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  1. 31 points
    We all have heard of 72's story. Many have asked me privately about what they can do or how they can help. Through prayer and council from his pastor, his family has decided to set up a go-fund-me account. This was a struggle for him because, like most of us, we don't like to admit that we need help. Well, I'll say it for him. He and his family do need some help. That said, do not feel obligated or coerced to help. However, he is part the Auburn family and this is a chance to live that. Imagine what a blessing we could provide if we all just skipped a cup of coffee or a Coke. A single dollar compounded would be a huge gift to one of our friends and brothers. Just take a chance and read his story. If you feel like you want to help, great! If not, that's okay too. If you don't feel led to support financially, another way to help is just to pass on or repost his story to other friends or social media. That exposure can be a great help. https://www.gofundme.com/help-fund-nathan039s-cancer Again, please do not feel obligated. This is just a chance to help one of ours.
  2. 31 points
    Tubberville was once asked how he kept four running backs happy. His reply: "I don't have to keep them happy. They have to keep me happy."
  3. 24 points
    I rarely post on here anymore, but I visit the boards very frequently. I want to say that I've been on and off the Gus Bus since he was hired. I in part blame him for Chizik's failure because I think he failed to develop the quarterbacks he coached while he was a coordinator (and let's face it, Cam was going to be good with or without Gus). But I've noticed a lot of unwarranted negativity on this board and I think it needs addressing. First of all, we are 3-1, and were one play away from being 4-0. It is true that we haven't looked stellar on offense, but let's not act like we haven't been here before. So... let's go back in time. 2010: Offensive line play looked iffy in games 1-3. Cam was missing wide open targets. There were folks saying Cam was only a running quarterback, and that he wouldn't be able to throw. In fact, it took a field goal to beat a bad Mississippi State team, and a missed field goal to beat a mediocre Clemson team. By game 6, the offense found its groove and ended up being one of the best in the country, and finished the season winning the national championship. 2013: To start 2013, we barely beat Washington State, that ended the season with a losing record. We looked mediocre at best against Arkansas State. We looked bad (but won on a last second play) against Mississippi State. We lost to LSU. Early in the season, people on this board were saying Tre Mason didn’t have it in him to be a go to running back. It wasn't until Ole Miss that we found any real continuity on offense. We made it to the national championship game, and came up 13 seconds short. 2014: This season was weird. We ended up losing 4 games in the regular season, but the Mississippi State game was the second worst officiated game I've ever seen (with the LSU game this year being the worst). We lost to Texas A&M on a fumble, but this primarily happened because we had no defense. I think the loss to UGA was due to the shock of the previous week's loss. We lost to Alabama because we had a bad defense. Most people remember this as the season that Ellis Johnson's defense let us down. However, most people forget that our offense was not very good early in the year. We put up points through the air against bad defenses, but struggled to run the ball behind a shaky offensive line. It wasn't until 3-4 games into the season that the offensive line found its groove and we started being able to run the ball. 2016-Another weird year. Injuries lost us 3 of the last four games. White, being hurt against Vandy, played terribly against Georgia, could not play against Alabama, and got injured again against Oklahoma. We unfortunately had no depth at the QB position. However, when we had a healthy Sean White, we looked relatively good... Or so people remember. We lost the opening game against Clemson, a game that included 5 people taking snaps at QB. We looked bad in games 3 and 4 against Texas A&M and LSU, with Les Miles being fired after we won with 5 field goals. Starting after that game, we went on a several game run of very sound offense. Had Sean White not been hurt, we may have ended the season with a national championship. 2017- After a good performance against a bad Georgia Southern team, we had two absolutely terrible games in back to back weeks. Against Clemson, our offensive line played so poorly that Stidham was sacked a ridiculous 11 times. We struggled to run the football and throw the football. We put up 24 points against Mercer. With the exception of that embarrassing LSU loss, we went the rest of the regular season without a loss. we went from one of the worst offenses in the country to one of the best. Had Kerryon not been hurt, he probably would have won the Heisman, and Auburn probably would have won the national championship. So what’s my point? I’m a packers fan, so I’m going to quote Aaron Rodgers… RELAX! If history tells us anything, it tells us that will get our offensive woes straightened out. If we do, we have the potential to be a very dangerous team. The wide receivers are some of the best we’ve had in years. I still believe Stidham has the potential to do great things if we can find any rhythm offensively. We have a good stable of running backs, including Kam Martin. (I think he’s getting too much criticism. His running style requires a crease, which he isn’t getting from the offensive line.) I believe our struggles are twofold, but I think these two problems share a common cause. Problem 1- Offensive Line Play. Everything we want to do requires better play from this group. We want to run the ball, which we can’t do without better O Line play. We want to throw deep, which requires a decent pocket from our Offensive Line. Problem 2- Tempo. I was not a fan of the up tempo offense, and still think it does more harm than good if you don’t have depth on defense. That said, our offense absolutely works better when we go up tempo. Right now, we aren’t doing that. I believe this is in part due to problem 1. The coaches desperately want to run the ball because they think it will be important later in the season. However, the coaches also want to score points. I think the coaches are struggling with this conundrum. Do they commit to running the ball at a fast pace? Or do they focus on the passing game, in turn looking more like an air raid offense which may make for a liability later in the season? I think this discussion/consideration is slowing down our tempo. The fix: The coaches either need to commit to the run and work on getting that offensive line to look like a single unit, or they need to admit to themselves that this year needs to be a pass first team. So, I guess what I’m advocating for is more time for things to straighten out. Quit insulting Stidham. Quit insulting Gus and CCL. Quit insulting Kam Martin. Quit acting like the sky is falling. It is too early for that! If we lose to Moo State in 2 weeks, you may have an argument. But for now, complaining about any of these things is premature, especially when you consider that we’ve looked bad like this early in previous seasons.
