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Game notes: Georgia vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 29
Posted under: The Quad
                                                                         Georgia vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory.  This was a game of mistakes for Bama which was partly caused by Georgiaís defense. 

OFFFENSE:   Bamaís offense was the Jekyll and Hyde of the day.  Even though they one, there were numerous mistakes.  I have Bama receivers for 4 drops and maybe as many as 5.  They ran the ball effectively then couldnít get back to the LOS on other plays.  For offense, Bama had 403 total yard which included 246 passing and 157 rushing.  As for negative plays, I have Bama with 4 tackles of losses, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 2 fumbles which they recovered themselves.  Bama is credited with 4 three and outs, 2 for each half.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, Bama had 10 pass plays and 7 running plays.  Nine of the passing plays came in the second half while 5 of the running plays came in the first half.  Bama got into the red zone 5 times and scored 4 touchdowns and threw one interception.  They did score once from outside the red zone. 

QB:   Tua had the worse game of his career.  He was 10-25 for 164 yards and 51 of those came on one competition.  It didnít help that all the drops were on passes he threw.  I do think on the first interception the defender made a good play, but the ball may have been a little late.  The second interception was also a little late and behind the receiver.  I think if he ball is more outside the receiver had a chance for the catch.  It seemed that Tuaís throw were behind receiver more than once.  I also think that Tua has fallen in love with big plays and was not checking down when he had the chance a few times.  Jalen came in and had an outstanding game.  He was 7-9 for 82 yards. Jalen showed how much he has improved as he kept looking downfield for receivers even when he was scrambling.  It also looked like he checked down to different receivers.  He came up huge on 3rd down as he was 5 for 5 on third down conversions. 

RB:   The running backs combined for 150 yards on 21 carries with equates to about 7 yards a carry.  The big running play was the 59-yard run by Jacobs.  He seems to be the go-to back on short yardage.  I think the defense is concentrating on the run when N Harris is in the game.  It seems many times when you have Jacobs and N Harris in the backfield together, they are running the counter the first play.  N Harris was 2 of the 4 tackles for losses and it wasnít all his fault.

Rec:  Four different receivers had at least 3 catches and Waddle had 4.  The biggest of the drops was by I Smith on a third down play with no one around him.  It would have been a huge gain and put Bama in Georgia territory.

OL:  I really donít know what to say here.  You are playing a team that is last in sacks in the SEC and they are constantly pressuring the Bama QB.  I didnít count, but it seems that they did it with 4 most of the time.  Now, I donít think all the pressure was on the OL, I think Tua held the ball too long or the coverage was so good it allowed the defense to get to him.  Like I said earlier, I think he could have checked down a few times.  On the running game, again, it was Jekyll and Hyde.  It was good sometimes and not very good at all on others.  I really would have my staff looking at offensive tendencies before the playoff begin.  I would also have them checking of keys that may be giving the plays away.  I do think, and this is my opinion, that the defense concentrates on runs when N Harris is in the game.

Def:  The defense played ok but tightened up near the end when it was necessary.  The defense gave up 454 total yard which included 301 passing and 153 rushing.  For negative plays, Bama had 4 tackles for losses and 2 sacks.  I have Georgia with 2 three and outs which was one in each half.  For plays that covered 10+ yards I have 11 pass plays and 4 running plays.  Six of pass plays came in the first half and 5 in the second, for running there were 2 in each half.  Georgia got into the red zone 3 times and scored 3 touchdowns, while one of their touchdowns came from right outside the red zone.  I do think Georgia had a great game plan with the short to medium route passing game and taking a shot every once in a while.  They also created some good match-ups that favored the receivers.  For the most part, Fromm just made some very good throws and their receivers made the catches.

DL:  I really expected them to play better, against what was supposed to be a young line with some players that were originally backups.  They did hold the main ball carriers to around 4.5 yards per carry.  I didnít think Buggs looked like he was healthy as he seemed to be dragging his leg a bit.  Also, when they ran their stunts, he didnít seem to get the push necessary.  They did lose the edge a couple of times and it led to good runs.  I really expected them to get more pressure on the QB, however part of that was the quick throws they were making.

LB:  They played ok.  They were put in a position of trying to get to short passes and be in position for the running game.  I do know on a couple of short passes, they ran a bit of pick plays to get the ball out quick for the short gain and 1st downs.   

DB:  They played better than the stats show.  They were in position several times, but Fromm put the ball in the correct spot.  They were having to come up and make plays on the short passes as well as making plays in the edge running game.  I really thought S Carter had another good game.

Special Teams:  The special teams had a couple of mistakes.  The bad part was Waddle put Bama in great field position for their first drive, but Tua threw and interception to stop the drive.   Another bad play was the running into the kicker right before the half.  Bama had some time outs left and Georgia was punting from their endzone.  If they set up the return, even with a fair catch they would have had time to get into position to score.  Finally, they gave up a big return after taking the lead which gave Georgia and opportunity to score.

Penalties:  Bama only had three penalties and one hurt them.  It was the running into the kicker which gave Georgia a first down and allowed them to basically run out the clock before the half.

Finally, Bama didnít play well, especially on offense.  The drops and interceptions cost Bama points or opportunity to get points.  Hopefully, they will get healed up and correct some of these mistakes.  I really hope they work extremely hard on the OL.

