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Game notes: Bama vs MSU
Written by hscoach
Comments: 11
Posted under: The Quad
MSU vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the win.   The was a hell of a game for Bama to win.  They had to fight back with a banged-up defense and a well-disciplined, tough MSU team that had a very good game plan with they executed.  Part of this game plan was to slow the game down and work the clock to keep the ball away from Bamaís offense.  They did it and it shows since they had a 17:52 minute advantage with time of possession.
OFFFENSE:   The offense put together crucial drives when needed. There were some problems with the overloaded blitzes that MSU was bringing.  Even though MSU had the large advantage, over a full quarter, Bama still led with total offense.  The offense put together 446 yards of total offense which included 242 passing yards and 202 rushing yards.  The negatives were Bama had 5 sacks and 2 tackles for losses.  They also had 3 three and outs.  For the positives, they had 7 pass plays that covered 10+ yards and 10 running plays that covered 10+ yards.  The important part here is most of these were in the 2nd half.  Bama got into the red zone 5 times. They scored 3 touchdowns and kicked a field goal.  The other time they were sacked and missed the field goal from right outside the red zone.  They also scored from outside the red zone with the touchdown that won the game.  I hate to say this because it sounds negative, but Bamaís first couple of scoring drives happened so quickly they put the defense back on the field.  Three of Bamaís scoring drives, not counting the last one, were 1:54, 1:13, and2:19.  Bamaís offense was hindered a few times with the poor field position early in the game.  At this point of the season Bama is perfect going for it on 4th down.  I think they are 10 for 10 or 11 for 11.

QB:   I thought Hurts played very well.  I do think he made a couple of mistakes on the zone read but he protected the football and made big throws on scrambles
which means he kept his eyes downfield.  He made some big plays especially in the 2nd half with the game on the line.  He averaged 24.2 yards per completion, and completed over 50 percent of his passes.

RB:  They all had good games running the ball.  Bo and Jacobs both averaged over 6 yards a carry while Harris averaged over 11.  Jacobs also had 2 receptions.  I do have a missed block, and donít remember which back, on one of the sacks.   One thing I really want to point out was the hustle Bo displayed on the long reception to Ridley.  He did a heck of a job getting downfield to get a block on the play.

Rec:  Ridley had a hell of a game.  Even the catch that didnít count was a very good play.  He had 5 catches and averaged over 34 yards per catch and part of this was the adjustment he made on the scramble by Hurts. The one catch by Smith was huge and made a good run after the catch.

OL:  The OL created holes for the running backs.  As far as pass protection they did well when they didnít have the overloaded blitz.  I do know the left guard was beat once for a sack.  Also, the right tackle was beat on a tackle for loss.  With all the noise in the stadium they did a pretty good job not creating false starts.  In the running game they pretty much controlled the LOS except for a couple of plays. They will have to clean up the overload blitz. 

Defense:  They made mistakes, along with missed tackles, that allowed MSU to continue drives.  I will say MSUís game plan was excellent, but also as I said helped by Bama.  The defense was on the field for 73 plays. They did give up 330 yards of total offense.  MSU had 158 passing yards and 172 rushing yards.   Bamaís defense is credited with 1 sack and 4 tackles for losses.  Bama is only credited with 1 three and out and it came in the 4th quarter at a crucial time.  They could have had 2 more but penalties prolonged the drives.  For plays over 10+ yards, MSU had 5 passes and 5 runs that covered that distance.  They got into the red zone 4 times and scored 3 touchdowns and kicked a field goal.  Bama was fortunate that MSU missed on a couple of pass plays that could have gone for big plays even touchdowns.  MSU even converted on 8 out of 15 third downs. 

DL:   They had a tough game.  The biggest point here was the lost edge by the edge players.  I notice Jennings and Buggs both closing on the running back and the QB keeping the ball therefore Bama loses the edge.  I also notice on a stunt where the inside down linemen went outside, and the outside player went inside that the player going outside didnít get there which means they lost the edge again.  Many times, the running back wasnít brought down with the initial contact.  The OL also got by the DL and got to the second level.

LB:  They missed tackles and the OL got to them several times.  Watching Evans, he didnít seem to be full speed.  I just didnít see that burst he seems to have at time.  I know he hurt an ankle last game and maybe it was bothering him.  Holcombe played ok, but also missed tackles and one time was cut by an OL that ran a fold block.  You can tell the team was different without Hamilton and Wilson.

DB:  They were beat a couple of times.   Most of the completions were short and turned into big plays. They were caught peaking in the backfield a couple of times and then beat by receivers. That is what the running game does and makes the play action better.  On the first play of the game Bama was lucky not to have had a big play or touchdown because of the overthrow.