  4. 22 points
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  6. 21 points
    Game #5 Statistical Evaluation (Southern Miss Game) Offensive Report Card 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: [4.90] fail 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: [31.2%] fail 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: [2.67] fail 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: [28.6%] fail 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: [28.6%] pass 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: [7.42 yds] fail 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: [100.0%] pass 08) TD red zone above 60%: [66.7%] pass 09) Avg at least 30-yards per possession: [24.3 yds] fail 10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [34.8%] fail 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: [3/1] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps: [23.0] fail 13) At least 8 impact plays: (8) pass 14) At least 2 big plays: (3) pass 15) Pass rating of at least 126.3: [139.9] pass 16) Yards to Point Ratio of 14.0 or under: [14.2] fail Score: 7 of 16 (43.7%) Fail Defensive Report Card: 01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: [3.78] pass 02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs: [15.4%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush or less: [2.14] pass 04) Score 1/3 of possessions or below: [21.4%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%: [57.1%] pass 06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: [4.89 yds] pass 07) Score below 75% inside red zone: [100.0%] fail 08) TD red zone below 60%: [50.0%] pass 09) Avg under 30-yards per possession: [18.6 yds] pass 10) 40% or less of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [33.8%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: [1/3] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps: [65.0] pass 13) Less than 8 impact plays: (9) fail 14) No more than 2 big plays allowed: (0) pass 15) Pass rating below 125.0: [107.6] pass 16) Yards to point ratio of 18.0 or higher: [16.5] fail Score: 13 of 16 (81.2%) Pass Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): [44.1] pass 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): [11.0] fail 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): [1.5] fail 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): [16.0] pass 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): [N/A] 6) PAT’s (100%): [3 / 3] pass 7) FG Pct (75% or above): [50.0%] fail Score: 3 of 6 (50.0%) Pass * 50% is a passing score. For the first time during the Malzahn offensive era at Auburn, the Tigers were held under 100-yards rushing during two consecutive games. It is the primary reason why Auburn finished with a failing grade on offense for the second week in a row. Jarrett Stidham and the Auburn passing game performed better than the Arkansas game, but it is evident Auburn continues to struggle up front, and the loss of JaTarvious Whitlow will likely magnify the issue. Kam Martin played tough in relief (90-yard on 24 carries) but it was disappointing Asa Martin did not register one carry. His lone offensive touch came on the most predictable pass play, where Auburn motions a RB into the flat just before the snap and is tackled the moment he catches the pass. To his credit, he did gain three yards compared to Shivers 3-yard loss against Arkansas. Auburn came into the game with only three plays of 30-yards or more and registered three against the Golden Eagles. During Auburn's last seven FBS games, the Tigers have averaged just 119-yards rushing per game on 3.0 yards per carry. Southern Miss completed 30 of 44 passes and the 215-yards surrendered was the fewest passing yards surrendered by an Auburn defense with 30 completions or more. The record was set because Auburn tackled well and did not yield a play longer than 28-yards. Auburn's defense came up with 12 tackles for loss, and DeShaun Davis led the Tigers in tackles with ten stops. Auburn's top-2 tacklers during the game were linebackers, which was rare considering they faced a pass-heavy offense. Davis and Darrell Williams accounted for 4.5 of Auburn's tackles for loss. The Tigers secondary played well with four pass breakups and two interceptions. Despite how poorly the Auburn offense has performed the past two weeks, the Tigers have recorded back-to-back double-digit victories. It is a testament to how well the defense and special teams have performed. Auburn will continue to work on their running game, but after five games, there isn't much to indicate there will be much improvement against conference opposition. If this is the case, Jarrett Stidham will have to carry the bulk of the offense, and the Auburn coaches will need to scheme to give him and his receivers the best chance for success. The defense is good enough to keep Auburn in every game up to the Georgia game, but Auburn can't afford to survive with the high number of penalties or turnovers. Through five games, Auburn fans can only hope this Auburn team takes on the personality of the 2006 Auburn Tigers that won 11 of 13 games primarily with defense and special teams. It was the ugliest 11-win team Auburn has fielded and the 2018 Auburn Tigers offense no doubt, have the ugly part down. War Eagle!
