Friday, August 31, 2007
About MSU: I honestly think that the Bulldogs need to go to a different offense, because these guys haven't been able to score points consistantly under Sly Croom yet. I think he runs the West Coast, which I have heard critics point out that its too complicated for the college player. I have actually heard somewhere that it takes a qb 3 years to grasp it. That is too long, in my opinion.
Rob Spence seems to be ready for the game and said he was extremely confident in his offense. He also said he got too aggressive and hungry in the Kentucky game. I can't comment on this because I never watched it. I was at work, and when I found out the catastrophe, I just didn't want to go through that hell. That story is on rivals, but you can't see the premium stories, can you Vance? Whenever you get home I will give you my access, but I am not sure if you are using a shared computer or not right now in Afghanistan.
This is going to be a war Monday night. I think we are going to see the opposite of the last 2 Miami-Florida State debacles. These teams are both going to fight to until the end. I think both will do some good things offensively and defensively and we will be on the edge of our seats with 5 minutes to play.
Matchups- Clemson offense vs. FSU defense: FSU has the edge with the line matchups, but I think Spence will find creative ways to get Spiller in the flats, which is basically a run for him. I think the key will be a lot of 3 step drops to offset a defense that will be blitzing heavy. One area of concern is durability of the recievers who will take shots on the quick passing game. I think Davis should also get a ton of carries. They may only be for 1-3 yards at first, but if they are in a close game those will turn into 5-9 yard gains. Surprising fact: I don't necessarily think throwing the bomb all night is the key. FSU may simply be to fast for that strategy.
Clemson defense vs. FSU offense: Clemson holds the edge in the line matchups here. I do think the new coaching staff is an upgrade, but these are still the same players that have been getting blown up the last few years. I think the key here is linebacker play. I think Koenning needs to blitz early and often from every side of the field. I think it is imperative to find out if either Weatherford or Lee has matured enough to make decisions under pressure and theres no better way than to let Tremaine Billie introduce himself. Fisher will try to test a young secondary, but I think this will sting him. That secondary is loaded with talent and I think this is the best position in football for talent to overcome experience.
Prediction: You know I am not being that silly this year. I think the team with the fewest turnovers will win this one. In a game this evenly matched, every one of them will be big.
I know that we were not talking about Clemson. The only reason I bring up Clemson in situations like this is so that you can see where I am coming from. So you can relate. I'm not trying to bash Clemson by doing so.
The thing about the media is, they never tell the whole truth. If you hear Cook's story and the media reported it accordingly, this would not be as big of a deal. Sure it's embarrassing for one of your players to be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. It's even more embarrassing that Columbia's media will not report his side of the story..
I think Spurrier knows that Cook is a good kid. He has been around him a lot more than me and you have. He knew that what Cook did was not with bad intentions. Anyway, who has said that no disciplinary action is going to be taken?? That is news to me. He was reinstated to the University by the University officials after they heard his side of the story. He has NOT been reinstated to the football team yet(Source: Gamecock Central), which I'm sure will happen but he will have to go through the athletic dept. first. He will have to miss the first few weeks due to injury and his fate this season will be decided after that. Why rush into the punishment of Cook? It is obviously a complicated matter and I'm sure the coaching staff wants to have some time to think about it. If you remember, the punishments for the players that were involved in the Carolina/Clemson brawl for the next season were not announced until a couple of weeks before the season started. Again I ask, who said that no disciplinary action is going to take place on the Cook situation??
I'm sure parents do pay attention to things like this in recruiting but as much as I hate to say it, players getting in trouble at Carolina isn't a new thing. If you remember, we did sign the 6th best recruiting class in the nation in 2007. I think the parents of the players trust Spurrier with their kids. Obviously they do.. The 6th best class in the nation, bro.
My bottom line is this. I think we have spent enough time on this subject. We have done a really good job about not flaming but this subject is going to lead to a bonfire if we let it linger. I don't plan on hammering Clemson the next time one of their players get in trouble because it really is pointless. People make mistakes and I hope both the Clemson and Carolina teams stay out of trouble. We shouldn't glorify a kid getting in trouble like many often do. By glorify I mean giving it too much attention. It does no good. Obviously you and I have our on opinions on the subject and we have expressed them. I say we leave it at that and start talking about what this Blog was developed for.. College football and the three of us being able to communicate when you're away. We shouldn't waste time arguing over this. We should be arguing about actual NCAA Football baby!!! The season is finally here with Miss St opening it up for the Bayou Bengals to insert! Man Miss St's offense is terrible!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
But thats not exactly the point but in a way it kind of is at the same time. We were talking about Cook not Clemson. Its kind of like just shifting it over to comparison instead of facts. Well your player did this. But as I said, did he get off easy? Not just Pickens that lets football players off the hook. But this is more about players not getting disciplined. Like I say, what disciplinary action is being taken? Are you suggesting that an unlawfull firearm charge on campus is no big deal? Was it embarrassing to the school?