Special Teams:  The 2 big problems here was the fumble on the punt which fortunately was recovered by Bama and the penalty that kept the first drive alive.  There was another time when the kickoff return player was told to take a knee and the decided to return the ball.  This play cost Bama 8 yards of field position.

Penalties:  The two big penalties were the leaping call on the first punt and the holding call on a 3rd down pass play.  Both of these allowed MSU to continue drives which could have been three and out.  Another penalty of notice was the unsportsman like conduct call on Leatherwood who left the bench with his helmet off to celebrate the tying touchdown.  I will say, I could see the leaping penalty not being called because he jumped up and the MSU player blocked him which made it look a little worse than it was.

Finally, this was a tough physical game that can be learned from.  Bama sees they can come from behind.  The DL edge players can see how they hurt the team by not taking care of their assignment.  Tackling needs to improve and the team needs to get healthier.  Hopefully this next game Bama can improve in these areas.

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Game notes: LSU vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 33
Posted under: The Quad
LSU vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the win.   This game was, like all LSU/Bama games big boy football.  It was a game where many will be spending a lot of time getting those ice baths.

OFFFENSE:   Bamaís offense put together 299 yards of total offense, well below what they have been averaging.   This yardage included 183 yards passing and 116 rushing.  As far as negative plays, Bama had 4 sacks and 3 tackles for losses.  Bama also had 6 three and outs.  For the positive side of the game, Bama had 8 pass plays for 10 plus yards and 5 running plays for 10 plus yards.  Bama got into the red zone 4 times and scored 3 touchdowns while the other was a kneel-down to end the game.  The other scored was a field goal from outside the red zone.  It wasnít pretty, but it was a win.   There were some things that I will mention later that could have helped out and improved this offensive production.

QB:   I thought Hurts played a very good game.  His passing stat was 11 for 24 but I saw at least three balls that were dropped or should have been caught.  The knock I have is that Hurts must learn to throw the ball away instead of taking the sack.  He threw a deep ball that was complete and right on the money even though I thought it could have been interference.  Again, he threw good ball that could have been a touchdown, but the official missed the early contact on the play.   His running got Bama out of a couple of situations and made plays when they could have been huge losses.  I think Hurts proved that if he has time he can throw the ball.  He made a heck of a throw on the scramble for a first down which was between the defenders.

RB:  They ran the ball hard as the yards were tough to get.  They averaged a little over 3.5 yards an attempt.  I do think they missed some blocking assignment in the passing game.  Part of this was the problem with Hurts getting flushed.

Rec:  Six different receivers caught passes.  I was good to not only see the ball spread around but the big catches in crucial situations.   I am glad Foster made a couple of catches after his last few rough games.  Hopefully, it will help him regain a little confidence.  I know Smith had a drop possibly 2 and an I think Jeudy also had one.  These are some of the plays that could have improved the offensive stats.  Jeudy did make a heck of a catch on the deep ball where it looked like the DB knew he was beat and was grabbing for him early.

OL:  I think here LSU defense caused a stalemate with the OL a lot of the game.  There were times that they did an outstanding job but other times they were beat off the snap even though they know when the ball is being snapped.  There was one play where 3 offensive linemen were beat on a pass play which led to a sack.  Cotton was beat more than once and stayed on the combo block too long instead of coming off.  There was one play where Cotton had help from Harris and they both were beat.  What amazes me is that he, as well as others, make outstanding blocks other times.    I know you can get beat every once in a while, but this seems to happen at crucial times.

Defense:   Since Bamaís offense was credited with 6 3 and outs, the defense had to be on the field longer than normal.  Because of this I thought they played well except for a couple of plays.  They gave up a total of 306 yards of total offense.  This included 155 passing and 151 rushing.  Thirty-one yards of the passing stats came on a 31-yard pass that looked like a thrown-up prayer.  As far as the rushing game, 54-yards came on a run where the linebacker got pinned inside and the backside DL went too far inside.  Take those 2 plays out and that leaves LSU with 221 yards of total offense.  Bama is credited for 7 sacks, 5 tackles for losses, and an interception which lead to a touchdown.  LSU had only 2 three and outs but also the interception was on first down which means a one and out.  For plays that covered 10 plus yards, LSU had 5 pass plays and 2 running plays.   They got into the red zone twice and scored a touchdown and kicked a field goal.  The field goal could have been avoided if Averett had come up with the interception he had a chance to make.  A couple of the pass plays that covered 10 plus yard were a result of Bama allowing the QB to get outside the pocket.  With all this being said Bama was fortunate when a couple of receivers were open on deep balls but the QB didnít make the play.

