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

First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory.  However, as you see there are many mistakes that must be corrected.

OFFFENSE:   The offense put together 519 yards of total offense.  They had 297 passing yards and 222 rushing yards.   These totals could have been more, but Bama lost 2 offensive possessions with the interception return for the touch down and the kickoff return for a touchdown.  As far as negative plays, I have Bama down for 3, 1 tackle for a loss, one sack, and a fumble.  On the tackle for loss, I thought he got back to the original LOS.  I have Bama for on 1 three and out, there was another, but it was a touchdown.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, I have Bama for 12 pass plays and 4 running plays.  Bama got into the red zone 7 times and scored 5 touchdowns, missed a field goal and fumbles after a catch.  They scored 1 touchdown and kicked one field goal from outside the red zone, while 2 touchdowns were scored from special teams and the defense. 

QB:   Tua had a pretty good game.  He connected on 75 per cent of his passes.  He found secondary receivers and put the ball where the receiver had a chance to make the play.  Jalen connected on 56 percent of his passes.  I do consider one a drop, however he missed a couple of receivers that were open and underthrew a big ball. 

RB:   They ran hard and had a couple of big runs.  They changed backs so often Iím not sure anyone could really get in a rhythm.  They did ok on pass blocking, but D Harris was probably the best. 

Rec:   Five different receivers had catches.  Here Bama is extremely talented. I think they blocked ok, there were not a lot of long runs to see how well they blocked.
OL:  I know there were mistakes here.  I saw Leatherwood miss blocks on the sack and maybe a tackle for loss.  Williams also had a mistake.   I say this not knowing the blocking scheme, but it seems they were the ones where the point of attack was broken.  I expected them to get a better push on running game.  I think there needs to be some improvement in this area.

Defense:  The defense played well at times, there are other issues I will address later.  They gave up a total of 268 yards, 16 rushing and 252 passing. 157 came in the second half.  They also got 2 extra possessions with the touchdowns scored by the defense and special teams.  As far as negative plays, I have the defense with 10 tackles for losses, 4 sacks, and 2 interceptions.  For 3 and outs, I have the defense getting 3 with one 4 and out and 1 one and out.  For plays that covered over 10+ yards, Louisville had 11 pass plays and 2 running plays.  Both of the running plays came on scrambles where the defense lost contain and the other was where the pushed too far up the field opening a gap for the QB to escape.  Louisville got into the red zone 3 times, twice the scored a touchdown and once they were stopped on downs.  Here like, the offense there are things that need to be corrected.

DL:   Overall, they played well.  They pretty much shut down the run with 5 or 6 in the box.  I think they need to clean up their stunts.  I know Buggs lost contain, but I donít know if someone was supposed to come outside since he went inside.  This was 3rd and 8 and allowed them to get a first down.  There were also a couple of occasions where they didnít bring their feet/run thru the tackle and allowed the player to escape.

LB: They played well, especially with all the coverage and run game responsibilities.  I do think they missed some assignments,  and probably didnít get the necessary depth to take away some middle throws. 

DB:  I thought, as a young group, they played well.  There were some completions, but most of them were in the void in the middle of a 2-safety look.  Most of the completions for gain were thrown short where coverage had been lost or busted.

Special Teams:  This was ok for a first game.  They missed a field goal and an extra point but those seem to be a push and a plant foot problem.  Returns and coverages were good, except for the one late in the game. 

Penalties:  Bama had 10 for 111 yards.  Here there were some concerns.  On touchdown drive was made because Bama had 35 yards of penalties on the drive and most came on plays that should have gotten them off the field.  One penalty cost them a touchdown with a block in the back on a return.  Nine of the 11 penalties were on the defense or special team.  I am counting the one of players coming off the sidelines as a special-teams since that is when it happened.  These type penalties loose games when they are close.

Finally, this is a good opening victory.  If you can make this many mistakes and still score this many point and win, it is a plus. 