I wouldn't really want to compare the two schools as far as things like this goes and it really does no good to do so. No doubt a big part of the difference is location. My point was, before he even got reinstated that one of the few things that could spell Spurriers downfall is this. In other words poor discipline off the field. I do think this is a prime example of that.
Sorry bro, I certainly don't think he should have got kicked off the team permanently. However, in my opinion this sends the wrong message. You can expect more of the same this year and it will have an impact on recruiting. Parents pay attention to things like this and rightfully so.
Here's one of Brent's favorites by Van Gogh.
Cook was reinstated. He is pictured here in the lower left corner. I wonder if that is a gang sign?
Absolutely no disciplinary action was taken. As far as I know no disciplinary action is planned. I guess they figured god punished him enough with appendicitis.
Now again, did he get off easy?
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
On Florida State's defense:
"My preference would be for them (Florida State defense) to rush four and defend with seven, and not get pressure with four. It wouldn't surprise me if their down linemen get pressure. So I think they're going to initially challenge their defense to get pressure with four. If they can get in his (Cullen Harper) face and rattle him, then it will be a long night for us."
Its gonna happen. 7 or 8 man fronts all night. But, for him to say this, maybe its not what it seems. I hope and somewhat believe from the practice strategy so far that they are planning for this. I believe at least in theory the big plan this year is to burn defenses deep. If Harper can burn Fla State in the first game it could set the tone all year. Other teams will have to adjust knowing that if he can burn Fla State he can do it to anyone.
Having said all that, we all know that it is much easier said than done. In my mind again, 50 50 at best. Very important game for the offense.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Spurrier has made it plain that he expects the Cocks to be in the SEC race. Gamecock fans are certainly expecting a certain win vs the Tigers. The past two years have been a battle vs the Cocks, in my mind it will be more of the same this year. Certainly not a certain win for either team.
In fact much like Clemson last year hype and expectations will be high due to the major overhaul in recruiting. Even though the players are still quite young and inexperienced. My opinion is that you can expect a year at least to start seeing results on the field. Certainly they are on the way.
But Spurrier is a special coach no doubt and can and has done some remarkable things. If anyone can do it its him. Will these new high expectations help or equal performance on the field. Noone can answer that. But it certainly equals pressure and Clemson was not ready for it, only time will tell for the Cocks. Thoughts?
I was simply stating what would have to happen. Now, having said that... The two worst question marks you can have is QB and O-line. Both are equally important. For us to have a big year a QB has to step up. We have to have a QB to get a hot hand. In my mind that is a 50 50 shot this year at best and probably a little less if Korn as a Freshman gets the nod. If that happens it could turn into a rebuilding year at QB.
So in what I was saying was not hype in fact, quite the opposite. Very little hype and low expectations. College football however has a tendancy to work just like that. I think most people watching Florida last year even during their games would not have expected a National Title. I expected them to beat Ohio State, but cetainly not the way that they did. Not too many other people (except us) thought they would even win. Exactly, just look at Notre Dame and Miami.
History usually repeats, it only stands to reason that even if not this year, the Tigers will have their season on an unexpected year. It could be this year, but the hype is just not there. Don't buy into it.
Don't be surprised if you see an opening kickoff returned for a TD followed by the other team returning the next kickoff for a TD. Not necessarily in a Carolina or Clemson game but it could happen this season for some match up around the nation. Moving the kickoffs back by 5 yards is going to play a bigger roll than many may think this season, IMO. It's going to lead to offense's having better field position which should lead to higher scoring games. So I guess I have made 2 big predictions for this season:
1) More fireworks on kickoff returns.
2) Higher scoring games.
Monday, August 27, 2007
You guys have painted a pretty good picture of the 2007 Tigers but I still have in the back of my head the magnificent portrait that you guys painted of the 2006 Tigers. I'll buy into the hype again this season but I'll tell you right now, if the Tigers have another breakdown season this year i won't buy into the preseason hype in the future. It's looking just as good for the Tigers as it was this time last season. What that means; I don't know but we don't have long to find out!
