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(Florida -20.0)

Kentucky @
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Oklahoma
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Game notes: USM vs Bama
hscoach
Written by hscoach
Comments: 3
Posted under: The Quad
                                             USM vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches for the victory over Southern Miss.  This was a game where the opponent was clearly out matched and a chance to correct some mistakes.

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 606 yards of total offense which included 395 passing and 211 rushing.  For negative plays, I have Bama with 2 tackles for losses, 2 sacks, 1 fumble which they kept, and an interception.  I also credit Bama with 2 three and outs, where there was 1 in each half.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have them with 13 passing plays and 8 running plays.  Bama got into the red zone 4 times and scored touchdowns each time.  Three touchdowns came from outside the red zone while the other 2 came on kickoff returns.

QB:  Young had a great night with 20 completions out of 22 passes for 313 yards.  This equates to a 91% completion rate.  He did throw one interception.  This ball was a little behind the receiver, however many times that ball is caught.  Two of his best throws came on the first drive.  The first throw had to be thrown over the outside LB or Safety and he put it on target for a first down on 3rd and 13.  The second throw was the touchdown to Billingsley where the coverage was tight and a safety overlapping over the top.  Young also did another good job finding the second and third receiver in his progression.  In mop up duty with Tyson and Milroe they both made a couple of good throws and played pretty well with the backups. 

RB:  The running backs made some big runs.  Combined they ran for 219 yards on 28 carries.  Williams had 110 on 11 carries, McClellan had 97 on 12 carries, and Sanders had 12 on 5 carries. To be fair Sanders was playing more with the back OL.  Together they averaged 7.8 yards per carry.  I will say, and this isnít a complaint, I thought we might see more Sanders without Robinson in the game.

Rec:  Seven different receivers had catches not counting running backs.  Numbers, according to catches the leaders were Metchie, Billingsley, and Latu.  One of the best catches of the night was by Latu but it was negated by a penalty.  Also, I thought they missed a couple of blocks on the wide receiver screens as they should have blocked the most dangerous defender in my opinion. On the fumble recovery Latu had for the touchdown, Latu had 2 blocks on the play prior to the recovery.  One thing I think this game did was tell other team, if you plan on taking wide receivers out of the game by defensive formations, Bama has no problem going to the TE.

OL:  Overall they played a good game. They should have against a smaller defensive unit.  I did see a few missed blocks.  There was a combo block where the player didnít come off early enough.  However, it may not had made much of a difference on the play as a safety was filling in a hurry.  Also, on a sack a defender split a double team, this may have been a communication problem in the protection. They didnít always sustain their block as log as I thought they could have.  When the backups came in there were a couple of bust when the OL was not reacting to outside pressure and basically tried to block the guy that was being blocked.  The great thing is I didnít see anything that could not be corrected, and they werenít overpowered.

Def:  The defense played better as far as assignment football than they did in the past games.  They still made some mistakes, but they reduced them drastically.  Overall, they were more gap sound most of the night.  They still missed a couple of tackles that allowed SM to make a couple of plays.   SM had a total of 213 total yards which included 131 passing and 82 rushing.   For negative plays, I have Bama with 4 tackles for losses, 2 sacks, and 1 interception.  Bama had 3 and outs on 8 of 13 possessions by SM.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, SM had 5 passing plays and 2 running plays.  They got into the red zone twice and scored touchdowns both times.  Of their total yards, 190 came on three possessions. 

DL: They play well.  But if you look at the stats they didnít make a lot of plays.  What they did was kept the OL occupied for the LB and safeties to come up and make plays.  They did make a few mistakes with gap responsibility which allowed for a couple of big runs.  But like I said it wasnít as many as in the past.  On one play, I saw one DL go inside where it looked like he was in the A gap, the other DL should have been in the B gap but his path was more towards the A gap which opened up the hole. 

LB: They played well.  They were put in a couple of bad positions in a couple of situations.  For instance, the throw to the TE for a big gain, neither guy banged the TE to slow his release and the cover LB was all the way over on the other side of the center.  Pretty hard to get there without a hammer on the TE.  The thing is there were two guys there where one could have done that.  On another play, late the LB didnít scrap over the DL to get to the hole the RB was coming thru allowing for a bigger gain.  There was once on a swing pass that Moody didnít take a good path to the RB.  He may not have made the play, but he actually took himself out of the play with his angle.  The TD was a bit of a fluke since that ball went off the LB and took the receiver away from his coverage.

DB: They made a lot of tackles.  No real deep balls were completed.  Almost everything was thrown inside of 10 yards.  The plays that went for 10 plus yards were thrown underneath and yards were made after the catch.  There were a couple of missed tackles that would have negated 10+ yard plays and one was the play that went down to the red zone where SM scored.   The didnít wrap up and bring their feet.  One happened this way because the safety took a bad angle.

Special teams:  The good and they bad.  The good, was the TDís from kick off returns.  The bad was penalties which negated good punt returns.  I also think we learned if the kick is going to kick to the right, he needs to move the ball over.   

Penalties: Bama had 7 penalties for 60 yards.  Again, Bama had a PI by Jobe on a drive that led to a TD.  That is his 3rd in 2 games.  I had Bama with 4 offensive penalties, 2 special team penalties, and 1 defensive penalty.  This is actually down from the last game.

Finally, the notes are a little late because I was watching the Ryder Cup followed by the Braves game.  I think Bama did make some improvement.  However, they still need to get better in all phases of the game.
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18 and Counting


Game notes: UF vs Bama
hscoach
Written by hscoach
Comments: 13
Posted under: The Quad
                                             UF vs Bama

These notes may not be completely accurate as I tried to watch the game on youtube, but there were parts left out.

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches for the victory over Florida.  This was a hard-fought battle that went to the end.  This game could have gone either way.