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 17 and Counting

The Lore of Jalen Hurts...
carl childers
Written by carl childers
Comments: 26
Posted under: The Quad
After a little reflection, I have to say this. To me the biggest story about this game isn't winning the game or a championship - it's Jalen Hurts. He could have easily quit or become a cancer, but he was the ultimate team player and leader who bided his time and made the most of an opportunity. What a great example for anybody out there. Hold your head high, keep working and never quit. I don't know what will happen the rest of this year, or what Jalen decides to do next year. What I do know is he is one of my favorite players of all time because of how he has done things, and will go down in Bama lore as a hero. Congrats, Jalen Hurts. You are a great leader.

Game notes: AU vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 12
Posted under: The Quad
                                                                                                 AU vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory.  This was especially sweet after last years game.  It seemed that Bama made the better half time adjustments.

OFFFENSE:   Bama had a total of 500 yards of total offense.  This included 377 passing yards and 123 rushing yards.  Most of Bamaís yards came after halftime as Bama had only 186 yards in the first half, which means they had 314 in the second half.  As for negative plays, Bama 2 tackles for losses and 1 sack.  Bama had 4 three and outs with 2 in each half.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, Bama had 15 passing plays, 7 in the first half and 8 in the second half and 4 running plays, 2 in each half.  Bama got into the red zone 3 times and scored 2 touchdowns and 1 field goal.  They scored 5 touchdowns from outside the red zone.  A few additional notes are Bama had 5 touchdown drives in the second half and they equated to 5 (75 yds), 4 (69 yds), 3 (75 yds), 4 (43 yds) and 1 (53 yds).  They had 7 drives in the second half and scored 5 touchdowns. 

QB:   Tua had very good game, especially in the second half.  He completed 78% of his passes and averaged 12.96 yards per reception.  He did miss a couple of throws and I think he missed and open rec on one play.  Jalen was 100% pass completion and averaged 53 yards per reception.  I know they were running the clock the 2nd series he was in and didnít throw the ball.

RB:   The running backs combined for 94 rushing yards on 21 carries which breaks down to 4.47 yards per carry.  Most of the yards came on tough runs since they rarely had a wide-open hole to run thru. 

Rec:  Not counting running backs, 5 different receivers had multiple catches.  Jeudy had 5 for 77 yards and a touchdown.  Waddle had 3 catches for 73 yards and 1 touchdown.  D Smith had 4 catches for 72 yards and 1 touchdown.  Ruggs had 5 catches for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns.  They did a good job blocking for others after they caught the ball. 

OL:  I believe they played well, but they couldnít get to the second level of the defense most of the game.  The reason, I think they played well is there were only 3 negative plays for the offense.  I do wonder why Bama didnít run the edge more because 2 of their biggest runs came on runs on the edge. 

Def:  The defense played well.  They gave up a total of 283 yards, which included 153 passing and 130 rushing.  AU averages 3.02 yards per rush.  As for negative plays, they had 2 tackles for losses, 4 sacks, and 1 interception.  The drive after the interception led to a touchdown.  Bama had 4 three and outs with 2 in each half.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, Bama gave up 4 passing plays and no running plays.  AU got into the red zone once and scored a touchdown.  The other two touchdowns came from outside the red zone.  A few more observations.  First, AU receivers had 5 drops, most early in the game, which keep them from getting early momentum.  Second, they had at least 3 trick plays one which worked.  One the double pass, I think there should have been coaches yelling from the sideline about the depth of the receiver giving an idea that there could be a double pass coming.  The players also should have recognized the receiver was deeper than normal.  I know this had to be seen on film study because they said that was his second touchdown pass this year.  Third, on one of the three and outs Bama was fortunate the QB didnít see the defender slip down and leave a wide-open receiver for a first down and much more.  Finally, Bama only rushed 4 more that 9 times, if my calculations are correct. 

DL:  This was a good game for the DL.  I thought Ray, Davis, and Jennings had good games.  They handled the front with 4 most of the time which as usual freed the LBís to make plays.

LB:  They played well. With all the, as they call it, eye candy they must really concentrate on their reads and make the plays.   

DB:  They played well.  There was one big touchdown given up but, it was an underthrown ball the defender lost sight of.  When playing a lot of man to man coverage, this is going to happen sometimes.  I thought Carter played well.  It is going to be interesting what Bama is going to do the first half of the next game, since Mayden will miss that half. 

Special Teams:  The big knock on the special teams was the blocked punt.  They caught Bama blocking down and brought and overload from that side. The other punts were fine and even pinned AU inside the 15 once.    I thought Bulovas had his best game on field goals and extra points.  The ball seemed to get up quickly and on target.  So that means his alignment was good also.  When AU decided to return kickoffs, they only made it pass the 25 to the 27 once. 

Penalties:  Bama had 8 penalties for 82 yards.  I didnít see what happened on the first personal foul called on Jacobs.  The second was on the coaches for substitution infraction.  The third was a false start when the Tua was changing the play.  Tua was called for intentional grounding which could have been avoided if he had thrown it out of the back of the end zone.  The face mask by Williams was unlucky as the QB lowered his head when he saw Williams coming to him.  A targeting call and roughing the passer gave them 30 yards on one drive.  Another couple of notes, I donít know why Gussy was complaining about the holding call as it could have been called on two different players.  Also, I didnít see any coach really getting on the player for the cheap shot on Waddle on the punt play.

