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Game notes: MSU vs Bama
hscoach
Written by hscoach
Comments: 6
Posted under: The Quad
                                                                                                           MSU vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the big win today. I thought the defensive game plan was outstanding for the MSU offense. Bama line up in a defense that, if you count people in the box, you should be running the ball. I guess the arrogance of Leach would not allow it.

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 499 yards of total offense which included 291 passing and 208 rushing.  For negative plays, I have Bama with 3 tackles for losses, 1 sack, and 2 fumbles which includes one that was loss.  That one lost fumble looked like his arm was going forward to me.  Bama only had 1 three and out the whole game.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, Bama had 13 passing plays and 9 running plays.  Bama got into the red zone 4 times and scored 2 touchdowns, kicked a field goal, and had that fumble.  They scored 3 times from outside the red zone kicking 1 field goal and scoring 2 touchdowns.  The other touchdown came from the pick by the defense.  Bama left points on the field tonight, by not cashing in on touchdowns in the red zone with the fumble and having to kick a field goal.  They also cost themselves when a 33 yard punt return got to the MSU 35 but was called back because of a holding.  Basically, I think they left at least 15 points on the field.

QB:  Jones had good game, but I thought he tried to force the ball on a couple of throws.  He started 4 for 8 but finished 20 for 23.  He did complete 77% of his passes which is still very good.  This also include what I consider a drop by Smith where Bama had to kick a field goal instead of getting the touchdown.  Young was a bit handicapped as Bama put their backups in and MSU kept their first defense in.  He was under pressure most of the time he tried to throw the ball.

RB:  Harris had another good game both rushing and receiving.  He had 119 rushing and 36 receiving for a total of 155 yards.  He also pickup a blitz on one of the deep touchdown throws.  He did get blown up on one blitz where he didnít really attack the rusher.  Robinson only carried a couple of times. I understand he has a bit of a nagging ankle injury.  Sanders added 80 yards on 12 carries and had the two longest runs of the night for Bama, 21 and 25 yards.  He also showed a burst when he broke one of the runs outside.

Rec: This was the Smith show tonight as he had 11 catches for 203 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Bolden and Metchie added 3 catches each but their total was only 38 yards.  Forristall added one catch and was targeted once more, but there was a pass interference call.  As I said above, Harris had 6 catches and it made him the 2nd leading receiver for the night.  One side note here is Smith had a pass break up on a ball where he was covered. 

OL:  The OL played well except for about 4 plays.  There were a couple of times pressure came from the left side and I know they got beat on a stunt on the right side.  However, overall, they got a push most of the night.  One thing I really like seeing OL down the field when a running back makes a run of over 5 yards and I saw this numerous times.  One other disappointment I had was when Bama didnít convert on a 4th and 1. 

Def:  Statistically this was the best game Bamaís defense played.  It looked like a simple game plan and allowed your athletes to go and make plays.  Bama gave up a total of 200 yards which included 163 passing and 37 rushing yards.  Bama only gave up 38 yards in the first half.  As for negative plays, Bama had 5 tackles for losses, 2 sacks, 2 interception (1 returned for a TD), and a fumble recovery.  For 3 and outs, I have Bama with a total of 7, 6 of those were in the first half.  There were also 2 four and outs.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, MSU had 4 passing plays and 3 running plays.  They got into the red zone once and Moses made and interception in the end zone.  I really thought Bama did a better job tackling and the players did a good job coming up and making tackles in space.  Something else big, not counting punts, Bama only played 63 downs on defense. A last note here, the MSU offense really didnít pose a running threat so that makes it a lot easier on the defense.

DL: I thought the DL played well especially playing a lot with 3 down linemen.  It also helps when the defense gets off the field.  They may have only had 2 sacks, but again they pressured the QB and batted some passes down.  Players that stood out to me were Mathis, Anderson, Harris, and Barmore.  I also thought they did  a great job on redirecting on some of those short throws to the outside and getting in on the play.

LB: The LBís played well as they had to drop in coverage and come up and make tackles.  They had to make open field tackles on some of the short throw and did a good job of this. 

DB: The longest completion of the night was 19-yards and it was in the middle of the field where it looked like the LB didnít drop properly into coverage.  I thought they did a great job being physical when coming up and making tackles.

Special teams:  The worse part of the special teams was when Sanders tried to bring the kickoff out of the end zone.  If my counting was accurate, the hang time on the kick was between 5 and 6 seconds, plus it was in the end zone, you donít usually bring those out unless the kick is lower.  Punts were good as was all the extra points and field goals.  The bad part of special teams was the holding call that negated a 33 yard return on the punt by Bolden. 

Penalties:  Penalties hurt Bama this game more than the others.  They had 10 penalties for 71 yards.  Holding call negates a 15 yard run, false start negates a touchdown, false start now makes it 1st and 15, holding turns a 10+ yard passing play to basically nothing, false start make it 2nd and 13 instead of 2nd and 8, unsportsmanlike conduct give them a first down when it would have been 3rd and 9, holding only cost about Ĺ a yard since if was right after Moses interception, false start goes to 1st and 15,  and finally offside on 4th and 1 to give them a first down.  These are mistakes that need to be cleaned up, especially false starts and offside.  The offside came from the guy right over the ball.

Finally, I think Bama benefitted from a simple game plan defensively.  There are still things that need to be improved, but I think they are on a good path and this week off could help.  There should be plenty of motivation from last years game vs LSU. 

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17 and Counting


Game notes: UT vs Bama
hscoach
Written by hscoach
Comments: 6
Posted under: The Quad
                                                                                                UT vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the big win today. Tough luck on the injury to Waddle, prayers go out for him.

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 587 yards of total offense which included 417 passing yards and 170 rushing yards.  The only three and out was where there was a fumble on the third play.  For negative plays, Bama offense is credited with 3 tackles for losses, 2 sacks, and 1 fumble.  For plays that cover 10+ yards, I have Bama with 20 passing plays and 6 running plays.  Bama had 12 possessions during the game and scored 5 touchdowns and 2 field goals.  The other touchdown was scored by the defense.  On possession was right before the half with little time on the clock and one was to run out the game.  Basically, what I am saying here is Bama really scored on 7 of 10 legitimate possessions.  Bama got into the red zone 6 times and scored 5 touchdowns and kicked one field goal.  The other field goal came from outside the red zone.  As I stated above the other score came from the defense.  I also want to mention Sark here.  Even with the loss of Waddle, Bolden stepped in and contributed.  Also, Sark seems to add a little wrinkle each week and they seem to be successful.  I think his game calling has been outstanding.


