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(Kansas State -12.5)

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(Missouri -6.5)

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(Tennessee -17.0)

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(Mississippi State -29.0)

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(Stanford -3.5)

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(Oregon -13.0)

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(South Carolina -16.0)

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(Notre Dame -5.0)

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Re: Game notes: Bama vs WV
Peewee from Grand Bay
Comments: 34
Posted under: The Quad
First:   Congrats to Bama for opening up with a win.  I think there are far more positives than negatives.

Offense:   I want to first say I thought CLK called a pretty good game.  I thought he gave BS some early quick throws to get his confidence going.  The only question I would have would be the fade call in the red zone with it 2nd and 2.  Bama had been running effectively go ahead and finish it off.   Bama had a pretty balanced attack with 288 rushing and 250 passing.  They got into the red zone 4 times and scored 3 TDís and 1 FG.   They only had 4 negative plays all night 3 tackle for losses and the interception.   I really thought the ball would have been distributed to the recís more evenly.  Bama was also 9 for 16 on 3rd down plays, plus they only had 2 three and outs the whole game.

QB:  BS played a pretty good game.  He had the one pick and didnít check into a very good play near Bamaís own goal line.   He did miss a couple of passes; however the recís dropped a couple that should have been caught.   Fortunately, the offensive line gave him plenty of time to make decisions.   I thought he was a little slow getting the play called and getting Bama lined up.  The OL needs that time to make their calls.  I will say I was pleasantly surprised with Sims.  I thought his decision making was quicker and it looked, too me, that his release was quicker.  He looks nothing, in my opinion, like he did in the spring game.  The other negatives was there were no real balls completed over 15 yards, he needs to square his shoulders better when going to his left and he threw into coverage a couple of time.   

RB:   Both TJY and DH had over 100 yards.  They ran hard, but they also, as did KD, when he was in there blocked well.   I canít think but maybe once where any back was brought down by 1 player.

REC:  Of course Cooper was the focus of many throws.  I was surprised that OJH was not targeted more, especially with all the talk of what a weapon he is.  CJ dropped a couple of passes that should have been completed.   One thing I noticed was how the recís were hunting players to block after their teammate made the catch.   

OL:   I thought this was one of the best opening game performances by the OL in an opening game in a while.   They gave up no sacks and very few tackles for a loss.  I thought they communicated well and got to the second level.  On running plays they were downfield look to players to block.  They combo blocked well and picked up what few stunts that were thrown at them. 

Defense:  The defense looked indecisive a couple of times.  They allowed WV to get to the edge by the QB and by the recís.  A couple of times they looked confused and probably should have been lined up a little quicker.  They gave up 393 yards most of them were passing.   I will say the recís for WV made some big athletic catches, but they also dropped many that would help Bama.  They only had 2 three and outs.  For negative plays, the D had 4 tackles for losses, and 3 sacks.  The bright spot here is that all but 1 happened in the second half.  One of the other biggest concerns was the missed tackles.

DL:    I thought they played ok. The WV QB got rid of the ball pretty quickly.  After a few opening good runs they seem to settle down and do a better job.  They did loose contain a couple of times.  I thought XD and JA stood out here.

LB:  In the first half they looked tentative.  I think they will have to do a better job with their pass drops.  It looked like the 2nd half they did a better job communicating with the other defensive players.  They got caught inside and didnít take good angles and lost the pursuit angle a couple of times.  Their outside shoulder got pinned. 

DB: Bama has to improve here.  I wouldnít be surprised to see some take BS place.  It wanít all bad, but when they were in position, they didnít always make plays.  WV seemed to attack the middle of the field and the outside where BS was playing.   I donít think CJ was targeted as much.  Here is where they were a lot of missed tackles.  There were too many yards after the catch.  I also think the corners will have to do a better job jamming the recís coming of the LOS.