Finally, this game was huge.  Bragging rights for a year and I understand Bama got a couple of commitments after the game.  This next week will be a big test as UG is playing well at this time.

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17and Counting

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

First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a their victory.  I thought the first part of the game the Bama team wasnít focused on their task.  There were busted assignments and poor technique on both sides of the ball, especially on defense.  I do know that it is extremely difficult to prepare for a team that runs their offense.

OFFFENSE:   Bama had a total of 561 yards of total offense, which included 370 passing and 190 rushing.  Most of these yards came in the 2nd half as Bama was limited 4 possessions in the first half.  For negative plays, Bama had 2 tackles for losses, and 2 fumbles.  One of these fumbles came on special teams.  They were fortunate that The Citadel missed the field goal that would have given them the lead in the 2nd half.  I have Bama with one 3 and out but also fumbled on play 2 of a drive which mean they had a 2 and out.  Bama was credited with 13 pass plays of 10+ yards and 4 running plays of 10+ yards.  Too me, it was disappointing that Bama could only have 4 running plays over 10 yards when they were playing an undermanned defensive front.  Bama got into the red zone 5 times scoring 4 touchdowns and kicking one field goal.  Two touchdowns were scored from outside the red zone and one touchdown came from the defense.

QB:   Tua had a good day, which should have been expected again, against and undermanned team.  It was good to see Hurts get into the game and do well.  I thought it was a good sign when Hurts scrambled and threw a touchdown pass instead of running the ball.  He also went from one side to the other for the throw.

RB:   They quietly ran for 155 of the rushing yards.  They averaged 8.6 yards per carry, but most of these yards came from the 73-yard run by D Harris and a 32-yard run by N Harris.  The running backs only had 18 carries.  This means on 16 of the carries they only averaged a little over 3 yards.  I really expected the  running backs to have a big day.

Rec:  Three different receivers had 6 catches today.  I Smith had one, but it was a big one, 68 yards for a touchdown.  D Smith also had one catch and it was for a touchdown. 

OL:  I really canít say they played that well, but probably played better than I am giving them credit for.  There were only 2 tackles for losses, but as I said I expected them to dominate the undersized D line of The Citadel. 

Def:  The defense made good adjustment the second half however, they still played poor technique/assignment football on a couple of long runs that resulted in touchdowns.  Bama gave up a total of 275 yards of total offense and all of it was on the ground.  For negative plays, I credit Bama with 7 tackles for losses, 1 sack, and a fumble recovery which was returned for a touchdown.  As for 3 and outs, Bama had 1 in the first half and 4 in the second half.  One was huge as it came right after Bama fumbled the kickoff and forced them to kick a field goal which they missed.  There was also a 1 and out because of a fumble, which was returned for a touchdown.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, they had 5 running plays during the game.  Two were 40 plus yards that went for touchdowns.  Both times they were to the defenseís left side.  This is were techniques and assignments were missed.  Both touchdowns came from outside the red zone as did the field goal.   Bama had their defense all within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage because of the offense The Citadel ran. 

DL:  This is the type game the D linemen hate as they are getting cut a lot of the day.  I did notice part of that cutting techniques was grabbing the leg of the defender by the OL.   Jennings and Williams played pretty well, but again this was a game I expected them to dominate no matter what offense they were running because they just donít get the athletes Bama does.

LB:  They played well and should have since the DL was keeping the OL occupied and all of the cut blocks that were being used. 

DB:  The good news is they gave up no yards passing.  However, they are the ones who busted assignment on the touchdown runs.  First, they didnít take the pitch guy on the option when other players were responsible for the QB.  Two, the angles taken to get to the runner was not good especially on the plays that went for touchdowns.  Three, the DBís gave up their outside shoulder and allowed themselves to be pinned inside on the touchdown runs.  Finally, they didnít get off the blocks.  This may be because they tried to go underneath the block and got pinned inside. 

Special Teams:  Broken record here, there were some missed extra points.  Also, there were some missed tackles on the long kick-off return.

Penalties:  Bama had 6 penalties for 68 yards, many which could have been avoided.  The one positive, I saw was Q Williams getting on a younger player which shows leadership. 

Finally, this game could be costly with the injuries.  I had hope the OL would have dominated the DL.  There were points left on the field because of a fumble, inability to convert in the red zone once, and the missed extra points. 

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17and Counting

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

First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory.  I really thought this would be a tough game for a few reasons.  First, I saw MSU play earlier this year and saw that they had a physical defense.  Second, also after watching I saw their QB throwing the ball better than he did earlier in the year.  Probably my biggest reason for thinking this would be a close game was it was the next game after an always physical game vs LSU.  

OFFFENSE:   Bama had their lowest output on offense for the year.  They had 305 total yards with 142 rushing and 163 passing.  156 of these yards came on the first 2 drives of the game.  As for negative plays, I have Bama with 5 tackles for losses, 4 sacks, 2 fumbles one which was lost, and an interception.  The none call on one fumble was huge as Bama scored on that drive.  Bama had 3 three and outs with 1 coming in the first half and 2 in the second half.  The offense had 9 pass plays that covered 10+ yards and 7 running plays that covered 10+ yards.  The longest run of the day was 17 yards and the longest pass completion for the day was 25 yards.  Bama got into the red zone 4 times scoring 3 touchdowns and turning the ball over on downs on the last trip.  Many people wonder why not kick the field goal at that point, but there are reasons to go for it.  First, a field goal can be blocked and turned into a quick score and that benefits the other team getting the quick score.  Two they are down by 24 and you are making the team drive the length of the field if you donít score with little time on the clock.  Bamaís field goal came from outside the red zone as it was a 49-yard field goal.  