I remember last year before the season started Brent picked Clemson to play against Notre Dame in the National Championship.. Don't feel bad Brent, your very own Kirk Herbstreet picked Miami to win the National Championship in the 2006 Herbie awards.. lol.
If we can win the first game, it will go a long way towards helping with that. We will have a couple of good weeks to get whoever is starting some experience. If someone can get hot at QB we will have a good year.
I don't have big expectations, but for some strange reason I think that is a good thing for a change this year. Its just in the back of my mind that it will happen on an unexpected year. So far, knock on wood, we have had alot of good luck in the way of staying out of trouble and injuries. Right now we have almost no injuries in fact.
Thats a big key and a change from last year so far. That really was critical last year. Who can tell, we might actually stay healthy this year. We need a QB to step up and to stay healthy, if we can get that, I think we have a shot at a really good year. Thoughts?
Sunday, August 26, 2007
About the fights at Clemson's practice. Scuffles are going to happen, it's a part of football practice. I don't think a team should be fighting a lot though for 2 reasons. It takes away from practice time and it gets players in the habit of fighting during football. What if one of the players does it in a real game? If the Clemson players are fighting a lot like it said in the article, I think they need to tone it down a bit and concentrate on this coming season and the way to do that is by practicing, not fighting.
The funny part that I was talking about was the Barry Richardson part. I could just picture that scenario happening.. lol.
But in all seriousness it is going to be looked at harshly by the administration. With the whole Va Tech incident something like this is not going to be taken lightly and every school is probably looking to make an example.
Yes, I remember in Spring, Bowden made some comments about the fights. He said he actually liked it because it meant people are really intense in practice. He said he can't recall this in the past and the fights of course are harmless. In other words its just a spare of the moment thing. Sounds pretty logical to me.
The pictures are good! I bet grandaddy has perked up too.
FSU has won 16 of the last 17 of their season openers.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Here are Spurrier's quotes after today's practice:
"Emanuel has a hearing with the university sometime on Tuesday. We're hoping it will be positive for us but we'll certainly sit back and let our legal system take it's course."
"I've talked to him and I certainly believe his story." Spurrier said. "Hopefully everyone that is involved in this decision will be listening and believe his story also. Emanuel is a fine young man and we will obviously do everything to support him, all of us."
"I don't know how to really say it. I can't explain it. It's like we've had so much intensity out here," said the 6-foot-4, 315-pounder. "We've had a lot of fights in practice. Players are coming out and giving it their all. Emotions are running high. It's all part of the game of football. It's odd, but it's a good thing." When asked to recall the toughest fight he had witnessed thus far, Jenkins was at a loss for words, though he does remember one episode that still draws a few laughs in the Clemson team locker room.
"The funniest fight I've seen was between (junior MIKE linebacker) Cortney Vincent and (senior left offensive tackle) Barry Richardson," said the Central native. "Barry is almost 6-foot-7, and had his long arms stretched out touching Cortney's head. Cortney was just swinging away, but couldn't get to Barry. He couldn't connect on anything."
I will tell you this right now, if you don't think the Clemson players get away with a lot in Pickens county you're crazy. Columbia is not a little college town, it is the capital of the state. There are plenty of people there that don't give a damn about football. I can promise you that as long as the Clemson players stay inside Clemson, they will not get into trouble. They will get away with a lot. Seems like every time a Clemson player gets into something, it is outside of the county. Example: the guy before champs sports bowl exposing himself to an old woman and when Duane Coleman "Done smoked it" in Oconee county. Just don't think your Clemson players are saints and don't think there isn't a lot that is swept under the rug, so to speak, at Clemson. Brent and I have discussed this subject before and he agrees with me. He spoke on it last night, he said something like "It sucks that Carolina isn't in a small college town, because every move the players make is spotlighted." He hit the nail on the head there..
The Gamecocks are headlining this week, aren't they? Sucks its in a negative light. Vance are you saying Spurrier is too easy on his players? I'm not gonna make fun of this whole situation, but you gotta admit Blake Mitchell is a punk. He isn't the best leader there is, in my opinion.
With football in less than a week away, the excitement and nervousness of that game is creeping in. I think the Clemson/FSU game will be a war and come down to the wire. I hate that it is the Bowden bowl though. It most suck for these two because the loser is helping the other get ousted. I think the FSU that Bobby Bowden built would get rid of him if he doesn't satisfy them. Should they? My opinion is that he should be able to stay until he wants to hang it up. Whats yours Blake? Vance?
The College Gameday preview show is on right now, and you should see Lee Corso's tan. He looks like a damn oompa-loompa.