QB:  Jones had another good game. He threw for 387 yards and completed 81% of his passes. What really impresses me with Jones is his deep ball throws.  Many times, he puts the ball where his receivers are the only ones who will get it.  Two plays really impressed me in this game.  First, the fumbled snap where he picked it up and still made the completion.  He has to take his eyes off the defense and then regain his composure find the receiver and complete the pass.  The second was when it looked like was going to take off and run but pulled up in the pocket and completed the pass.  The announcers made a statement that and 8 yard average on passes attempted, how they measure it, is good.  Jones averaged 12.5 yards per attempt, and 15.5 per completion.  I guess the only negative I saw was he did miss Metchie who was wide open for a touchdown threw a completion to Smith.  Bama still scored on the drive.  Young came in and did a good job. He was 3 for 5 for 30 yards.  However, what impressed me was he didnít try to force plays where mistakes are usually made.  He did take a sack near the goal line, but I think the zone defense confused him when they were expecting man in that area.

RB:  Harris had a good game as he had 96 yards rushing on 20 carries but added 61 more yards receiving for a total of 157 yard from scrimmage.  He also did a good job pass blocking when needed.  Robinson ran hard and actually had the best average per carry considering all the running backs. He had 4 carries for 29 yards which is about 7.3 yards per carry.  Sanders showed a little of what he could do as he had the longest run of the day which was 20 yards.  He carried the ball 7 times for 39 yards for a 5.3 yards per carry.  I also saw him step across and pick up the blitz on one of the passing plays.

Rec: This was the first time since I donít know when Bama receivers didnít have a touchdown.  However, they set ups many with catches that put Bama inside the red zone as well as inside the 10 yard line.  Metchie and Smith each had 7 catches.  Metchie had 153 yards and Smith had 73.  Bolden comes in and adds 6 catches for 94 yards.  The tight-end Forristall had 1 catch, but it was for 25 yards.   What I really like about these receivers is they go and get the ball, they donít wait for it.  As they say they high point the ball and donít mind catching the ball in traffic.  They also use their hand and donít let the ball get in on their body.  I donít know if anyone heard the talk with Smith, but he was ask about competition among the group and he told the interviewer it was more of a competition for knock downs/blocking than it was for who catches the most.

OL:  Too me the OL keeps getting better as they had another good game.  This is pretty evident when you only have 5 total negative plays.  I thought they got a good push on the defensive line and got downfield blocking.  They didnít miss a beat when Brown went out and Dickerson moved over to left guard.  It did look that Dickerson was still making the line calls from the guard position.  I also think the OL is communicating better since I havenít seen as many bust. 

Def:  Bama gave up a total of 302 yards which include 163 passing and 139 rushing.  UT gained 165 yards in the first half which means they were held to 137 in the second half.  For negative plays, I have Bama with 9 tackles for losses and cause 1 fumble which was returned for a touchdown.  I credit Bama with 6 three and outs one of which was caused by a fumble.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have 5 passing plays and 4 running plays.  UT got into the 1 and kicked a field goal and scored 2 touchdowns from outside the red zone.  Bama defense has improved, but still makes correctable mistakes.  I have Bama with 10 missed tackles most of them in the first half.  A few of their running plays should have been stopped.  On one, a Bama player blitzed right past the runner.  On two others, the Bama players opened up a hole in their pass rushing lanes which allowed the QB to run for 10+ yards.  They did cut down on losing the edge as I only counted a couple of times this happened.  One thing I heard Saban say a couple of weeks backs.  We need to stop looking at the stats as far as yards rushing and passing and start looking at the stops or possessions that end in no points.  The defense also held the UT QB to a 54% completion rate. 

DL: I thought the DL played well as the 2 LBs were the leading tacklers.  It is their job to keep the OL off of them so they can make plays.  I thought they held their own again a pretty solid UT OL. There were no sacks they did a better job containing the edge.

LB: The two inside LBís were the leading tacklers for the game.  Again, this has to do with the people in front of them.  However, it also means they were in the position to make the play. 

DB: There were positives and negatives here.  The DBís came up and made some solid tackles and was involved with the tackles for losses.  However, Battle allowed the receiver to break his cushion and run past him for a touchdown.  He was not the only one.  The good thing is it didnít happen very often.  On the touchdown over Sartain, Sartain was looking back and lost the receiver.  It would have been better if he was looking at the receiver and maybe not allowing the separation, then he could have played the arms of the receiver.

Special teams:  Overall the special teams were solid.  The biggest problem was the was the 2 kickoffs that went out of bounds.  One of those was just unlucky as it took a UT bounce that helped them out.  I know Waddle wanted to make a big play by making a good return, but and I have said this before, you have to consider the depth and height of the kick.  Height on kicks allow the coverage to converge on the returner.

Penalties:  Bama had 8 penalties for 45 yards (the official stats only shows 7 penalties).  Three were on the offense with 2 false starts and a grounding.  The defense had 3 for holding, roughing the passer and a substitution infraction.  The substitution infraction came on the field goal drive that helped UT go from a 3rd and 8 to a 3rd and 3.  The defensive holding call came on the first down of one of UTís touchdown drives.  The defense did hold forcing the field goal.  Special team had 2 for kicks out of bounds.

Finally, I think this was the least amount of yards Bama has given up this year.  They still are making mistakes that against good teams could be costly.  Overall, I do think they are improving.  Finally prayer to Waddle for a speedy recovery.

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17 and Counting


Game notes: UG vs Bama
hscoach
Written by hscoach
Comments: 15
Posted under: The Quad
                                                                                                            UG vs Bama
First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the big win today. This was a much better game defensively, but they can still do better.

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 564 yards of total offense on the number 1 defense.  They threw for 417 and rushed for 147.  For negative plays, I have Bama with 1 tackle for a loss, 3 sacks, and an interception with was caused by a blown blocking assignment.  They also had not three and outs forced by the UG defense.  For plays that covered 10+ yards I have Bama with 18 passing plays and 4 running plays.  Bama got into the red zone 4 times and scored 3 touchdowns and kicked 1 field goals.  The scored 3 times from outside the red zone with 2 touchdowns and a field goal. I do think the points they got right before the half were huge, especially right after UG had scored.


QB:  Jones played a very good game.   He completed 75% of his passes and I thought I counted, what I consider, 2 drops.  If he was the one calling pass protection, he did a great job because UG brought pressure a lot last night.  He averaged 17 yards per catch, and 12 per pass.  Jones also did a good job finding the 2nd receiver when necessary.