QB:   Tua was under pressure a lot of the day. As you saw above, he was sacked 4 times.  He had to complete throws under pressure.  Tua did miss a couple of throws that he usually makes.  I also think there were a couple of balls that are usually caught that were not this game.   I do think the MSU player made an asserted effort to go low on the tackle that took Tua out of the game.  If you watch it looks like he intentionally went low and launched his lowered head toward the injured leg.  Jones came in and did well enough with the lead Bama had.  He did miss an open receiver and the receiver had some open ground if he had caught it.  

RB:   Jacobs had a big game.  He showed both is power and vision while running the ball.  It is hard to believe he was a 3-star athlete coming out of high school.  Harris ran well and did a very good job picking up the blitz.  The problem is MSU were sending more than they could block all the time.  N Harris ran well, but I think they kept him out later because of the injury from last week.

Rec:  I Smith had 5 catches and Jeudy had 6.  I Smith had the most yards of any rec.  Three of Smith's catches were on the first 2 drives.  I have read complaints about the receivers being held, but it is hard to see on the view on TV.  I do know on the replay on TV it showed Jeudy had a case for being held on a play. 

OL:  This was a great game to test the OL.  MSU had a very good defensive front.  They did get a good push early in the game.  I do think they were a little confused on a couple of blitzes as well as MSU just bringing more than Bama could block.  I did wonder why Bama didnít max protect at times.  I did notice that MSU would have some read blitzes where if the back released and they came off the blitz.  There was one play were Leatherwood blocked inside and Willis blocked out leaving the inside guy free to the QB.  Many times this depend on how many people are outside the tackle and the assignment of the running back.

Def:  The defense played a good game.  MSU had 169 yards of total offense which included 44 rushing and 125 passing.  I do think Bama was aided by some drops by the MSU receivers.  Bama gave up a total of 65 yards in the first half and 38 of that came on the run where Bama missed some tackles as well as a 23-yard completion.  Fitzgerald was averaging 104 yards rushing a game and was held to negative 23.  As far as negative plays I have Bama credited with 8 tackles for losses, 5 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery which actually happened on special teams.  I have Bama credited with 6 three and outs, 3 in each half.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, MSU had 4 pass plays and 2 running plays that covered that distance.  MSU got into the red zone once and turned the ball over on downs.  They should have had a touchdown as MSU was called for a phantom block in the back that negated the touchdown.  Bama busted coverage twice in a row and it didnít hurt them because of the penalty for delay of game.  

DL:  They played well. Their may not have been as much pressure with a 4-man front as there was last week, but they did have numerous tackles for losses.  They again kept the OL off of the linebackers so they were free to make tackles.  The early games this year where Bama was allowed to play numerous players is playing off as many more plays are being made by the depth of the DL.

LB:  I thought they had a good game.  MSU has a mobile QB who can run and throw which puts bind on the LBís.  They read the game well and made some big plays in both the running and passing game.  Wilson blew up the RB on a sack which helped keep MSU off the board when they got into the red zone.

DB:  They busted coverage a couple of times and it should have cost Bama a touchdown.  However, I mentioned the phantom block in the back and the delay of game that kept MSU off the board.  Overall, they played well most of the game as MSU only had 125 total yards passing.

Special Teams:  One of the best games for the special teams.  A 49-yard field goal should help the confidence of the kicker.  I still think his plant foot needs adjusting at time as well as his alignment.  Kick-off coverage was good, and Jacobs opens the game with a good kickoff return.  Surtain made good play on the punt which may have been touched by Waddle and could have been a turnover.  They also did a good job covering the punt down on the 1-yard line, something they missed last game.

Penalties:  Officially Bama had no penalties, however the kick out of bounds allowed MSU to have better field position.  MSU had several penalties, many in crucial situations.

Finally, this would be a good week to get healthy.  This was back to back physical games, especially on the offensive side of the ball.  It would be great to get a big lead early and allow others to play and finish the game.  Also, if my memory serves me correctly, Bama defense has allowed only 3 trips in the red zone in the last 2 games.

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17and Counting

Game notes: LSU vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 26
Posted under: The Quad
                                                                            LSU vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory.  This was an outstanding game plan by both the offense and defense in a tough environment.   

OFFFENSE:   Bama put together 576 yards of total offense, which included 295 yards passing and 281 rushing.  This was a well-balanced attack and possibly the best offensive effort considering the defensive team LSU has.  As far as negative plays, Bama had 5 tackles for losses, 1 sack which was a coverage sack, and an interception which Tua threw into double coverage.  Bama had no three and outs the whole night even though they had a couple of 3rd and longs at the start of their drives.  Bama was also balanced on their plays covering 10+ yards as they had 13 pass plays covering that distance and 10 running plays that covered that distance.  Bama got into the red zone 4 times.  They scored 2 touchdown and kicked a field goal while they punted the other times because of penalties and tackles for losses.  There were also points left on the field that would have made the score worse than it was.