OFFFENSE:  The offense started strong then went into a shell for a few drives.  Then came back and scored when they needed too.  The big TD drive after Florida scored to open the second half was huge.  The offense put together 331 yards of total offense which included 240 passing and 94 rushing.  This is far below what they have done in the first 2 games.  I have them getting in the red zone 4 times scoring 3 touchdowns and kicking 1 field goal.  I do feel that they could have scored another touchdown if Young had run the ball in on the trip, they kicked the field goal.  For negative plays, I have Bama with 2 sacks, 5 tackles for losses, and a fumble they didnít lose.  The other touchdown was scored just from outside the red zone.

QB:  Young played well considering the first real start in a very hostile territory.  He wasnít perfect but didnít really hurt Bama either.  He completed about 63% of his passes but had a couple of drops.  There were a lot of tight windows as well as pressure in his face on some big throws.  Another thing Young has done well is find the 2nd and 3rd receivers when the first read is covered.  There was also one RPO I thought the ball should have been given to the RB.

RB:  The one thing that stood out about the RBís was the way they picked up the blitz and part of that goes to the communication on the pass blocking call.  They ran hard against a tough defensive front where holes were not open long.  They also have done a good job catching the ball as two of the touchdowns were catches by running backs. 

Rec: Five different receivers caught passes.  There were a few drops here, but there was also some good coverage. The longest gain on a passing play was 29 yards.

OL:  If you look at the total number of negative plays you would say they played well.  However, they didnít seem to sustain their drive or get the big push on the initial block.  Also, they missed coming off a combo block to get the man that made the play a couple of times.  It did seem they communicated the pass blocking assignment pretty well since there were only 2 sacks.  The disappointing thing was they couldnít push the ball into the endzone where they settled for the field goal.

Def:  I know the defense had a difficult job with the prep for 2 quarterbacks, but also because of the athleticism of the QB.  That being said I thought the defense would be more discipline and a lot better this year. Florida had a total of 446 yards of total offense which included 195 passing and 245 rushing.  For negative plays, I have the Bama defense with 1 sack, 6 tackles for losses, and 1 interception.  The biggest part of the defense is they came up big when they absolutely had too in the red zone, holding Florida to a field goal once and stopping a 2-point conversion.  Florida also used the TE and short passing game to help negate a pass rush.  I also think they need to be ready for others using the option against them.

DL: It was hard to tell how well/bad they played.  At times they didnít seem to be able to get off their blocks.  They seem to be dominated by the OL at times and they seem to lose their lane responsibilities which allowed for plays to be made.  That being said, Mathis was one of the leading tacklers for the day.

LB: They were put in coverage against TE or RB during the game.  This usually mean quick throws.  It did look to me, a couple of times, the LB were out of position to make the play.  However, I donít know their assignments for the defense called.  Florida does do a good job game planning against the opposing team.

DB: Again, it is hard to tell how well/bad they played.  The longest pass completion was 30 yards which was a catch and run.  They missed tackles and had some harmful penalties.  They angle of pursuit, like others was not great all the time.  On the 3rd down play when Florida was coming out of the end zone, I donít know what Hellams was doing. I just donít understand the path he took.  That being said, he was the leading tackler in the game.

Special teams:  Special teams were solid one both sides of the ball.

Penalties: Bama had 11 penalties for 81 yards.  Two penalties were on Floridaís first scoring drive.  Another big penalty was on a 4th and 6 the PI call on Jobe kept the drive alive and Florida scored a touchdown.

Finally, Bama had got to do a better job in certain areas.  They have to play sound assignment football on both sides of the ball.  Second, they have to tackle better and take better angles to the football.  Finally, they have to play the full 60 minutes on both sides of the ball.  Bama could have put this game away in the first half. 
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18 and Counting


Game notes: Mercer vs Bama
hscoach
Written by hscoach
Comments: 9
Posted under: The Quad
                                             Mercer vs Bama

These notes are going to be a little different, because this should have been a glorified scrimmage with Bama walking away easily.

Congrats to Bama and the players on the win vs Mercer.  This game should have been over in the first quarter.  However, Bama was unfocused and undisciplined yesterday afternoon. 

Last week Bama put up 501 yards against Miami and could only muster 424 against Mighty Mercer. Bama had 76 less total yard, 88 less passing yards, and only 11 more rushing yards.  I will give some credit to Mercer because they didnít come in intimidated by Bama.  As a matter of fact, their DL was more physical than the OL at times.  Once on the 2nd drive 2nd play the Bama center got pancaked by the Mercer defensive lineman.   Bama also had 2 three and outs in this game.   I am not going to count the 10+ passes or runs, because they should have been plentiful, but were not.  Young had a decent game, but missed on a deep throw that was dropped, but it was behind the receiver.  His two best throws in the game didnít count.  One was a deep ball that was negated by a penalty and the other was a throw that was the throw that was just out of the endzone.  The OL just didnít create the push they did last week.  Mercer also seemed to give Bama problems in the passing game when they only rushed 3 and dropped 8.  To me there seem to be a couple of time where Young didnít check down and allow the receivers to try to make plays.   

Defensively they seemed to be a little more focus until the 2nd half.   Out of all the Mercer drives 6 were 3 and outs.  I will say I donít think the 2 inside LBís were not focused as they seem to play well.  Mercer had a total of 216 yards and most of that came on 2 drives which covered 165 yards.  Of the 216 yards, 165 of that was passing and 104 came on 2 completions which accounted for their 2 touchdowns.  Both seem to happen against busted coverages.  Also, it looked like the throw back routes could have been a problem, especially with teams that have talent, like UF. 

Special teams, finally missed a field goal, but I will say on tv, it looked good.  They also scored a touchdown on special team.

They had more penalties this game than last game as well as yardage per penalty.  All phases of the game had penalties.  Many of the penalties, especially on offense, hurt the team.

I guess the biggest positives, they won as well as hearing the story of how really bad the wreck Sanders was in and he was able to come back.  I never knew the extent of the injuries and the severity of the wreck.

If they play like this vs UF the outcome may not be favorable.

Feel free to comment.

Game note: Miami vs Bama
hscoach
Written by hscoach
Comments: 16
Posted under: The Quad
                                             Miami vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches for the victory over Miami.  Too me, the offensive game plan was pretty vanilla as well as the defensive game plan.  What I mean by this is there were fewer RPOís on offensive as well as screens.  On defense. I didnít see a lot of blitzes.

