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BuckInNashville


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Born and raised in the Hall of Fame City, and now living in Nashville where it's all Alabama all the time. Played WR at D3 Ohio Wesleyan where we used to practice in the shoe to prepare for artificial surface games back in the 80's. My QB was Jeff Long, AD at Arkansas, and head of the NCAA playoff selection committee. So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 National Championship : First OT Miami 24 OSU 17. 4th and 14 from the Miami 29, and Krenzel completes a 17 yarder to Michael Jenkins on the right side.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Dane Sanzenbacher
  • NFL TEAM: Whoever I draft on my fantasy team

Recent Activity

Comment 13 Sep 2014

Hey Joshied - nice analysis. I agreed with you 99%. The only thing I didn't agree with was the comment about progression. I played college ball too - was a WR. We had a crappy OC ,  and I routinely cut patterns off to help my QB when he was under siege. Progression is impossible when you're running for your life. Plays, coach, plays. Geez.

Incidentally , my QB in college is now the head of the NCAA playoff selection committee. 

Comment 12 Sep 2014

Toilrt paper - how did they score 40+?  Guapo left, Miller right, guapo right, miller left - that's how. Not play calling. Not when they needed it against a good team in the BiG championship and in the orange Biwl or last Saturday night. Out coached each time - hands down

Comment 12 Sep 2014

Bull - then how did we score a 53 yd TD on one of the few slants we ran? How did we gain 30 yards on two plays running the pitch sweep ? I'll tell you how - by doing what they didn't expect. C'mon man, this is offensive game planning 101.  

What more do you need Herman to tell you this week ?  he basically  admitted that they were out coached and had no clue how to answer what the defense gave them. And now we are hanging our hat on "everyone else will play a predictable 4-3 and we can win when we know exactly what the defense is going to do."

Where's Jim Mora when you need him  -Playoffs ? Playoffs ?   

Comment 12 Sep 2014

Guys - all the "what ifs" and "maybe the best ARE starting" and "they know better than we do" are nonsense. They couldn't call plays in crunch time of the BIG championship, crunch time of the Orange Bowl, or crunch time Saturday night. (Yeah yeah they shouldn't have to score 50 points - but they still had the ball and a chance , and wilted consistently at the end)  I hope they can learn but the process is excruciating  to watch.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

I hope the "pain of regret" that UM talks about is offensive play calling, because what we all see as obvious, seems to be lost on our O coordinator. Check Rabinowitz's column in Tuesday's Dispatch: 

Herman. :  "They were playing hard inside leverage coverage. You can't run drags, it's hard to run slants. They're saying, 'you've got to throw it over our heads.'  That's what we tried to do early and couldn't do it."

so how did we score a 53 yd TD the ONE time we threw a slant ?  

Comment 08 Sep 2014

I had to leave COL Sunday for Japan. Amazing what removing yourself will do. Here are my calmer thoughts :

1. A new line and QB are a big deal

2. However, play calling criticism is well deserved. It did nothing to help the new line and QB.

3. It hurts so bad because we have won 10 games or more in like 12 of the last 15 years. Anybody else done that ?

4. We need to vent because it matters - we take it personally and our skin has worn quite thin with ESPN and their SEC love affair . (Nobody feels it more than me in Nashville where it's all Alabama all the time.)

5. Use the damn TEs

Comment 07 Sep 2014

For 3 years, everyone peppers us with bubble screens and slants to slow our D line and it worked to perfection. And what does Herman dial up all night ? Bombs ? Silly. Just silly to think that would work for a freshman QB and new OL. Silly

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Guys - remember how "inferior" talent teams have peppered us with bubble screens and slants and scoring 4-5 TDs a game  since 2011? Looks like we are inferior or at least very young. So maybe Herman uses those tactics to help the freshman QB and young line ? Just a thought 

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Grover- I for one have never been impressed with Herman's game plan (or lack thereof). Miller and Hyde eliminated the need for attempts to exploiting a defense, or getting guys the ball  in space. He had no clue how to misdirect, quick hit or take advantage of the defense's tendencies. No where near what Navy was able to do to us last week or Vt tonight.

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Grover- I for one have never been impressed with Herman's game plan (or lack thereof). Miller and Hyde eliminated the need for attempts to exploiting a defense, or getting guys the ball  in space. He had no clue how to misdirect, quick hit or take advantage of the defense's tendencies. No where near what Navy was able to do to us last week or Vt tonight.

Comment 03 Sep 2014

What receiver didn't "disappear" when it was zone read right, zone read left" in Tom Herman's 5-34 offense last year ? Aside from a periodic shot down the middle to Heuerman , this offense was strictly 2 dimensional in tight games. The beauty of last Saturday was no crutches - it took first down passes, and getting players in space to score. 

Comment 03 Sep 2014

If you played college football - you know how close to puking you were in pregame warmups and how your heart could be seen pumping underneath your pads on each game's first play. JT Barrett threw a pinpoint pass on his very first play at TOSU. That's a cool customer gentlemen.

Comment 31 Aug 2014

What I saw from Barrett was a passer. They can say "distributor" or whatever, but he anticipated receiver locations and led them with the ball.  On the second possession of the game he threw to Wilson. 20 yds downfield in the middle. where he was going to be,  not where he was. It was great to see. 

First down throws worked very well for him - I'd like to see Herman use 1st down throws to create a tendency for opposing defenses to set up 1st down runs.

Comment 20 Aug 2014

Btw, speaking of arm strength, no one would have accused Kenny G of having a strong arm, but he was perfect for this offense. Don't worry about it, this offense is designed for misdirection and quick release anyway.

Comment 20 Aug 2014

For two years Miller and Hyde enabled an offense to score 35 pts a game with their legs and covered a horrible defensive scheme. Now the defense has a real coordinator (see Wisconsin defenses) , and I hear they even meet in the same room. Now Tom Herman will have to use his play book and execute a gameplan with it, the way we expected two years ago. So here we go gentlemen, coach 'em up and build the swagger back up.

Comment 10 Aug 2014

Hey Mike, there seem to be a lot of readers that know way more about these recruits than me. One thing that I always find myself asking, but that is not consistently mentioned, is where these guys are from. You mentioned SEC country - where about , and from what high school ?