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During ESPN Gameday this morning, they were showing this very heartfelt segment on how A.J. McCarron made friends with a a sweet little girl in Mobile who was fighting leukemia. Very emotional, and showed a very special friendship between the two. Even showed A.J. wearing her wrist-band in the BCSCG, a promise he made and kept to her. Even still, I hate that asshole for what he did to us last year! War Damn Eagle, and the Gus Bus is moving at interstate speeds!
Whew, that was a stressful one. Marshall vastly improved between the two halves. The Dread Pirate’s offense is always a tough nut to crack, and the D stepped up in a big way to do just that in the second half. We already have more INTs than all of last year. And Montravious Adams is going to be a BEEEEAAAAAST in the interior line in the future. Wow, was he a disruptive force in the middle. Glad we came out of that one with a win, and move on to next week!
I don’t have cable so I couldn’t watch the game but used live stats to keep up with what was happening. What happened on the first touchdown with the extra point? Was it an intentional two pointer or a broken play? Seems like an odd time to go for two.
In regards to Adams, it’s great to finally see one of our recruits living up to their potential. It’s seems in years past we’ve recruited great players, but they never materialized. He’s going to be one heck of a leader…reminds me of Dansby. Which makes me very happy!!
It’s def a very young team, lots of new faces ( I miss Lutzy already) but potential is there. And while not perfect, it was good to see speed on the D. Three, and could have been 5 INTs in one game? Yes please! You can tell the conditioning is back on track as well.
And seeing emotion, aka Gus losing his mind at times but also just interacting with the players as well, was a great scene as well. I didn’t get to watch the whole game (the boy had to watch Bubble Guppies before bed lol) but what I did see gave me hope…and once again a heart stopping season ahead!!!!
Full comments later….a WDE for now! Jason to answer your question that 2 point conversion was semi planned. They lined up in an odd formation with Cody Parkey split wide like an eligible receiver. I forget who was at QB on the shotgun but they apparently had the go ahead to run the play if Wazzu lined up a certain way. That took place right in front of me and Iwas certain he didn’t get in….oh well, we’ll take it! :)
I had almost forgotten how wonderful Sunday mornings could be. Thanks to all who helped bring about this glorious morning.
In the 80′s you had to get up pretty early on Sunday mornings to get all the newspapers. They were usually all gone before 9. Kinda glad we didn’t have the internet yet. Definitely glad everyone didn’t have a camera in their hands at all times. WDE!!!
They do seem to have a different attitude this year. They WANT to play and the coaches have them motivated (unlike last year). That 2 pt thing was very strange….just don’t understand the strategy really. BUT, I LOVE COREY GRANT….he made transition from the dark side very well !
Quick note on 2 point deal…I hope we line up for that every opportunity. If the other team doesn’t cover one of the eligible receivers – or leaves a huge gap uncovered – why not take the bonus point freebie? :)
Only an occasional lurker but had to chime in, just read Spencer’s post in the predictions thread. You use some internet voodoo to edit that after the game? Unreal, will now follow your every prediction…oh and pls forward powerball #’s for the next drawing.
OK my 2 cents worth of observations from yesterday…the positives
Corey Grant gives us an Ontarrio McCalleb-like speed with a bigger frame. Cameron Ardis-Payne needs to hit the hole a little quicker to get some North South yards. He has good footwork and it’s tempting to try and get the most out of every carry, but sometimes you just have to lower your head and get what you can. Tre Mason is a known commodity as a return guy and runner…great game minus that untimely fumble that could have put us in a “must score” situation to just keep from going into OT. Our special teams overall were just that…a couple of subpar punts, but zero yards in punt returns so that’s OK from a net basis. The coverage schemes were solid overall…just 2 obvious busted coverages from what I could tell, although review of game film may show more than that…BUT we were actually in position to defend over 80% of the passes to my recollection – thus we were able to pick three and should have had 2 more. Still to be fair their QB made some terrible decisions with the ball which gave us those chances. Montravious Adams is the real deal. Incredible strength for ANY player – much less an 18 year old. His bull rush was impressive, but in fairness the Wazzuline had three guys that came there as walk ons. His skill will be tested in the coming weeks, but without a doubt he is instantly the best thing we’ve got going on the D line and will be a player other teams have to scheme against which will give other players a chance to make more plays. Perimeter blocking at times was excellent.