First off you got to look at what he has done. The Tigers were not in good financial shape when he took over. There are some speculations that we are not in the best financial shape at the moment but certainly better than when he took over.
If we are (and I doubt it) it is due to an upgrade in facilities. In fact in the long run, this will pay off and already is. Ticket sales, even with a somewhat unhappy fan base are at an all time high. This is obviously in my mind due to the potential we have based on talent.
I am not fully satisfied yet that we need a coaching change. But I will say if it comes to that TDP will be the man to find the right one. I can say in all certainty that it will not be Houston Nutt. If they were having conversations it was probably HN getting advice on how to straighten out the mess he has made at Arkansas and the Tigers won't accept a candidate like him.
I still believe Bowden has a shot at getting it right. But I could see TDP bringing in Paul Johnson if he doesn't. I will take either one. Don't forget, you heard it here first.
One was a threat most everyone suspected. The other would have been a total blindside.
On the school's website Thursday, Phillips issued a statement in which he declared he was not a candidate for the AD's job at Arkansas. His announcement puts to end rampant speculation that he would bolt for Fayetteville and take over for his retired mentor, Frank Broyles.
Then in Friday's Charleston Post and Courier, Larry Williams reported that Phillips also rebuffed efforts by the Big 12 Conference to gauge his interest in the league's commissionership. Again, Phillips said thanks but no thanks. The talks never got beyond the exploratory stage.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Bowden suspended the beanie bowl and is gonna practice the crap out of the Tigers the next 2 days. Sounds like he is not playing around. I guess he set up the whole deal with Harper, at least thats what Mickey Andrews said he is saying. Harper actually went out during the scrimmage and Korn came in with the first team offense to get some snaps and see how he would do at the spare of the moment.
Kind of crazy couple of days.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Blake was advised to drop the class in question by his academic advisor. He supposedly dropped the class, or at least thought he did, but the professor did not take him off the roll. After he dropped it he quit going, but since the professor didn't remove him from the roll he missed to many classes. I don't know if he failed to file the proper paperwork to actually drop the class or not. I am not exactly sure how the class dropping process works, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him win his appeal.
Also, what did you think about the scrimmage report? I found out that 16 different receivers (and TE) caught at least one pass. Pretty impressive I thought.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I am not saying I am condemning the kid yet, just that this is not a good sign and FSU will most likely have a good defense:
Willy Korn had another good scrimmage at quarterback completing 9-16 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown pass was a 56-yarder to wide receiver LaDonte Harris, who continues to have a good preseason. Harris had two catches for 67 yards on the day. In addition to his touchdown pass to Harris, Korn threw a scoring pass to Sadat Chambers during a goal line drill.
First-team quarterback Cullen Harper was 4-12 for 41 yards, all against the number-one defense. The offense scored two touchdowns and a field goal when he was on the field.
Tribble Reese, the third-team quarterback, was 3-5 for 25 yards, but had touchdown runs of 70 and two yards. He was the leading rusher in the scrimmage with three rushes for 83 yards. None of the three quarterbacks threw an interception.
"These guys are very similar to the guys we had at Florida. In fact, these guys are probably stronger than the guys we had when we were winning SEC (championships) all the time."
"Our players are physically just as good. We should play better. We're just not playing very well. Hopefully it's just repetition that our guys will understand what we're trying to do. That's why we have a lot of scrimmages, a lot of plays. The guys that learn from their mistakes are the guys that end up playing."
And after tonight's practice Spurrier was asked about the situations at guard and center and if it was a disappointment for him.. This was his response:
"No, it was expected. No, it was expected for them to struggle somewhat." Spurrier said. "Hopefully they will sort of get it together. I think we will be alright when we start running the ball a little bit." Spurrier went on to say. "I'm hoping our defensive line is pretty good. I'm hoping they're gonna run through a lot of people. We're gone find out when we play against our opponents."
I really do think our D-line is just that good.. I could very well be set up for a let down. I think Carolina's O-line being bad is just too easy to predict for the papers and analysts. I don't think any of them are aware of of just how good our D-line or defense is. Let's hope I'm right.. save the early projections right Brent.. lol?
I think you're on to something with FSU being significantly worse over the past few years but Vance is on to something with getting over the hump of not being scared of them as far as that match up goes. I don't think many teams in the ACC are scared of FSU like they used to be.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I think Bowden said Korn has closed the gap some, not just based on a scrimmage. There are other factors to consider. I still think Cullen Harper will have to play bad for them to start Willie Korn.