DL:   They played well.  They played the inside game and allowed the LB and DBís to play the outside run game, jet-sweeps.  The only problem I saw was the loss of contain on pass plays.  It was hard to get pressure in the passing game with 4 because LSU did a lot of max protection.

LB:  They again played well.  Evans had numerous tackles while having to concentrate on the inside running game but still make tackles on the edge. 

DB:  They played well versus the running game and got beat a couple of times in the passing game.  The good think is that LSU didnít complete the deep balls they had open.  They did complete a couple of balls where there was good coverage, there were just good throws and catches.  They had a huge responsibility with the jet sweep because you can also play-action off of that motion.

Special Teams:  This may have won the game for Bama.  Scott continually pinned LSU back and didnít allow returns.  The kick-off coverage was solid, as was the extra point and field goal teams.

Penalties:  Here Bama was outstanding.  They had one holding call which cost Bama a huge passing play.  However, Hurts made a couple of big throws that allowed them to overcome and continue the touchdown drive.

Finally, the Bama/LSU game has become a tough rivalry the last few years.  You can throw the records out.  You know it is going to be a battle for the entire time.  Hopefully, Bama can clean up the OL and continue their march for another National Championship. 

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Written by hscoach
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Game notes: UT vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 8
Posted under: The Quad
UT vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the win.   This game was a little misleading.  Even though Bama controlled the game from the beginning it seemed the offense wasnít clicking early in the game.  What I mean here, they had a good first drive but then seemed to not finish a couple of plays which stalled a couple of drives.  However, two scoring drives, one right before the half seemed to turn the offense around.

OFFFENSE:   Bama quietly put together 604 yards of total offense.  This included 332 passing and 272 rushing.  What is interesting here is that Bama had 352 yards of total offense in the second half. For plays over 10 plus yards, they had 14 passing plays and 11 running plays.  Bama only had 1 three and out all day.  As far as negative plays, they had 2 sacks, 1 tackle for a loss, and an interception.  This interception took potential points off the board and allowed Tennessee to score.  Bama reached the red zone 6 times.  Of these six times they scored 4 touchdowns and kicked one field goal.  The other trip was the interception.  Bama did score two touchdowns from outside the red zone.  Another observation was, and I put this note down before the announcer said anything, where the inside routes with route combinations in the first half.  It seemed like all throws were to the outside, except for a couple, and they seemed to be a combination of short and deep.  I did notice, especially in the second half, there were more options in the middle of the field and Bama was successful in this area.   There were a couple of possessions where Bama wasted good field position and came away with no points.  Bama is also going to have to be ready for more teams bringing pressure from the short edge.

QB:   Hurts had a good game.  I thought he missed a couple of throws.  One was to Ridley on the outside which could have been picked but Ridley got a hand on it to deflect it.  I also thought he could have taken a deep shot to Ridley on the throw that Sims got hurt on.  The ball would have had to be placed in the proper spot, but Ridley had a step and inside leverage to the field which allowed him to be open.  I do think he takes the safest throws instead of throwing deeper at times. I do wonder why there werenít any real run calls for Jalen.   Tua came in and played well.  I know he threw the pick, but over-all he made very good decisions and put the ball on the money.  He also showed he can run the ball well enough to be a factor.

RB:  They all played well and ran the ball well. No running back lost yards on running plays.  I do want to give UT some defensive credit, especially early in the game, because they hit the running backs often and hard.  As Bama utilized the 2 back system, especially with Jacob, he showed what a force he could be blocking.  I expect a play action off this play down the road where he fakes the block and continues for the pass.

Rec:  Eight different players caught the ball and 6 of them were wide receivers or tight ends.  Ridley again led the receiver with 8 catches.  He joined the 200-reception club with this game.   He a made great catch to keep the first touchdown drive alive.  I know most of them are young, but I thought they could have done a little better job blocking a couple of times.  They also show both quickness and speed.  It was also nice to see the offense utilize the tight ends.

OL:  I thought they played a lot better this game.  There were only two sacks and one tackle for a loss which was the result of a high snap.  They did a better job pass protecting.  Early on I didnít think they were getting to the second level on the running plays, but they did especially as the game went on.  There were a couple of times when I thought they stayed on the combo block a little too long but again the running back rarely, if ever, had contact behind the line of scrimmage.  Hopefully, they will continue to improve here.

