time, they took control of the game and I mean in a big way. Bama was not the same team after the big stop as they played with so much more intensity on both sides of the ball which we led to the touchdowns that sealed the victory for them. They played like they did against Georgia, to win the game rather than not to lose the game.

It wasn't easy last night but how many conference games are easy in the SEC and it only gets tougher for Bama in their games ahead. Going to Texas A&M next Saturday will be much tougher than the game last night. Johnny Manziel laid the ground work in his days at A&M that has turned this game into a pretty big rivalry between the two and I'm sure A&M has had this game circled on their schedule. The history of Bear Bryant and Gene Stallings at Bama only adds to the reason for each team to win next Saturday.

The remaining schedule looks very tough for the team and with Florida improving so much, it only adds to the difficulty of winning the SEC to make it to the playoffs. Bama is going to need more big plays as they did with the fake punt and a lot of luck to make it to the playoffs. The sad part about playing Texas A&M though is we have LSU following them.

No one said it would ever be easy in the Southeastern Conference and I think that is exactly right. RTR!!!  

Game notes: Ark. vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 19
Posted under: The Quad
First:   Congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the victory.  It was a hard game to watch from an offensive stand point, but they did come out victorious.

Offense:  The Bama offense put up 396 yards of total offense, 262 passing and 134 rushing.  As far a negative plays they had 2 sacks, 6 tackles for losses and 2 interceptions.  You can also put the tipped punt as a negative play even though it didnít really hurt Bama.  As far as big negative plays one of the interceptions led to the first touchdown for Ark.  Bama had 4 three and outs and one was the result of an interception.  They only had 3 runs of 10+ yards and 7 pass plays for 10+ yards.  Bama did do a better job converting on 3rd down as they were 7 for 16.  In the red zone they got there at least 5 times.  They had 2 touchdowns and 2 field goals but also missed a field goal.  They scored 1 touchdown outside the red zone.  There just wasnít consistent play by the offense a lot of the day.  They had 2 good opening drives and then sputtered before getting started late in the 3rd quarter.  I know field position wasnít great, but Bama needs to do a better job in these situations.  With the late field position they had and the 2 early drives they left too many points on the field.  One of my big questions is why canít Bama run the ball with authority on the first drive with some consistency?  On the first drive they ran the ball 6 times with one a scramble by the QB.  On the other 5 runs Bama went:  no gain, 1 yard, no gain, 5 yards, -2 yards.

QB:   This was a game of three quarterbacks.  First he was outstanding, then horrible, then pretty good.  I donít think he made the best decisions at times during the game.  I know in the red zone, when Bama settled for the field goal, he tried to throw the ball to Howard.  Ridley was wide open in the middle and could have walked in for the score.  There were a couple of forced balls when I am not sure he couldnít have come off to a different rec.  He did do a good job scrambling at times.  You can look at the stats and it shows he completed 73% of his passes, but probably 6 of those were the little pop pass/jet sweep type passes.

RB:  They didnít have a lot of room to run.  Bama only had 3 runs of 10 plus yards and one of those was a scramble by the QB.  It did look like Drake was running with more confidence. 

REC:  Six different players caught passes.  Again, Ridley was the big target.  At times the blocking was very good on the wide rec screens and the pop pass.  However there were times they threw too early to cut the defender who had time to get up and be involved in the play.  On one play there was indecision on who was supposed to get the wide rec screen and it almost led to an interception.

OL:   Too me this was where there was the biggest problem.  They didnít get the push necessary at times.  There were I donít know how many missed blocks.  There were bad angles taken getting to the next level.  There for a while I thought #51 Ellis may make all conference just for this game.  The QB was getting pressure with only four rushers and it looked like they didnít do much more than twist stunts.  This also goes to the question ask earlier, why canít Bama run early in the game.  I will say there were many people in the box with the tight formations.  I also believe some of the blocking assignments were busted.

Defense:   They played outstanding.  The defense allowed Bama to stay in the game and come back and win.  I know they busted the coverage for the first TD, but they were put in a bad position by the offense.   They only gave up 220 total yards in the game.  They held the running back, which was averaging over 130 yards a game, to 26 yards on 12 carries.  They only rushed for 44 yards with was what supposed to be one of the most dominant OL in the country.  The defense only had 6 total negative plays, 3 sacks, 2 tackles for losses and 1 interception which was turned into points.  The only other big mistake was the loss of contain when they made the QB scramble and they threw the 54 yard TD pass.  They caused 5 three and outs, 1 four and out, and 1 two and out.  Arkansas could never really get anything going as they averaged only 3.8 yards per play.   They gave up 5 pass plays for 10 plus yard and no running plays for over 10 yards.  The longest run of the day was an 8 yard scramble by the QB. 

