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Utah State
(Utah State -9.0)

Fresno State @
Arizona State
( Fresno State -4.5)

Georgia Southern @
Eastern Michigan
(Georgia Southern -1.0)

Middle Tennessee @
Appalachian State
(Appalachian State -7.0)

Northern Illinois
(UAB -1.0)

San Diego State @
(Ohio -3.0)

Marshall @
South Florida
(Marshall -1.5)

Florida Intl @
(Toledo -6.0)

Western Michigan @
(BYU -12.0)

Memphis @
Wake Forest
(Memphis -5.0)

Houston @
(Army -3.0)

Buffalo @
(Buffalo -2.5)

Hawai'i @
Louisiana Tech
(Hawai'i -1.5)

Boston College @
Boise State
(Boise State -3.0)

Minnesota @
Georgia Tech
(Georgia Tech -4.5)

California @
(TCU -0.0)

Temple @
(Temple -3.0)

Miami @
(Miami -4.0)

Baylor @
(Vanderbilt -4.0)

Purdue @
(Auburn -4.0)

West Virginia @
(West Virginia -1.5)

Iowa State @
Washington State
(Washington State -3.5)

Florida @
(Michigan -7.5)

South Carolina @
(South Carolina -4.0)

Arkansas State @
(Arkansas State -1.0)

Notre Dame @
(Clemson -11.0)

Oklahoma @
(Alabama -98.0)

Cincinnati @
Virginia Tech
(Cincinnati -5.0)

Stanford @
(Stanford -6.5)

Michigan State @
(Oregon -2.5)

Missouri @
Oklahoma State
(Missouri -8.0)

Northwestern @
(Utah -6.5)

NC State @
Texas A&M
(Texas A&M -5.0)

Mississippi State @
(Mississippi State -6.0)

(LSU -7.5)

Kentucky @
Penn State
(Penn State -6.0)

Washington @
Ohio State
(Ohio State -6.5)

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(Georgia -10.5)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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16 and Counting

Game notes: Bama vs Vandy:
Written by hscoach
Comments: 21
Posted under: The Quad
Vandy vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the win.  The coaches, both offensive and defensive, put together a great game plan.  More importantly they players executed the game plan.

OFFFENSE:   This was one of the most impressive offensive displays I have seen at Alabama.  They had 677 total yards and would have really been a couple of more if they hadnít lost a few to kneel-downs.  The team rushed for 496 and threw for 181.  They did have 3 negative plays.  One was a sack which could have been avoided if Jacobs had picked up the corner blitz.  The other two were on a wide rec screen where Foster tried to make something out of a play that was well defended.  The other was a run that I felt the running back didnít quite get back to the LOS.  There was a fumble but Bama got back on it.  Bama only had one three and out in the game.   As far as plays for over 10 yards, Bama had 20 rushing plays and 8 passing plays.  For the running plays 10 were in the first half and 10 in the second half.   They got into the red zone 8 times and scored 6 touchdowns and 1 field goal.  The other trip ended in a mercy kneel-down to end the game.  Bama also scored 3 times from outside the red zone.  In my opinion, Bama was heavy running to the left but why not when they were so successful.  I sure many of you noticed when Bama had success with a play they did repeat it at times.

QB: Hurts played well but didnít hit a couple of throws.  The thing is he didnít make any mistakes that hurt the team.  I would have hoped they would have worked on the passing game a little more.  It looked to me, when Ridley dropped the throw that would have been a touchdown, that he wasnít the first choice because Hurts looked to the right first.   I also think he missed the opportunity to take a deep throw once.   Tua played extremely well.  That being said, he did come in when the defense had played 47 plays against a team that was down 38 points.  He threw the ball well and made good decisions with the ball.  He did a great job when pressured to find a couple of receivers.

RB:   They played well except for a couple of pass blocking assignments.  I would love to see what the yards after contact were.  Everyone who touched the ball ran with a purpose and gained positive yards most of the time.  The running attack averaged 7.5 yards per carry and as I said above there were 20 runs of 10+ yards. 

