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AU didn’t quit even though it was pretty much out of reach before the second half. A loss is a loss and there are no moral victories, but I liked the effort. Last week I read some of the comments we all made from this time last year (it was pretty dismal). We’re in a much better place now—still a lot of improvement needed, but we showed some character in a game that could have been much closer.
We are going to win some games this year. It is obviously a rebuilding year and we are already ahead of the game. Very proud fan here. I hope all noted that many AU freshmen and sophomores were going against LSU juniors and seniors…
Also, I am having to recalculate pick’em order as was proposed at the beginning of the year. We had a few who picked against Auburn. So I will supply the correct ranking tomorrow after the games tonight, War Eagle!
Note: I am tired of being ashamed of moral victories, it discounts the entire movie of 300 and just about every underdog story that ever existed…. we are rebuilding right now…. so there is nothing wrong with moral victories
I just wanted to see the kids play hard for 60 minutes and respond well to adversity – mission accomplished. The day will come when we are athletically on par with the top SEC teams – and at that point there won’t be interested in moral victories. For now, we’re on the right track and ahead of schedule. I can certainly live with that.
We got punched in the gut early, tonight. The two quick scores put us in a huge hole that we just couldn’t pull out of.
That being said, some key points….
1) This team didn’t quit. Last year’s team would have given up and it would have been a blow out. This team kept pushing hard and as a result had a chance (albeit a very slim one) to win this game at the end.
2) Our OL was getting a GREAT push against LSU’s D-line. I was amazed we were throwing the ball as much as we did in the 1st half when Tre Mason was getting 4-5 yards on almost every carry.
3) Which brings me to Tre. Is there a more underrated RB in the country? He is a HORSE and a great back. However, where have Artis-Payne and Corey Grant been? Grant seems to have been getting very little playing time since that first game. CAP did have the great TD run and some other big runs, though.
4) Marshall to Coates. It’s been there all year long and just hasn’t worked. Until tonight. If they’ve nailed the timing down on that one, it could cause some opposing D’s a serious heart attack going forward.
5) Montravius Adams is going to be a BEAST after a year in Coach Russell’s S&C program. From what I’ve read, his conditioning is the main thing holding him back. Once he’s in great shape, he is going to be a dominant force in the interior.
Injuries are huge going forward. Losing Denson early was big. Coates was limping, late. Therezie got hurt and was out for a good bit at the end. We desperately need this bye week to get some of our guys healthy. Our WRs are still dropping too many balls. Maybe Marshall is putting them in bad spots or putting too much zip on the ball at times, but the WRs still need to make some more plays to help him out.
A frustrating night. This game is going to be portrayed in highlights (and already is) as LSU handling Auburn with ease. And in many ways they’re right, we struggled containing their offense a good bit and our O struggled. But through all the troubles, we still had a chance to win that game. I think the refs made the correct call on the onside kick, as much as it pains me to say. Parkey’s body was in great position, but it did look like he touched the ball about 6 inches too early. I’m proud of the fact that this team fought hard to the end and that the coaches didn’t let them quit. We had a few LONG scoring drives on that LSU D. We’re going to upset someone this year as this team gets better each week and realizes that as long as they don’t quit, they’re going to have a chance.
WAR “MORAL VICTORY” EAGLE!
Its obvious this squad has serious potential. Sometimes when running the 2 min O, we take control and just march. Good rushing also, the quick passing game helps set it up. Seems like we still have a ways to go in developing the no-huddle but the boys are familiar enough with it via the 2 min drill so when we implant that (helps if the D runs and starts to huff and puff) even squads like LSU get put on their heels.
Overall I was happy. I didn’t walk away at the End of the game with a nauseous feeling as I did last year. There are a lot of issues, but they’re fixable issues. The team itself is playing like a team and wanting to be there, if that goes its hard to fix (ahem last season). Saw a lot of new faces coming in and out. I think the weekend off will be a good thing. I honestly feel if it weren’t for the rain and first-road game jitters combo, it would have been a different story. Our guys came out of the gate guns blazing. The D needs a lot of work, but after last year that can be expected. The future is so bright, Gus may have to wear shades….
Hey that’s me at………………………..oh wait – never mind. lol
MCT, in keeping with your keys to the game, I offer the following announcement:
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No cash payments for services but the perqs noted above are worthwhile.
The other night reminds me of my golf game…always start out slow and non agressive, but then get better on the back nine with more agression. Some other thoughts:
1. Why not keep Frost in and let Holland give him a break when he gets winded…Jake, we could time you with a calendar ! Am I missing something on Frost ?
2. I cringe when they bring in Frazier….why coach ?
3. Was it me or did we not rotate Cory Grant and Artis Payne in enough…sure Tre did a fine job but just wondering.
4. Nick, you must know where that line of scrimmage is…oh, he had such a good chance if he just took off on that play !
From what I’ve heard Frost would be our “regular” middle LB but for his tendency to not call out the right defense/adjustments and possibly being out of position himself. These are significant problems…thus the apparently more astute but less physically gifted Holland is in a great deal. That may be an oversimplification but that’s the info I’m getting.
As for why Tre so much and CAP and Grant so little, you go with the hot hand (baring a case of fumble-it is). Hard to beat Tre in that regard Saturday.
Is there a better looking body out there than Kris Frost? Dadgummit that guy looks the part. Hadn’t heard about his shortcomings. That makes sense for the lack of playing time. When he locks that down (next year, plz), I feel incredible about our defense. Next year looks like it could actually be a well-rounded traditional Auburn defense, amirite?
Regarding the other side of the ball i’m kind of hoping Sean White comes in in January and is a total package wunderkind. I don’t see a much higher ceiling for Marshall.
Oh and I also am totally down with moral victories.
I was most impressed with (in no particular order):
1) Our O-line got some push to open up the run game on a very credible defense
2) Defensive adjustments after the half continue to be solid
3) The team fighting to the end and never giving up
Also, I love to play the “what-if” game, but had it not been raining, I see them having two less touchdowns and possibly we would still have Denson. I think both of those early fumbles were definitely caused by the rain, and set them up in pretty good position for a score on both. I at least have hope going into the Alabama and Georgia play. It’s the Ole Miss and Texas A&M games that scare me most, because we will struggle with a mobile QB.
I agree with A&M JCMAC….that QB of theirs is like a modern day Francis Tarkenton…just can’t seem to track him down. I think Bama D is down this year, but my goodness that guy is elusive with any team it seems. I am just glad UGA and Bama are home games.