Defense:   They played well all day.  The defense gave up a total of 108 yards of total offense.  This includes 64 rushing yards and 44 passing yards.  Bama only gave up 52 yards in the second half.  As far as negative plays, Bama had 4 sacks, 6 tackles for a loss, and an interception.  They also are credited with forcing UT into 5 three and outs.  For plays covering 10 plus yards, Tennessee only had 1 pass and 2 runs.  They did get into the red zone once but threw an interception which kept them off the scoreboard.  This was after a fumble on a punt return that set them up close to the red zone.  It looked like UT wanted to utilize the short passing game early but wasnít very effective.  One thing I really want to point out here is that Bama didnít seem to be out of position and also lined up where they needed to be most of the time.

DL:  They played well.  Buggs is distinguishing himself as a player, that a defense must account for.  The DL has a whole played well.  The only problem was a couple of times they may have gotten the pass rush too far up the field and may have lost contain once or twice.

LB:  They had another good game.  Evans look like he doesnít want to just hit someone, but to actually cause them physical pain.  I actually saw this a couple of other times from other players.  Wilson seems to be the same type of player.  Again, I notice Holcombe was not on the field defensively very much.

DB:  They werenít tested very often.  This has a lot to do with the pass rush, but they were in position most of the time when the ball was thrown.  The longest reception was 12 yards and it was a slant that was early in the game.  I think Averett does a good job using his body and forcing receivers to the sideline.
Special Teams:  The big take away here was the fumble on the punt return which the defense bailed them out.  Kick coverage was good.  Marks did have a good return but was called back because of a block in the back.  This was a bad call.  However, it cost Bama about 42 yards.  Other than the fumble, special teams were good this game.

Penalties:  This may be the first game that the opponent had more penalties than Bama.  Two of the penalties gave UT first downs.  So, 2 of their 7 first downs were gifts.  One big penalty was a holding call which cost Bama 20 yards because of the 10-yard run that was negated.  The other big penalty was a roughing the passer after a loss on the play.  On the other side, Bama benefitted from the timing of penalties that were called on UT.

Finally, Bama showed improvement.  Maybe we are a little spoiled and expect them to score on every drive.  However, it did seem early on, the offense wasnít clicking as well as we expected.  Also, I like the way Bama got Tua in early and allowed him to play with the first team as well as getting extended playing time for the back-ups.

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16 and Counting

Re: Alabama Softball Posts Two Shutout Victories Over Shelton State Friday
Written by Jamos
Comments: 4
Posted under: The Quad
It was a total mismatch of the two teams but yet entertaining for the fans as Shelton is located in Tuscaloosa and a nice local crowd showed up to watch the local girls battle the Crimson Tide.

I think this team has gotten a lot out of these Fall Brawl games to take into the Spring of next year. Their competition hasn't been the toughest for Bama but they have provided the girls a chance to put into play what they have been working so hard at in practice.

There is a lot of potential on this team but we all know that in softball it all starts with how good is the pitching. Osorio is back and hasn't played in any of the games by design as these games were for the two new pitchers and I think they have responded well to the college level which is much different than high school.

Bama Basketball and Softball
Written by Jamos
Comments: 5
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I got to watch the softball team practice this afternoon and saw some things that were very pleasing. Last year there were a lot of complainers, including myself, about the lack of coaching on the team that included about every aspect of the team. Today I went tp watch them to see just what goes on at their practices.

When I arrived the team was working on defensive skills such as correct throws with runners on base. This also included runners getting coaching on running the bases correctly on base hits. This included outfielders making their correct throws.

They then had batting practice and I was impressed with Coach Allie as she was working with each and every batter that included bunting, slapping, and fun swing hitting. I was pleased with her standing with each batter and making them aware of the things they were doing wrong and I could see their bat attempts get better after she would make corrections with them. I then went to the bull pen and VanBrackle was working with the new lefty. This must have lasted an hour and it was basically her  not throwing hard but working on her grip of the ball and her release of it. I spoke to her as I walked by and she came over to me as I wanted to see how tall she was, Mrs. J said she's a little taller then me.

I was glad I went because I was one of those last year that felt the girls were not getting the adequate coaching that they needed. Today I saw the coaches seen a lot of time with group sessions and one on one. I also went into the field house and the team has now purchased a pitching machine that the girls can use without anyone else there. I was told that Demi Turner lives with the machine and by her hitting this past weekend, I believe it. The field house is set up for the girls so they can pretty much have a full practice when they are all by themselves.

I enjoyed it so much I think I will attend more of their practices moving forward.