Rec:  Seven different receivers caught balls and the other 3 receptions were by the backs.  There were a couple of drops, or balls I thought should have been caught.  Also, on the play where the ball was overthrown to Foster, I thought, I thought if he hadnít leaned inside and stayed outside if could have been a completion.  I did want to mention the speed and hustle of Foster on Harrisís long touchdown run trying to get down to make a block if needed.

OL:   In my opinion, this was the most improve area on offense.  It looked to me like they had more of a zone blocking scheme.  I also thought they may have widen their splits a little.  Now this is just my opinion and maybe I havenít noticed it before.  They sustained their blocks more than they have in the past three games.  They had very good combo blocks and got to the second level a lot during the game.  The established the LOS early and controlled it the whole day.  They also did a better job in the pass protection area.

Defense:   The defense played outstanding.  The gave up a total of 78 yard which consisted of 38 passing and 40 rushing.  Too me this is a strange stat:  For negative plays, Bama only had 1 sack and 1 tackle for a loss.   They did have a fumble recovery along with an interception.  Even though they only had one sack the hit the QB 7 times.   Vandy had 7 three and outs and 1 one and out because of the fumble.  It would have been one more three and out if not for what I consider a questionable penalty.  They only had one pass play that went for 10 yards.  They didnít get into the red zone and never crossed into Bama territory.  Vandy receivers did drop about three catchable balls that would have help them stay on the field a little longer.  I also have Bama credited with 4 PBUí by Hamilton, Fitzpatrick, Averett, and Wallace.  One of the biggest plusses for the defense was the dominant time of possession by the Bama offense.  The defense only had to play a little over 17 minutes.  The longest drive Vandy had was 6 plays. 

DL:  They dominated the LOS.  Vandy averaged 2.5 yards per carry.  Usually when this happens there are more than 1 tackle for a loss.  I know Jennings is considered an OLB but he was dominant in his return.  They attacked the LOS like defenses of the past and set the tone early.

LB: They played well when given the opportunity.  Most of the plays were made before they got to their level.  Again, they werenít on the field much.  I will say they seem to have a very good rotation here with Evans, Hamilton, Holcombe, and Wilson. 

DB:  They made plays when given the opportunity.  It did look like they tightened up their coverage some.  They benefitted from a good pass rush. 

Special Teams:  Kick-off coverage did a very good job.  The only time Vandy got to the 25 was when they took a touchback.  I never saw why Vandy got the ball on the 30 after a kick-off.  There had to be a penalty which would probably have been offside on the kick off team.  All PATís and FGís were good and struck well.  There were only two punts and one was pinned on the 4 and the other was on the 24.  The bad part on special teams was the two-mishandled punt which Bama got back.

Penalties:   Bama had 6 penalties for 40 yards.  The one I disputed was the roughing the passer by a low hit.  Jennings was chasing from behind and when the QB went to throw the ball he jumped a little which made the hit look lower. 

Finally:  I donít know if it was the player meeting or what but Bama looked great.  They still need to improve in the throwing game but I think it is coming along.  The good thing is you donít have to throw the ball deep with the playmakers they have at receiver.  This was a game where Bama could get quality playing time for back-ups.  This time the back-ups performed.   You would also hope the player learn from this and move forward and not read their press clippings as they say.

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16 and Counting

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

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the win.  This game was a bit of ebbs and flows as both the offense and defense looked great at times.

OFFFENSE:   The offense put 487 yards of total offense together.  They had 248 passing and 239 rushing, you canít get much more balanced than that. I only have them credited for 2 three and outs.   Probably one of the most impressive stats was that Bama only had 2 total negative plays which were two tackles for losses.  As far as plays for over 10 plus yards, Bama had 10 passes and 7 runs that covered that distance.  Most of their scores came from outside the red zone which totaled 3 touchdowns and 2 field goals.  They did miss one 52-yard field goal.  The two times they got inside the red zone they scored touchdowns.   I did notice they made an effort to work on the screen game which may have been dictated by the film they watched. 