Penalties:  There were some penalties that could have been avoided.  AC could do a better job and not get the block in the back call.  Focus on false starts.   I do think the one holding call on LB was wrong.  In my opinion I thought Bama was helped by a couple of calls.  The pass interference was questionable and the late hit out of bounds.  Not sure if they guy really tried to take a shot or protect himself.

Special teams:   AG had a very good night kicking FGís.  Most of the kickoffs were good, the coverage was the breakdown.  On the TD, again Bama lost contain.  I noticed WV liked to return the ball to their right.  Bama only punted twice and the first was a bomb.  If he can do that consistently then you have someone who can change the field position.

Finally:  Defensively, Bama will have to play better against spread teams.  Offensively, they can still improve and spread the ball around to talented rec.

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
15 and counting


Great analysis of the game coach, I agree that BS did a great over all job but he did get confused for a bit in the 2nd qtr resulting in us have to call time out a couple of times due to the play clock winding down. Going no huddle for a few plays seemed to get him going again. He played much better in the second half. He completed almost 73% of his passes with the one int on a poor decision missed a couple of throws and avoided several sacks.
The running backs did a great job with both TJ & Derrick gaining 100+ each. Kenyon did well but never got into open space to display his quickness and speed and played well on SP Teams.
Coop was the man with receptions totaling over 100yds. CJ uncharacteristically dropped two passes one for a most likely TD and the other for a first down. The fact that CLK did not call his number if I am correct kinds surprised me. Thought he would have been more involved in the game plan. DeAndrew had a fantastic night going until he hurt his shoulder ( probably out 1 - 2 weeks ) sure hope is is not any worse than that and can be back for Florida. Steward did well in his play from that point on.
The Offensive Line my guys, overall played very well and ended up wearing out the D Line of WV from the constant pounding they put on them and it showed in the fourth qtr. But in the first half there were several several times that a defender came into the backfield untouched and had it not been for BS could have cost us dearly.
Blake made several quick moves to avoid the pass rush and made plays where their could have been a loss. TJ also got hit almost the exact time he got the ball by an unblocked player. That has got to be cleaned up and I am sure that it will be. Cameron Robinson played a very good game, but Leon Brown with three penalties left the game. We will see if that affects his playing time or not.
Defense was on its heels for a lot of the first half. The fact that we had no LB on the field that had played before when the game started stuck out big time early from the changing the calls making sure everyone was in the right spot. There were several times they had a man wide open with no one on them and by the Grace of God they either made a bad throw or he did not happen to see them. But when it came to crunch time held them out of the end zone twice with first and goal from the 6 & 5 yrd lines, as the game went on I think we got better and settled down in the second half and played well. The fact that we held they to 28 yds rushing speaks volumes about the D-Line and their play. They had a good game and made the plays that would seal the game for us.
Corners and Safeties, Bradley was taken advantage of for the entire first half. The big ole #11 was just to much for him. The not only was much bigger than him but could get up and catch the ball high out of reach of Bradley. Cryus Jones made some good plays and a TD saving breakup in the end zone. Landon and Nick played well in the safety spots.
Penalties cost us to a point with the biggest one IMO being against Amari that called back about a 30 or so yard gain by TJ. The other fact as I pointed out above with Leon's did not help us at all.
Kicking game was as solid as I have seen it in a long time. Alex was spot on. Freshman PK Scott made his debut, the first words that came out of my mouth as he kicked his first punt was OH My God!!!! A towering 62 yrd punt with at least 4.5 or better hang time was something to see!!! The fact that he only punted twice for the entire game gives our offense a big kudos for the way they moved and held onto the ball. TOP was lopped side to the point we kept the ball an entire qtr longer than they did. a fifteen minute advantage was outstanding.
Kick off coverage was not where we would like it to be. On the return for a TD was it just me or did I see Derrick Henry get held that allow the guy to get to and turn the corner?? One factor about this is that Landon Collins did not play on that unit due to the HUNH and him being on the field so much. He is probably our best SP player on the team. 
Overall a good first game to see where we are and to be able to identify what we need to fix and the chance to do that before we play our first conference game.
Still alot to improve on but played very well as a whole.
Roll Tide!!!!