RB:  Harris had a good game running hard against a solid defense.  With 152 yards on 31 carries, he averaged right at 5 yards per carry.  He had all runs of 10+ yards.  Also, I noticed him picking up the blitz in pass protection.  He added 1 catch for 10 yards which means he accounted for 162 yards of offense. Robinson had a bit of a tough day as far as yards gained.  He ran hard, but just didnít have the hot hand Harris did.

Rec: The receivers were led by Smith and Waddle who both had over 160 yards receiving.  Smith did it on 11 catches, while Waddle did it on 6.  Those 90 yard receptions really help.   Both Metchie and Forristall added 3 catches to the total.  I also think these receivers do a very good job coming and getting the ball as well as scramble drill when the QB needs help. 

OL:  I think the OL played a good game except for the bust that caused the interception.  They got good push on the defensive line which allowed Bama to rush for the 147 yards.  They also picked up the twist and stunts that UG was throwing at them. 

Def:  Bama gave up a total of 414 total yards which included 269 passing and 145 rushing.  The good news is they gave up only 146 in the 2nd half.  For negative plays I have the defense with 2 tackles for losses, 2 sacks, 3 interceptions, and caused 1 fumble which UG recovered.  After each interception Bama put points on the board and one stopped the Bulldogs drive when the ball was intercepted in the red zone.  I have the defense with three 3 and outs and they were mostly caused by the interceptions.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have 10 passing plays and 4 running plays.  UG got into the red zone 3 times and scored 2 touchdowns and missed a field goal.  The other points came from outside the red zone where they scored a touchdown and kicked a field goal.  They didnít miss as many tackles this game and played better assignment football.  The lost the edge a few times, but not as much as in the past.  They can still do a better job.  I also think the days of tight defensive games are a thing of the past.  It seems today if you can hold team to 350 to 400 yards, it may be a good defensive day. 

DL: The play of the DL was better today.  They did a better job staying in their lanes when pass rushing.  They got their hands up and batted about 4 balls.  The blitzing safety got the other.  There were only 2 sacks, but they did pressure the QB. One 12 yard run was caused by the end man on the LOS took on the block with his outside shoulder on the inside of the blocks.  This allows the runner to bounce outside instead of being forced back inside to where the help is.

LB: The LBís were better today.  There were a couple of mistakes.  The biggest was the scheme that puts and inside backer on the running back when he motioned to the outside of the formation.  I canít expect a LB to be able to run with this type of athlete.  What he has to do is drop and give him the space and try to keep him underneath.  They cannot allow the guy to get on their feet as they say because at that time they are beat.  Also, it would help the LBís in coverage if they outside rusher would get a chip on the back releasing to their side.  Another mistake was when the LB overran the hole and the RB ran for 24 yards. 

DB: I thought they did a better job at the LOS.  I do think they are looking in the backfield too often and too long and that is where some separation is coming from.  I did think they were more physical this game and even though they had a couple of bust, they were as damaging as the one like the OM game.  I donít know who they actually had filling in for Battle in the first half, but they did a good job.

Special Teams:  I have been waiting for someone to start returning the Bama kickoff since many donít make it to the end zone.  UG did and gave themselves good field position, except once.  A short punt gave UG good field position on one drive where the scored a touchdown.  Bama lost good field position on a good punt return because of a penalty.  Bama was good on all field goals and extra points.

Penalties:  Bama had 6 penalties for 43 yards.  The two biggest were the block in the back on the punt return and an offsides on a 4 and less than 1. I have never seen so many defensive holding calls in one game.

Finally, this was a game Bama had to play well, not just to win, but to be competitive.  The made great strides this week on the defensive side of the ball.  They still need to continue to improve on that side of the ball.  I would double down on what that work on the week before the game. 

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17 and Counting


Game notes: OM vs Bama
hscoach
Written by hscoach
Comments: 25
Posted under: The Quad
                                                                                                                   OM vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the big win today.  The offense was un-stoppable, and the defense did not stop OM very often.  There was a combined 1370 total yards offense combined.  This is something I thought I would never see when it comes to a Bama defense.

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 723 yards of total offense which included 417 passing yards and 306 rushing yards.  The offense only had 1 tackle for a loss, 1 sack, and 2 fumbles.  I will say here I do not think Harrisís was a fumble as his momentum was stopped in my opinion.  There were no 3 and outs.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, Bama had 17 passing plays and 12 running plays.  Bama got into the red zone 7 times and scored 6 touchdowns the other was the questionable fumble call.  Bama scored the other 2 touchdowns from outside the red zone. 

QB:  I thought Jones played an outstanding game.  He completed 28 of 32 passes which averages out to an 88% completion rate.  There was one drop and one pass that was thrown a little behind.  However, he puts the ball where it needs to be for the receivers to make a catch most of the time.  The average per completion was 14.8 yards.  What I really liked about this performance was he took what the defense gave him and didnít let his ego get the best of him since he had been throwing the deep ball for so much success in the first 2 games.  I also thought Jones did a good choice going to secondary receivers at times.

RB:  Harris had a great game scoring 5 touchdowns.  He rushed for 206 yards on 23 carries.  He also added 42 yards on receptions which means he accounted for a total of 248 yards on 26 touches.  He averaged 9.5 yards per touch.  Robinson also had a good game as he rushed for 76 yards on 10 carries. 

Rec: The receivers were led by Smith who had 13 catches for 164 yards, Waddle had 6 catches for 120, and Metchie had 4 for 75.  This means the top 3 averaged 15.6 yards per reception.  Forristall had 2 catches and got his first touchdown for the year.  This group also did a good job blocking.

OL:  I think the OL played a good game except for a bust on the only sack.  They got to the 2nd level in the running game and got a push up front.  This is evident with the few negative plays.  The only question is can they do it against a solid defense.  OM has one of the worse run defenses in the country.  On the sack, I think Leatherwood was thinking he was going to get help by the TE chipping on the outside rusher allowing him to help inside to out. This could be a communication issue or just a bust on Leatherwood since it looked like the TE was going to release to the other side on a route.