QB: Hurts played pretty well.  He did miss on a couple of long balls.  One he missed was while he was on the run and Ridley had gotten behind the coverage.  Sims could have really helped out on this play if he had worked back to the sideline for a shorter throw.  On one ball to Ridley, he was knocked off route by the defender throwing off the timing a bit.  Not sure if this was going to be off target if Ridley had gotten a clean release. One of the best balls he threw was to Smith which was down the field on target and time.  I do think he left the pocket a little early a couple of time.  Tua was not on target as much.  The first throw was catchable but a little low.  The one rolling to the right is tough for a left hander.  He did make a good decision to throw the ball away when the defender jumped the wide rec bubble route.

RB:   They all ran well and averaged about 5 yards per carry together.  It is noticeable how much they are now more involved with the passing game.   Too me this makes sense because you are getting the ball to the playmakers in space.  Many of them are no more than wide running plays but it gets them out in space making the defense make plays in space. 

Rec:  Not counting backs, five different receivers caught balls.  Foster showed a burst after his catch and shows that he could be a great complement to Ridley.  There are playmakers here if they get the ball.  I do think they missed a couple of blocks.

OL:   In my opinion they did show some improvement however there were a couple of time that I think they missed or came off a couple of combo blocks.  There were times they got a huge push and opened holes for the backs.  What I was disappointed in was a 3rd and 1 and Bama couldnít get the first down.  This needs to be an automatic even if you must check to and outside play vs and inside play when the numbers dictate it.

Defense:  Here the play was up and down.  Outstanding at times and then not very good at times. I do think they were not prepared for the QB to be a runner and he didnít have to do it a lot, just at the right time.  Bama gave up 391 yards of total offense which included 247 yards passing and 144 rushing.  As far as negative plays Bama had no sacks. 7 tackles for losses and 2 interceptions.  Bama only had 2 three and outs and those were the first two drives of the game.  CSU got into the red zone 4 times scoring 3 touchdowns and a field goal.  Again, the opponentís game plan was to throw the ball short and get what yardage they could but every once in a while, try a little deeper shot.  I donít have the exact number of times, but Bama rarely rushed more than 5 and if they brought pressure it came from the outside.  I think they were just playing very basic defense not to show too much.  You would hope with the athletes Bama has they could get pressure with 4/5. 

DL:  They started out well but then as the game went on seem to get not as much push.  But then they would step up and make a pretty good play.  The lost the edge a few times and didnít always keep the OL off the linebackers. 

LB: Like the DL the played well at times but then I saw linebacker not scrape to the hole and not get off blocks.  I think the OS backer lost the edge and backs in the passing game at times.  Especially on the throwback screen. 

DB:  They made a few plays and missed a few plays.  It is strange to me, and donít think I am second guessing the coaches, but why not jam the receivers on the goal line to throw off the timing for fade routes.  Also, I have mentioned this before, but taller receivers you go for the arms not the ball.
Special Teams:  Special teams played well.  There was a missed tackle on the kickoff return and they did miss a 52-yard field goal.  I do think, and this is important in my opinion, the balls were struck well on the attempts.  The 52-yard attempt was wide, it had good height and distance.

Penalties:   Bama had 4 penalties.  A pass interference which gave CSU their first 1st down.  Then there were penalties that all ended up being on the touchdown drives.  The big ones were the hands to the face and roughing the passer.  I do question the roughing the passer.

Finally:  There was good and bad to take away from this game.  However, Bama need to improve and do it quickly with conference play starting.  I do think it will help getting a couple of player back, especially Evans and Jennings.   However, these young players are getting valuable experience that should help down the road.

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16 and Counting

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

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the win.  I really donít consider it impressive but it was a win after a huge game.

OFFFENSE:   The offense played against an inferior team.  They put together 497 yards of total offense.  This included 305 yards rushing and 192 passing.  Included in this was a total of 5 negative plays.  They gave up 1 sack and 4 tackles for losses.  Bama was credited for 1 three and out but there was another where Bama kicked a field goal when they didnít put the ball in the end zone with a first and goal.  For plays over 10 yards they had 7 pass plays and 11 runs.  Bama got into the red zone 5 times.  Of these 5 opportunities, they had three touchdowns and 2 field goals.  Two touchdowns came from outside the red zone.  I think I did see a few unforced mistakes by the offense during the game.  One, when Tua was in, the right guard and tackle ran counter to the left and the ball was given to N Harris to run right.  This looked to me that it should have been a QB counter.  Also, on the missed touchdown N Harris may have gone the wrong way getting in the way of the open tight end for a touchdown.  I also donít think this team really put on enough pass rush early to run the screen and they did sniff it out.