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 501 yards of total offense which included 354 passing yards and 147 rushing yards.  Their first half yards were 291 while their 2nd half yards were 210.  Remember here, they were running the ball more and keeping the clock running.  I credit Bama with 2 three and outs.  In the first half they had a 3 and out after a turnover, but it led to a field goal.  The other 3 and out was in the 2nd half.  As for plays that covered 10+ yards, Bama had 4 running plays and 12 passing plays.   For negative plays, I have Bama with 9 tackles for losses, 1 sack and a lost fumble.  They had another fumble, but fortunately recovered it.  Bama got most of their scores from outside the red zone or right on the edge of the red zone.  Overall, it was a very balanced attack with all the different receivers and running backs used.

QB:  Young had a very good opening game against what is considered to be a pretty good team.   He completed 27 out of 38 and had at least 1 drop on a catchable ball.   This equates to a 71% competition rate.  He averaged 12.7 yards per completion and 9.05 yards per pass.  It does seem when he makes his mind up on a receiver, he has a quick release.  Tyson had 1 throw and it was a good one for a 10-yard completion.  He really didnít get the extended playing time and was there for mop up duty/

RB:  I really thought they all ran well.  Robinson did a good job an led the way with 60 yards on 12 carries.  As a group they had 155 yards on 35 carries which is about 4.4 yards per carry.  It was good to see Sanders get in and have some quality plays.  Overall, they should help keep fresh legs in the game all year.

Rec: Not counting running back, 8 different receivers caught the ball.  The transfer Williams led the way with 126 yards on 4 catches.  Metchie had 6 catches for 76 yards.  This is another area where it looks like Bama is loaded, like the RB position.

OL:  I thought they played well.  It looked to me like there was more communication going on within the OL.  I know looking at the stats there were a lot of negative plays, but Bama was running the ball/clock and not checking out of difficult plays.  This was especially good to see with all the new faces on the OL as well as position changes.   They also got thru the game without one penalty called on the OL.  I donít remember the last time that happened.

Def:  I thought the defense played well.  As I said above, I thought it was a vanilla game plan. Bama gave up a total of 266 yard which includes 178 passing and 88 rushing yards.  They were held to 107 in the first half most of which came on the last drive before the half.  For negative plays, I have the Bama defense with 3 tackles for losses, 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery and 2 interceptions.  I really thought the fumble recovery was an interception since it didnít hit the ground.  Miami had 3 three and outs.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have them with 3 runs and 4 passing plays.  This is the fewest I can remember since I donít know when.  I have Miami getting in the red zone, 3 times, kicking 2 field goals and turning the ball over on downs on a very good goal line stand.  Their other score came from outside the red zone.

DL: The D line had a good game and I thought dominated the Miami OL.  They did a great job occupying the OL to allow the LBís and safeties to make plays.  They all contributed in making plays.  The standout would be Anderson who is officially listed as an OLB.

LB: They played well and seem to get people lined up where they were supposed to be.  I really didnít see a lot of busted plays.  I guess, like the announcers said, it was an easy transition with ToíoToío since he played in Pruittís defense at UT.   I think this also help take pressure off of Harris and allows him to play more freely.

DB: I really thought they played well.  I do think one of the PI calls on Wright should have been a no call.  Also, on the touchdown pass they allowed the offensive player to hold the defensive player off by holding his facemask. Miami only averaged 7.7 yard per completion.  I would say most of his 31 throws were between 5 and 10 yards, because either the deep receivers were covered or he didnít have time to throw the ball deep.  I really thought they did a good job tackling as did the team as a whole in the first game from what I have seen in the past.  Another point I want to make was how well the DBís and OLB played the wide receiver screens.  Most were for minimal gain or even a loss on the play.

Special teams:  Special teams were solid.  The only flaw was the back up kicker kicking one out of bounds and a questionable return on a kickoff that only got past the 20.   Reichard remains perfect from last year adding a 51 yarder early in the year.

Penalties: Bama had 8 penalties for 81 yards.  The first was a false start on a receiver, 2nd was the questionable PI call on Wright.  Most of the penalties were on the defensive backs, with 2 PI calls and 2 holding calls.   Also, the block in the back on the interception return was on a DB.

Finally, I thought Bama looked good for a first game and filling so many offensive holes.  I thought the defense played some of their best assignment football for a first game.  Usually, players are so excited and want to make plays they make mistakes.  This seem to be held to a minimum.  Hopefully, the injures are not serious and they can continue to improve next week.

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18 and Counting


Thoughts on Oklahoma/Texas/SEC rumors?
Written by lstephen
Comments: 28
Posted under: The Quad
Any possibility this happens?  For or against?

National Championship game notes: OSU vs Bama
hscoach
Written by hscoach
Comments: 5
Posted under: The Quad
                                              OSU vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches for the National Championship victory.  Honestly, I think this may have been Sarkís best called game of the year.  Also, I think this team displayed a chemistry that many people donít understand how important this is when you have a championship run.  Let us also give a shout out to the new strength and conditioning coach for keeping the players ready to go.

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 621 yards of total offense which includes 464 passing and 157 rushing.  The total offense breaks down to 389 in the first half and 232 in the second half.  For negative plays, I have Bama with 3 tackles for losses, 2 sacks, and a lost fumble.  On the fumble, Billingsley was supposed to block the edge, but the OSU player timed the blitz well and Billingsley didnít adjust his angle to get to him well enough to get a chip on him.  Bama had 1 three and out and it didnít come until late in the 2nd half.  There was 1 other, but it was a 3-play touchdown scoring drive.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have Bama with 20 pass plays and 7 running plays.  Fourteen of the pass plays came in the first half and there were 6 in the second half.  For the running plays, 2 were in the first half and 5 were in the second half.  Bama got into the red zone 6 time and scored each time.  They scored 5 touchdowns and kicked 1 field goal.  They also scored 2 touchdowns from outside the red zone.  Bama also ran 83 plays during the game.

