He wasn't an eligible receiver because he was on the line and covered, so the defense ignored him.
I think they and MSU are pretty similar, but I'll give them the edge because of Cooper.
I agree. I wouldn't be surprised to see him leave or stay, but he is one of the guys that seems to just love the game and wants to win.
Always upvotes for Ron Swanson.
That's what I was thinking. Based on this year, he would be at best the 3rd string next year (obviously doesn't carry the same stigma as a 3rd stringer elsewhere), maybe 4th again just because of depth, so he could redshirt as a sophomore like Dunn and Thomas. I'm not that concerned about Jones going down, because he is a tank, but that would be a pretty awkward situation.
Interesting idea. No idea if he is the coaching type, but that could be a great, if risky, hire. The only thing I would say though is that I think the system is a little different than the one he ran in Florida.
Urban also seems to be a pretty different guy than he was at Florida. This is where he has wanted to be his whole career I believe, and he actually seems to be genuinely having fun with it instead of constantly looking stressed and frustrated. He has shared some frustrations, but he has really been enjoying himself this year, especially since MSU. A top-notch coach who is humble enough to learn from past mistakes and is in exactly the job he wants is a fantastic thing. It took me a while to warm up to the idea of Urban as coach, but I came to the same conclusion you did.
I think the team is running better simply because of the different players. There are multiple guys who can score well, which lets everyone play better. I think it would be pretty similar if Craft were still here.
I think even though we have seen he is capable of a lot more than just vertical routes, he is used to keep the defense honest sometimes and open up routes underneath or intermediate. That's my best guess as to why he doesn't get everything thrown at him.
I am looking forward to this matchup as well. I think Grant is one of the most underrated corners in college football, and I have been pretty impressed with our secondary this season in general.
I wouldn't be so quick to shove him out the door. I doubt he would stay, and I have zero beef with that, but if he decides he wants to stay another year and play with his brother, I'd gladly have him back. There are plenty of guys that have no need to stay their senior years but do anyway, so I will have no issue with whatever he decides.
Cardale is the starter, he knows it, and he played like it against Wisconsin. Don't even care what happens next year right now, because it's clear that the order on the depth chart doesn't really matter anything like it used to. I respect the crap out of him and the rest of the team for playing out of their minds when they had the perfect excuse to back down. I think they will have the right blend of confidence (but not cockiness) and energy going into the Sugar Bowl to win.
He really does. I don't know that he will be able to be that dominant in the NFL, but this season he has averaged a touchdown on 36%(!) of his catches, to go with nearly a 27 yard-per-reception average. That's insane. Dez Bryant has the most receiving TDs in the NFL this year with 13 and more than twice as many catches, and averages 15ish YPR. The best YPR is DeSean Jackson at 19. While Smith isn't playing NFL-level competition, his numbers are ridiculous, especially given that we have Mike Thomas on the team, who has caught 13 more passes, plus Marshall, Wilson, and Heuerman to throw to as well.
Perhaps we would have been on the other side of those Florida beatings.
I like the sound of that with our best games being away games, plus our fans always travel well. Obviously the result on the field will tell us who is better, and I can understand the Buckeyes as betting dogs (although I wouldn't put a cent on that), but I feel very optimistic.
Dang. We could eat 10 points on our average scoring offense and points allowed and still win by a FG. A 24-point average margin of victory is a lovely thing.
I agree with the general sentiment here that there really isn't a need for that. I think we will see the same team out there that lined up against Wisconsin. And as bad as Meyer and everyone else has been wanting to play Bama, I think they will be just as fired up.
That is surprising, but I think he will have himself a nice NFL career. This year he has shown that he is actually a complete receiver while still being stupid fast. I think all of those guys will at least get a few years in the NFL.
Or if he had played football and would have been on the '06 team...
Ha, I love the caption on the picture of Gardner getting sacked by Boren.
Plus, the PI call was legit, if a bit late.
This makes me wonder what it would be like if it was still separated into freshman teams and everyone else. They would have been nasty last year.
Weirdly enough, that's what it sounds like.
That's quite the interesting stat. I wonder how much Alabama is looking down on us, or if Saban has convinced them not to. I think Cardale is going to pass all over their defense.
Fickell has also been here for a long time, so I'd guess that probably plays into it.