QB:  I thought Hurts played well.  He was 14 for 18 and there was a drop and one because he was hit while he threw the ball.  Also, one pass to Ridley I thought was complete and came loose when he extended the ball to get and extra yard.  There was one throw he missed to the outside which could have been a touchdown.  Another miss was on the inside and had too much air which was almost intercepted.  To me this was the one that was clearly off target.  I can also see why he threw underneath many times as the defenders were bailing on the snap many times.  Hurts also hit the hot route off the blitz something that didnít always happen against Florida State.  Tua played well for his first college experience.  A few throws were not right on target but were catchable and the receivers made the catch. 

RB:   The running backs all ran hard.  They all averaged over 5 yards per carry.  I was impressed with the move Bo made after a catch avoiding the defender.  All three backs had receptions.

Rec:  Eight different players had receptions during the game.  Ridley was again the main target as he caught 5 balls.  I will also not that the receivers blocked pretty well during the game.

OL:   I really thought they would completely dominate with a smaller team.  They played ok, but they donít always get to the second level and they donít sustain their blocks all the time.  There was once where they rushed 5 against Tua and the defender split the right guard and tackle and made the sack.  I still think this is where Bama really needs to improve.

Defense:  Too me the play on defense was lackadaisical. They gave up 274 yards of total offense, 216 passing and 58 rushing.   Part of this was the offense that was run by Fresno.  They threw the ball 41 times and most of them were 7 yards or under.  I only have about 9 passes traveling more than 10 yards and a couple were because the Qb was scrambling.  Bam only had 5 negative plays defensively.  There was 1 sack, 4 tackles for losses and an interception which put Bama in the red zone.   They only had 2 three and outs.  For plays over 10 yards, there were 7 passes and 2 runs. They got into the red zone once and they kicked a field goal and scored the touchdown from outside the red zone.   I have Bama for at least 6 missed tackles and 3 of those were on one play. 

DL:  I just didnít see them coming off the ball hard until they put the back-ups in.  They played the run well enough but the pass rush wasnít much probably because they were getting rid of the ball so fast.

LB: They played ok.  Had to determine with all the underneath pass routes. 

DB:  They were not given many opportunities since the passes were thrown underneath. There were many crossing routes in the LB area or back outs where the receiver had cleared the arear.  The same can be said for the areas where the LB had vacated for short routes.  They had many tackles but they were coming up for the underneath receptions. 

Special Teams:  The big flaw was the long kick-off return.  All three of Scottís punts pinned them at the 9, 10, and 11 yard lines.  The field goals and extra points were all good.  The punt returns were good and one set Bama up in great field position.

Penalties:   Bama had 4 penalties.  Offense had one with a delay of game on before the field goal attempt but didnít hurt them.  The defense had an offsides, substitution infraction, and a face mask.  On the drive for the field goal by Fresno the defense gave them a first down because of the two penalties, substation infraction and offsides.  The allowed them to overcome a 3rd and 10.

Finally:  I guess you can expect a little let down after a huge win to begin the season.  However, if you want to be a National Champion you need to play to the best of your ability every game, if not you just digress.   They have one more game until the start of conference play and need to progress instead of digressing.

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16 and Counting

Game notes: FSU vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 20
Posted under: The Quad
FSU vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on a hard-fought victory.  I think this was a quality opponent with a stout defense and potentially explosive offense.