You're right about fearing FSU in the past, Vance. Is it because Clemson is better or because FSU is worse? Lets just all reserve judgment until a few games in. I am just ready for it all to begin.
Talking about your OL, is the glass half full or half empty? You can look at it from both sides. It could very well be that your DL has improved and thats good. It could not be that. Before the season I always opt for the glass is half full. Now, having said that, in the way of the Tigers unfortunately as the season unfolds it usually turns out that the glass is half empty in those sort of question marks. But, thats not to say that is the case either.
You can look at Bowden in the same concept. Is the glass half full. I think so, we choose to judge him harshly but... It has not been very long ago that we would be expecting an ass beating from FSU coming up. Right now I am fairly confident we will pull off a win, I am convinced we will play a very competitive game. So, having said that, Bowden has made improvements. He is competative with everyone we play. Unfortunately, Va Tech gave us a beating. But all teams, even the Southern Cals, Ohio States, Fla, Auburns, they all have weeks like that. We choose however to say, we just do the same thing every year. Not so much.
Takes a while to make a team competative with big name teams. Spurrier knows this and has worked hard to change the attitude of his players and fans and with success up to this point.
If you really think about Bowden in terms of the glass being half full its not bad at all. What he needs to do is not as complicated as we sometimes choose to make it. Its simple and very acheivable, he needs to keep playing at the same level against big name teams. That should have been the biggest obstacle and because he does proves the team is capable of being a powerhouse already. What he needs to find a way to do is play at the same level against lower level teams. If he finds a way to do this we are there. Not so bad in my opinion and very logical to think it can and will happen.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Glad you guys are going to practice. But Brent needs to take his old butt to the Clemson practice and give us some insight, I don't care if he has to hide in the woods with some binoculars. I read today where Jamie Cumbie is the strongest man on the football team, who would have guessed that?
Saturday, August 18, 2007
We have a little bit of a shortage at RB's. But we do have some guys that I believe could come in and do a good job if need be. James Davis is good but I think D. Chancellor could have come in and done as good a job. C.J. on the otherhand, there's just no way to replace an athelete like him.
Oh but, guess who has been taking some snaps at RB? None other than Jacoby Ford. He could definitely come in and do some damage and he will some this year too.
Brandon Clear has been burning it up at reciever and I can't wait to see D. Mcdaniel out there. Again, its been oversaid in past years, but we do have the potential to have a great season.
Yeah Bro, I know newspapers do manipulate things. Thats why I didn't bring it up until you mentioned about a slight possibility of a redshirt. I think they will be just fine though, Spurrier is no idiot.
I know they will be taking extra precautions with CJ and James now, and I can't blame them. I just wonder how it will affect the season. Bowden said they would be on the field at the same time, but you know how close to the vest this team can be because of injuries. One thing of note, I thought Sadat Chambers would end up being third string anyway. Paul Macko will get some playing time as well, though. He isn't a bad back, and is a good inside runner. Demerick Chancellor should have stayed and waited for his time dammit!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
My theory is that his new deal of lack of performance earning you the bench is paying off. At least thats what I am hoping.
No, I didn't mean drop Tech. Hell, I couldn't do that now if I wanted to.. lol. That's probably what I will do when I finish up with my 2 year. Take one class at a time and go from there. After I get a good paying job of course.
By the way, there are no more sore spots as far as I'm concerned. I don't get sore about anything posted here anymore. I will tell you how I feel but it will not be a sore response. It's been much more enjoyable the way we have been going. Did I come off angry with my last post? I didn't mean to if it sounded that way. I'm just high on Brian Maddox and tried to give a senario (James Davis) for y'all to relate to.. I know you meant no harm by your post about Maddox. Everything Carolina and Clemson wise is welcome here IMO. An article like that one was taken out of context by the reporter and the only way I know is by watching Maddox's interview with the media. You didn't know that. He wasn't unhappy or pissed though.. He knew he wasn't gonna redshirt and was kinda like "Why is he asking me this." The reporter from the upstate paper took it and ran with it, thats all.
Oh, I didn't mean drop tech and go elsewhere, that would be pissing in the wind. I just meant keep on going. A computer job will likely have regular hours and you could take a class or two at night. Online classes are real good too and the same as going to the school.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
If Spurrier goes on ahead and redshirts this kid he may end up transferring.
Thats what he needs to do. That will motivate them to play hard in every game, I think that could in fact be the missing link. We have been notorious for not playing hard in lesser games. Replacing big names in small games could motivate them just like we need and would have a lesser impact in the easier games.
If he keeps on adapting, I think he just might get the right combination one year. Quite possibly this year which in my opinion rest with the QB's.