Def:  Bama gave up a total of 647 yards of total offense which included 379 passing yards and 268 rushing yards.  Two backs ran for over a hundred yards.  As for negative plays, Bama had 5 tackles for losses and 2 sacks which did not happen until the 4th quarter.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, OM had 17 passing plays and 8 running plays.  OM got into the red zone 7 times scoring 5 touchdowns and kicking 2 field goals.  They scored 1 touchdown outside the red zone.  There were huge issues on the defense.  First, I counted at least 24 missed tackles.  I will say I grade them hard here.  Second, they did not play good assignment football.  They continue to allow the running back or QB to get outside of contain.  I do not understand how the end man on the LOS cannot keep the offensive player on his inside shoulder.  This has happened since the beginning of the year.  Third, how do you continue to allow backs or TE to get lost or not cover?  Fourth, Bama must be more disciplined and get lined up. 

DL: The play of the DL was unimpressive to me.  The do not use their hands well enough and get off the blocks.  They had too many attempts at arm tackles many which were broken.  As I said above, how do you keep allowing the RB/QB to break contain?  Also, they rushed to far up the field a couple of times to allow running lanes for the QB.

LB: The LBís were some of those who also took bad angles and allowed the RB/QB to get outside.  I would love to see someone hit a crossing receiver.  They must do a better job getting people lined up when teams get in the hurry up.

DB: I think they need to be more physical.  I have yet to see a receiver get jammed on his release when running a slant.  I guess they just teach it different.  A few times they were in phase as they call it, but just did not make the play.  I will say, the best thing that would help the DBís is a better pass rush.

Special Teams:  Bama did not handle all the pooch kicks well, but they were not hurt because the offense was so effective.  All extra points were good.  I do not understand why the other team does not try to return some of those short kickoffs.  They handled all the onside kick attempts and gave Bama short fields.
Penalties:  Bama had 8 penalties for 76 yards.  The most important ones were a pass interference that helped OM on a touchdown drive.  The one that will probably hurt the most was the targeting by Battle.  The other safeties just are physical enough in my opinion.

Finally, this was a game where Bama had to come back, and they did. It also showed how out of sorts the defense was.  They must do a better job with assignment football and tackling.  That alone would make for great improvements with this team.

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17 and Counting


Game notes: A&M vs Bama
hscoach
Written by hscoach
Comments: 7
Posted under: The Quad
                                                                                                            A&M vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the big win today.  Bama looked unstoppable when they wanted on offense, but had a tough time stopping A&M on defense.  I will go into that later.

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 544 yards of total offense which included 435 passing and 109 rushing.  The rushing game really didnít do much until the 2nd half.  For negative plays, I credit Bama with 1 sack, 3 tackles for losses, and 1 pass interception.  Bama also had 2 three and outs during the game.  They got into the red zone 4 times and scored 3 touchdowns and kicked 1 field goal, 3 touchdowns were scored from outside the red zone and the other touchdown came from the defense when they got a pick 6.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have Bama with 14 passing plays and 3 running plays.  All of the running plays came in the second half.   
QB:  I thought Jones played a good game as he completed 20 of 27 passes.  He did have one interception and I think he probably should have changed the protection as the OL was outnumbered on the left side of the LOS.  He completed 74% of his passes and averaged almost 22 yards per completion.   He continued to make throws that were right on the money and hit the receivers on stride.  One of his incompletions was an overthrow which would have been a touchdown if caught.  This was also on of the times Bama went 3 and out.  There was also one time where it looked that Jones could have gone to Waddle for a touchdown but threw to Forristall.  I think Bama went ahead and scored on that drive, so it really didnít hurt them.

RB:  Harris ran hard and had 43 yards on 12 carries.  The average is a little less than 4 yards.  A&M did a good job getting off blocks and not allowing the OL to get to the 2nd level early.  Robinson came in and did his damage in the 2nd half as he had 60 yards on 10 carries.  He had all the carries of 10+ yards.  Sanders came in and had a 9-yard run only to have it negated by a bad snap which caused a big loss.  Harris did have a big blitz pickup which help Bama complete a 35-yard pass.  He also had 2 catches which added 26 yards to his total offense.

Rec: This game shows other teams if they concentrate on Smith and Waddle, Metchie is a threat.  He averaged 36 yards per catch.  The ball was spread around as Metchie and Waddle each had 5 catches while Smith had 6.  Forristall added 2 catches.

OL:  The OL played well but I think they need to improve their run blocking.  They only gave up 1 sack and 3 tackles for losses, one which was caused by a bad snap.  It seems to me, and this is my opinion, they are not sustaining their blocks long enough or they donít get to the 2nd level when they have a chance.  The pass blocking was solid even when A&M brought and all out blitz. I know on the interception the left side was overloaded and either their needs to be a call from the tackle or the quarterback needs to make a protection change.  I donít know what they do in this case.  I will say, when Bama is in the red zone the run blocking has been solid and they have gotten a push. 

Def:  Bama gave up a total of 450 yards of total offense, 335 passing and 115 rushing.  I have Bama with 1 sack, 4 tackles for losses, and 2 interceptions, one which was returned for a touchdown.  I know the stats above wonít match the official stats, but I think they called the sack a tackle for loss.  Bama only had 1 three and out for the game.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have A&M with 14 passing plays and 3 running plays.  A&M got into the red zone 4 times and scored 2 touchdowns, a field goal and missed a field goal.  They scored one touchdown outside the red zone.  Here is am going to give some stats I wanted to see.  They wonít match up with the official stats because some of the plays were negated because of penalties.  I have Mond throwing the ball 43 times.  26 of those throws were under 10 yards and he completed 17 of them.  17 of them were thrown over 10 yards and he completed 8 of them.  What this shows me is they wanted to get the ball out quick with hopefully what they considered mismatches.  It also shows the downfield coverage was pretty good.  There was rarely a pass that wasnít contested down field.  Battle actually got his hand on one ball, but the catch was still made.  The interception was a ball that was thrown right at the sticks but looked to be under or right at 10 yards.  Something else I wondered is if Bama may have underestimated the speed of a couple of these guys. 

DL: The play of the DL was spread around but most of the big plays it seems were made by Anderson and Allen.  There were a couple other plays made, but Iím not as familiar with the names of these players.  I do know Anderson may have prevented a competition if he had gone to the QB instead of the ball fake.  He works hard, but allows the QB to get to his outside shoulder.  I do think they need to do a better job using their hands to get off the blocks.  It will be hard to get sacks with the ball being thrown that short that often.

LB: The LBís were the leaders among tackles.  Harris led with 10, 8 that were solo.  I thought Bama ask a lot putting Moses on the quicker player from A&M when they scored their last touchdown.  I also am not sure who had the bust on the touchdown where the player didnít go out of bounds.  I know the LB to that side blitzed so I would think it had to be a DB or the OB on that side.  On another touchdown the TE used the slam release.  When he looked like he was blocking the coverage was not there.  Again, I donít know their coverages/rules so I donít know who was supposed to have him.