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17 and counting

Bama Prepares for New Season
Written by Jamos
Comments: 9
Posted under: The Quad
It was a day preceded by a thunderstorm and ended on a sad note with a serious injury. I won't get into the injury status as I don't know how serious the injury was but it's a terrible way to start the season.

The offense didn't take long to get started as Hurts hit a couple of long passes for TDs but the defense had some big moments as well. Those long passes were just two plays that worked but the defense handled themselves well as a whole. Tua had his moments also with some very well placed passes for completions for touchdowns. If there was one bright spot that caught my eye it was the running of Josh Jacobs, it was so good to see him back on the field.

The defense is working hard to find replacements for all of those that didn't return this year and there are some young ones that are putting in a good effort to earn their spot on the team. The season is just getting started and they looked about like I thought they would, there is worked to be done to repeat as National Champions.

If there is a weak spot right now on the team I would say it is the punting game, there is work to be done there but I thought the place kickers did a pretty good job though. I think the punting game will improve in time and we all have to remember that there isn't many J. K. Scotts out there to choose from each year in recruiting. J.K. really spoiled us the past 4 years and it might take a little while to find that quality punter.

Bama won another National Championship last year but it didn't come easy as there were two or three games that the team were very fortunate to win and I think that might be the same case this year as the team may struggle some until the younger inexperienced players mature while the veterans carry the load. Last year the team was terribly hurt with key injuries all season that really hurt the team but this year with the lack of that experience this year this team must not have a repeat of those injuries to repeat as champions. Offensively I think Bama will be better with so many players returning with that much needed maturity. Looking at what was lost on defense the offense will have to carry the load this year for a while. Tua and Hurts are a great combo and there is a stable full of running backs and receivers returning so maybe they can put up some big numbers until experience can be gained by the young defense.
There was good effort with lots of intensity on both sides of the ball today which shows the players have a good mindset toward reaching their goal of another championship in 2019 and with a little luck and some good team leadership from the players, they just might repeat. RTR!!!

1926 Victory Parade in Tuscaloosa
Catch Prothro
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Bama Football
Written by Jamos
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I attended the scrimmage today and it felt good to be back in Bryant Denny. It was perfect weather, cold and windy, for the scrimmage and the players reacted to it with lots of energy and a pretty good scrimmage.

All three QBs, Hurts, Tua, and Jones, had some nice plays that included both passing and running. It didn't take Tua long to get the fans excited though as he immediately threw a pass for a TD very similar to the one in the NC game but shorter. I think he had the best day of the three. He didn't see as many reps as Hurts and Jones but he did well when he was on the field. Hurts did well but he still struggles with his timing with the receivers, throwing behind them a little. Jones has added some good weight and had a pretty decent day running and throwing, he looked pretty comfortable on the field.

I was really impressed with the conditioning of the players, especially the defensive players as they are chiseled. There are no big guts on those guys. It was fun to watch when they were working on the red zone offense and defense, some good licks passed on both sides of the ball. It's hard to evaluate how good a team is when there are so many substitutions but I think this team has something good going into the off season. I didn't notice any big time injuries today and that is always good.

The BIG question in everyone's mind has been how will the kicking game be this year after the loss of Scott to graduation. I can honestly say there is no J K Scott on this team but I did see some hope that there might be some improvement in our field goal kicking next season. Joseph Bulovas handled those duties today and he seems to have a decent leg and was consistent. His only miss, I think, was his first attempt and it was about a foot short from about 40 yards out. I'm not sure how many he attempted but I'm sure it was over five and just about all of them were from 35 yards out or better. The other half of the kicking team, punting, didn't impress me so much. I think this might be the weak length in their chain right now. We are all used to seeing Scott boom his kicks 50+ yards and turning the field over for us but I don't see that happening right away. Skyler Delong was handling the punting duties.

Overall, there is a lot of potential in this team and I don't expect any letdown from this past year. There will be some different faces doing the same things that this past year's team did and I expect the same results as last years team, another trip for a Natty. The big key for this team to be successful though will depend on having good leadership and the jury is still out on this.