Negatives, Marshall was rattled early and showed accuracy problems that will have to be fixed. Several dropped balls from his WRs. The D line other than Adams got pushed around a pretty good bit. I recall one tackle by Kris Frost and none by Holland…not sure if we had anybody else in the Mike LB spot. If the other team’s QB throws us the ball, really need to hang onto it. One ball hit either Whitehead or Mincy in the hands and Mincy didn’t come back to the ball on another chance, giving the Wazzu WR a chance to break up the pick. against really good teams this could spell “L.”. The double pass from Jonathan Wallace was epically overthrown. Easy TD’s like that are a rarity. Given where we are, we can’t afford to miss many of those. On all but one deep ball more loft would have equalled TD’s and changed this into a blow out. Finally, with a QB of Marshall’s arm strength, why on earth would’t we at least TRY a Hail Mary. It couldn’t be to help Marshall’s confidence…if anything giving him a chance to show off his cannon and possibly get a cheap TD might have been just what the Dr. ordered to steady him.
Bottom line, it’s a W and the team responded well to adversity, which we had plenty of. And as worn out as the maxim is that, “…the biggest improvement for a football team is between games 1 and 2…” – it’s no less true. So I look for an improved product next Saturday with hopefully Justin Garrett to take the field…although Robinson Therise was superb in the Star.
It is nice to have this many talented RB’s. You are right Spence, they need to hold onto the ball for our new QB….and on that one with Mincy, I was watching the replay and it looked like he jumped just before the ball got to him, which was totally not required.
JC in FLA, true that Mincy jumped – which wasn’t needed – but had he simply come back to the ball (something receivers are taught to do to help their QB) then there wouldn’t have been the collision with the WR from Wazzu and we would have had 4 picks instead of 3.
I don’t know that there is a good one, Ft Worth John. The official one was horrible, in the past when I tried to use it. That’s one thing Georgia Southern has done REALLY well is create a mobile app that lets me listen to the games when I’m away.
One thing of note from this weekend that’s not Auburn related: Did anyone else notice that in all of the “FCS over FBS victories” listed, Samford’s win over GaState was never one of them? Yet when it comes time for strength of schedule in the computers, polls, victories to count towards eligibility, etc, I guarantee you that Alabama’s win over GaState later this year will be counted as FBS vs FBS. GaState is in their transitional year, but they’re playing a full FBS schedule. Similar to the situation my Georgia Southern Eagles will be in NEXT year. Alabama already has UT-Chatty on their schedule as an FCS opponent, so they’re practically getting another one in GaState. However, I guarantee they’ll count it as FBS. Not saying I even have an issue with that, I just think Samford should get credit for an FBS victory and recognition for it, as well.
Good point on the FBS deal and uat. As if they needed any scheduling help. As for apps has anyone tried the War Eagle radio app? I don’t have an account to add any of that stuff to the lone unbroken I-pad at my house (and none of us have smart phones) but some of the content sounded good from the description.
Mark I don’t know of a tix deal that day but I’ll keep you in mind.
MCT, yes, 1-0…and here’s hoping for 2-0 in less than a week. :)
If Marshall (at 20-21 years old, with a year at uga under his belt) had those kind of nerves at his first home start against a low-level bcs opponent… how in God’s name is he going to handle his first away game being death valley and likely at night? Let’s hope these first three weeks test him and he gets much more confident and comfortable. ’cause yeesh.
Easy… it’s his first game starting at QB. He was a DB at UGA and didn’t have to direct the entire offense. There’s a big difference. And maybe “nerves” isn’t the way to put it. Maybe “too much adrenaline” is the way to put it, since he was over-throwing the receivers. He was too excited. He didn’t make bad decisions at all (didn’t really even come close to an INT). He’s going to be a good one. He’s just got to settle down a bit and learn to put a bit more touch on the ball.