QB:  Jones had an outstanding game by going 36 for 45 for 464 yards which equates to an 80% completion rate.  He averaged 12.88 yards per competition.  He also scrambled at the appropriate time.  His only negative play was his fumble, which as I stated above was due to a well time blitz and a missed block.  If my stats are correct, he only had 2 what I consider bad passes.  Young got to come in and finish up the game, which hopefully fuels a fire to add his name to the quarterbacks that have won a National Championship.  I will say right here, there were many people who didnít give Jones a chance to be the starting QB this year as they anointed Young to be the starter coming in.  Jones not only started but had a banner record breaking year.  This includes national records, SEC, and Bama records.  Congrats to him and good luck in your future.

RB:  Again, Harris had an outstanding game.  His rushing average may not have been his best, but he ran hard and was hit hard.  He had 22 rushed for 79 yards and 7 catches for 79 yards.  This totals up to be 158 yards on 29 touches.  One thing I did notice was he was telling Jones to get down when he scrambled once.  Robinson came in and also had a good game.  He only carried the ball 10 times for 69 yards which breaks down to 6.9 yards per carry.  Again, this was a tough game when it comes to hitting, however, the RBís looked like they gave just as much as they received.

Rec: As we know, Smith had an outstanding game.  He caught 12 passes in basically a half for 215 yards.  His total yards were more than the combined yards for all OSU receivers.  Metchie had 8 catches for 81 yards.  He also was credited with a pass interference call against him that help move the ball closer in the goal line on one touchdown drive.  Waddle had 3 catches for 34 yards.  Billingsley only had 2 catches for 27 yards, but one was huge as he performed the scramble drill to perfection and allowed Jones to complete a pass on third down and kept a touchdown drive alive.  Bolden had 3 catches for 16 yards and scored his first touchdown for the year.  William, who should be a force next year had 1 catch for 12 yards.  The only knock I had about the receivers, was they got blown up a couple of times on blocks.  I spoke about Harrisís catches above.

OL: I will be honest here, after watching Clemson/OSU, I was worried about OSUís DL.  They had an outstanding game as you can see by the negative plays above, 6 negative plays out of 83 plays.  This means there was positive plays or at least a stalemate on 99.928 offensive plays.  They were playing against 7 to 8 men in the box a lot of the night which allowed for blitzes from different angles and positions.  They handled them most of the time.  It was outstanding that Saban allowed Dickerson into the game to get the last couple of snaps.  Donít know if you noticed, but the first snapped looked like it was dropped by the Young.

DL.  They had an outstanding game as you can see by the negative plays above, 6 negative plays out of 83 plays.  This means there was positive plays or at least a stalemate on 99.928 offensive plays.  They were playing against 7 to 8 men in the box a lot of the night which allowed for blitzes from different angles and positions.  They handled them most of the time.  It was outstanding that Saban allowed Dickerson into the game to get the last couple of snaps.  Donít know if you noticed, but the first snapped looked like it was dropped by the Young.

Def:  Overall, the defense played a good game.  It helps when the offense keeps you off the field for most of the night.  Bama had the edge in time of possession, 37:26 to 22:34.  This means the defense basically had a quarter off during the night.  Bama gave up a total of 341 yards which included 194 passing and 147 rushing.  For negative plays, Bama is credited with 4 tackles for losses and 1 sack.  I also looked at what I considered pressures and I credit Bama with 10.  They may not have gotten the sack, but they had an effect on the play.  For 3 and outs, I have OSU with 4 three and outs.  OSU had 10 passing plays that covered 10+ yards and 3 running plays that covered that distance.  For a breakdown, 4 pass plays were in the first half and 6 in the second half.  This could be because Bama looked to be playing more of a two shell to make OSU work the ball down the field and use clock.  For the running plays, 2 were in the first half and 1 was in the second half, most on scrambles by the QB, if not all.  OSU got into the red zone 5 times and scored 3 touchdowns, 1 field goal, and turned it over on downs once. 

DL: The D line had a good game.  OSU did average 5.1 yards per rush, but as I mentioned above, they had numerous pressures on the QB.  They only averaged 5.9 yards per pass attempt.  They did average over 11 yards per completion but remember the 2nd half Bama looked to play the 2 shell which will allow for some completions.  Barmore had a very good game and was one of the leading tacklers which is rare when most of the year the safeties were the leading tacklers.  The only knock was the couple of times where they lost their lanes and allowed the QB to escape on the scramble.  Also, on one of the touchdowns they lost the edge.  They may have been misaligned because it looked like there was a tackle and a TE in a wing position and it looked like the end man on the LOS was inside to head up on the tackle, easy to get the edge here.  Allen did make a good tackle on a play where Fields broke contain and tackled him for a short gain, where he had room to run.

LB: They played well and it looked in the beginning that OSU was going to attack them in the passing game but the success was limited.  They did hit one play to the TE for, I think, 36 yards.   Now what was good here is that Harris and Moses were among the top 3 tacklers along with Barmore. 

DB: Overall, I think they played well.  There were a couple of plays where OSU had the right play call for the defense.  They gave a high low on the outside where the corner looked to be in zone and the safety would have to overlap the outside deep receiver as the corner has the short receiver.  Jobe was called for called for a PI, but it looked to be he thought he had help from the safety and had to play catchup.  Also, on one play the safety was looking back and allowed for separation the by the receiver.  On the touchdown where Jobe was blocked, I think he was playing an inside technique because of man coverage, which gives the blocker an advantage on plays to the outside, especially when there is a short distance to run.  Wright came in for Battle and played well. 

Special teams:  Special teams were solid.  Reichard was again perfect, which made for a perfect year.  He also kicked the ball deeper on the kickoff than he has in the past.  Scott only punted twice and averaged 38 yards but allowed no returns. Smith did have one punt return for 19 yards to help set Bama up in good field position.