Special Times for us Bama Fans
carl childers
Written by carl childers
Comments: 25
Posted under: The Quad
Many times you don't know something is special until looking back in hindsight days or weeks or years afterwards. Folks, everyone - not just us, but everyone who has an interest in sports - should recognize that we are experiencing the greatest run and dynasty in college football history. 5 national titles in 9 years is just stupid good - almost totally unbelievable in today's era of limited schollies and parity. The closest thing to it is 5 titles in 19 years (also Bama). What is amazing is it could be more - last year was 1 second from Bama having a three-peat this year. Unreal. The thing is, I don't think it's over. Two or three more titles could realistically happen before this run is over.

Enjoy it, my friends. When it's over - and again, it ain't over yet - we will look back in awe and marvel over what has been a wonderful reign in our sport. Roll Tide!

National Championship Game Notes: Georgia vs Alabama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 27
Posted under: The Quad
                                                                                                         Georgia vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great comeback victory to give Bama their 17th National Championship.  It wasnít as clean a game as the Clemson game was, but Bama fought back and won the game.  Also, we must give some props to Kirby Smart and the Georgia coaches and players on a hard-fought game.

OFFFENSE:   The offense had a tough time in the first half and played a very strong 2nd half.  The offense put together 371 yards of total offense.  This included 187 yards passing and 184 rushing which is almost as balanced attack as you can have. The difference in the second half as far as yards are concerned, Bama had 277 yards in the 2nd half as opposed to the 94 yards in the 1st half.  As far as negative plays, I only have Bama giving up 2 sacks, 3 tackles for losses and 1 interception.  I credit with 4 three and outs and one 2 and out because of an interception.  For plays that cover 10 plus yards, I have Bama with 7 pass plays and 6 running plays, most of which came in the second half.  Bama got into the red zone 5 times.  On these 5 trips, Bama scored 2 touchdowns and kicked a field goal.  On the other 2 trips, they missed field goals, 1 which would have won the game without going to overtime.  One of the biggest changes for the offense which led to the victory, besides Tua, was the play of the offensive line.  There a few things I would like to know.  One, why does Bama not have a better short passing game?  Two, why does Bama not use max protect sets on obvious passing downs?  You can use the max protect set and then release if the other team doesnít send the pressure.  Third, where is the running back screen game?  I do think Daboll is transitioning to the difference from calling a pro game to the college game.

QB:   Hurts did not play well and was under pressure a lot.  He missed a huge pass that would have put Bama on top on the 1st drive of the game. I am not sure if Hurts has lost his confidence or maybe he just is going to be able to develop as the passer we want him to be.  I think he has made strides this year, but not sure he will be the QB of the future.  Tua played well.  He did make a couple of mistakes, but he make up for them on other plays.  I will say he is a better runner than I gave him credit for.  I do notice that Tua is more willing to throw the ball into a tight window more than Jalen is.  I do wonder what happened on the interception.  Every receiver was blocking instead of running a route.  I would assume the play was not communicated as well as it should.  There is something else, that seems to stand out to me and I hope it is not my imagination.  It seems that when Jalen takes the snap he doesnít seem to drop any deeper, where I notice Tua does drop more when he takes the snap.  I also think Tua was throwing the ball to Harris on the touchdown throw that Ridley came across the end zone and caught.  Later, I heard one of the announcers say the same thing.  

RB: They ran hard against a tough physical defense.  As a whole, the running backs averaged 5.8 yards per carry, but this is mainly because of Najee Harris who had 64 yards on 6 carries which averages out to 10.7 yards per carry.  They caught the ball well out of the backfield and the big thing they had no turnovers.  D Harris did miss at least one block on the blitz by the linebacker and thing there was another one missed by Jacobs.  I really donít remember where the backs were knocked backwards on a tackle except on the swing pass to Bo where the Georgia LB made a great play.