DB: I thought they played well.  They challenged plays downfield and made some plays.  I thought Moore played well and I think Wright has his moments.  I donít think Wright is a as physical as he needs to be.  There were a couple of times I noticed on man coverage the players looking back into the backfield which causes separation from the rec.

Special Teams:  Bama was solid in the special teams except for the 26 yard punt that gave A&M great field position and it led to points. 

Penalties:  Bama had 6 penalties.  Bama had their usual false starts.  A holding by the DB, an illegal shift, and an offsides on the kickoff cover team.  Overall, Bama overcame most of these penalties.

Finally, this was a good win where Bama actually had to fight to the end.  I do think the absence of spring ball is evident as some assignments are busted.  In my opinion, they need to get better in the running game as well as stop these unforced penalties.  I do think this team has some promise and could improve as the year goes on.

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17 and Counting


Game notes: UM vs Bama
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                                                                                      UM vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the big win today.  Obviously, some improvement needed in areas, but not a bad start.

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 414 total yards which included 303 passing and 111 rushing yards.  For negative plays, I have Bama with 7 tackles for losses 2 sacks, and one fumble lost.  Most, if not all of these occurred in the 2nd half.  Bama had 2 three and outs one which was on their first possession of the game. For plays that covered 10+ yards, Bama had 14 passing plays and 4 running plays.  As far as scoring drives, Bama got into the red zone 5 times. They scored 4 touchdowns and fumbled once.  The other scores came from outside the red zone with a touchdown pass and a field goal. 

QB:  I thought Jones played a very good game.  After starting out 5 for 10, he went 13 for 14 the rest of the game.  The one incompletion was a drop.  He put the ball on the mark where the receivers were the only ones able to make a play on the ball.  Many passes hit the receivers in stride.  There were a couple of throws that had to be perfectly thrown and he did it.  Young had a decent day for his first game in college football.  He was 5 for 8 and showed some poise in the pocket.  He did make a bad throw on his last pass but thankfully it wasnít in a crucial situation.

RB:  Harris ran the ball well and had over 100 total yards when combining receiving and rushing yards.  The other running backs didnít find the openings that was provided for Harris.  I do think most of this was the fault of the offensive line.

Rec: As expected this year, Waddle and Smith were the main targets coming in.  They both had 8 catches and Waddle had 2 touchdowns in those 8 catches.  Metchie looks to be a good complement to the receiving core.  Also, they throw in a ball or two to the tight-end every once in a while.  The backs, except for the drop by Robinson, also have the ability to make plays in the passing game.

OL:  This game really didnít impress me with the offensive line.  Bama did run for over a 100 yards and most of it was done in 3 quarters.  I say this because they were not dominant in the closing part of the game.  The good news is there were few negative plays in the first half, but almost all, if not all came in the second half.  I did notice the OL chasing the wrong way a couple of times which allowed the Tigerís LB to shoot the gap and make the play.  If the OL hadnít been chasing back, then he may have gotten to the 2nd level to make the block and spring the runner.  I also, saw a missed stunt pick-up which led to a sack.  I donít know they just looked lazy to me in the 2nd half.  If
could be they need to be in better game shape.

Def:  Bama gave up a total of 322 yards which included 253 passing and 69 rushing.  Of this yardage, 187 came on the last 3 drives when there were some back-ups in.  This is also where most of their points came from.  As for negative plays, I have the Bama defense with 5 tackles for losses, 5 sacks (officially it shows up as three in the stats), and 2 fumbles recovered (one on special teams).  As for plays that covered 10+ yards, I have Missouri with 8 passing plays and 2 running plays.  They got into the red zone 3 times and scored 2 field goals and a touchdown.  One touchdown came from outside the red zone.  The touchdown at the end of the game was where the DL lost their lanes and allowed the QB to walk into the end zone. The biggest flaws I saw on defense was missed tackles.

DL: The DL, as no one really stood out to me they played a solid 3 quarters. I guess this could be expected when not really knowing what to expect from a new coach and team.  Also, I donít know how long Bama had to really prepare when Missouri was added to their schedule.  I am sure they had to scramble to get video on them.  I do think Anderson with be a star if he can remain healthy.  I also think the long touchdown on the wheel route may have been a bust on the freshman outside backer Sanders #16.  I say this without knowing their coverage and responsibilities.

LB: It was great to see Moses back on the field.  In my opinion, the defense didnít seem to be moving around as much.   I thought he showed the speed he had before the injury.  I also thought Harris looked like he was freed up to play with less responsibility on his plate.

DB: They really werenít challenged much downfield as most of the passing game by Missouri was in the short to intermediate parts of the field.  The quick passing game by Missouri also help take away from the pass rush.  It also seemed they like to throw the ball were the inside backers vacated. 

Special Teams:  Bamaís special teams were solid.  They hit all the extra points and field goals.  There was only one kickoff return that went for 25 yards and that return was aided by a penalty.   Punts were decent and covered well where they even recovered a fumble that led to a field goal.

Penalties:  Bama had 7 penalties.  Many of them unforced.  There was an unsportsmanlike conduct on the kickoff return that gave Missouri good field position.  Fortunately, didnít hurt them.  They had a holding that negated a sack.  Three false starts by three different OL.  There was an illegal formation on the extra point which didnít hurt, and finally a delay of game.  These, as usual, need to be cleaned up.

Finally, this was a good way to start the season. Bama has some areas to clean up, tackling/penalties.  Also, there is some blocking assignments that need to be fixed.  I will say, the commentators kept saying that Missouri had a solid defense, so that may be part of the problem.  It wasnít a good look to the start of the game when Bama had a player coming on late as well as going 3 and out.  The good news is there is plenty of room for improvement.  I also think the defense played very vanilla, but they must clean up tackles and assignments.  By assignments I mean coverage responsibilities as well as rushing lanes and responsibilities. If you are playing on the end of the LOS, you have to keep the offensive player on your inside player.  This hurt Bama a couple of times yesterday.

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17 and Counting


Game notes: UM vs Bama
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                                                                                                    UM vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the big win today.  I think I heard that was 9th straight 11+ win seasons by Bama. Hopefully this trend will continue.