Penalties: Bama had 6 penalties for 44 yards.  The first was the PI for Jobe in the end zone and help set OSU in the red zone.  Again, I mentioned above, I think he thought he had help over the top.  Battle was called for targeting and he was lost for over half the game.  Bama did end up holding OSU in the red zone and gave up only a field goal. Ineligible lineman downfield didnít hurt because Bama still scored on the drive.  Owens had a false start and Bama ended up punting on that drive.  Offsides by Allen which occurred on the 3-play drive for a touchdown.  Finally, Barmore roughing the passer but OSU ended up turning the ball over on downs.

Finally, Bama played an overall good game and won their 18 National Championship.  It was a record setting and strange year.  There were many doubts early in the year, especially with the defense and the idea that Jones would be the starting QB.  However, the coaches knew best.  I will say it again, chemistry is extremely important to the success for any championship team.  I noticed many times this year the players pulling for each other, especially when the backups went in.  Hopefully, this will continue.  However, again there are numerous holes to fill by both players and coaches. 
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18 and Counting




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

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on this big win that puts them in the National Championship game once again.  I will say, I thought ND gave them a tougher game than many expected.

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 437 yards of total offense which included 297 passing and 140 rushing. For negative plays, I have Bama with 3 tackles for losses and 1 sack, which really was an intentional grounding call.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have Bama with 12 passing plays, 6 in each half and 4 running plays, 3 in the first half and 1 in the second half.  For scoring, Bama got into the red zone twice and scored touchdowns both times, while from outside the red zone they scored 2 touchdowns and kicked 1 field goal.  The ND defensive line put up a good fight and did pressure the QB.  However, out of 55 plays there were only 4 negative plays. 

QB:  Jones played a good game as he connected on 25 out of 30 passes for 297 yards and an 83% completion rate.  He could have gone 27 for 30 but there were 2 drops.  This would have been a 90% completion rate.  I thought he did a good job finding secondary receivers when he had too.  This is where one of the drops came from.  The biggest mistake he made was when he was called for grounding.  He averaged 11.88 yards per completion while averaging 9.9 yards per pass. 

RB:  Harris had a good game as he rushed for 125 yards on 15 carries which averages out to 8.3 yards per carry.  The biggest run was the 53-yard run where he hurdled a ND play in route to Bamaís second touchdown.  He also added 4 catches for 30 yards.  Putting the 2 together he had a total of 155 yards and averaged 8.1 yards per touch.  He did have one of the drops as he took his eyes off the ball and was looking up field to see who was closing on him.  Robinson in very limited duty had 3 carries for 10 yards. 

Rec: Six different receivers had catches not counting Harris.  Smith led all receivers 7 catches for 130 yards.  He was targeted 8 times and had a drop.  This drop was big as it would have given Bama a first down, which they got on a roughing the passer penalty, but the penalty would have been added on to the catch which would have put the ball in ND territory.  This may have allowed Bama to either score or take enough time off the clock and not allowing ND enough time to score their last touchdown.  Metchie had 3 catches for 53 yards, Billingsley 4 for 39 (he had one of the best catches of the day with a defender draped all over him), Forristall had 3 for 31, Bolden had 2 for 22, and Williams had 1 for 0 yards.  Again, the did a good job blocking downfield especially on the wide receiver screens. 

OL:  The OL played well against a quality DL.  As I stated above there were only 4 negative plays all day.  They were challenged all day and was called for only 2 penalties.  I thought Owens did a good job filling in at center and hopefully it will be even better next game. 

Def:  As they showed on TV, ND had the edge in the time of possession.  They also had an edge in plays as they ran 80 while Bama ran 55.  For negative plays, I have Bama with 3 tackles for losses, 2 sack, and a forced fumble, with pressure when the ND quarterback threw the ball behind the receiver and it went out of bounds.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, they had 9 passing plays and 4 running plays.  A couple of these plays were scrambles by the QB when he was pressured.  ND got into the red zone 3 times and scored 2 touchdowns and turned it over on downs once.  They missed a field goal from outside the red zone.

DL: A lot of what I judge the DL on is the yards per average on rushing plays.  ND averaged 3.7 yards per rush.  They didnít always get to the QB, but they put pressure on him several times.  I also judge this group on allowing the offensive play to escape on the edge which happened a few times in this game.  It is also where they had their big running plays.  They didnít read the screen well the one-time ND really ran it.  If I had to select one guy that stood out as a DL, I thought Barmore had a good game as well as Anderson who in reality is an outside backer.

LB: They played well and made some big open field tackles.  The only interception came from the LB spot as Harris made the interception. 

DB: I thought they had a pretty good game.  They were a times they must have had coverage, TV didnít show downfield angle very well, because the QB had to take off or throw it away.  There QB was 27 for 39 which is about a 69% completion rate.  He averaged 5.6 yards per pass attempt and 8.7 yards per completion.  These guys were the leading tacklers again, Hellams was in on 12 tackles and 6 of those were solos. 

Special teams:  Specials teams were solid except for 1 play.  The tone was set on the opening kickoff where Jobe hammered the returner who fumbled.  ND got on the fumble but made them start the drive on the opening drive.  After that they decided to fair catch the rest of the kickoffs.  The biggest mistake was the inability to handle the onside kick. I also thought Smith was close to breaking another punt return.

Penalties: Bama had 6 penalties for 59 yards.  The biggest on, in my opinion, was the unsportsmanlike conduct which came on NDís second touchdown drive.  Instead of the ball being on the 40 with a 2nd and 10 it was first and 10 at the 25 going in.  With that being said, I also thought it was a terrible call.  Saban was, according to what I read, was yelling at a LB about the wrong drop he took and not at any official.  He did take a couple of steps on the field, but what coach hasnít. 

Finally, Bama won and gets another shot at a NC.  It is not going to be an easy game if OSU can put together another performance like they did last night.  If they lose the edge on the OSU backs and QB, they have the ability to make big plays.   Their DL posed problems for the Clemson OL.  They looked like they were more physical than Clemson.  It will take a great performance by both the offense and defense.
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17 and Counting


Game notes: UF vs Bama
hscoach
Written by hscoach
Comments: 8
Posted under: The Quad
                                             UF vs Bama
First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on this historic win.  I donít think any SEC team has won 11 SEC games in a single year.  Great offensive game plan by Sark and pretty well carried out by the offense. I donít know all the records broken last night, but Iím sure there were a few.