Rec:   The made some very good catches   They got open more in the 2nd half than they did the first half and part of this has to do with the time the quarterback had to throw the ball.   They caught balls that were thrown low that they didnít catch in the Clemson game.  Smith had one catch during the game and it was a huge one.  The other thing about the receivers is that the ball was spread around, Ridley 4 catches, Ruggs 3 catches, Foster 3 catches, Jeudy 1 catch, Sim 1 catch, and Hentges I catch, and this doesnít even include the catches by the backs.

OL:   They did not start out very strong but came on in the 2nd half.  I thought Hassenauer had a good game.  In my opinion, he played as well or better than Cotton has been playing.  Also, when Leatherwood came in and played very well.  I do know if he may not have played better than Williams at left tackle.  Speaking of Williams, he missed a cut block and caused pressure on the QB and my main question is why he was cut blocking because he was the only OL using that technique.   I also know the right tackle missed his block on a 3rd and short which stopped a drive.  There was another miss block over there but that is because the UG player timed the snap perfectly and he didnít have a chance to get out of his stance and get to him.  The was also a pressure from the left side and I think Willams was in which caused Tua to miss the throw on the middle screen which looked to have been set up well for a big play.  Also, on the left side of the OL, I again think it was Williams allowed Tua to be hit on the throw which came up short on an open receiver.

Defense:  This was a tale of two halves.  In the first half Bama missed some tackles and busted some assignments.  What I mean by this is there were opportunities to make stops and they allowed Georgia to get on the edge since the edge player crashed down when that is not his responsibility.  They took some bad angles on the running back especially on the 3rd and 20 where Georgia ran for a first down.  Now, for yards allowed, UG had 361 total yards of offense which included 232 passing and 133 rushing.  What is significant here is that of the 361 yards, 223 were in the first half which means they had 138 in the second half.  What is remarkable about the 138 yards is that 93 of those yards came on the 4-play drive where they threw the 80-yard touchdown.  This happened about the middle of the 3rd quarter which means Bama held them to 75 yards the rest of the game.   As far as negative plays, I have the Bama defense with 4 sacks (2 in each half), 8 tackles for losses (7 in the 2nd half), and 2 interceptions.  For three and outs, I have UG with 4 one of which was and interception.  I also have them with a 1 and out because of an interception.  For plays that covered 10 plus yards, UG had 11 pass plays and 5 running plays.  Georgia got into the red zone twice and scored 1 touchdown and 1 field goal.  The other touchdown and field goal, not counting the one in overtime, was from outside the red zone.  In the 2nd half Bama corrected many of the mistakes from the first half.  I think the first half they were wanting to make a play so badly that they forgot the techniques and assignments.  

DL:   Overall, they played well except early when they lost their rushing lanes not giving up the edge.  The UG running backs averaged 3.4 yards per carry and most of it was because of the job the DL did.  Lewis, Payne, Buggs, and Davis all were credited for at least 5 tackles.  They were also the group, and I am including Lewis and Miller in this group, that had 3 of the 4 sacks.  

LB: They played extremely well as both inside backers led the team in tackles.  Some of the pass completions were because they were so concerned with the run they didnít get to drop very deep in the passing lanes.
DB:  They had a huge responsibility in this game.  They made some plays and missed some plays.  One of the best plays made was when Tony Brown got the first interception.  What he did, after he stumbled is what made the play.  Instead of looking back at the quarterback to see what was going on, he sprinted to his receiver and fortunately the quarterback was pressured and couldnít step into the throw like he would normally.  The bad play by Brown was on the touchdown throw.  He allowed the receiver to get on him before he came out of his backpedal which now means he is beat.  Again, I think Thompson did   a good job filling in for Jones.  It also needs pointing out the hustle by Fitzpatrick on the first play of the game, where he blitzed and went down but got back up to be in on the tackle

Special Teams:  This is where you had good and bad.  The good was the coverage on the kick offs.  Also, good was the punts except for one, but Bama was bailed out because of a block in the back.  The bad was the missed field goals.  This could have kept the game from going into overtime.  Also, fortunately the blocked punt was disallowed because of a penalty which should not have gone Bamaís way.