OFFFENSE:   The offense had to fight for every yard they gained last night.  They ended up with 269 yards of total offense. This was broken down by 96 yards passing and 173 rushing.  I only have Bama for 6 total plays for 10+ yards.  They had 3 runs and 3 pass plays that cover that distance.  A holding negated one pass play which I didnít count.  I think one of the most telling signs was I have Bama for only 6 negative plays, 7 if you count the bad snap.  Bama gave up 2 sacks and was tackled for a loss only 4 times.  This seems to be less than the average from last year.  The worse part of the game to me was the wasted field position especially created by special teams.  In the red zone Bama only got 1 touchdown with 4 trips which included 3 field goals.  This is just my opinion but I thought Bama used a very vanilla offense.  Many teams will use screen passes slow down the pass rush and I donít think Bama threw one.  Bama is going to have to come up with a solution when you have the back to one side and you have two defenders outside the tackle to the other side.

QB: I thought Hurts played well last night.  I think you can see a difference with his footwork and deep balls.  He did miss a couple of deep balls, one which may have been catchable.  The other was overthrown but it was thrown to the proper area.  He wasnít underthrowing the ball like last year.  It also seems that balls were delivered to the areas where they could be caught.  Not a lot of balls thrown behind rec. like last year.  The D harassed him many times.  Hurts may not have made big plays but they werenít negative or forced into turnovers.

RB:   They ran hard and had to work for every yard.  Harris, to me, looked quicker and faster than last year.  There were a couple of missed pass blocks which I feel will be corrected.  You must remember this was a quality defense. 

Rec:  Ridley had a good game, except for the pass that was turned into an 11-yard loss.  He was the only rec with a catch while the other completions went to the backs.  It is easy to see that Hurts has confidence in him but others need to get receptions.

OL:   This was hard to determine on how well they played.  It seems all were beat at least once.  But then you look at the total of negative plays.  I didnít count how many times Hurts was rushed or forced out of the pocket on pass plays but there were several.  The snapped that was rolled back there, according to the announcers because I couldnít see it on TV, could have cost a TD because they said Bo was open in the end zone.  I will say I did think the tight ends did a decent job blocking.  Smith had a big block on the TD run by Harris.

Defense:  The defense played a very good game.  They gave up a total of 250 yards.  This included 210 passing and 40 rushing.  This is also against a qb that can run the ball.  Bamaís defense gave up only 65 yards in the second half.  There are a couple of factors that helped this.  One, the defense played well and two the special teams kept FSU in poor field position and got turnovers.  I have Bama for 3 sacks, 9 tackles for losses, and 2 interceptions.  Also, I have the defense getting 4 three and outs and a couple of less than three and outs.  FSU didnít have a run of over 10 yards but they had 9 pass plays of over 10 yards. 

DL:  I thought they played very well.  You could pick out anyone of them and see they had an impact at different points in the game. 

LB:  Again, here they played well.  Each one had plays that were huge.  Also, I didnít notice, but read, where Evans didnít play the second half.  This is important because the defense didnít miss a beat with him out and his replacement had an int.

DB:  I thought they played well.  Many of the completions were in the middle of the field where linebacker had vacated.  FSU had a tall 6í5Ē rec that did win the battle for the touchdown. Also, the credit should be given to passes that were thrown in the perfect area for the rec to make a catch.  I am a big believer of going after the arms instead of the ball on the taller rec.  However, the man, Saban, is a lot smarter than I am.

Special Teams:  This is the areas where Bama won the game.  The only marks on the special teams were the shank punt for 9 yards and the two missed field goals.  Scott made up for this by pinning FSU deep on a couple of punts.  The good news is the defense bailed them out.   Kick offs were covered well and forced a turnover.  Punt returns were no problem as all were handled well.  Also, they blocked a punt which put Bama in the red zone. Kick-off returns, I thought he shouldnít have brought one out.  You should not only look at the depth of the kick off but also the height of the kick.  What I also think is good news is the last field goal was well struck.

Penalties:   Bama had 5 penalties and the biggest was the holding on Cotton which negated a 26-yard pass.  The other big one was the pass interference by Averett.
Finally:  Bama beat a quality opponent and the deficit could/should have been bigger. However, Bama also got away with what could have been a PI call.  It was good to see the new players step in and play well.  Hopefully, they wonít pat themselves on the back and will continue to improve because there is plenty of room for improvement.