The injured players walked off the field which is a good sign. We should know more today. Our Defense is gonna be great this year. I have no doubt of that, Deandre M. is shaping up to be one of those specially gifted atheletes that only come around every once in a while. I think by the end of the year, opposing offenses will have to pass the ball away from him which is what you want.
I think we will beat FSU this year. Oh, Jimbo will get them where they need to be, just not in the first game where they will likely be worse. O-lines, QB's and running games donot just change overnight and we will catch them at the right time this year. Furma, LA, Duke, CM are all givens. Thats 5. Out of the other 7 opponents it seems a pretty easy task and very likely we will win at least 3 of them. Otherwise, nothing would have to be going right, don't see it happening. At least 8 wins. If this moivations works, based on talent alone, we could easily win 5 or 6 of the other games.
If he can motivate the team in lesser games, 10 wins is a very good possibility. I think he may finally be getting it. Thats how Spurrier does it, "Noones job is safe"
Ricky Sapp and Dorrell Scott went down today due to ankle sprains. They along with Jamie Cumbie will be sitting out of practice until further notice. Clemson has had the worst luck on the D with injuries. I hope those guys recover well and are ready to play by the season opener. One positive thing that tigerillustrated has reported though is that Kevin Alexander has been pushing Sapp for the starting job. I'm not that sold on Sapp yet, I'll have to see how he does as a full-time starter. Reports in practice so far have not be to good. He didn't even have a tackle in Saturday's scrimmage and was in there for a lot of snaps. Hope he has no trouble recovering from his injury though. He needs to have a chance to prove himself against FSU.
Almost worried to post this but I'm thankful for Carolina's lack of injuries so far. Our biggest loss has been our 3rd string RB, Bobby Wallace for 5-6 weeks. The only other 3 that I know of are freshmen Jamire Williams, Joe Hills, and 4th string RB Taylor Rank. All three should return by the time the season starts. Hills was looking good for playing time but his missed practices due to injury will likely lead to a redshirt. He's gonna be a good one for us down the road though.
Wallace and Rank's injuries should help Brian Maddox avoid a redshirt. I'm telling you though, that may not be a bad thing. Spurrier has been very high on him so far and said he thinks he will be ready if called upon. You guys know how I felt after watching him in practice. Here's what I said about him in my practice report:
"I'm going to tell you guys right now, Spurrier is going to find it hard to redshirt Maddox this year. He is very fast, very fast. He was a little smaller than I remember but that won't matter if he plays like he did last night. He had a couple of really good catches and showed a great ability to get open. It's going to be interesting to see him with pads on."
The practice I went to focused a lot on receiving but I have been hearing that he is hitting the holes really good as well.
We will know what Clemson's all about in less than three weeks. The entire nation will know in three weeks.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
10 wins, an ACC championship or 9 wins and beating the Cocks will likely get him another contract extension which aides recruiting. So, really, he is in pretty good shape. Like it or not, thats the way I see it. Just my opinion..
He is bringing in alot of money, high profile recruits and is not doing anything to emabarrass the school. TD Phillips is in no hurry to dismiss him at this point.
I also agree and will be one of the first to say dump Harper IF, he bombs out. I am not convinced that even if he does Korn will do better this year. But if you have to make that choice it is clear you go with longevity and the future which is Korn and getting him play time is important there. Unless Harper bombs out completely, which I don't expect due in part based on what you said in that our RB's can carry us and make him look better (OL bombing won't get us a QB change) I donot expect Korn to play. He certainly will not come in in a close game which that Harper is managing well, a close game being the most likely outcome.
Bowden does not replace QB's very often. He needs to do it more, but I have no reason to think he will change his and his dad's strategy on this this year. Especially not opening day. The big talk amongst him and his coaches this year is a strong desire to start redshirting more players. Which is understandable.
I will say this though. We can be more confident coming into this season saying that Carolina's D-line will be to much for the freshman UGA O-line to handle or the Clemson RB making the big play to win the game against FSU than we could have in years past.. Agree?
Going to be interesting!
Tommy Bowden can not afford to not let the back-up play if the starter performs like Procter did last season. Tommy's job is at stake. He will be taking it like every game is his last IMO. He is going to be thinking in every struggle that this could be his last season to play a highly talented QB like Willy. If Cullen struggles, he is going to care less about Tribble Reese. He is going to put in the guy that the Clemson fans want to see!
Build for the future right? Isn't that what you always say? Clemson's future is not Cullen Harper or Tribble Reese.