  7. 20 points
    Thank you for providing a perfect example of why Auburn will never "get over the hump". Auburn fans accept mediocrity. A really good season every 10 years or so will keep them quiet.
  8. 18 points
    We need a James Franklin not a Gus Malzahn. Do you see similar fire in the belly out of CGM? All I ever hear is "we've got to get better, no doubt about" ... "great week of practice" ... It's not the play calling. It's the leadership top of house. Just my couple of pennies ...
  9. 18 points
    I have tried my best to look for positives and not jump on the fire Gus bandwagon, but I’m afraid we have hit the ceiling with Gus and we have entered the phase of dimishing returns with him. This is year SIX of his tenure and I haven’t seen any growth or willingness to change or adapt. Some have said we are in a rebuilding year in some areas, but that should NEVER be the case in year six in a top program. Can anyone tell me another top program that has had the stability we’ve had at HC and success in recruiting that we’ve had that is having to “rebuild” like we supposedly are? The school across the state from us has had a coaching carousel going on with assistants and this year they have a new OC and DC and this is the most potent offense little nicky has ever had. Apparently they understand the concept of using the strengths of your players to your advantage and don’t try to jam a square peg into a round hole. I’m sick of excuses. I’m sick of us wasting the careers of highly talented players. I’m sick of having to “get better” after EVERY SINGLE GAME. I’m sick of rewarding a coach who finally shows some fire and wins a couple of games against our rivals with a ridiculous contract. I’m sick of knowing what play we’re about to call and knowing that if a fan like me knows, the opposing DC is licking his chops. Many of you have done a great job diagnosing what we need to on offense and I’m sick of a very highly paid COACH not being able to see these same things. Probably what makes me the most sick is that we can’t afford to fire him and I don’t know who we’d get even if we could.
  10. 17 points
    I think he doesn't trust his O-line, and it's messing with his head.
  11. 16 points
  12. 15 points
    * Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the No. 1 priority this Saturday night must be protecting the football. Auburn under Malzahn has not won a road conference game with three turnovers or more. * I would add minimizing the penalties, but I expect to have another high-penalty game because it is the first real "away game" and the cowbells will likely cause some issues on the offensive side of the football. At the end of the day, I would rather have a ten-penalty game than three turnovers. * Chip Lindsey must attack the perimeter of the MSU defense. This will be a good game for screen passes, speed sweeps, quick pitches, and flare passes to the RB’s in the flat. Auburn cannot concede running between the tackles, but too much of it against MSU’s front would be futile. * In 3rd and 1 or 4th &1, I believe Auburn's best shot for success running the football is from the wildcat. Not sure if this is the case should Whitlow not be available for the game. Would the coaching staff play Harold Joiner in this role again? * There is a very strong possibility Jarrett Stidham’s performance will decide the outcome of the game. I don’t expect much success in the “traditional” running game, which places more pressure on the shoulders of Stidham. Chip Lindsey must help him out scheme-wise and limit the “obvious” passing situations. Through five games, Stidham is averaging 26 pass attempts per game. He is averaging 11 pass attempts per game, where he is throwing on 2nd & 8 or longer or 3rd & 7 or longer. Throwing the football over 42 percent of the time in obvious passing situations is compounding the offensive issues. * Auburn needs to take a few deep shots downfield, and it would be wise to make those on 1st down with max protection. Last week against Southern Miss, Auburn attempted two deep shots on 2nd and long, and the pocket collapsed despite having seven in the backfield to block five. Last year Auburn produced seven plays of 30-yards or more during a blowout victory over the Bulldogs. Auburn has only six such plays through five games this season. It would be huge if Auburn could produce two such plays Saturday night. * Malzahn needs to take a page out of Tommy Tuberville’s strategy in close ball games. Lean on your defense and special teams as much as you can to take home a “team victory.” I am not advocating an all-out conservative approach on offense, but he certainly needs to take advantage of the field position game. Auburn has surrendered only one touchdown drive over 75-yards this season out of 47 attempts. CTT was 26-11 in games decided by 7-points or less from 2000-2007 and Malzahn is currently 14-9. Gus Malzahn finally has the defense to lean on when the offense is sputtering. * It would be nice for Jarrett Stidham to be able to check out of a run play on 1st down when it is evident State has eight defenders in the box. Auburn must improve their productivity on first down to avoid the 3rd and long situations they have faced this season. Auburn's average distance to convert on 3rd down against FBS competition this season is over 7-yards. * Regardless of the situation, it is always the head coaches responsibility to place his team in the best possible position to succeed. I am not talking about concerns that only can be addressed after the season. I am referring to the current issues, injuries and troubles the team is currently working through. It is up to Coach Malzahn and his assistants to give their players the best change to succeed regardless of the circumstances they face. War Eagle and Beat State!