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16 and Counting

Today's Bama Scrimmage
Written by Jamos
Comments: 15
Posted under: The Quad
It started out as a bright sunny hot day and finished with a 45 minute delay for a thunderstorm. I think the players were ready for the rain though due to the heat but they came back after the lightning and rain and had a pretty good finish working on the two minute and red zone drills.

The scrimmage started with a very salty defense pretty much controlling the offense whether it was passing or running the ball. Hurts led the first offense in the beginning and there wasn't much there for them as the defense stuffed the runs and the defensive backs had some pretty good coverage on the receivers. Tua then got his turn and had a little more success than Hurts but still the defense stopped pretty much everything. Later on though, the offense was able to get going and make some positive plays and took it to the defense on a couple of good pass receptions with good runs to the end zone. It took a while but the running backs finally got their game going and and made it tough on the defense. Bo Scarbrough and Josh Jacobs both missed the practice with Scarbrough being ill in bed and Jacobs with the hamstring problem. CNS stated that Scarbrough has been very ill and Jacobs return is on a day to day basis. Damien Harris and Brian Robertson looked the most impressive of the running backs. I really like Brian Robertson, he runs like he enjoys what he's doing and I'm not taking anything from Harris, he's Mr. Steady.

The kicking game showed some improvement and CNS stated that J K Scott will handle all of the kicking duties. He elaborated on the new kicker, Joseph Bulovas, and said he just isn't ready to handle the job just yet. I will say though that Bulovas made two good kicks from about 40 yards out in the driving rain so I think he might work his way into the lineup down the road. Scott was a beast out there today, his punts must have had 6 seconds hang time with and average length of better than 50 yards. He also made a field goal of 50-55 yards with room to spare. His one bad kick was a block, it was a long attempt and he kicked it a little low trying to get the distance. The one thing that worries me about Scott handling the kicking duties is him doing the kickoffs. Scott has long legs and I know the opposing teams know that too, they are easy targets.

 The quarterbacks. Jalen Hurts led the team off and I think he looked very so-so. I stated the defense was pretty salty in the beginning and I know they had a lot to do with how he looked and I'm referring to his passing game. He had two receivers open on long routes and threw short on both with one being intercepted. He just didn't seem sharp to me but I'm looking through a different pair of glasses than CNS is. Later on in the practice he did do better and had a few passes dropped and they were for big gains too. I thought Tua had a better start than Hurts and I'm still impressed with his field savy. He seems to see more of the field than Hurts but again CNS is wearing a different set of glasses than I am. I do like these two as a combo and I think the team is in a much better shape at quarterback than they were at this time last year. Jones had his reps and had some good effort but I think he is a little behind Hurts and Tua but CNS is giving him plenty of reps to improve his game.

I think the offensive line has a ways to go or we have a bad nasty defensive line. I would like to think it was a bad nasty defensive line that was causing all their blocking problems but I'm not so sure of that. CNS did mention the OL has a ways to go yet

I don't know how good this team will be this year as they have lots of talent but I don't see the leadership this team has had the past two years. We all know what good leadership means to a Bama team, if it's not there the team usually struggles. CNS was asked about who the alphas were on the team this year and he didn't jump out with player names like he has in the past. CNS pointed out that Florida State has their whole defense returning from last year and this would really challenge the Bama offense so I guess Bama will find out real quick where they stand. They have the talent but I'm not so sure where they are mentally, all of those big ole mean leaders they had last year are gone. Maybe I'm being a bit too skeptical but just who are the Alphas on this team?

Bama Fan Day/Practice
Written by Jamos
Comments: 4
Posted under: The Quad
It was a hot muggy afternoon but the fans and players both seemed to handle the heat well. The players seemed to be well conditioned and had lots of energy. There was no standing around for any of the players as they were divided up into different groups and were really active.

I was most impressed with the defensive secondary tackling drill as they were working on keeping their heads up as they made their tackles to prevent any targeting penalties. The most heated session was the the offensive and defensive line blocking/tackling using a running back. There were some good licks passed by both sides of the line and a shifty moves by the running backs, fun to watch.