Penalties:  Bama had 6 penalties for 41 yards.  First you have a false start on the field goal that was made then taken off the board and we all know he missed the next one.  One a 3rd and three Brown steps in the neutral zone and caused the receiver to move giving UG a first down.  Then Bama had a holding on a punt return which took away crucial yards after the punt.  The illegal substation looked to be caused by a lack of effort getting off the field.  Nest you have a roughing the passer which should not have happened and gave UG a 1st and goal.  Finally, the unsportsmanlike like conduct on the kick off return gave UG additional yardage and lucky he was not thrown out of the game.   The angle on tv didnít show what happened during the play that caused the reaction.

Finally, this was an outstanding job by Bama in the second half.  This was also a game where Saban made a decision to switch quarterbacks, something many coaches wouldnít have done.  Since, I have mentioned that, I must give props to the way Jalen handled the situation.  Also, by the end of this game, Bama was playing without 5 starters, 6 if you count Jalen.  Hootie Jones, Hamilton, Cotton, and Jennings, were out before the game while Willams went out during the game.   Next year will be very interesting with all the returning players along with who will now play quarterback.

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17and Counting

Season afterthoughts
Written by 2Stater
Comments: 46
Posted under: The Quad
What a year, huh?

I would think this is probably Saban's most satisfying year as a football coach. Never have I seen as much adversity on any team, much less one that just won a National Championship. Including last night, if my count is right, Bama had 24 injuries during the season. That is unprecedented. The first half last night, was a microcosm of the entire season. We were outplayed on offense, we were outplayed on defense and we were outplayed on special teams. In addition to that, we had players jumping teammates, coaches melting down, and the majority of a fan base thinking it was over.

But Saban and this team persevered through all this adversity. Tua came on and completed one of the most epic comebacks in college football history. And he didn't do it alone. 6 freshman played out of their minds, stepping in with near flawless execution, to keep us in the game. The defense was revived and took control when they had to, to give Tua and the offense the opportunity to win the game. I'm just glad the team redeemed Pappy so he didn't have to be compared to Greg Gantt for the rest of his life.

When Saban came off the field saying it was the happiest moment of his life, you could see it in his face, that he was telling the truth.

Some things did concern me though. I will never understand why Mekhi Brown was not kicked off the team, much less being allowed to see the field again. That was a bad look for us.

We played dirty at times. I know they want to be known as a nasty defense, but there was no excuse in Mack Wilson shoving Fromm's head after a tackle for example, or Crazy Tony Brown being Crazy Tony Brown. We need to show more class than that.

And let's face it, the refs were very generous to us. Maybe karma from last years bad no calls that gave Clemson the title. But the truth is, it's part of the game, but we were very fortunate there.

But, I can't help but being very proud of this team. This may be my most satisfying Natty of the modern era, considering the monumental obstacles this team faced and overcame.

Tua made some freshman mistakes, but none of them phased him. He is a very confident (not arrogant) player and he came through in spades. Can't wait to watch him next year. He is an instant legend at Alabama and the game is an instant classic.

Anyway, here's to #17 and with the cast we have coming back next year, most likely with Tua at the helm, I very much like our chances to repeat.

Dilly Dilly!!!  Toast 4

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

First congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory with give you a chance for another National Championship.  In my opinion, the defense and special teams won this game.  It was a game where the defense played great assignment football with very few mistakes.

OFFFENSE:   The offense was held to 261 yards of total offense.  This included 120 passing and 141 rushing.  They had several opportunities because of short fields, however they were playing against a very strong Clemson team.  As far as negative plays, Bama had 2 sacks, 3 tackles for losses and 1 fumble which led to 3 points for Clemson.  Bama was credited with 3 three and outs and 1 one and out because of a fumble.  For the positive, Bama had 6 pass plays and 4 running plays that covered that distance.  Bama got into the red zone and 4 times.  They got two touchdowns and 1 field goal while they missed 1 field goal which relates to being points left on the field.