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 605 yards of total offense which included 418 passing and 187 rushing. As for negative plays, I have Bama with 3 tackles for losses, 2 sacks, and 1 interception which was given right back as Metchie made a huge hit on the FL safety.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have Bama with 18 passing plays and 5 running plays.  Bama got into the red zone 6 times and scored 5 touchdowns and kicked 1 field goal.  It would have been a lot less stressful if Bama had converted on the red zone visit where they settled for a field goal after Bama recovered a fumble near the 10-yard line.  Bama only had 1 three and out which came when they were trying to run out the clock at the end of the game.  They were running the ball basically against 11 men in the box and it is also where they got one of their tackles for a loss.  Bama did miss on a couple of screens that looked to be set up pretty well.  On the first one, Harris didnít get out clean, but if he did there looked to be plenty of blockers and running room.  Also, on the other, it was a WR screen where the ball was tipped.  Again, it looked like there were blockers and space for the play to be successful.

QB:  Jones played a good game where he connected on 33 of 43 passes for 418 yards which is a 77% competition rate.  In the beginning I did think he had what I call some happy feet, however, FL was doing a pretty good job with the pass rush, but not just quiet getting there.  I do know he missed an open Metchie on the crossing route when Bama went for it on 4th down and threw to Smith who was tackled short of the line to get.  On the interception the ball was sightly behind the receiver and it enabled the defensive player to make a play.  I did think Mac settled down in the game, but he did miss a couple of throws to open receivers. 

RB:  This was Harrisís game as he had 178 rushing yards on 31 carries and 67 yards on 5 receptions.  This is a total of 245 yards on 36 touches and averaged right at 8 yards per touch.  He also did a great job on pass blocking when called upon.  Robinson added 4 carries for 19 yards and ran hard when he got the chance.  In my opinion, Harris was an outstanding choice for MVP.  Harris also accounted for 5 touchdowns by receiving for 3 and rushing for 2. 

Rec: Smith led all receivers with 15 catches for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Other than Smith, the ball was spread around to the other receivers as Metchie had 4 for 62, Bolden 2 for 40, Billingsley 2 for 29, Forristall 3 for 20, and Williams and Tennison each had 1 for 12 and 4 yards.  I already mentioned Harrisís contribution above.  One of the big plays by the receivers was Metchieís tackle on the interception which caused a fumble with Bama recovered and went on to score on the very next play.

OL:  The OL played well.  Even though Jones felt a little pressure at times, the pocket was kept clean.  At least one of the sacks was a coverage sack and watching it looked like all receivers were deep and there really wasnít a check-down option.  They got a great push on the defense which enabled Bama to run the ball so effectively.  It was again a game where you could see OL getting to the second level.  I am going to mention Billingsley here because he was one of the main blockers where Harris was able to make big yardage.  I don't know the extent of the injury, but Dickerson will be a huge loss.

Def:  I guess the best thing to say about the defense, is they got the needed stops to win the game.  They made numerous mistakes with missed tackles, again losing the edge on the run to the backup QB, losing receivers when dropping in their zone, and not finding the ball on a couple of passing plays.  They were also unlucky a couple of time when the defensive backs lost their footing on a couple of long completions.  The defense gave up a total of 462 yards which included 408 passing and 54 rushing.  For negative plays, I have Bama with 2 tackles for losses, 5 sacks, and 4 fumbles, one they recovered.  I thought they had another, but I guess the FL took it away in the pile.  There was another recovered fumble, but it was where Metchie caused the fumble after the interception and Smith recovered it.  FL had no three and outs but did have a 1 and out when the sack caused a fumble which Bama recovered.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have FL with 14 passing plays and 2 running plays.  FL got into the red zone 3 times and scored 3 touchdowns while they scored 3 touchdowns and kicked 1 field goal from outside the red zone.  I looked back and it seems that Bama only rushed more than 4 five times.  Out of those 5 times 4 of the passes were complete and one was defended.  I will say, FL did a great job with their offensive scheme against Bama as they put Moses out in coverage on the outside against a faster/quicker running back. I have said this before this is not a good matchup for Bama.  They also used the empty sets to move the LBís out of the box and allowed the QB to run the ball for positive gains. 

DL: The DL did a great job, except for a couple of times stopping the running game.  As for the pass rush most of the time they were outnumbered by the OL because Bama only rushed 3 or 4 men.  The longest run was the 17-yard run by the backup QB.  This should have never happened but did for 2 reasons.  First, Anderson went inside and second, there was a missed tackle by the safety.  If there was a stunt called then that would have been the reason for Anderson going inside but no one replaced him.  I did think they did a good job going to the ball after it was thrown especially on the short passes. 

LB: They we put in difficult situations with the FL offensive scheme.  One of the biggest things I noticed was there drops to zones, but not seeing the receivers coming into their zone or allowing free access thru the zone.  Anderson, considered an outside backer and Moses were the leading tacklers in the game.

DB: They didnít make plays today.  However, the lack of a pass rush didnít help.  There were a couple of times when they looked to be in position but didnít make the play.  On one touchdown, Sartain was in good shape until the ball was underthrown and the receiver slowed to get it and Sartain continued on.  I will say again, I thought there were a couple of times where they looked to be in good position but stumbled as the ball was in the air.  Also, it looked like a mistimed jump allowed the last touchdown to be scored. 

Special teams:  The highlight of the special teams to me was the last punt.  It was put in the perfect spot with hang time that allowed the overage team to get down and make a play.

Penalties: Bama had 8 penalties for 72 yards. Seven of those penalties were in the 2nd half.  The only 1st half penalty was a block in the back by Hellams on a kick-off return.   There were 4 pass interference calls, 2 against Moses, which probably saved touchdowns, 1 by Jobe, and 1 by Branch.  Jobe and Leatherwood both had holding calls.  One of the biggest was the offsides by Jobe at the goal line where Bama had recovered a fumble.  Six of the penalties were on the defense while the offense had special teams each had one.