QB:   Tua played a good game.  He did force the ball on the interception but threw some good balls into tight coverage.  He also scrambled well which is obvious since he scored on a 44-yard run.  The good thing is he missed in the right place most of the day.  It looked like the game plan early was to get the ball out of his hands quickly and allow the receivers to use their athletic ability to make yards after the catch.

RB:  The running backs had a great day.  They had a combined 234 yards rushing and averaged over 7 yards a carry against what is supposed to be an elite run defense.  The backs also did a good job picking up the blitzes by LSU.

Rec:  Four different receivers had catches, not counting running back.  Jeudy led the way with 8 catches and the others all had 4 each.  Each of the receivers averaged over 10 yards per catch.  They also did a good job blocking downfield on the big runs by the backs.

OL:  I thought this was their best game of the year, especially in the area of run blocking.  The yards gained mentioned above where the results of the OL blocking.  I also include Hentges here as his did a very good job when leading on some of the plays called.  They got to the second level several times and they got a push against the LSU D line. 

Def:  The defense played very well.  LSU had a total of 196 yards which included 184 passing and 12 rushing.  For negative plays, I have Bama for 8 tackles for losses, 5 sacks, and 1 interception.  I credit Bamaís defense with 5 three and outs, 3 in the first half and 2 in the second half.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, LSU had 6 pass plays and 1 running play.  LSU had only one of those passing plays in the first half and no running plays in the first half that covered that distance.  The run for 10+ yards came on a scramble by the Qb in the 2nd half.  LSU tried to start the game with the quick passing game and continued this throughout the game.  LSU got into the red zone twice and missed one field goal and threw an interception.  One of the amazing stats I watched this game, was how many times Bama rushed more than 4.  In the first half it was 3 times and one of those was a run blitz on a 3rd and short.  In the second half I have them sending more than 4 only 4 times.  Most of the pressure and sacks came when Bama was rushing 4 or less because they only rushed 3 at times.  The only knock was the loss of contain by the end rushers.

DL:  The DL played and outstanding game because of the pressure they were able to apply by rushing only 4 most of the game.  Q Williams played a great game and was held more than once and still made plays or allowed others to make the play since he was double teamed.  They also kept the LSU OL off of the linebackers which allowed them to make plays.

LB:  They played well especially having to get to the short passes and dropping into coverage.  As I said this job was made easy for them because of the work of the DL.

DB: The DBís played well.  Again, to sound like a broken record (many of you will understand this reference) the play of the DL aided the DBís because of their pressure on the QB.  I will say they had a chance for a couple of interceptions which if one was made could have possibly been returned for a touchdown.  They came up and filled well and didnít allow receivers, except on one play, to make many yards after the catch.

Special Teams:  There were a few of problems on special teams.  First, a bad hold by the holder on the first PAT.  The second was a low kick on a PAT which was blocked.  They allowed a big kick off return where they didnít get off of blocks.  Finally, they didnít cover a punt very well that could have pinned LSU down inside the 5.

Penalties:  I have Bama for 9 penalties but two of them were declined.  They were both offsides.  There were 2 false start penalties on the first drive which combined with a couple of tackles for losses which took Bama out of the red zone and forced them to punt.  The pass interference call, I donít think the ball was catchable.  The unsportsmanlike conduct was uncalled for and could have been huge in a tight game because the kickoff is moved back.  The face mask was called, but they could have called holding on that play also.  As a matter of fact, there were a few times, even commented by the announcers, that holding could have been called.

Finally, as well as they played, they could have scored more.  They got into the red zone on the first drive and didnít even get a chance to kick a field goal.  The missed two extra points and they ended up kicking a field goal when getting into the red zone.  These are points left on the field.  If added up this is 5 plus points that could have been scored.

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17and Counting

Bama Basketball and Softball 2019
Written by Jamos
Comments: 19
Posted under: The Quad
I had a chance to watch both basketball and softball this past week and thought I would share an early opinion with everyone.

I left the basketball practice feeling like there might be a good chance of some success this season. The first thing I noticed was the conditioning and enthusiasm of the players. It was very noticeable of the weight loss for some of the big boys especially as they were working on their fast breaks, more speed and agility. Reese is one that I think we need to keep our eye on this year, he's leaner, seems to be more aggressive and still has his outside shot. Riley Norris looked like Riley Norris of the past, scrambling for rebounds and put backs and seemed not to fear pulling up and taking his shot. There was one part of their game that is still lacking some, free throws.

It is early in the year and they should look like there is work to be done but I left thinking this team has more energy and player skills than they had last year. We lost Mr Basketball from last year but that may be a big plus for this team, more team effort and not a one man show.
I also had a chance to see the softball team and they did look different. Alexis Osorio is not here any more and there are more new players on the team than I have ever seen. The first thing I noticed was there is 5 pitchers now on the team but none looked like Osorio did. I also did not see a player that stood out as the leader of the team as no one was returning from last years team to fill that role and no one seems to have stepped up to be that.

Defensively I wasn't impressed as graduation took out some of the key players and no one was that impressive but again, it is early for the players and there is a good time frame ahead for them to work on their mechanics. I did seem some good at bats from some so maybe our run production will be better this year to make up for their lack of experience. I've got my fingers crossed.

Game notes: UT vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 45
Posted under: The Quad
                                                                            Tenn vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory.  This was a game where UT came off a big victory and had high expectations. The defense set the tone early and help the Bama offense put points on the board.