Tonight I went to Coleman and watched the basketball team scrimmage and enjoyed it very much as well. CAJ knows how to fire up his players as he is a hands on coach and doesn't mind getting the ball and showing them the right way to do something. I don't know how the team will perform this year and if it is bad, it isn't because they don't have the talent. CAJ is still putting a big emphasis on their free throw shooting and it is part of there scrimmage. Riley Norris is out with a groin injury but every else looked ready to go. Sexton is a player, fast and deadly with his shots, he can beat you from the outside and as well with his quickness on the inside. I don't think we will see them standing around on offense as we have seen in the past years if the play like they practice. They shouldn't have any problems with substituting this year either, lots of talent compared to past years.

Anyway, with the incoming freshman class and the transfers, they should be better and hopefully we can make it to the season without any major injuries.

Bama Softball Kicks Off Another Season
Written by Jamos
Comments: 3
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Bama kicked off their new season Friday night with a double header win over University of Mobile. It was a game of a small school being overmatched but it was good for both teams as Bama has 6 new players reporting this year and Mobile can use the experience of playing Bama to gain some good experience for their team. Mama won the first game 16-0 and the second 2-1.

Today they played an overmatched Wallace State team and won both of those games with ease as well. The intent of these fall games for the team isn't about a won loss record but is intended to give the incoming freshmen a chance to see some live action before the season starts next spring which is very important after losing 2 pitchers from last years team.

The two new pitchers are Courtney Gettins, a right-handed Juco transfer from New Zealand and Madison Preston, a left handed Freshman from Centralia, Missouri. Gettins is more of a Jackie Traina style pitcher with similar size but doesn't have the pitch speed that Traina had. Preston is tall and lanky and likes to spin the ball. Gettins will need some work on pitch location and hopefully can develop a good off speed pitch before next Spring. She has a decent rise ball but her pitch speed will require her to work on her pitch location as those SEC batters are tough. Preston impressed me the most as she really moves her pitches around with good spin on the ball and has decent speed on her pitches. She did use a change up at times but needs some work on that.

The other new players are all freshmen and there is some talent there. The most impressive to me was Maddie Morgan from Lynnwood, Washington. She played third base and was very impressive with her position mechanics and was one of the better hitters in the 4 games played. Kendall Sides is from Dora and seems to be a solid player as well in the field and has a good bat. Kaylee Tow is from Kentucky and should see plenty of early playing time, she too looked good at the plate.Kyra Lockhart is from Duluth, Ga and seemed a little intimidated until the last game today and her bat woke up. She needs some work overall and a little weight loss to help her foot speed.

Preston's pitching and Morgan's batting and fielding skills at 3rd base impressed me the most. Morgan plays a mean 3rd base, a position that has been weak for the past 2 years.

Osorio did not pitch and I'm not sure if she played International ball this summer but hopefully not as she had some injury issues at the end of last season and needed some healing time.

Game notes: Arkansas vs Bama:
Written by hscoach
Comments: 10
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Arkansas vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the win.   They didnít play a complete game in my opinion, but they did improve in some areas.

OFFFENSE:   Even with what seemed to be a lapse in focus in the second quarter Bama still put together 496 yards of total offense.  They had 308 yards rushing and 188 passing.  As far as positive plays of 10 plus yards, Bama had 8 passes and 11 runs that met that criteria.  As far as the negative for the offense, they had 2 sacks, 3 tackles for losses, and the first interception of the year.  I have Bama credited with 2 three and outs.  Bama reached the red zone 5 times and scored 4 touchdowns while kicking 1 field goal.  The also scored a touchdown from outside the red zone and kicked a field goal from outside the red zone.  The Bama offense showed signs of being dominant in portions of this game, but then, on certain plays busted some assignments.

QB:   I thought Hurts played pretty well.  He was 12 for 19 with at least 1 drop of a catchable ball.  He did throw his first interception and looked as if he just didnít put enough on the ball as well as throwing the ball a little behind the receiver.  There were times he was pressured quickly and really didnít have a chance to get thru his reads.  He was also hurt on a route conversion that didnít happen by Foster.  Tua came in and did a good job.  I know he only threw 2 passes, but one was on target and the other was thrown, going to his right after being forced out of the pocket, to a place where only his receiver could make the catch.  It happened in the red zone so Bama was able to convert it to points instead of having a turnover.

RB:   D Harris had another great game.  I actually saw in this game the difference between the vision of Harris and Bo.  I saw Bo have some runs that I think Harris would have made different cuts to make for bigger plays.  Jacobs again looks to be healthy and is being utilized in the 2 running back system.  N Harris came in and ran hard when he got the opportunity.  The negative for the running backs was their pass blocking at times.  I know Bo got blown up on one play that didnít allow the Hurts time to throw the ball.    Three different backs had receptions in this game.