Game notes: Bama vs WV
Written by hscoach
Comments: 34
Posted under: The Quad
First:   Congrats to Bama for opening up with a win.  I think there are far more positives than negatives.

Offense:   I want to first say I thought CLK called a pretty good game.  I thought he gave BS some early quick throws to get his confidence going.  The only question I would have would be the fade call in the red zone with it 2nd and 2.  Bama had been running effectively go ahead and finish it off.   Bama had a pretty balanced attack with 288 rushing and 250 passing.  They got into the red zone 4 times and scored 3 TDís and 1 FG.   They only had 4 negative plays all night 3 tackle for losses and the interception.   I really thought the ball would have been distributed to the recís more evenly.  Bama was also 9 for 16 on 3rd down plays, plus they only had 2 three and outs the whole game.

QB:  BS played a pretty good game.  He had the one pick and didnít check into a very good play near Bamaís own goal line.   He did miss a couple of passes; however the recís dropped a couple that should have been caught.   Fortunately, the offensive line gave him plenty of time to make decisions.   I thought he was a little slow getting the play called and getting Bama lined up.  The OL needs that time to make their calls.  I will say I was pleasantly surprised with Sims.  I thought his decision making was quicker and it looked, too me, that his release was quicker.  He looks nothing, in my opinion, like he did in the spring game.  The other negatives was there were no real balls completed over 15 yards, he needs to square his shoulders better when going to his left and he threw into coverage a couple of time.   

RB:   Both TJY and DH had over 100 yards.  They ran hard, but they also, as did KD, when he was in there blocked well.   I canít think but maybe once where any back was brought down by 1 player.

REC:  Of course Cooper was the focus of many throws.  I was surprised that OJH was not targeted more, especially with all the talk of what a weapon he is.  CJ dropped a couple of passes that should have been completed.   One thing I noticed was how the recís were hunting players to block after their teammate made the catch.   

OL:   I thought this was one of the best opening game performances by the OL in an opening game in a while.   They gave up no sacks and very few tackles for a loss.  I thought they communicated well and got to the second level.  On running plays they were downfield look to players to block.  They combo blocked well and picked up what few stunts that were thrown at them. 

Defense:  The defense looked indecisive a couple of times.  They allowed WV to get to the edge by the QB and by the recís.  A couple of times they looked confused and probably should have been lined up a little quicker.  They gave up 393 yards most of them were passing.   I will say the recís for WV made some big athletic catches, but they also dropped many that would help Bama.  They only had 2 three and outs.  For negative plays, the D had 4 tackles for losses, and 3 sacks.  The bright spot here is that all but 1 happened in the second half.  One of the other biggest concerns was the missed tackles.

DL:    I thought they played ok. The WV QB got rid of the ball pretty quickly.  After a few opening good runs they seem to settle down and do a better job.  They did loose contain a couple of times.  I thought XD and JA stood out here.

LB:  In the first half they looked tentative.  I think they will have to do a better job with their pass drops.  It looked like the 2nd half they did a better job communicating with the other defensive players.  They got caught inside and didnít take good angles and lost the pursuit angle a couple of times.  Their outside shoulder got pinned. 

DB: Bama has to improve here.  I wouldnít be surprised to see some take BS place.  It wanít all bad, but when they were in position, they didnít always make plays.  WV seemed to attack the middle of the field and the outside where BS was playing.   I donít think CJ was targeted as much.  Here is where they were a lot of missed tackles.  There were too many yards after the catch.  I also think the corners will have to do a better job jamming the recís coming of the LOS.

Penalties:  There were some penalties that could have been avoided.  AC could do a better job and not get the block in the back call.  Focus on false starts.   I do think the one holding call on LB was wrong.  In my opinion I thought Bama was helped by a couple of calls.  The pass interference was questionable and the late hit out of bounds.  Not sure if they guy really tried to take a shot or protect himself.