Finally, Bama did what they had to do to win.  Fortunately, they built up a lead in the first half as they were outscored 29 to 17 in the second half.  There were huge plays all day by both teams.  A few were the fumble caused by Metchie, the drive right before the half for the touchdown with 1:03 on the clock right after FL had scored to close the gap and the fumble on the sack after Bama and FL had exchanged touchdowns in the second half.  I do think Bama is going to have to make some adjustment to how they play a couple of schemes.  First, you canít expect to get a pass rush very often when you are outnumbered at the LOS.  Second, the LB out on the RB in the empty set is too much of a mismatch.  Third, the QB run in the empty set when the LB is moved out of the middle, even though they werenít huge runs they moved the chains.
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17 and Counting


Game notes: Ark vs Bama
hscoach
Written by hscoach
Comments: 9
Posted under: The Quad
                                             Ark vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the big win today. This is the first time a team from the SEC won 10 SEC games in a season.  This was also a game where Bama got to get a lot of game experience for the backups in the 2nd half.  One question I do have is why was there so much slipping?  Wasnít this something that could have been seen in pregame warmups therefore allowing them to change shoes? 

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 443 yards of total offense which included 227 passing and 216 rushing.  For negative plays I have Bama with 2 tackles for losses and 1 fumble lost.  The first tackle for loss was when Harris slipped on a cut and the second was not until the 4th quarter on a wide receiver screen where the other wideout missed the block.  Bama only had 2 three and outs and both of those came in the 2nd half with the backups in.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, Bama had 9 passing plays and 2 running plays.  Bama got into the red zone 6 times and scored 5 touchdowns while fumbling on the other possession.  Two scores came from outside the red zone on a field goal and the long run by McClellan.  The other score came from the special teams as Smith returned a punt for the touchdown.  I know this game was a little different because of no passing touchdowns and the lack of long passes.  However, there are benefits when you get to keep the defense off the field and keep the other teams defense on the field. 

QB:  Jones played a good game where he connected on 24 for 29 passes for 208 yards.  He connected on 83% of his passes.  Some people donít know how frustrating it can be when you are used to throwing the ball down field on a regular basis.  Ark did a good job taking the deep ball away.  Even though I thought there were a couple of chances to throw a deeper ball Jones took the safe throw and kept the offense moving.  The only mistake he made was negated by the targeting penalty.  I really thought he had an early throw he didnít take.  Young came in and did a decent job.  He really never threw the ball downfield, over 10 yards, and ended up with a total of 19 yards passing going 3 for 4. 

RB:  Bama played 4 different running backs.  Harris and Robinson got most of the carries.  They combined for 27 carries for 100 yards.  McClelland and Williams go the other 10 carries for 114 yards.  The biggest run of the day came from McClellan who ran for 80 and a touchdown.

Rec: Forristall led the receivers with 6 catches for 52 yards.  He was followed by Metchie with 5 (72), Bolden 4 (43) and Smith 3 (22).  The best part of this is that Smith didnít pout by not being the main guy.  As a matter of fact, he and Jones were some of the leading cheerleaders for the backups on the field later in the game.  Overall, counting running backs 9 different players had catches.

OL:  The OL had another great game.  You can see there were a total of 3 negative plays and really none of them had to do with the play of the offensive line.  The got a good push in the running game and gave the QB time to survey the field and go to the 2nd or 3rd receivers when necessary. The backup OL also played well when they got into the game.

Def:  The defense played very well with all the different looks Ark gave them.  Bama gave up a total of 188 yard with 108 passing and 80 rushing.  For negative plays, I have Bama with 4 tackles for losses, 8 sacks, 4 fumbles (3 recovered), and 1 interception.  Instead of 3 and out, I am going with quick outs, because Bama had 6 three and out and 1 one and outs because of a fumble.  This happened on 7 consecutive drives after Ark had a little success on their first 2 drives.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, Ark had 6 passing plays and 4 running plays.  Again, all of these were on the first 2 drives in the game or the last 2 drives of the game.  Ark got into the red zone once and settled for a field goal.  Ark had 13 first downs and all of them came on the 1st two drives of the game and the last 3 drives of the game.  The only bad thing on defense was a couple of times they lost contain and allowed the QB to escape outside.  The frustrating thing about this is that they QB dropped short and the edge was lost quickly. 

DL: They played one of their best games. I say this because many of them were among the leading tacklers when it is usually the safeties who fill these slots.  They had the most negative plays of any game this year.

LB: The most glaring aspect here is how well Moody played when he replaced Harris in the game.  He was the leading tackler in the game.  Others didnít have as many tackles as they were replaced with backups and the DL got the Ark players before they got to that level.

DB: They didnít get tested much. As I have said in the past the best pass defense is a great pass rush.  This is obvious since Ark had only 108 total passing yards. 

Special teams:  The highlight of the special team was Smithís punt return for the TD.  He was untouched 84 yards and seemed to pick up the Bama offense.

Penalties: Bama had 2 penalties for 23 yards.  The first was a defensive holding on Anderson.  Too be honest this was probably a good hold as Ark was running the rail out of the backfield and there was no one else there to pick him up.  This may have saved a touchdown.  The 2nd penalty was a roughing the kicker on a punt.  This gave Ark one of their 13 first downs.

Finally, Bama showed they donít have to throw deep to win the game.  They controlled the ball and the lock.  Bama got great game experience for backup as they played for a quarter and a half.  Hopefully, they will finish punching their ticket to the playoff with a win over FL who will be very hungry after their loss last night.
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Re: Game notes: LSU vs Bama
hscoach
Written by hscoach
Comments: 8
Posted under: The Quad
                                             LSU vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the big win today.  This game was a tale of two opposite halves for the offense and defense.  The offense scored 45 points in the first half and only 10 in the second half.  The defense gave up 14 in the first half and 3 in the second half.   