QB:   Hurts didnít have the best game, but he wasnít horrible.  I do think he was responsible for the fumble which led to points.  The balls he threw were not always perfect, however there were at least 2 or 3 that were catchable.  He did underthrow the deep ball that should have been a touchdown.  I will say he was under pressure several times and kept from losing yards.  He even kept his eyes downfield when he threw the touchdown to Ridley on the scramble.  Ridley was open earlier on the routes, but I donít remember if he was flushed early or what.

RB: They ran hard.  There were times they were on routes when the OL was outnumbered on the LOS.  I guess this was called routes instead of checks for blocking and releasing.  I thought Harris was the better running back yesterday.  He made a hell of a play on the 4th and 1.  They all made catches where some turned into big plays.

Rec:   Four different receivers had catches with Ridley again being the main target.  A couple of catches were very good catches because of where the ball was thrown.  There also was a couple of drops.  The balls werenít perfect, but they were catchable. 

OL:   They did have a stalemate and created wholes more often than not.  However, there were still mistakes.  There were whiffs by both the left guard and tackle on separate plays.  If I remember correctly they both led to negative plays.  It seemed to me that they stayed on combo blocks a while too long which allowed the LBís to come up and make quick plays.  Maybe there should have been a fold block, or you need to come off earlier to the next level.  There were a few times when the OL was outnumbered and there was no back to pick up the extra man.  I guess Bama thought they could control the blitz with the backs in the routes.

Defense:  This is where the game was won.  Bama gave up a total of 188 yards, 124 passing and 64 rushing.  You also must understand 75 of those yards were on the last drive of Clemson when Bama was more of less playing a bit of a prevent defense.  Clemson had 73 total yards in the first half.  In the 2nd half, up until the last drive Bama held Clemson to 40 total yards.  As far as negative plays, Bama had 6 sacks, 5 tackles for losses, and 2 interceptions.  One of the interceptions set up a touchdown and the other was returned for a touchdown which means they were responsible for 24 of the 24 points.  For three and outs, I have Clemson 4 official three and outs.  There was a 1 and out because of the interception and it isnít counted as a three and out because Clemson kicked a field goal but the stop after the fumble was huge because they basically had the ball in the red zone ready to tie up the game.  For the plays of 10 plus yards, Clemson had 5 pass plays and 1 run which was the result of a scramble where the rushers got too far up the field and opened running lanes.  They did get into the red zone 3 times.  They kicked a field goal on one, they were pushed back outside the red zone where they kicked a field goal, and then they turned it over on downs.  The biggest positive on the defense was how well they played assignment/technique football.  There were few breakdowns that led to big plays.  I guess the most notable was the scramble which led to the only 10 plus yard run.   

DL:   They played a hell of a game.  All who played contributed in a positive way.  They allowed the LB to run and make plays since they kept the OL from getting to the 2nd level.  They were also able to get a lot of pressure on the QB without the blitz.

LB: They played extremely well. Evans led the team with tackles and Wilson made the interception for the touchdown.  If you really watch the interception for the touchdown, you see Wilson see the QB looking to Wilsonís left, he starts to shade that way.  On the release of the ball, Wilson starts heading that way and puts himself in a position to make the interception or be ready to help make the tackle if necessary.

DB:  They played well.  They jammed players on the goal line on one play with kept him from getting off the LOS which could have cause a pick situation if given a free release.  Several players had PBUís as well as made open field tackles.  I thought Thompson played extremely well especially being his first start.   

Special Teams:  This is the other area where Bama won the game.  The kick-off coverage team kept Clemson pinned in on the kick off.  The best return they had was when they took a knee.  The punting team kept them pinned back and made for a long field just like the kick-off coverage team.  They also put a big hit on the return.  The only negative was the missed field goal which left points on the field.
Penalties:  Bama only had 3 penalties but only 2 were enforced.  They had an illegal formation and a delay of game.  The most harm was done by the lineman downfield which wasnít enforced because there was also a PI on Clemson.  If it had only been a PI call it would have given Bama first down with a better chance of scoring before the half.