OFFFENSE:   Bama put together 545 yards of total offense, which included 327 yards passing and 218 rushing.  Most passing yards, 256, came in the first half while most rushing yards, 123 came in the 2nd half.  This is to be expected with the big lead and Bama wanting the clock to run.  Bama could have put more points on the board if they had wanted too.  As far as negative plays, Bama had 4 tackles for losses and 1 interception off a tipped ball which was returned for a touchdown.  The first negative play didnít come until 1:50 left in the 3rd quarter.  Bama was credited with 2 three and outs which were back to back and happened in the first half.  This was the first time, according to the announcers, that Tua had consecutive 3 and outs in a game.  Looking at the positives, Bama had 14 pass plays that covered 10+ yards and they had 9 running plays that covered 10+ yards.  Only one of these was a scramble by Hurts which covered 21 yards where he scored.  Bama reached the red zone 7 times and scored 6 touchdowns.  The other trip the ball was turned over on downs as Bama was trying not to run up the score.  Bama also scored 2 times from outside the red zone.

QB:   Tua played well and made some nice throws.  He did a very good job of finding receivers when he had to escape pressure.  There were a few balls that were thrown high and I wonder if this has something to do with the knee or if the wind effected a couple of throws.  He did throw one up for grabs which fortunately wasnít intercepted.  He also threw what I call a hospital ball where Waddle took a big hit but held on to the ball.  There was also a drop on a catchable ball.  Tua also missed Juedy in the endzone for what would have been a touchdown, but they scored anyway.   Jalen played well in the short time he was in.  I thought he would have gotten in a little sooner.  He did have a pick that was returned for a TD, however, it was tipped and just happened to fall right into the hands of the DL that scored.  His other passes were on target and he checked down to find one receiver.

RB:  The running back divided the carries up and gained 190 yards on 27 carries which breaks down to over 7 yards a carry.  I do wonder if D Harris isnít a little banged up since he only carried the ball 3 times.  N Harris had a big highlight moment when he hurdled a defensive player on a 14-yard gain.  They did a good job pass blocking and picked up the blitz on more than 1 occasion. 

Rec:  Not counting RBís, 5 different receivers had catches. They were divided up pretty well among 4 of them as 2 had 5 catches, Smith and Jeudy, while Waddle had 4 and Ruggs had 3.  Each one of these guys had a touchdown reception.  I going to say right here the routes this year looked better than in the past.  Anyone on the route has a chance to be thrown the ball.

OL:  I thought they played one of their better games.  As, I state above the first tackle for loss wasnít until there was 1:50 left in the 3rd quarter.  They gave up no sacks even though there was a little pressure, I think it came more from coverage.  This is a game where the OL got a push on the goal line and Bama scored 3 touchdowns, 4 if you count the rushing touchdown by Jalen.  This is a game where the OL got to the 2nd level more than once.  The worse I saw from them was on 1 running play, Pierschbacherís man ran under the block.  Instead of continuing on he looked back and stopped.  He should have continued looking for the next UT player.  The other was on the screen where the UT player beat the block.  I thought if the OL had continued instead of lunging he could have made a block and it would have been a big gain on the screen.

Def:  The defense played well especially in the beginning of the game.  They started out with 3 straight 3 and outs and would have been 4 if not for an offsides penalty.  The defense gave up a total of 258 total yards which included 227 yards passing and 31 rushing.   Bama only gave up a total of 87 yards in the second half.  They only gave up 6 yards in the 1st quarter.  I have Bama credited for four 3 and outs one which was because of a fumble.  They also had a 1 and out as there was a safety in the begging of the 2nd half.  As far as negative plays, I have Bama credited with 10 tackles for losses, 3 sacks (all in the first half), and they caused 3 fumbles one that was recovered and set the offense up in the red zone which led to a touchdown.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, UT had 7 passing plays and 1 running play.  The running play didnít happen until the 2nd half.  UT got into the red zone twice and scored 2 touchdowns, they did have a chance for a field goal from outside the red-zone but they missed the field goal.    One thing that stands out to me, is that it seems Bama is playing better assignment football.

DL:  I thought the DL played a very good game.  It seemed that Williams or Buggs were making plays all day.  I also thought Ray played well replacing Davis.

LB:  They played well, but the front line really made plays before they got to their level many times.

DB: The DBís played better than it looked.  There were a couple of balls that were contested but caught by the offense.  The UT QB made a couple of good throws where their receiver was the only one who had a chance for the ball. 

Special Teams:  Kick-off returns were good when they returned except for one which could have been a disaster.  Bama returners let the ball hit the ground and made a good play to get to it and make 3 yards.   The first big return help give Bama good field position for their touchdown drive.  It seemed like the wind had an effect on the balls that were kicked.  Bama was surprised by the onside kick, but fortunately the UT player touched it before it went 10 yards.  Another positive was Bama averaged about 41 yards on 2 punts.

Penalties:  Bama had 5 penalties for 36 yards.  Of the ones that were enforced, Bama had 2 on special teams, offsides and block in the back.  There were 2 holding calls, one of offense and one on defense.  There was 1 more false start on offense, which Bama overcame.  Most of the penalties were overcome or didnít really hurt Bama.

Finally, the bye week came at a very good time.  It will be good for Bama to get their legs under them and allow some of the injuries to heal.  This also gives Bama time to improve even more on their assignments.  Also, just like LSU they have 2 weeks to prepare. 