Monday, August 13, 2007
So you are saying that he should not redshirt and play late in the 4th quarter for one or two games like Harper did last? Brent I'm never gonna agree with you there. If he is not the starter he should redshirt and only come out if Harper gets hurt, period. You say let him come in as a junior. I say let him come in with 3 years left. He can get play time experience next year. You are not making any sense.
Also, I am glad you like Harper, I just have never heard you say anything good about him only that Korn should start. From what I have heard the kid has worked hard. I am gonna give him the benefit of the doubt. Again if Korn redshirts this could work out. I have also been hearing alot, that Kyle Parker is better than anyone expected. If we are lucky, he could give Korn a run for his money and make him play better as well.
I have been hearing good news from Tallahassee lately. Seems like both quarterbacks are struggling and Jimbo Fisher isn't ruling out the less talented third string guy getting some playing time. This is great to hear in what is probably going to be a low scoring defensive struggle. Look for CJ Spiller to have a late run for the win! Did I just make a prediction? Nah, that was just some wishful thinking.
Another Uga poster claimed "holes in the recruiting....ie. not signing enough OL"
Either way, I'm glad for there troubles. Not about the injury's, but I believe the Dawgs are going to find it difficult to stop Carolina's monstrous D-line. I hope it's enough to stomp them this season!
Every year however they are short handed? Either Richt is the most unlucky coach in the world or he is not doing very much in the way of developing players with unbelievable potential. My thing is why can't recruits see that. I can see it, I'm sure you guys can see it and I would imagine those guys know alot more about the school than we do. Really pisses me off.
The only thing I can figure is our track record playing them. I will be pulling for the Cocks hard when you play Ga. I have my fingers crossed we get them back on the schedule to stay and soon. I really think if we had caught them on the right week last year we could have taken them. Same with you, if you had caught them at the end no doubt you could have beat them. We have just been unlucky in that respect.
I think either one of our schools beating them does alot for recruiting battles for both schools. Shows we are all on the same level. Gamecock fans should also have their fingers crossed we get them back on the schedule and it should be the one game that they pull for the Tigers. If we both could start beating them we could mop the floor with them in recruiting.
"We are having some issues up front," he said. "With Chester Adams out, that did not help, so we had two true redshirt freshman tackles and a redshirt freshman guard. Scott Haverkamp sprained his ankle early on and he is out, so we had another true freshman (Justin Anderson) guard.
"We had a senior center and four freshmen, three of which are true freshmen with the one unit. The second unit was Vince Vance who is a sophomore and everybody else was freshmen. It was musical chairs."
Despite the look of being loaded on paper, the fact that so many of Georgia's offensive linemen have little or no experience is troubling.
"It is very rare that you should have true freshmen out there, but we may be playing three or four," Richt said. "It is tough because there is no veteran competition. We have two seniors, one junior, one sophomore, and the rest are freshmen. Next year we have one senior, and the year after that we have one senior."
In the meantime, getting the first unit enough work together to build unity is the main concern.
"Chester will be out for a while, Haverkamp is probably out for a while, and that in itself just about guarantees that they won't be a group of five working together this week," said Richt.
Funny stuff about old farmer Spence, I can agree with both VK and Plyler. I like the fact VK didn't just tip toe around it and told them what he thought. Goes back to what I was saying about him in previous posts, he is determined and knows what he is talking about. I haven't followed Plyler for a very long time. Most of what I read is pretty good. I am however sure he has come up with some crap. He is a fan and not a coach. Otherwise he would be doing coaching and not radio. Haven't heard him mention much on the Cocks since I have followed him, but he is a Tiger fan and of course he won't be favoring them. I did however see where his early pick was for the Tigers to be an underdog going into the game this year, didn't sound too one sided.
I can't recite all the rules for redshirting to you. I am not even sure that he can be number 2 and still be a redshirt. I do think he can be activated in a game and lose his redshirt status without waiting. I know for sure he can be activated in the next game. I disagree, I think the plan is to see how Harper does and make a decision. Reese Would be perfectly fine to come in for a drive or 2 if Harper was just shaken up. Bowden is not gonna have any kind of 2 QB system, you guys can forget that. He is not gonna replace Harper as the starter either unless he starts turning the ball over and then probably its gonna have to be in the way of fumble. So having said that, if Korn plays this year and loses a whole year of eligibility he will play if Harper gets hurt, we are 30 points ahead in the 4th quarter etc...... Very little, a total waste if we do that.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Koenning shouldn't worry about Mickey Plyler. He is just a big football fan like us that has a radio show and the means to be heard. I'm not criticizing Koenning for his schemes really, but the fact remains Carolina and Kentucky put a lot of yards on that defense and pocket passers ate Clemson up in the middle of the field.