Finally, this game shows how well a nearly healthy Bama can play on defense.  Remember they are still without Hamilton and Jones.  Also, Wilson probably has to play more snaps with Moses and Hamilton out.  They have a chance to bring home another National Championship.  Hopefully, this will happen Monday night.

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Update on Jesse (article)
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"None of us indigenous kids had ever heard about American football being played by Australians, but here was this Brisbane boy going to the States and doing so well in college and then going on to the NFL," she said.

"To me, it made dreams seem possible. If he can do that, I can do that as well. He's really an inspiration to all of us."

"I would never have the opportunity to create a huge facility if I hadn't had to face the adversity I have and come out on top," he said. "I think I'll be more successful in reaching people. I speak with more conviction in my voice when I talk about adversity because I've had so much of it. It has more weight when I talk to people."

His goal is to help more Australians follow the path he took toward American athletics, particularly earning college scholarships and enjoying the life-changing experiences those can bring. His work is mentorship as much as coaching, he said, stressing the value of education. He stands as the example, having received his degree in human sciences from Alabama.

Good to see he is doing well, both with his health and his business.

Game notes: Bama vs AU
Written by hscoach
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AU vs Bama

This is one I didnít want to write.  It was a game where yacís were important.  The first yac was the yardage after the catch for AU.  The 2nd yac was yards after contact which mean missed tackles.  It was also a game where AU made open field tackles at crucial times.  Probably some of the most important plays were penalties called on AU.  The first pass interference probably saved a touchdown and most definitely kept Bama out of the red zone.  Bama ended up punting on this drive.  The 2nd pass interference call probably saved a touchdown and it was a drive that ended with a missed field goal.  AU had an outstanding game plan for Bama and executed it to perfection.  I know some people question the game plan, but I donít know what was seen in film. 

OFFFENSE:   The offense put together 377 yards of total offense, but it is a bit misleading because 65 came on the final play of the game.    Bama only had 128 yards in the first half and 248 in the second half, but again 65 of that came on the final play.  They had 209 rushing and 168 passing.  As far as negative plays, Bama had 2 sacks, 3 tackles for losses, and 3 fumbles, one which was lost.  One sack could have been avoided if Hurts had thrown the ball away.  I credit Bama with 3 three and outs Bama only got in the red zone and missed the field goal on a bad snap.  The two touchdowns came from outside the red zone.   For play over 10 yards, Bama had 4 passes and 6 runs.   AU looked more physical on the LOS and attacking lead blocks by the backs on Hurts runs. 

QB:   Hurts had and up and down game.  He made some good throw on the plays where the pass interference was called.  He made a bad decision when he didnít get rid of the ball and ran out of bounds for a sack.  Hurts also fumbled when he didnít secure the ball on a scramble when flushed out of the pocket. He was extremely lucky there wasnít an interception when he threw the ball across his body trying to make a play.  I wonder if his height is one reason he leaves the pocket so soon.  I do know he was flush many times and the receivers didnít get separation. 

RB: As a group, the backs averaged 6.77 yards per carry.  They did well running on the edge and catching the ball.   They were blown up a couple of times when they were the lead blocker for Hurts.  Also they missed some chip shots on pass blocking assignments. 

Rec:   From the angle on TV it looked like the receiver didnít get a lot of separation during the night.  They did on the PI plays I mentioned above.  Foster didnít get enough yard to keep a drive alive on the 4th down play which is a mental mistake.  Also, Ridley, since he is a top receiver, should have made the catch on 3rd down on one 3 and out which would have kept the drive alive.  It probably would have allowed Bama to keep the ball long enough where AU would not have been able to kick a field goal right before half.  It also seems that the receivers didnít do a very good job with the scramble drill. 