Rec:  Five different receivers had catches, with Ridley being the main target once again.  Some of the catches were made in tight coverage.  Foster didnít have a catch and I think he missed the route adjustment on one play which could have been a big play.  He should have converted to a fade.  Another time, and I canít remember which receiver, I think it was Sims, and I am going by the announcer, he should have converted to the fade but didnít and led to an incompletion.  The one thing that I am questioning is that it seemed like Ridley was not happy at sometimes when he went to the sideline and said something to the coaches.

OL:  I thought this was the Jekyll and Hyde part of the game.  At times they looked outstanding.  They pushed the D line back and made hole for the backs.   Then you have plays where there is a 2nd and 1 and the right guard and tackle get blown up for a 1-yard loss.  You have other times where they do an outstanding job pass blocking but then again you have the left guard helping on the outside guy pass rushing and the linebacker comes right thru his gap.  I donít know if it was a call bust or a RB bust on who the were supposed to pick up.  There were times when, this is just my opinion, that maybe they were giving away whether it was a run or pass play. 

Defense:   The defense played well and actually saved Bama from giving up point from when there was a turnover.  Bama gave up 227 yards of total offense.  This breaks down into 200 passing and 27 rushing. The 27 yards are very impressive against a team that prides itself in running the ball.  I have the defense credited with 5 sacks, 4 tackles for losses, an interception, and 1 fumble which was recovered by Ark.  Bama is also credited with 7 three and outs, one which was the result of an interception.  For plays that covered 10 plus yards, I have Arkansas with 9 passes and 2 runs that cover that distance.  They got into the red zone 3 times and got one touchdown, against the back-ups and a field goal.  They were stopped on downs on their other trip.  There were a few times when the defense lost contain and allowed the play to be extended.

DL:  They played well.  I mean what can you say, they gave up 27 yards rushing.  Davis stood out and Buggs again had another solid game.  The DL did a great job keeping the OL of the LBís allowing them to make the plays.

LB: They played well and made many plays.  The LBís were involved with more blitzes in this game than they have been in the past.  This could be because they were playing a new quarterback who had never started a college game.  I think both Hamilton and Evans had good games.  My question is where was Holcombe?  I saw him on the sideline, but donít remember him in the game. 

DB:  They also played well.  Most of the catches were inside.  There was one deep ball where Averett was beaten, however he should have had help over the top with Jones being in a two-safety look.  Jones was looking at the inside route that was shallower.  Harrison played a good game as he was forced to play coverage and come up and fill the running lanes.

Special Teams:  The punt return left a little to be desired.  They fumbled three times and lost one.  The defense bailed them out after giving Arkansas great field position.  The punts were good.  Kickoff coverage was very good again and the only thing that hurt was a penalty that gave Arkansas their best field position on the return.  You can just about expect Wright to have a big hit on a kickoff.  I really thing the problem with the returns is they are wanting to make a play so bad they arenít making the best decisions.  I also want to mention, again, that the return men on kickoffs have to take in consideration the height and depth of a kickoff when deciding if they are going to attempt a return. 

Penalties:   Bama had 6 penalties for 66 yards.  Three of these penalties were on the final drive and accounted for 39 of the 75 yards on the touchdown drive.  The other three were when Wilson had an unsportsmanlike conduct on a kickoff return, a false start, and a block in the back on a punt.  The bad thing about the false start is that it turned a 3rd and 6 into a 3rd and 11. 

Finally:  This game could have really gotten out of hand very early if the Bama team had continued their strong start.  They were not threatened by any means but could have really put the nail in the coffin in the first half.  Part of this, in my opinion, is on the OL which had breakdowns at certain points in the game. 

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16 and Counting

Game notes: Bama vs A&M
Written by hscoach
Comments: 13
Posted under: The Quad
A&M vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the win.   In my opinion the defense won this game by setting up the offense.  The inconsistency of the offense, especially early when they had field position hurt them.

OFFFENSE:   The offense had 355 yards of total offense, which breaks down into 232 rushing and 123 passing.  The bad part of this stat is, Bama had 195 rushing at the half so they only rushed for 37 yards in the second half.  They only had 110 yards of total offense in the second half.  For negative plays I have Bama for 3 sacks (I counted the intentional grounding as one), 6 tackles for losses, and a lost fumble. I also credit Bama with 5 three and outs one of which was a result of the lost fumble.  On the positive side, they had 6 passing plays for 10+ yards and 3 running plays for 10+ yards.  Bama got into the red zone 4 times and scored 2 touchdowns and a field goal.  The other was the kneel-down at the end of the game.  From outside the red zone they scored 1 touchdown and kicked a field goal.  They missed one field goal from outside the red zone.  I must give A&Mís defense some credit because they played hard and hit the OL and Bama in the mouth.  Bama needs to do a better job running the running back screen.  I really donít remember one this year that has been effective.