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 480 yards of total offense which included 327 passing yards and 153 rushing yards.  Many of these yards came in the second half and 91 of them came on a crucial drive when Bama was backed up near their own endzone in a close game.  As for negative plays, I have the Bama offense with 5 tackles for losses.  I credit them with only 2 three and outs, one in each half.  I guess you could have a 1 and out on the first drive since Bama scored on the play that went 85 yards for the touchdown.  As for plays that covered 10+ yards, Bama had 9 passing plays and 7 running plays.  This is a total of 16 plays that covered 10+ yards and 10 of those came in the second half.  Bama got into the red zone 2 and scored 2 touchdowns, while 3 touchdowns came from outside the red zone.  I donít know if you saw it, but  Jones had his choice of receivers on the first play that went for the touchdown as Ruggs was also open. 

QB:  I thought Jones played a very good game.  He completed 64% of his passes and had no turnovers.  The reason I think he played a very good game is because several times it looked like the pocket was collapsing around him.  It did look as though he was fooled on coverage once when he threw an out route into coverage.  One of his big throws was a 14 yard completion that came on a 3rd  down and 11 near our own goal line on the drive that went 91 yards for the touchdown.

RB:  Harris had a good day running, but also blocking in pass coverage.  He carried the ball 24 times for 136 yards.  He was key in the end of the game when Bama was running the ball and UM knew they were running the ball.  Not only did he gain big yards, he also protected the football.  One of the biggest plays he caused to happen was the touchdown to the tight end.  The RB rail out of the backfield was covered by 2 defenders which left the tight end wide open for the score.  Robinson only carried the ball 3 times, but gained 16 yards. 

Rec: Jeudy as you saw had a huge game as he had 6 catches for 204 yards which breaks down to 34 yards per catch.  Smith and Forristall had 3 catches apiece and all of these three had a touchdown catch.  Waddle had 1 catch and a drop.  On the drop, he felt he was either held or interfered with.  There was one other completion to Billingsley which ended in a loss of 3 yards.

OL:  Too me this was a game of two halves for the OL, especially in the running game.  Early in the game it was tough going in the running game for Bama.  The 2nd half was better as they got a better push and even got to the 2nd level.  The pass protection was good enough that they didnít give up any sacks.  Par of this was because of Jones getting rid of the ball as well as movement in the pocket to avoid the rush. 

Def:  This was also a game of two halves.  Bama gave up 16 points in the first half and zero in the 2nd half.  The defense gave up a total of 395 yards which included 233 passing and 162 rushing.  Most of these yards came in the first half.  Bama gave up yards, but came up strong the red zone since they only gave up 1 touchdown and 3 field goals.  As far as negative plays, Bama had 3 tackles for losses, 3 sacks, 2 interception, and cause 1 fumble which they didnít recover, however, it moved UM way back for the next play.  I credit Bama with 1 three and out and 1 one and out because of an interception.  The 3 and out was huge as if came right after a big kickoff return.   For plays that covered + yards, I have UM with 8 passing plays and 5 running plays.  None of the 10+ running plays happened in the 2nd half.  Um got into the red zone twice and scored one touchdown and kicked one field goal.  The other two field goals came from outside the red zone.  The defense made the same mistakes in the first half like they have done in all other games this year.  They missed tackles, they didnít get off blocks, they lost contain, and they didnít secure their gaps.  A few times it looked like they would freelance and go where they wanted instead of staying in their gaps.

DL: The DL looked to be manhandled in the first half.  They also were not getting off blocks and losing their gaps.  They were allowing the OL to turn their shoulders and open up the holes for the running backs.  The second half they did a better job.  They were not getting a lot pressure on the passer either in the first half and this also improved in the second half.  I think one of the big telling stats I mentioned above is they had not 10 runs in the second half.

LB: The inside backers played ok as they missed some tackles but not as many in the second half.  They were put in difficult situations in pass coverage a few times as they had to cover the backout and even cover some wide receivers at times. 

DB: I thought the DBís played pretty well.  They had some PBUís and had to come up and make some tackles.  I didnít see as many busted coverages.  I will say they UM QB helped out by not making accurate throws.  The passes that were completed were when the D didnít get much of a push on the pass rush and the QB had too much time.   I thought Jobe came in and did a good job as a replacement for Diggs.  Early in the game they went after him and he was beat, but he did the right thing by not looking back for the ball and closed in on the receiver and knocked the ball away.

Special Teams:  Bama gave up a couple of kickoff returns which they have done a lot of this year.  Waddle had one punt return for about 13 yard that help set Bama up in good field position.  He had a kick return for 23-yards but didnít get to the 25.  All extra points were good and all punts were good enough.  UM did return a pooch kick late in the game but it was all for nothing.

Penalties:  This was one of Bamaís better game with only 5 penalties for 25 yards.  There were 3 false starts, one defensive offsides, and a delay of game on a punt.  Even though they hurt themselves a couple of times they didnít do the damage to themselves like they have in other games this year.

Finally, this was a good way to end the season.  The sad part is Bama wasnít really beat by others as much as they beat themselves this year.  It is frustrating because of what could have been because of all the injuries and self-inflicted mistakes made by Bama this year.  However, we have high standards and must realize this was still a good year with 11 wins.   

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17 and Counting


Game notes: AU vs Bama
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                                                                                        AU vs Bama

First, this game, like the LSU game, could have been won.  However, Bama made too many mistakes offensively and defensively to win.  There were assignment bust as well as penalties which hurt Bama throughout the game. 

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 515 yards of total offense, against what is supposed to be one of the best defensive teams in the nation, which included 335 yards passing and 180 rushing.  However, the mistakes overshadowed the positive the offensive output for the Bama team.  As for negative plays, I have Bama with 8 tackles for losses, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions which resulted in 2 touchdowns.  I credit Bama with 3 three and outs and one of those was because of the first interception.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have Bama with 11 passing plays and 6 running plays.  Bama got into the red zone 5 times and scored 3 touchdowns, threw and interception, and missed a field goal.  In other words, Bama left anywhere from 6 to 11 points on the field.  They scored 2 touchdowns and a field goal from outside the red zone.  The other touchdown came on the Waddle kick off return. 

QB:  If you could take away the 2 huge interceptions, Jones had a heck of a game.  He was 26 for 39 for 335 yards and equates to 67% completion.  He did miss a couple of throws, but he also threw a couple that should have been caught.  I know the biggest interception was throw on the goal line and Jones should have thrown the ball away because of pressure.  However, there was a missed block, in my opinion, by Kaho who was in the backfield with Harris and did not pick up the rushing defender.  On the first interception, I donít know why the ball sailed on him.  It almost looked like he wanted to go deep but changed his mind in mid-throw to check down. 

