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... of scrimmage stats, this much we know: those 38.7 points per game the Crimson Tide averaged a season ago have about as much of a chance of holding up as the high water mark for a UA team under Nick Saban as I do of winning the Masters.
Yes, the Alabama defense has some injuries (you know it's rough when Saban is talking about the possibility of having one of his top three corners return from injury in time for A-Day), but I don't think the numbers -- again, assign stock to those however you please -- the past two Saturdays speak as much to a deficient defense as they do to the immense potential of this offense.
In 1996, Florida, with an offense spearheaded by quarterback Danny Wuerffel, wide receivers Ike Hilliard, Reidel Anthony and Quez Green and running back Fred Taylor, averaged 47.1 points per game. Alabama is talented enough to push that number in 2013 but there is one fundamental difference between the two that will likely keep it from happening: Steve Spurrier circa 1996 wasn't one to take his foot off the gas, while Saban is more interested in shortening the game.
*Elsewhere, the good news is that point guard Ricky Tarrant has decided to transfer from Tulane to Alabama. The bad news is that he won't be immediately eligible for Anthony Grant's team.
Good stuff Travis. It's crazy to think the offense could get even better when the freshmen arrive this summer. If #10 stays healthy this offense could be crazy good. CNS seems to think the line will be very good and that's where it starts.
I can easily see Bama going over 40 points a game, even with CNS being conservative in the second halfs. Gonna be a fun season! RTR
I've been around since the 70's and this is the most offensive talent at the skill positions I've ever seen. If the OL comes together we should be damn near unstoppable.
Yea those scrimmage stats are bogus but the first team O looked great. Especially TJ, AJ, and D. White. White made a crazy one handed grab. TJs long run was exceptional, made two or three guys miss and took it to the house. Ragland also stood out. Was the first closed scrimmage I have ever attended. I was like a kid on Christmas!
McCarron's health is obviously the key and with that here's your knock on wood stat: Alabama quarterbacks haven't missed a start in the Saban era. Doesn't mean they've always been 100 percent (2009 and 2012 come to mind) but they've always been good enough to answer the bell.
Another thing to keep in mind: Fowler, Norwood and Hart weren't involved because of injury. Imagine the stats we would have put up had they been healthy. I actually feel sorry for the defense right now. They aren't a bad unit at all, but having to play with back ups in several spots because of injury against the level of talent our offense has makes them look worse than they are. I think the defense will only get better having to play against these guys every day in practice.
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Also really impressed with Henry. He stood out as one of the biggest guys out there and had some nice runs against the first team D. Very impressive for anyone not to mention a kid who should still be in high school
I heard the only DB today able to keep up with Cooper was Jabriel Washington. They tried Coop on a deep skinny and Jabriel was stride for stride with him and knocked it away on perfectly thrown ball by AJ. Cover wise JW is great but needs to be more physical. I hope he sees some more PT this season.
That would make sense since Cooper was playing against the 2nd D.
Time for Bama fans to appreciate the air game
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IMO I think the defensive coaches would rather identify areas of opportunity to coach up our young players when it's crimson Vs. white rather and have the whole off-season to develop some maturity rather than waiting until the season begins to identify problems that should've been addressed earlier.
Exactly and that's why I think CNS has had two scrimmages designed to test the secondary so we can identify weaknesses before the summer. I feel like A Day will be more of the same.
Good thoughts Travis. And I agree. Think offense is going to be fun to watch.
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Definitely hope we can stay healthy. Hoping for big things!
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