Special teams:   AG had a very good night kicking FGís.  Most of the kickoffs were good, the coverage was the breakdown.  On the TD, again Bama lost contain.  I noticed WV liked to return the ball to their right.  Bama only punted twice and the first was a bomb.  If he can do that consistently then you have someone who can change the field position.

Finally:  Defensively, Bama will have to play better against spread teams.  Offensively, they can still improve and spread the ball around to talented rec.

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
15 and counting

Bama versus the HUNh offense
Jamos
Written by Jamos
Comments: 16
Posted under: The Quad
I think most of us were in great anticipation of seeing what Bama would do with the HUNH offense that West Virginia would offer yesterday and I'm not so sure any of us came away from the game in great anticipation of seeing Bama play another team using that offense.

To me it seems that the defenses that Bama are running against the HUNH teams must be so complicated that the players get totally confused with their assignments and we all see a lot of blown coverages on the plays. I was scared to death yesterday every time their QB dropped back to pass and when the game was over and I looked at the stats I could see why. If they had not dropped some of those passes, their stats would have been much better and I'm sure Bama would be 0-1 today.

At first I wanted to blame Kirby Smart for not having the team ready after Bama had just be torn apart by Auburn and Oklahoma at the end of last season. I truly felt that the team would be much improved against the HUNH teams this year because of having all spring and summer to make the right adjustments or designs to do so.

 But before I go off on the coaches I have to maybe question the mental and physical capabilities of the players. I know these players are highly rated players coming out of high school, four and five star, and Bama has been the number one school in recruiting for the past few years. But my question is, are they just highly rated athletes because of what they can do physically or is the mental part ever considered? I realize that when recruiting kids out of high school, the recruiter doesn't have much help with their mental attributes other than what the coaches at the high school level tells them.

I'm starting to think that the defensive plan that Bama is using for the hurry up offenses may be too complicated for the players that Bama has right now. When CNS gives his post game remarks about the defense it usually is about players making mental mistakes on their pass coverages and occasionally he will mention something about missed tackles. Some of the problem could also be they have no way of practicing everyday for these offenses.

Who knows what the problems really are but there are definitely some problems. Hopefully there can be some good improvements before the next team with the hurry up offense because I think those teams are licking their chops for a shot at Bama right now.

This thread is not intended to ridicule or to create any animosities toward any of the coaches or players, it's just a conversation piece for all of us armchair coaches. Wink

Re: ****OFFICIAL WVU vs Alabama IN-GAME THREAD****
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Written by 2Stater
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Our kicking game was outstanding. Not much else was. We should have hung at least 50 on them, but kept shooting ourselves in the foot. Sylve reminded me a lot of Belue; not bad coverage, but never looked for the ball and got beat repeatedly.

Credit to the receivers for WVU. Not only did they run great routes, the other receivers beat our butts with the blocking to spring them in the open. Our blocking on the same types of plays were not nearly as good. Christion Jones probably played the worst game I've ever seen him play with the dropped passes and poor blocking.

Special teams played well except for the one glaring mistake that resulted in a WV TD. We seem to always have that one letdown that hurts us.

I was really hoping to see Coker get some playing time, but Sims did not do a bad job. One int and a few terrible throws were overshadowed by his elusiveness and his ability to find the open receiver. What surprised me was that he never once tried the read option or a screen pass the entire game. The offensive game plan was very predictable.

TJ and King Henry both played a great game. They gained chunks of yards the whole game with no fumbles. We will need more of that in the future from both of them. I was a little surprised Drake didn't get more PT.

Cooper was superb. He made catch after catch, and play after play. He is, indeed, a superstar. DeAndrew made a couple of great plays before getting injured. Looked like a shoulder injury. I hope it's not bad, we can ill afford to lose him. He came up huge on that great play for the first down on the 8 yd line. I was also surprised Sims didn't go downfield any more than he did. OJ Howard was non-existent. Bummer!