The scrimmage kind of added feul to what I was saying about Korn hopefully redshirting. His first pass was a interception, the good part is it was D. Mcdaniel. He did throw 3 td passes, but he was 6 for 13. Not very consistent. Thats what I would expect next year. Very great things with an even mixture of very bad things. Harper on the other hand was 8 for 11 with 2 td passes and no interceptions. Which one should start? Untill he proves otherwise, and very unlikely in THREE WEEKS, I believe the coaches have made the right choice.
I don't wanna see a whole year of eligibility wasted just to shut up stupid ass fans, but I bet it happens none the less.
Looks like Vic Koenning punked you and shut you up on the radio this week.
Thanks for the kind words. First, let me say that I think Coach Koenning has every right to say what he feels and he was obviously upset at me for making a few comments about his scheme in a few games. He has the right to express how he feels about it.
I also think it is OK for me to question the scheme when it does not work. Would you not agree? Few are immune to criticism and that includes the coach and the radio host.
Clemson’s defense had 722 plays last year and their linebackers had seven sacks and 10 quarterback pressures the entire year. In three games against pocket passers with little mobility (Boston College and Matt Ryan on a bad ankle, Maryland and Stan Hollenbach and South Carolina and Blake Mitchell) Clemson had a total of 13 yards in sacks. They did not sack Blake Mitchell the entire game. I think it is fair to question the scheme.
The last two games of the season Clemson gave up 901 yards. I think it is OK to question the scheme.
College football at this level is a big business. I am not sure any coach should be surprised if you give up 900 yards in two games that you might be questioned.
I was also surprised he named a former defensive coordinator at Clemson in the interview and threw him under the bus. That is the only thing that upsets me. I don’t think it is good protocol to talk about former coaches in that manner. He has every right to question a sports talk show host but not former coaches.
One final note, I called a former coach a couple of years ago to explain what I said on the radio about his scheme. I wanted to explain myself and tell him why I said what I said. I felt a little foolish a few seconds in the call when the assistant said, “Mickey, no offense but I am too busy to listen to your show. For every second I spend worrying about sports talk radio is a second I could have spent on my job and my players.”
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Yeah old Vic was a little pissed. He never really lost his temper. I like Plyler, but I have to go with Vic on this one. He simply said if you are gonna critisize and make comments you should do better research. He explained how what Plyler said made no sense. He was right, more man coverage would have been disasterous as we didn't have the personnel for that. Crossing routes would have killed us.
Also, Scotty Cooper made the decsion on his own to move to LB, they had allowed him to move to Safety, he said he felt better at LB.
Another thing Vic touched on. I just don't understand how people think losing key players shouldn't matter? Especially since they happen to be some of your most aggressive ones. Of course the Defense was more conservative, common sense.
Yep, but I won't lie, never know and its futile to talk about. If Proctor had come in against GT and played like he did at the start of the season it could have been a smart move. The confidence if its a win could have made a difference last year too.
Last but not least. Ideally Korn will not play next year and if he does not start against FSU I hope and pray he doesn't come in the game. Instantly a whole year of eligibility is lost. He wants to redshirt. Ideally, Harper will do the job and Korn will get an extra year to mature. Giving us at least 3 years of starting time. By that time we will have other options too. I think he is the future just not the present. If he becomes the starter and is not ready, it could ruin the kid.
Nice pic Vance. I'll just say it must be strange to have to walk around on a regular city or town street dressed for war. Strange maybe isn't the word, but you know. Anyway, we'll see you in November, in which Clemson plays a great schedule with Wake Forest, Boston College, and South Carolina. Three easy wins, right Blake?
The story about the little girl is awesome. What you are doing now is something that is making a difference. I am a proud man to have you as my brother.
Are the people in the pic with you friendly? Is it people that you see everyday?
I was hoping that you may have been able to come home sooner. We all miss you and will surely be glad when you're back.
Your post makes me appreciate this site even more and every post you add to it!
Friday, August 10, 2007
I have someone ask me everyday if I have heard from you and all I can say is "Yea, but we talk about football" lol. So, tell me, is there anything I can pass along to the people here?
When will you be back home? Any dates yet? Anything you can give us..
Me, Brent, and everyone here at home are missing your orange tainted ass.. lol.
We really do miss you and want some updates. We get caught up in football and everything but how's things going??? We're ready for you to be back!
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