The QBs and receivers worked pretty much by themselves and both of them had to be awful after practice, lots of passes thrown by all of the QBs and lots of routes run by the receivers.

The REC will watch the August 19th scrimmage and I'm really looking forward to that. I didn't see anybody limping around or on crutches so hopefully all is well with the injury list. Anyway, football has returned and Bama seems to be ready for it.

Bama Football, A New Era Ahead?
Written by Jamos
Comments: 15
Posted under: The Quad
After much speculation by the fans as to what Bama football might be like with the addition of Tua Tagovailoa and some other highly rated offensive prospects to the team, they didn't get disappointed yesterday. From the opening series of plays to the last play of the game, the fans weren't cheated of offensive fireworks that they all came to see. Now those that came to see an angry defense stifle any offense that Jalen and Tua might have to offer, that didn't happen and I'm glad as this was a fun day planned for the fans and most left the stadium talking about all the "what ifs" for next years team. The defense got a couple of black eyes in the game but they had their moments too. I think the defense will only get better as they  have to practice against all of this offense Bama has to offer now. The receivers really took it to the defensive backs with some great routes and catches but again, that's not all that bad as the DBs should get better having to practice against the "gazelles" that we watched yesterday. You might want to pencil in the name Jerry Judy on your "to remember" list for next season's team, he is the real deal. Also I want to mention Robert Foster. Here is a young man that came to Bama four years ago with lots of high explosive promise for the team but injuries have plagued him since his first year and now he is finally healthy for his senior year and showcasing those good abilities that he has. If he can stay healthy, he will add a lot to the offense this next season.

It's a given that there is still a lot of work to do on the offensive line and defensive secondary but I think the film of the game will give the players and coaches a lot to work with between now and August when the team arrives for next season. I didn't see any major injuries from yesterday so maybe we can start the next season injury free which is unusual from the past few years.

The question now is what kind of team will we see next season? Will Bama be  more offensive minded since the Clemson loss in the championship game or will they stay with their traditional game control offensive schemes which is what Nick Saban prefers. Clemson beat a good Bama defense for the National Championship with an outstanding show of offense that wore the good Bama defense down in the last quarter of the game. Is this the new trend in college football as so many teams are now scoring lots and lots of points each game and not worrying about how many they give up, just score more than your opponent theory. At the end of last season I would say definitely no to this theory for Bama but after seeing what Bama will have to offer offensively this coming season, I'm not so sure as what to think Bama might offer up for the next season. The old saying, "if you can't beat them you might as well join them" theory might well come into play as so many teams are now highly explosive offenses that score many points which make it impossible to try and defend them and hold them under 21 points a game. I can remember the Bear Bryant days when he would figure the team would have to score 10 points to win the game as they were not going to give up 7 points or more but the game has changed.

This is all nothing but pure speculation but is something that all of us Bama fans can think about for the next few months, will Coach Nick Saban change his philosophy of how he coaches his team? I say it's a good chance but knowing Coach Nick Saban, the defense will still be a trademark of his team but maybe in a different way. Until August arrives, I guess we can have a little fun visualizing all of the "what ifs" this team may offer next season after the big fireworks display yesterday and the CNS interviews might get a little more interesting as well.

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A few Spring game notes:
Written by hscoach
Comments: 24
Posted under: The Quad
This is what you would call a plain vanilla spring game.  Very little motion on the offensive side of the ball and very little blitzing by the defense. 

QBíS:  They both threw some nice deep balls. I also saw a couple of behind the rec throws especially on the shorter routes.  It is like they are guiding the short throws instead of letting them go.  They both got away with a couple of throws that could/should have been picked.  Jones looked more nervous in his beginning reps but seem to settle down later.  It is a lot easier to throw the ball down field when the coverages donít change very much and the D is no blitzing and stunting.  You could really tell a difference in the QB play when the D did start some blitzing.

RBíS:  They are loaded here.  I really like the patience of Harris, but then he burst to the opening or into contact.  It also looks like Harris can be a valuable rec coming out of the backfield.

RECíS:  Again they are loaded in this area.  Ridley, Foster. Jeudy, and Smith stood out to me. 