OFFFENSE:  The offense put together 650 yards of total offense which included 385 passing and 265 rushing.  The only thing that stopped Bama was Bama themselves.  In the 2nd half Bama fumbled to stop a drive and Metchie dropped a catchable ball that would have kept the drive alive and put them either in the red zone or close to the red zone.  For negative plays, I have Bama with 3 tackles for losses, 1 sack (which happened in the 4th quarter to the backup QB), and a lost fumble.  The only 3 and outs Bama had was when they scored on 2 three play drives.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have Bama with 12 passing play, really 13 but Bolden fumbled on one and 9 running plays.  Three different backs had runs of over 10 yards.  Bama got into the red zone 6 times and 4 touchdowns and kicked 2 field goals.  They scored 3 touchdowns from outside the red zone.  As I said Bama stopped themselves in the 2nd half with the fumble and drop or the scored could have been worse.  One other thing I want to say, is I have Bama with 3 tackles for losses.  If my eyesight is correct, the first 2 losses were less than a yard and the 3rd one was about 2 yards.  The sack was a legitimate loss.

QB:  Jones played a good game where he connected on 20 of 28 (71%) passes for 385 yards.  There was one clear drop by Metchie and another that could have been a possible catch by Metchie so he could have easily been 22 for 28 which would have been a 78% completion rate.  I did think a couple of times he locked in on certain receivers and didnít check down as well, but the TV angle didnít show what was on the other side of the field.   Most of the time he does a good job moving up and around just a bit in the pocket, while still looking downfield, to find a secondary receiver.  Young basically handed the ball off except for 2 plays.  The first pass attempt ended in the only sack of the day and the other pass was thrown late and could have easily been picked off. 

RB:  Harris played very well vs LSU.  He ran the ball well and showed patience to find the hole.  He accounted for 148 total yards with 145 rushing and 3 receiving.  The reason the receiving yards are so low is because LSU sniffed out a screen early in the game.  They also did a good job covering him out of the backfield.  With his 145 yards rushing he surpassed the 1000 yard mark now totaling 1038 for the year.  His total yards stands at 1285 when you combine his rushing receiving.   Robinson ran well also accounting for 62 yards on 11 carries.  It looked like he was running a purpose and punished the tacklers when they got to him.  I also thought both McClellan and Williams ran well as they had 48 and 19 yards and combined, they averaged over 7 yards per carry. 

Rec: It sounds like a broken record, but Smith had a great game 8 receptions for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns.  That is an average of 28.875 yards per catch, not bad for someone who was supposed to be double covered most of the day.  Metchie and Billingsley both had 4 catches for 126 yards.  Bolden had one catch for 19 yards, but was negated by his fumble.  I think this is the second straight game he has lost the ball.  It is good that Billingsley is stepping up to be that 3rd receiver. 

OL:  The OL had an outstanding game.  As I stated above the only tackles for losses were close to the LOS and there were few of them.  The biggest tackles for losses were the sack and the screen which was read well by LSU.  There were a couple of things that really stood out.  First was the push the OL got which led to the OL getting to the second level.  Many times you could see the OL downfield on the big runs.  Second the blocking that literally took people completely out of the point of attack.  There was one where Leatherwood blocked his guy all the way to the sideline. 

Def:  Except for a couple of busted assignment/alignments that led to touchdowns the defense played a very good game.  I say this because I heard Saban talking about the bust.  On the touchdown pass, the corner didnít get the call that called off the corner blitz.   At first, I thought the safety didnít overlap properly.  On the long run, the force player lined up n the wrong side of the formation which allowed the lane for the long run with no force guy to turn the runner back inside to his help.  The Tigers had a good game plan starting out with the short passing game. With this type of game plan, the defense has a hard time getting pressure on the QB.  The defense gave up a total of 352 total yards which included 254 passing and 98 rushing   I donít know the exact total, but Bama gave up about half as many yards in the 2nd half as they did in the first half.  For negative plays, I have Bama with 3 tackles for losses, 5 sacks, and caused 2 fumbles one which they recovered.  I credit Bama with 5 three and outs, with 3 being in succession at the end of the 1st half and the start of the 2nd half.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, LSU had 8 passing plays and 2 running plays.  They had no running plays that went over 10 yards in the 2nd half.  They got into the red zone twice and turned the ball over on downs both times.  They were huge defensive stands.  All scores came from outside the red zone on one long running play and one long passing play.  Each were caused by mistakes by the defense.  The other score, a field goal came from outside the red zone. I will say Bama did miss some tackles early but did a better job after the first 4 drives.  I may be wrong, but it also looks like Bama may be playing more zone than they usually do.

DL: They played well as they were able to put pressure on the QB when they tried to throw the ball downfield.  Counting Allen and Anderson, the DL accounted for 4 of the negative plays. 

LB: They played well also, as Harris was one of the leading tacklers.  I know people have talked about LB play, but he days of playing inside the box are basically gone.  They have to cover out of the backfield, like the play Moses made when LSU tried to run the rail by the RB out of the backfield.  Harris gets to line up on the edge and had a big play on the 4th and short. 

DB: They played well.  Most of the completions were short. The QBís combines completed 56% of their passes.  Of the passes thrown 32 were thrown under 10 yards from the LOS and they completed21 of them.  The other 13 passes were thrown over 10 yards and only 4 were completed.  As I said above the days of LBís playing and making tackles in the box are basically gone.  Many of the top tacklers for the game were Jobe, Hellams, Moore, Battle and Wright.  This is a combination of safeties and corners.

Special teams:  The special teams were solid except for the extremely short kickoffs.  I donít know if that was the plan or what. 
Penalties: Bama, again, only had 4 penalties.  A roughing the passer after a completion happened on one of the touchdown drives.  The targeting call was also on a touchdown drive.  I did think Wright tried to go in with his shoulder, but the receiver lowered his head.  That play came on an incomplete pass and would have been 3rd and 10.  The other 2 penalties were a holding call and a false start by Brown.  I think Brown has at least one false start a game.

Finally, Bama wraps up the Western division championship.  They must stay focused and beat Arkansas this weekend.  Hopefully, they can get a big lead early and play a lot of backup.  One thing for sure they canít look ahead.
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