OL:  Again, they had an up and down game.  They were attacked by the DL of AU and beat many times.  However, the did a good job, at times, pulling on the counter plays.  Pass blocking was a problem as many got beat.  AU was also able to put pressure on the QB with only 4 rushing.  This is a big game where they needed to have a huge game. 

Defense:  There were many mistakes here especially with missing tackles and taking blocks on with the wrong shoulder.  Here are some very important stats.  First on balls thrown 0 to 5 yards from the LOS the AU quarterback was 14 for 14.  What is bad here is the yards made after the catch.  I didnít chart the total yards here, but I know some of them went for over 10 yards and some went for over 20 yards. They were willing to settle for positive plays on these passes.  However, the did better than that.    On passes between 5 and 10 yards, he was 6 for 8, again the yards after the catch hurt.  On passes of over 10 yards, he was 1 for 8.  The AU QB also made some big runs because of mistakes made by Bama.  They missed at least one sack and left their rushing lanes and allowed him to make good yardage.  The defense gave up a total of 477 yards which included 168 rushing and 237 passing.  They only averaged 3.4 yards per rush.  They averaged about 10.4 yards per completion but again they were thrown underneath and it was the yards after the catch that hurt.  They had 11 pass plays that went for over 10 yards and 6 running plays that covered that distance.  As far as negatives, they 1 sack, 5 tackles for losses and lost a fumble.  The fumble was huge since it was inside the 10 yards line.  They got into the red zone 5 times scoring 3 touchdowns, kicking a field goal, and fumbling which Bama recovered.  They kicked one field goal from outside the red zone. 

DL:   They played well most of the time.  The problem was AU was getting rid of the ball quickly.  When they did take a deeper drop they were able to get some pressure, but the missed a couple of sack opportunities and got out of their rushing lanes which allowed AUís QB to escape and make big positive yardage.  Sometimes they rushed too far up the field and allowed him to step up to escape. 

LB:  They led the team with tackles, but they also made mistakes.  Evans probably should have had the rec on the jump pass as there probably should have been a switch off with the corner since someone went to the outside at the corner.  Evans also got pinned on one big run by not keeping his outside shoulder free.  Moses led the team with tackles and missed a couple.  I know they missed, or wasnít in a position to hit the crossing receivers on the short routes which help them move the chains several times.  It seemed they showed their blitzes too early and some of those routes were probably hot reads by the receiver. 

DB:  As far as deep balls they only connected on one and it was more in the middle of the field if my memory serves me right.  They had to chase receivers across the field which is extremely tough.  If you are going to do that it is better if you can jam him and keep him from going inside to what is usually and easier throw.  The DBís had to play the short wide receiver screen game.  Some tackles were made and some werenít. 

Special Teams:  Scott punted and kicked off pretty well as there were no real issues.  The bad snap on the field goal attempt was something that took points off the board for Bama.  The kick-off return team set Bama up in great field position. At this point Bama was trailing 20-14 and was in position to score since Diggs returned the kick-off 55 yards to the AU 40.  This is also where the PI call help AU.

Penalties:  Bama had 8 penalties for 60 yards and they came at the most inopportune time for Bama.  A nice gain on a screen was negated by a block/clip by Williams on a screen to Bo.  They went from a 2nd and 8 to a first and 23.  This is the drive Hurts fumbled on.  An illegal substitution by Bama gave AU a 1s and 5 instead of a 2nd and 10 on the drive they kicked a field goal what made the score 14-13.  A delay of game in the red zone pushed Bama back from a 3rd and 4 to a 3rd and nine on the drive they missed the field goal.  On 4th and 3 Bama jumps offside on the punt to allow AU to use more clock towards the end of the game.  These were huge penalties.

Finally, this was a game where mistakes were magnified.  It was a game where the OL needed to come up big and didnít.  It was a game where Bama may not have run the ball enough.  It was also, a game where AU made plays both on offense and defense. 

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