QB: Hurts played okay.  He did miss a couple of passes but he also wasnít helped by a couple of drops.  He threw two good deep balls.  One may have been a touchdown but the defender pulled just enough on the receiverís jersey to hold him up a bit.  He also put the ball on the money on the pass interference call which again probably would have been a touchdown.  He threw a couple of balls in the ground and some were not on target but good enough for the receivers to make the catch.    I think he missed a couple of open receiver when he decided to tuck the ball and run. 

RB:   The running backs ran hard and were hit numerous times right about the LOS.  I will say this again, I think Harris looks faster and quicker this year than he did in the past few years.  Bo ran hard also and didnít have the holes that Harris did.  They both did a good job at times picking up blitzes. 

Rec:  Ridley was the main target until he got hurt.  Jeudy made a couple of good catches.  Foster had a drop but he was open on a couple of routes.  Ruggs ran a good route to get open for the touchdown.  I do think they could have done a better job blocking.

OL:  I thought this was a weak point for the offense during the game.  I counted miss blocks by Cotton, Womack, and others.  I also saw them not come off combo blocks early enough to get to the next lever.  Bozeman was pushed back more than once.  I really hate to see OL looking back at the running play instead of looking for someone to block downfield.  They were beat by the simple end/tackle stunt and missed the blitz on a zone blitz.  The will must clean this up.  A&M confused Bama by bringing the delayed blitz and didnít have to bring extra rushers many times to get pressure on the QB.

Defense:   I really thought they played well most of the night.  There were a couple of missed tackles that hurt when rushing the QB.  Bama gave up 308 yards of total offense, 237 passing and 71 rushing.    At halftime A&M had 146 total yard which means they gained 162 in the second half.  The fumble by Bamaís offense led to points when it gave A&M a short field.  I also understand 64 yards was on the last drive where Bama was playing prevent so A&M couldnít score quickly.  Bama only had 2 three and outs for the night.  As far as negative plays, I have the defense credited for 4 sacks, 5 tackles for losses, 2 fumble recoveries, and an interception.   A&M got into the red zone 3 times and scored 2 touchdowns and had an interception.  They also kicked a field goal from outside the red zone.  A&M had 8 pass plays for 10+ yards and 2 running plays that were 10+ yards.  With regards to the 2 running plays one was a scramble and the other was a result of a missed tackle.  The play that hurt Bama early was the pass to the back who outflanked the defense while the DBís were cut by their receiver.  Also on these pass plays the LBís didnít take the best angle to make a play. 

DL:  I thought they played well all night.  They were able to get pressure on the QB using 4 more than having to bring numbers all the time.  Again, I thought Buggs and Jennings played especially well.  Other also made plays during the night.

LB: They played pretty well especially in filling for the run game.  They were put into coverage usually in a chase mode. 

DB:  I thought they played ok.  There was at least one bust on coverage that was on a 4th and 9 and A&M went for 39 yards later scoring a touchdown.  I thought one of the PI calls on Wallace was wrong because that was not a catchable ball.  They did a pretty good job most of the night making the tackle after the catch.  I also thought the safeties, Jones and Harrison played well since they had to play coverage to run.  I notice Brown got a little banged up and Carter came in.  It could have been his man who made the big catch on 4th and 9.  You also have to understand how hard it is to cover for a long time when you have a scrambling QB.

Special Teams:  Special teams helped and hurt.  First the kickoff coverage team was good.  However, on the bad side you had a blocked punt, a shanked punt, as well as missed field goal.  I donít know what Bama was trying to do on the last kickoff.  They gave them good field position with a short kick.  On the punting, I understand directional punting but I have always liked kicking to the opposite corner.  The problem with that is if you shank the punt it is now down the middle.  Another play which should have been huge for Bama was the forced fumble on the kickoff, if they had just recovered it they would have had the ball in the red zone.

Penalties:   Bama had penalties for 50 yards.  Three of them gave them first downs, two pass interference calls and a hands to the face.  Another big one was early when Bama had a 2nd and 1 they got the illegal substitution call and didnít overcome the 2nd and 6.  I think this is when they missed the field goal.
Finally:  In my opinion, Bamaís OL took a step backwards.  There were too many missed block and busted assignments. 

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Game notes: OM vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 23
Posted under: The Quad
OM vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the win.   Again, the coaches put together a fantastic game plan and the player did a pretty good job executing the plan.  

