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Was a little bored on the first non football Saturday of the fall. What do you guys see as being some of the strengths and possible concerns on next years team?
Experience QB play ( assuming AJ returns)
Strong rotation at RB
Talented and deep WR
Overall very strong defense
OL - not a huge concern but there will be a drop off.
TE - who will step up to be the blocking TE?
Pass Rush - think we will be improved but not head and shoulders improved from this year which still wasn't bad
Inside LB - especially if Mosley goes. Who steps in for Johnson in the base? (Ragland?) and Mosley in nickel and dime?
Secondary - losing our two most experience players back there, however, we have pretty solid depth.
With all that said I still they we are right in the middle of it all and have a favorable schedule. Here's hoping we make it back to Pasadena...most likely play Ohio ST.
I would add stout run defense. When Jesse Williams was out ot the game, they ran up the middle on us. And for now, tackling is a concern. It may change with next year's group, but Belue throwing his shoulder and giving up large gains to slow full backs needs to be cleaned up.
I was just thinking the other day. Outside of experience, I wonder if Collins will be an upgrade at his position??
Not over here a lot, so I've probably missed, but what is the reason Collins hasn't seen the field. I assume its because of depth, but has he not picked up the defense well enough? just performed well enough?
"Hey, hey, hey. A life. A life, Jimmy, you know what that is? It's the shit that happens while you're waiting for moments that never come."
Ya, you won't learn a lot about Bama football over on tBB, but you will learn to compete on who can flame the best and turn every meaningful thread into a big joke. lol, that said....
I think its simply a matter of having experience (Sunseri, Lester, and HaHa) ahead of him more than anything else. Although, it would've been nice to see him go in for Sunseri on occasion (JMO). I think he steps right in next year to compete for a starting spot in Lester's absence. Sunseri doesn't have the speed to play middle field. Others have said that Collin's hasn't picked up the schemes, but who knows if that just internet chatter or not.
Simply put. We got to stay hawngry.
This was my first thought. We all know he's a complete stud, but it ain't easy playing DB in Saban's defense and you aren't just going to step in and take an experienced vet's spot without being 100% sure he isn't going to mess up. I also don't mind saying it, but I think some people, including myself, fell for the Internet talk of how good he really is. I mean, he's good and has to wait his turn, but some people were talking about him in a way that made it seem like he was going to possibly step in and be challenging for awards and stuff. Lol.
just to be an a$$. there was college football on. the army navy game was today. and it was a good one.
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It wasn't Jesse out. During the portion if the game your talking about we had to slide Square over to the nose because we had injuries with all out nose guards. They were able to come back but were all dealing with minor things that led to that situation.
I am worried most about CB position. Should be one hell of a team.
Not only that. Stinson also went out for a bit. Ivory was playing on a very bad ankle and missed big parts of the game. Very few teams are going to look good with their third string NT in the game.
It wasn't just internet chatter. Saban himself said he thought Sunseri would be a name to look out for. That's when I bought in. Not the internet chatter.
Needless to say, Laremy Tunsil is an important recruit.
This ^^^ is going to be our biggest problem for the foreseeable future. We got plenty of talent everywhere (w/ the exception QB, IMO), but it's going to be hard to stay truly focused on the same level we have been as we continue winning. It would seem that human nature would take over, and maybe already has to some extent, in that we start thinking we really are unbeatable. I know as fans we've all suffered from it.
If we win a 3rd championship in 4 years, what is going to be our motivation for next year? I know, you can say to go undefeated, or just the pride in being the absolute best in what we do, but for a 20 year old college kid who's won 2 maybe 3 championships, it's gotta be hard to have that fire, as say a UF team who probably feels a a lot like we did in '08 that led to us being what we were in '09.
When you break us down into position by position or unit by unit, we have talent galore. We have a decent mix of young/hungry guys and experienced vets, the only thing I wonder about is what keeps the fire lit. It's the only thing that can stop us, IMO.
"Once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest of places you have to look at it right."
QB - none if AJ returns other than getting development time for back-ups
RB - none, but Jalston Fowler's return to 100% is huge. This isn't b/c of his RB skills, but his overall skills (RB, HB, FB) that bring a versatility to the O that is hard to account for.
OL - RT and Center. I know they are high on Kelly, but making the calls at game speed with a 300# monster on you is tough. RT, I think with JUCO and Greene, we get it done there (not DJ road grader, but maybe better pass pro and second level blocking). This group could surprise us, still it is my biggest concern.
WR - Bell/White, will at least 1 of them return 100%? They were the legit burners at the WR position. I think we will be fine.
DL - Will Darren Lake continue to improve? How will Ivory step up to starting/bigger role? DE - we have plenty of depth and talent
OLB - all back, we will get better
ILB - if CJ goes, who will be the athletic cover guy in the middle? If CJ comes back, my concern is just about building depth/experience with the young guys.
S - Sure we will miss Lester, but I think a Ha-Ha and Vinnie/Collins with Jarrick/Nick providing depth will be more than adequate
CB - MY BIGGEST CONCERN! Who do we sign and how do they/younger guys pick up the defense. Belue is a solid SEC starter, beyond that it is a bunch of ???? Geno could be the next starter, with JF providing a solid 3rd DB, but then who???
LS - who takes this role? we haven't had any snapping issues and that is underappreciated
K - need AG to step up, but not too worried
P - back
When Ivory has been healthy he has spelled Williams well. Also, as it relates to the OP, Depriest will be a solid option at middle and Duvall will be an outside powerhouse. I would actually list the LB as a strength.
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I believe i read somewhere that saban said that ryan kelly was our 6th best lineman that seems like our coaching staff is expecting a smooth transition at center with barret moving on. If fluker comes back i think the line will look like this, cyko at LT, steen at LG, kelly at center, leon brown at RG, big fluke at LT. Now if fluker goes pro which is an even greater possibility from center to left tackle will stay the same, but i think depending on tunsil and his progression will go alongway in determining the right side i say tunsil at RT, and leon brown at RG. Vogler's development as a blocker will be critical here. Just my two cents
Mark Barron didn't play as much as Landon has in their respective freshman years. If that maybe gives you some perspective on what coach demands out of our safeties, then good.
I definitely agree on all points. At ILB, I think the answer to who could step in for CJ on nickle and dime packages could be Tyler Hayes. We will have Depriest, Ragland, Dillon Lee.. maybe Tana Patrick could end up shining in this role?? Idk if there is someone I am overlooking, but Hayes saw some decent time this year, and, with his skill set, I could see him taking over there.
That would be nice if Tunsil could come in and get reps at RT. I hadn't even considered sliding Leon Brown inside to guard, I figured he was gonna come in at RT. I think it would be more likely that Brown would start at RT and have maybe Arie K at RG.
If we win 01/07/13, our motivation should be simple, be the first team ever of any era to
3-peat. 4 Titles in 5 years and a 3peat would be the most dominant run in the history of college football.
This whole thread has omitted the name of a true frosh who is redshirting but has immense physical skills and will see plenty of action next year--Eddie Williams.
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