OL:  It is very hard to tell much about them. You really donít know how well they can play when you must handle twist and stunts from a defensive front.  They have to be a lot more communication in the OL when the previous happens.

DL:  Plenty of numbers here and the QBís got the ball out pretty quick in the begging.  Even with the vanilla fronts they did, along with the LBís have at least 8 sacks.  They really didnít give up and huge runs except for the scramble by Hurts.

LBíS:  Miller showed a good burst and looks like he could be a force coming off the edge.   Hall made a big play on the interception.

DBíS:   Lot of new faces.  People seemed to be concerned with this group, but understand they will be helped when the D front is allowed to come with the different stunt and blitz packages.  They did seem to be in position most of the times and only a couple of perfect throws made them look worse than they were.  They did close fast on most of the receptions.  They were also unlucky a couple of times when the recís caught a couple of tipped passes.

Overall, I think they are going to be in pretty good shape for the upcoming year. 

Jalen Hurts, Meet Tua
Written by Jamos
Comments: 8
Posted under: The Quad
What a fun day it was at the scrimmage yesterday, I'm glad I read my emails and didn't miss it. It was a good day for a scrimmage as the air was cooler and the players seemed ready for some live action.

There was a big crowd there yesterday with a lot of anticipation and for good reason, everyone wanted to see Tua and what he had to offer. You can trust me on this, no one left disappointed with the quarterback situation as was the case last year at this time. Let's not leave out Mac Jones either, he looked like a freshman but I thought he improved toward the end of the scrimmage especially on his deep throws but let's give the receivers some credit too as they made some very good receptions, something that haunted the team at the end of last season with a lot of dropped balls.

The defense looked the stronger of the teams but that is usually the case at this time of the year. The offensive line still has some work to do pass blocking on the ends, something that really hurt us last year. Another bright spot for the offense yesterday was the running backs. Scarborough and Jacobs wasn't there which gave the young ones a chance to show their skills and a couple of them didn't disappoint the fans. The one that got the most oohs and aahs was freshman Brian Robinson (24) from Hillcrest High School here in Tuscaloosa. He gave the defense all they wanted with his power and agility on his runs. Najee Harris had some good runs as well with his quickness on his cuts and the ability to get extra yards after being hit.

Now, the kicking game. J K Scott is still J K Scott as he was booming the ball on his punts. The problem now is what about field goals. Yesterday the transfer from Ole Miss  and Scott were the only two field goal kickers available as the recruited kicker has not arrived yet.  I thought both did well on short and mid range kicks but not so well from a long distance. J K Scott is a phenom kicker and by the fall I think he will be ready to answer the call for the duty of being the kicker if needed. Hopefully the new kicker will fill the bill though when he arrives.

Now the excitement of the day came when CNS addressed our group with his analysis of the scrimmage. He seemed in a good mood and felt they came away with some questions answered of where the team is right now. When it came to the question and answer time is when the big moment of the day happened. I don't think I have ever thought of CNS being at a loss of words until yesterday. He was quick to say he had just left meeting with the press and that usually means he's a little irritated so be careful with your questions. Everything was going as usual with the questioners until this 13-14 year old boy asked him would Jalen Hurts be the starting QB next year. He started to fire back but realized it was a young man this time and not the press. He started to answer and then just looked from side to side of the room trying to think of how to answer this young man without biting his head off. The audience realized this the room burst with laughter. This lasted for 3-4 minutes and a big smile came on his face, he knew he had been had, it was too funny. He gave the young man a very good answer that at this time of the season there is no depth chart but he did tell him that it was Hurt's job to lose. A round of applause was then given the coach for his answer. Coach also added in his answer that Miss Terrie was the QB coach and she would probably make that decision when the time comes. It was a classic moment that we will all remember.

Anyway the first scrimmage is over with a lot of promise from a fans point of view and I think the coaches left with something to work with in preparation for A Day. It should be well worth the trip to Bryant Denny April 22nd to watch Jalen and Tua battle it out on A Day as well as Mac Jones showcasing some of his skills at the QB position as well.

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