OFFFENSE:   The offense put together 613 yards of total offense.  This included 365 yards rushing and 285 passing.  Again, Bama didnít turn the ball over on offense and dominated the time of possession.  For negative plays they gave up 2 tackles for losses.  They also had only 1 three and out which was the first drive of the game.  For plays of 10 plus yards, Bama had 9 pass plays and 12 running plays that covered that distance.  Bama got into the red zone 9 times and scored 8 touchdowns.  On one trip they got into the red zone with a first and goal but was move back because of a holding penalty and ended up missing a field goal.  They did kick one field goals outside the red zone.  In the second half which was played mostly by back-ups, Bama gained 283 yards.  This was another great opportunity to get quality playing time for the backups.

QB: Hurts played pretty well in my opinion.  I do think he went to his secondary receiver a couple of times for big plays.  He made a couple of throw that werenít great but he was also not helped a couple of times by the receivers.  I think the first throw to Foster was a catchable ball that just needed a better route adjustment.  Also, on the scramble he hit one receiver in the end zone and the ball was dropped.  Another incompletion was when the receiver jumped up to make the catch but was driven out of bounds by the defender before he hit the ground inbounds.  Tua also played well in my opinion.  He also made a questionable throw.  However, he looks better than he did in the very first game in which he played.  Both players could have easily had an interception.  Another good note is that no one scored more than one touchdown.

RB:   They all ran hard.  There wasnít as many yards after contact as there was last game but they all had their moments.  Again, they benefitted from the OL that didnít allow very much contact behind the LOS.  One thing they didnít really incorporated in the game, except a couple of times, was the passing game to the backs.  When they did Jacobs caught a TD pass.

Rec:  Eight different receivers caught the ball in this game.  Ridley is still the main target, but others are proving you must be wary because they can turn a short pass into a big gain.  I thought Ridley had a chance to catch the 2nd pass of the game which was a little high.  As I said above, I thought Foster could have done a better job adjusting to the first throw because he should know that is where the ball is going to be delivered.  

OL:  They played well, but I did notice a couple of times I thought they could have sustained their blocks a little longer.  Also, there was one play where I thought the OL stayed on a combo block and should have come off on the LB.  That being said, there were more times than not that they did do a good job blocking.  You donít rush for 365 yards without pretty good blocking.

Defense:   The defense played very well in my opinion.  They gave up 253 total yards which included 165 passing an 88 rushing.  At half time they had given up 138 total yards, which mean they gave up only 115 in the second half.  This is a good stat because there were some backups playing in the 3rd and 4th quarter.  This was a good game defensively to get quality playing time for the backups.  For negative plays I have Bama credited with 6 sacks, 6 tackles for losses, and 2 touchdowns, one which was returned for a TD.  They also forced a fumble but OM got back on top of it.  I have the OM quarterback getting hit at least 12 times and that is counting the sacks.  For three and outs, I have 6 for OM, one was caused by the interception that was returned for a touchdown.  As far as plays for over 10 yards, I have 5 pass plays and 4 running plays.  They got into the red zone and kicked one field goal. There were a few missed tackles that led to some of their bigger plays.

DL:  I thought they played well after the start.  In my opinion they didnít stay in the rush lanes and allowed the OM QB to break contain.  The player that stood out to me was Buggs.  He seemed to be in on a lot of plays but also caused the QB to flush or hit him.

LB: They played well.  Many times the plays were made before they got there.  They did do a pretty good job when they were asked to blitz.

DB:  I thought they played well.  They had to, at times, cover for an extended period of time because of the scramble ability of the OM QB.  They gave up most of the yards on 3 plays, one was a missed tackle by Averett.  Another was a play where the QB scrambled and Averett had to cover the guy all the way across the field.  There was one play where OM missed a touchdown when the QB overthrew the receiver.  Jones didnít overlap over the top of the outside receiver and Bama was lucky Om didnít score on that play.

Special Teams:  I think Bama is better off not kicking the ball in the end zone on the kickoff.  They tend to keep the return guy inside the 25.  When they tried to return they got to the 12, 19 which turned into the 24 because of an offside penalty, 16, 21, and 26.  The punting game was good, especially since he didnít have to punt but twice.   On punt returns, fair catches are ok.  There was a fumble, but I think they just want to make a play so bad they donít always make the best decisions.  

Penalties:   Bama had 7 penalties for 60 yards.  The biggest points here are.  Two of them gave OM two of their first downs.  A hold by the TE took Bama out of the red zone where they ended up missing a field goal.  

Finally:  I think Bama still made strides to getting better this game.  However, they digressed when it comes to penalties.  I would hope they would continue to progress.  Injures are adding up and this extend back up playing time could come up big later on in the season.

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