I was very disappointed in the D line the first half of the game. They played much better the second half, but that improved pass rush we've all been expecting, was not there except for a couple of plays in the 2nd half. They were huge plays, but we need to see more of that.

Reuben Foster looked completely lost in the first half, but gained some legs in the 2nd half, with a couple of good plays. He is going to be very good, but will need experience.

The offensive line was a bit anemic on several plays in the first half, but looked good, for the most part, in the second half. Leon Brown's penalties were momentum killers. He will need to do a better job of technique to eliminate the holding.

All in all, with the youth of this team, this may be all that can be expected at this point. My greatest concern is the secondary. If WVU doesn't drop the easy passes that they did, this could have been a much tighter game, or worse. Our secondary was exposed and looks very much like our weakest link. Let's hope experience improves that situation.

Having said all that, a win is a win and Bama prevailed. ROLL TIDE!!!!!!

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A fun day at Bryant Denny
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To say it was hot in the stadium today would be an understatement but as I sat there and watched the players practice in that heat, I couldn't complain to anyone. I was very impressed with their conditioning and the way the scrimmage went, there were a lot of substituting going on and that helped the players stamina a lot.

I'll start this off with what part of the team that I thought did the best today. If you guessed either the defense or the offense you would be wrong, it was the kicking game. I know this will make a lot of you happier since what we saw on A Day was a train wreck. Freshman Scott did all the punting and showed he can kick it long with very good hang time but we all need to remember, he is a freshman and hasn't played before 100,000 fans yet but I have some confidence in him. He is tall, 6'4", and I did notice him being a little slow to get some of his punts off but that can be fixed easily. Griffen, the place kicker, has a tremendously strong leg and it showed on his kickoffs, they all went inside the end zone. His field goal attempts were even better, he tried 4 or 5 and made all of them as well as the extra points too. I think one of his field goals was around 50 yards. I felt going into the season that Bama would suffer if the kicking wasn't any better than it was on A Day but trust me, it was beautiful thing to watch today.

I knew before the scrimmage today that there would be a lot of the backup players getting a lot of reps today and I blame some of this on the sloppiness that the offense showed at times. There were some dropped passes, bad passes, and fumbles as well and this I didn't like to see. Some of the fumbles though was between the QBs and the substitute centers. The dropped passes hurt the team last year in the latter part of the season and again, this can be corrected, there are too many good athletes in the receiving corp.

I was impressed with the speed of the defense, especially the d-line. They really came off the ball well and applied a lot of pressure on the QBs. Most of the rushing yardage that you see in the stats came in the latter part of the scrimmage because the top 3 runners were used sparingly today, Yeldon, Henry, and Drake. The QBs all had their chance and personally and I didn't see one that stood out head and shoulders above the rest, they all had some good and bad moments. Coker did show off his arm with a long bomb to Cooper I think, that hit him in stride down the sideline for a touchdown. Sims then got his turn and had a nice throw for a long touchdown as well and I think that was with Drake down the sideline.

The defense really impressed me at times and if those injured players can get well, I think our defense can be very good this year. I know all of you are wondering how Taylor and Humphrey looked and I was very impressed with both. Barring any injuries, these two should have a very good career at Bama. Depriest looked good today coming off his injury but he's a little out of shape but he has time to fix that before the West Virginia game. Unless something strange happens to the defense, they shouldn't disappoint anyone.

As CNS spoke to us today he continued to dwell on the character of the players on and off the field and how important that is if this team is to reach the championship game. He continues to recruit players on the team to become not just a leader but a good leader. He described a good leader as one being highly respected by the other players, sometimes that respect includes them being afraid of the leader as he has had some of them in the past. He closed out today saying that he feels good about this team and if they will continue to improve their play in a consistent way, where they make good plays on every down, this team can be pretty good. He felt good about the reps that the non-starters got today because that will help the team in a big way down the road. RTR!!

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