RB:  Harris had 146 yards on 27 carries which is 5.4 yards per carry.  He was impressive finishing run and delivering punishment.  He also added 26 yards on 4 receptions.  The times he was called upon to block he did a good job.  Robinson was not much of a factor running the ball, as he carried the ball 2 times for -1 yards.  He did have 1 big reception for 7 yards.  Bolden came in and ran the wildcat for a 3-yard gain to give Bama a first down on a 4th down play.

Rec: The ball was distributed pretty evenly among the receivers. Ruggs had 6 catches for 99 yards and 1 touchdown.  Smith had 5 catches for 80 yards and Jeudy had 5 catches for 26 yards.  Waddle had 4 catches for 98 yards but also had 3 touchdown catches.  AU also did a good job on open field tackles which kept the Bama receivers from gaining extra yards on many short passes.

OL:  Overall, I would say, except for the penalties, played well.  You canít rush for that much yardage and give up only one sack against a tough defense without playing well.  They got to the second level more than once.  They also picked a few stunts.  They were also blocking 2 potential first round draft choices on the AU DL.  The bad part of the OL was the penalties which I will discuss later.

Def:  It is hard to say the defense had a good game because of the busted assignments at crucial times.  They gave up a total of 354 yards which included 173 passing yards and 181 rushing yards.  As for negative plays, Bama only had 4 tackles for losses and a fumble recovery.  I also credit Bama with only 1 three and out.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, AU had 8 passing plays and 6 running plays.  AU got into the red zone 3 times and scored 3 touchdowns.  They kicked 4 field goals from outside the red zone and the other scores came from the interception returns. 

DL: The DL missed opportunities to make plays by not getting off blocks.  They also opened up running lanes for the QB on the rush as well as not containing the QB especially on crucial plays.  There was one time where it looked like Bama was running a stunt but the one player didnít come inside to replace the player going outside.  This opened up a huge hole for the QB draw which happened on the final touchdown drive for AU. 

LB: The inside backers player a pretty good game, however Lewis was a  non-factor as he totaled 1 tackle.  Jennings, on paper, had a decent game, but he is one of the players on the edge that allowed AU to break contain in crucial situations. 

DB: They made some plays, but also missed some plays.  One of the big plays was just and outstanding one-handed catch.  On the same drive the defense allowed the QB to escape outside and complete a pass to Hastings for 11 yards and a first down to keep the chance of a TD alive, which they scored. 

Special Teams:  The big items from the special teams are the missed field goal and the TD return on the kick-off by Waddle.  AU did have a big punt return which help lead to a touchdown. 

Penalties:  Bama had penalties but only 13 counted.  They were spread around as they had 7 offensive, 3 defensive penalties and 3 on special  teams.  If my count is correct, about 7 of these penalties were in the 4th quarter.  There were several big penalties, holding on the first touchdown drive which negated the touchdown and Bama had to settle for a field goal.  This was 4 crucial points Bama lost.  A face mask penalty on the drive after the punt return moved AU to the 7-yard line.  They later scored a touchdown.  The pass interference call came on a 3rd and 10 which kept a scoring drive alive.  Offsides on a 4th and 4 gave AU a first down.  A false start took away the opportunity for Bama to go for 2 after a touchdown.  AU was helped by a questionable roughing the passer call on their last touchdown drive.  Finally, the big one where Bama had and illegal substitution when they were going to force AU to punt giving them a chance at the end of the game.

Finally, this has been a frustrating season because of the defensive mistakes and mistakes/penalties during crucial times.  The most frustrating is they had chances to win every game.  I keep mentioning Bama losing the edge on defense and here are some examples.  First, Lewis loses the edge and AU runs for 15 yards.  Second, Young, a freshmen, loses the edge and Nix walks in for the touchdown.  Third, lost contain near halftime allowing Hastings to make a 11-yard catch which gave them a first down on 3rd and 10.  This was on a touchdown drive.  Fourth, on their last touchdown drive, Jennings lost contain and AU had a 15-yard run.  Fifth, on this same drive, on 3rd and 5, Nix was able to escape outside and complete an 11-yard pass.  I know we should be happy with a 10-2 season with a chance to be 11-2 but we have become spoiled.  It makes it worse that you can see where games could have been won.

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17 and Counting


Game notes: WCU vs Bama
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                                                                                            WCU vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaching staff on the victory. This was a good game to get healthy with some players.  It was also a great game to work on technique and assignment football.

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 541 yards of total offense which included 310 passing and 231 rushing.  I only have Bama with 2 types of negative plays, which are 1 tackle for losses and a fumble which they lost in the endzone.  The tackles for loss came in the first half when the QB was under center and almost dropped the ball throwing off the timing of the running play. I only have Bama for 1 three and out which was aided by the snapped that was almost dropped by Jones.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have Bama with 10 pass plays and 4 running plays.  Bama got into the red zone 7 times and scored 5 touchdowns and kicked a field goal.  Three other touchdowns came from outside the red zone and the other came from an interception return.  Overall, the offense could do what they wanted against an undermanned team.

QB:   Mac was 10 for 12 for 275 yards.  The big thing is he made no real mistakes.  He did miss and the TE for what could have been a touchdown, and it would have been a tight throw, but could have been made.  He was a little off on a couple of throws, but that could be expected because of the start and him being a little pumped up.  Taulia was 2 for 3 for 35 yards and really wasnít asked to do too much other than hand the ball off.  Tyson came in and got the last few snaps only to hand the ball off.

RB:  Harris had 66 yards on 14 carries along with 12 yards on 1 catch.  This breaks down to a little over 5 yards per touch.  I thought he ran hard and got what he could in a couple of tough runs.  Bama also used 5 other running backs in this game.  Overall, the running backs averaged 5.8 yards per carry.  The one that also was impressive was K Robinson who had 8 carries for 92 yards.  I know it was late in the game, but this guy has a burst.

Rec: The receivers only combined for 12 catches, but they averaged over 25 yards per catch.  It was obvious, in the game, WCU couldnít match the speed of the receivers. 

OL:  I thought they played well.  Again, as I said above, this was a great game to work on assignments and techniques.  They got a big push against an undersized DL.  They protected the QB in passing situations and gave him time to find the secondary receiver a couple of times. 