DL:  They dominated the LOS.  The Ark line couldnít get a push and every yard gained by them was hard.  The biggest problem was the loss of contain a couple of times. 

LB:  I thought they played outstanding.  They made some of the biggest hits all day.  Also, RR got them lined up the way they were supposed to be. 

DB:  I thought they played very well.  Bama gave up 176 yards passing.  Now you look at this and say 54 of those yards came on 1 play.  This is true, but this is where they lost contain and then you have to ask those DBís to cover for an extended period of time which is extremely hard.  I looked at something else and I guess I should call it coverage stats.  Good coverage caused 11 plays to be altered.  These led to 2 sacks, 2 throw ways, one of which I thought should have been grounding because I donít think he was outside the tackle box, 5 scrambles, and a PBU.  Of course on one of the scramble he did break contain and throw the TD.  The first TD was a busted coverage by the secondary, I think C Jones. 

Penalties: Bama had 6 penalties and 3 of those were by C Robinson.  Probably the biggest was his unsportsman like conduct which put the ball on the 12 yard line for the first TD after the interception.  As far as Ridleyís penalty, I didnít see anything he did that others havenít done.  I donít know if something happened that I didnít see.

Special teams:  Pretty solid most of the night.  The missed field goals I still say looks like an alignment problem.  He is hitting the ball well.  Coverages were good as well as the returns.  The biggest mistake, but didnít hurt Bama was the onside kick that wasnít really attacked, but waited on.  I also notice Nvsewander always seems to be in the mix on the special teams.

Finally:  More than anything the offensive line play has to be cleaned up.  They showed at times they could get the job done.

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
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The Battle Between The Hedges
Written by Jamos
Comments: 9
Posted under: The Quad
In all my years of being a Bama fan and following the team on their many travels, I had never been to Sanford Stadium in Athens, home of the Georgia Bulldogs. I had watched many of them though on television and listened to the broadcasters of the game talk about teams playing Georgia between the hedges and how the hedges seemed to have a factor on the outcome of the game. The stadium itself seemed antiquated to me but I guess I'm somewhat spoiled by the glamour and excitement that the new Bryant Denny offers us Bama fans. Even their stadium announcer seemed to be broadcasting the game as a play by play version, somewhat like they do in high school, rather than the short 1st and 10 or offsides Bama version that we hear most stadium announcers do. The other side of what I expected at the game was to see Georgia's team mascot, their bulldog Ugga. He seems to always get the cameraman's attention at some point in the game and gets lots of attention but if the cameraman got to see him last night he pretty much had to climb into his doghouse to see him because Ugga hardly came out of there.

It was a wet/soggy night as the hurricane offshore in the Atlantic came to pay us a visit with plenty of rain. There was no thunder or lightning with the rain and just a light breeze and it seemed to make no difference to the hearty Bama fans rooting their team on. As the game started it seemed that all of those around us were very cautious in what Bama team might show up and with it raining, it could be a long night in Athens. With Alabama scoring first, it seemed to set the tone with the fans in our area as they came alive and so did the Bama team. This, to me, was the first game this season that the team played up to their abilities. They started a little slow, as there was some confusion by the players as to where to line up in the play or silly penalties. In the second quarter though Bama looked like the championship teams of recent years as defense was playing solid and the offense began to execute in a championship way. This type of play would continue to the end of the game, something that the team hasn't experienced since the Auburn game of last year.

The question now is how does the team respond to such a big victory. Will they come out in practice Tuesday and pick up where they left off in last night or will they get caught up in watching ESPN and others talking about how good they are now and forget how hard they had to play to win last night. It will be a tough week for the coaches and the leaders of the team to keep the team in focus of last nights achievement and work to improve them even more this week. One game doesn't make a season, just ask Ole Miss.

I'm glad I finally got to go to Athens to finally watch a Georgia game between the hedges last night even though I was disappointed with a few things. Maybe if it had not been raining and we could have walked the campus it would have added to the trip. There's a lot of history behind some of these SEC schools and the only one That I have left now to see is the Swamp at Florida. At least we didn't get the water hoses turned on us last night like another school that we all know about in Alabama but maybe the rain had something to do with that not happening. No, just kidding about that. The Georgia fans were very nice to us and I actually got a hug from one of their fans as we were leaving the stadium. This lady was standing there waiting for her husband and she had this very sad look on her face. I stopped and told her that I hated to see her look so sad as us Bama fans have gone through some of the same recently and it is no fun. She hugged my neck and thanked me for caring and introduced me to her husband as he walked up. We shook hands and my night was then complete , I had made two new friends. RTR!!!


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