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Game notes: Missouri vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 17
Posted under: The Quad
                                                                            Missouri vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory.  Bamaís defense looked like a defense of old, however I didnít think Lockley had his best called game.  I question after a 1st down play in the red zone with a 7-yard competition to Hurts why throw 2 on the next two play?  You have 2 plays to run for 3 yards and get a 1st down inside the 10.  The other calls I question is the jump ball pass in the middle of the end zone. 

OFFFENSE:   Even though the offense put 564 yards of total offense together, it wasnít one of their best efforts.  Bama had 380 yards passing and 184 rushing.  However, again they failed to convert on 4th and short.  After watching the 2nd time I will put this on D Harris.  If he stayed behind Irv Smith instead of cutting it back where the safeties filled, he probably would have made the first down and maybe scored.  As far as negative plays, I have Bama with 6 tackles for losses, 1 sack, and a lost fumble which occurred on that sack.  Good news is the only three and out was in the red zone that ended with a field goal.  For pass plays of 10 plus yards, I have Bama with 12, 9 of which were in the first half. I also have Bama for 7 running plays that went for 10 plus yards.  Bama struggled in the red zone.  They got into the red zone 7 times.  Out of all these trips, they had 3 field goal and 3 touchdowns while also turning the ball over on downs when they didnít convert on the 4th and one.  I mentioned this above talking about Harris cutting back to where the safeties filled the hole.  The did have one touchdown from outside the red zone which occurred on the 2nd play of the game.  The bad news for the offense was points that were left on the field.  Two holding call negated touchdowns while trips into the red zone where Bama had to take field goals instead of touchdowns. 

QB:   Tua didnít have one of his better games with a 55% competition rate.  Iím not saying he played bad, however, I thought he tried to force a couple of balls.  He did do a great job on the first touchdown as it looked like that receiver was his 3rd option.  Also, I donít know why but it looked like the receivers werenít on the same page on a couple of plays.  I thought he could have checked down to N Harris when he tried to throw deep and it looked like Harris had a lot of running room.  This is not a criticism, but just an observation.  Jalen came in and played well.  I actually thought he looked a little nervous when he first came in.  He threw 2 very good deep balls.  It was obvious that Bama wanted to run the ball more in the 2nd half and keep the clock moving.

RB:  The running backs combined for 174 of the rushing yards on 41 carries.  The equated to a 4.2-yard average.  I donít know why, but it just didnít seem like they ran the ball that much.  I would like to see Bama run the edge a little more where most yards seem to be made or at least have some more jet sweep action to help keep the safeties and DL from squeezing down so quickly on the runs up the middle.  I have noticed Bama seems to release their backs more than usual on passing plays. 

Rec:   Seven different receivers caught passes, 6 receivers and 1 back.  Smith and Ruggs both had 4 catches while Jeudy had 3.  This game was the least amount of catches and yards for TE Irv Smith.  However, he has already surpassed his totals from last year with several games to go. 

OL:  The OL played well most of the night. I still think they play to high in certain short yardage situations.  The biggest bust was when Tua was sacked and fumbled.  You can see the center and left guard standing there after getting beat on a stunt.  Another big mistake was the holding call on Williams which negated a touchdown.  The QBís had a clean pocket to throw the ball most of the day. 

Def:  The defense played a very good game, something Bama fans expect.  Bama gave up a total of 212 yards of offense, which include 70 rushing and 142 passing.  If my calculations are correct, Bama only gave up a total of 45 yards in the 2nd half.  As far as negative plays, I have Bama with 7 tackles for losses, 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, and 2 interceptions.  For 3 and outs, I have Bama credited for 4 three and outs, on was a result of a fumble.  There was also a 1 and out because of the safety and a 2 and out because of the interception.  For plays that covered over 10 yards, only gave up 5 pass plays and 2 running plays.  A couple of those pass plays took exceptional catches.  Missouri only got into the red zone twice and scored a touchdown and threw an interception.  Their field goal was from outside the red zone.  The defense was responsible for points Bama scored.  The first interception was returned to the red zone, but Bama settled for a field goal.  The drive after the fumble recovery resulted in a touchdown.  They also scored points when they recorded a safety.  I also think Bama only lost the edge for one big gain during this game.  On the touchdown, I counted 7 seconds to throw the ball as Bama only rushed three.  You canít expect the DBís to cover that long.  Also, Missouri was averaging 530 yard a game and were held to 318 yards under their average.  There also wasnít as many missed tackles this game.

DL:  I thought the DL played well, as Missouri only averaged 2 yards per rush.  They also have to be responsible for the pass rush against what many consider a passing team.  I think they only lost the edge once that turned into a decent gain.  Both Williams and Davis stood out to me even though Davis had the penalty where he should have been ejected.

LB:  Playing teams like Missouri are tough on LBís.  They have to worry about the pass as well as the run.  I thought Wilson had a good game especially since there didnít seem to be as many bust on defense and he is the main signal caller.

DB: The DBís played well.  Missouri receivers did make a couple of big catches, however almost every catch on balls more than 10 yards were contested.  Smith came up big in his start as he had 2 interceptions one which put Bama in the red zone and one was interception in the end zone.

Special Teams:  Here Bama missed a 52-yard field goal.  It looked like it had the distance, but again the alignment didnít seem right.  A 12-yard punt gave Missouri good field position, but the defense stepped up and got the 3 and out.  Waddle wanted to make a play on the punt when he fumbled because he tried to take off before he secured the ball. 