Def:  The defense gave up a total of 179 yards which included 112 passing yards and 67 rushing yards.  For negative plays, I have the defense with 3 tackles for losses, 4 sacks, 4 interceptions and a fumble recovery.  I also credit the defense with 5 three and outs and could have been more if you add in the series that had turnovers.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have WCU with 5 passing plays and 2 running plays.  One of the running plays was when Bama allowed the QB to break contain and gain yards on the scramble.  WCU never got into the Bama red zone, but they did kick a field goal in the second half from outside the red zone.  Also, I have Bama only have 4 missed tackles for the game.

DL: The DL played a good game, especially with all the starting players on the sideline.  They should have had a good game because like I have mentioned above, they were playing an undermanned team.

LB: They played well.  This is also a game that could have been tough on LBís because of the offensive scheme run by WCU.  They had to contend with, as many call it, eye candy and sometimes hard to decide where the ball is going.

DB: I thought they played pretty well, especially McKinney.  There really were not a lot of balls thrown down field.  Most of the completions were short and underneath.  The TEís were the ones who made a few catches were isolated on LB, not the DB.  Plus, they had 4 interceptions, 2 by both Mckinney and Mayden. 

Special Teams:  The biggest thing about special teams was the return by Waddle that was wasted because of the fumble in the end zone.  All PATís and field goals were made.  WCU returned no kick offs.  Bama only punted once.     
Penalties:  Bama actually had a good day penalty wise since they only had 4 for 45 yards.  There was a facemask, a false start, a holding and a blindside block on a punt return.  They were able to over all of these penalties.

Finally, it was great to see Tua at the game.  Bama needs to get healthy with the DL and receivers for the AU game.  Jones wonít have to win the game by himself if he allows his playmakers a chance to do the job. 

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17 and Counting


Game notes: MSU vs Bama
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                                                                                             MSU vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaching staff on the victory.  Many times, teams allow a close loss to turn into 2 losses.  It was obvious Bama was ready to play when they came out of the dressing room.  However, they still made mistakes, especially penalties, that need to be cleaned up.

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 510 yards of total offense which included 350 passing and 160 rushing. As for negative plays, I have Bama with 4 tackles for losses, 1 sack, and a fumble which wasnít lost.  I only have Bama with 1 three and out the whole day.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have Bama with 14 passes and 6 running plays.  Basically, Bama ran the ball and threw the ball very effectively.  Iím not sure, but I think the only time Bama didnít convert on a 3rd down in the first half was when Tua was injured. Also, on tackles for losses many of them were close to the LOS which means there wasnít a whole lot of penetration. Bama got into the red zone 5 times and scored 4 touchdowns and kicked a field goal.  They did score 1 touchdown from outside the red zone.

QB:   Tua was 14 for 18 for 256 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He started the game extremely well as I think he was 8 for 8 before throwing and incompletion. One of his best throws was to Jeudy on the first drive for 37-yards where he had to lay it over the dropping linebacker and under the safety.  When Jones came into the game, he was 7 for 11 for 94 yards.  He made some very good timing throws

RB:  Again, Harris played very well as he rushed for 88 yards on 17 carries which is over 5 yards per carry.  He also added 51 yards on 3 reception which brings his total yards up to 139 on 20 touches. The equates to just under 7 yards per touch.  Robinson 56 yards on 8 carries which is an even 7 yards per carry.  Maybe he didnít like standing on the sideline watching Harris last week.  There was once when I saw Harris probably miss a block on a blitz.  I donít know if he thought the TE was going to release on a route.  This allowed the inside blitzer to come and pressure the QB.

Rec: Jeudy led the receivers with 7 catches for 114 yards and Smith had 6 catches for 92 yards.  Bama continues to utilize their receivers and spread the ball around.  I know Billingsley only had one catch, but he looks like the could be a force at TE in the future.  I say this because he is a freshman that is 6í4Ē and weighs 228lbs.  He sort of reminds me of Irv Smith. 

OL:  I thought the OL played well.  There were no real glaring mistakes that just killed a play from the start that I remember.  As I mentioned earlier, the tackles for losses were very close the LOS and some of them were because they were outnumbered at the LOS.  I know one of them came off of a bunch formation where they came off the receiver.

Def:  The defense gave up a total of 270 yards which included 82 passing yards and 188 rushing yards.  Thirty of those passing yards came off of a TE delay where he showed blocking and then released.  Almost half of the rushing yards came from the QB as he had 96 rushing yards. Part of these were again caused by the rushing lanes being lost and allowing the QB to escape.  For negative plays, I have the defense with 5 tackles for losses, 1 sack, and 1 interception.  The interception led to Bamaís second touchdown and happened on the first defensive play of the game.  Bama is credited with 3 three and outs.  The defense also only gave up 3 pass plays that covered 10+ yards and 5 running plays that covered that distance.  MSU got into the red zone once and scored a touchdown on that trip.  This would not have happened if it hadnít been for a penalty earlier in the drive that kept the drive alive.  I may be off, but I have Bama with 11 missed tackles for the day.  The defense did lose the edge a few times, but not as many as they have in earlier games.

DL: The DL played a better game this week, especially with injuries that have occurred.  They need to do a better job using their hands to get off the blocks.  The other problem, which led to a couple of big gains, was their gap discipline.  They allowed themselves to lose their outside gap which opens running lanes.  When they lose their gap responsibilities on pass rush, they create running lanes for the QB to escape.

LB: They played well.  They were hurt a couple of times when they motioned the RB out and ran the QB. 

DB: Since they only gave up 82 total passing yard they played pretty well.  They didnít seem to bust coverages today, but they werenít facing a complex passing game. 

Special Teams:  The special teams were good today.  They made all field goals and extra points.  They only punted twice and one of them wasnít returned basically no yards and the other was pinned around the 10-yard line.   MSU kept the ball away from Waddle and others on the kick-off return.  Waddle was able to return a couple of punts and gained 2 on one and 26 on the other. 

Penalties:  I know this sounds like a broken record but, Bama again hurt themselves with penalties.  Bama had 7 penalties for 86 yards.  The ones that hurt the most was a facemask where Bama lost a sack on third down which turned into a first down on MSUís touchdown drive.  There were 2 more stupid personal fouls.  Also, an illegal motion took away a 46-yard gain on the pop pass which put them in the red zone.  There was actually 1 more penalty, but it was declined because MSU accepted the outcome of the play.

Finally, all prayers go out to Tua as well as the other players who were injured.  Hopefully, it wonít be something that will keep him down for an extended period of time.  There will be questions about if he should have been in the game.  I can see all sides and it is the coachís decision. 

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