Penalties:  They had 5 penalties for 60 yards and one was offsetting.  Bama had some big penalties in the game.  Two holding calls negated touchdowns.  One
resulted in a field goal and the other was the drive where Tua fumbled so they got no points off of this.  Davis had a unsportsmanlike conduct and was lucky he wasnít thrown out of the game. 

Finally, this game was a big improvement for the defense.  Again, I think the offense could have played better.  I think there was at least 15 points left on the field.  One final thing does anyone else seem to think it strange seeing Butch Jones on the sideline.

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Game notes: Ark vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 18
Posted under: The Quad
                                                                            Ark vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory. Bama had this game under control early, but many mistakes allowed Ark to put points on the board as well as put many yards on the defense.

OFFFENSE:   The offense put together 639 yards of total offense.  They had 246 rushing and passed for 393.  Bama had 463 yards at the half which means they only had 176 in the 2nd half.  It looked like they may have been putting more emphasis on the run game.  They also lost one possession since the D returned an interception for a touchdown.  As far as negative plays, I had Bama for 4 tackles for losses, however in the official stats they registered 2 of those as no gain.  They had no sacks and no fumbles or interceptions.  They did not have any 3 and outs, however, they had one 4 and outs since they couldnít convert a 4th and 1.  They did convert one 4th and 1 later to score a touchdown.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, Bama had 14 pass plays and 9 running plays.  Bama got into the red zone5 times scoring 4 touchdowns and kicked one field goal.  They 4 touchdowns from outside the red zone and one touchdown was scored by the defense on the interception return. 

QB:   Tua again had a good game.  He was 10 for 13 for 334 yards.  The equates to a 77% completion rate.   There was at least one play where he did a great job checking down and finding the secondary receiver.  Jalen was 4 for 5 for 80%, but it seemed when he got in the game, the main focus was the running game. 

RB:  The running backs combined for 207 yards on 33 carries which equates to 6.3 yards per carry.  When called upon they caught the ball well.  The biggest disappointment was the missed block by Robinson missing a block on the 4th and 1 and Bama didnít convert. 

Rec:   Five different receivers had catches.  Jeudy and Waddle both had 4 catches.  Irv Smith had a 61.5-yard average on 2 catches.  The bad part was the fumble which was recovered and carried into the endzone for a touchdown by Ruggs.  This is important because it showed outstanding hustle by Ruggs instead of sitting back and watching the play.  Also, on the big runs you could see the receivers blocking downfield.

OL:  The OL did a pretty good job opening big holes at times.  There were a couple tackles for losses, but they gave up no sacks and there wasnít a lot of pressure when Bama passed.  I do think they can do a better job sustaining their blocks as well as getting to the second level.  I do think they did get to the second level better this game than they did in past games.  I also think they play to high at times.

Def:  Ark, had a good game plan.  They threw screens early to slow down the pass rush, or short passes/delay routes to take advantage of a big pass rush. They also moved the pocket to help the QB. The defense has some cleaning up to do.  Before I give you the stats, I am going to be specific on a few things.  First, I have Bama for 9 missed tackles.  They are not doing a great job getting off blocks.  On the 31-yard run, Mosley got hooked and the safety didnít fill and the corner didnít get off the block.  On the 32-yard run, the outside DL, I think it was Buggs, so there was no outside contain.  On the 17-yard run, Moses, took the block on with his outside shoulder which pins him inside allowing the runner to escape.  If he takes it on with his inside shoulder the block bounces him to the running lane.  Moses had a bad read trying to go inside instead of scrapping over the top which allowed for a 9-yard gain.  Buggs again lost contain as he went outside on a scramble which allowed an 11-yard gain.  All of these are correctable.  As far as the stats I have Bama getting 8 tackles for losses, 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries, and an interception for a touchdown.  As far as 3 and outs, I have Bama credited with 3 which all occurred in the first half.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I credit Ark with 10 pass plays and 4 running plays.  Ark got into the red zone 5 times.  The scored 4 touchdowns and fumbled once.  They also kicked a field goal from outside the red zone. 

DL:  They played pretty well considering the game plan by Ark.  As I stated the moved the pocket and used screens in the passing game.  The big problem is losing the edge.

LB:  As hard as I was on Moses above, he led the team with 10 tackles many which were in open field because of the game plan. 

DB: I thought they played ok. They were in position many times, but the receiver made the play.  The did bust a coverage on one of the touchdown throws.  One of the biggest plays was when Thompson covered a lot of ground to knock the ball away from the wide-open back who was lost in coverage.  Along with the screens and short passes I mention above, Ark used rub routes to free up receivers.  I will say Ark runs them correctly where you canít really call offensive pass interference.  One other thing worth mentioning was the use of misdirection to get the throwback to an open tight-end.

Special Teams:  The two big mistakes by special teams was the missed PAT and the huge kickoff return toward the end of the game.  I donít know if they relaxed because most of the time the returners fair caught many other kickoffs. 

Penalties:  Bama had 5 for 31-yards.  The big ones were the face mask, which could have been a stop but gave Ark a first down where they later scored and the pass interference which help Ark score late in the game. I do think the roughing the passes was a bit of a stretch. 

Finally, this game shows the D has some cleaning up to do with assignments and tackling.  Like I stated above all of these are correctable. 

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