  13. 15 points
    I can handle losing. It's the unprepared and uncreative mess that bothers me most. There are ways to mitigate personnel deficiencies, but those seem so foreign to our offense
  14. 15 points
    This puts everything in real perspective....................amazing young man. God bless him and his family https://auburntigers.com/news/2018/9/28/football-all-in-for-josh-former-player-to-reunite-with-gus-malzahn-after-accident.aspx AUBURN, Ala. – If you ask Auburn coach Gus Malzahn about his former player, Josh Fohner, the first word that comes to mind is "winner." "He's a winner," Malzahn said. "And he's got a great heart." Fohner was a winner when he played on Malzahn's 2005 Springdale High School team that won the Arkansas state championship. Nicknamed "Rook" by Malzahn, the younger wide receiver was one of the only sophomores who played that season and even scored a touchdown in the state title game. Two years later, playing for Har-Ber High School, Fohner once again scored in the state title game and won his second state championship in three years. "He was an excellent player," Malzahn said. "On our 2005 state championship team, I think he was the only sophomore that played. He was just an excellent player and then he played for me at Tulsa. Excellent player, great person." Thirteen years later, Fohner remains a winner – only this time, he's fighting for his life. Photo: Josh Fohner (No. 5) sitting to the right of Gus Malzahn. Two years ago Wednesday, Fohner was living in Colorado and riding his bike home from the gym after a morning workout when he was struck by a motor vehicle. The prognosis wasn't good. Fohner had sustained a massive head trauma and needed immediate surgery. Even after the surgery, the doctors at the hospital told the family that the chances of survival were slim. One doctor, in particular, held up his hand, and between his thumb and forefinger, there was just a little bitty inch. "There's always this chance that something will come back," he said. "We're not promising you that, but you need to know that there's always that chance." "I think collectively in that room, it was 'Oh my gosh, he just gave Josh a window,'" Josh's father, Mike Fohner said. "It was not a room full of wishful thinking. It was a room full of Josh's closest friends and family who know him and knew that if you give him a chance, he'll make the most of it. And no one was going to take that away. "So as I kind of spoke back to the doctors, it was that if you're telling me there's potential, we know Josh. I said I feel like I'm at Vegas and we're going to take all of our chips, we're going to put them on Josh's number and we're all in for Josh." After that meeting, the friends and family who were present went out into the waiting room and immediately set up a website – allinforjosh.org. They also put word out to send pictures, and if you sent a text message or note, it would be put up in Josh's room. Within 24 hours, every piece of his wall, all of the mirrors, everything, was covered with those notes. "I think for the staff, it was 'Hey, Josh is a person. He's not a body," Mike said. Photo: Josh Fohner was a diehard Auburn fan growing up. This weekend, two years after the accident, Josh and his family are traveling to Auburn to attend the Auburn-Southern Miss football game. Josh still can't walk or talk, but it's a testament of how far he's come since the accident and the progress he's made. Over the course of that time, Josh has moved every part of his body. He uses his foot primarily to communicate and has a way of saying yes and a way of saying no. He can even go through the alphabet that same way to build messages. He can also use his face where he shakes his head no and looks up to say yes. Through it all, regardless of what doctors once told him, he's not once given up. "I don't know how patient I could be in that," his father Mike said. "He has been just remarkably strong and remarkably patient, and in many ways has taught me more probably in these past two years than I ever taught him the first 28." Earlier in the week, Josh met with the same doctor that showed the family that inch and gave him that windowwhen the accident first happened, and he was blown away by how far Josh had come. He encouraged Josh to stay the course and that he's going to impact the lives of a lot of people. So the game this weekend will be significant in that Josh is simply able to attend. But it will also be an opportunity to reunite with Malzahn and watch his favorite team play. "I think it's going to be really a super big deal," Mike said. "Number one, Josh had great admiration for Gus. When Josh was in junior high and they do that job shadowing thing, Josh asked Gus if he could job shadow with him because he was the athletic director here in Springdale. So Josh always had admiration for him. "But also, just his whole life, he has been an avid Auburn fan. Even as he went to Arkansas, he still pulled for Auburn. That was true of his brother and sister as well. All three graduated from Arkansas but have remained Auburn fans." "I'm looking forward to seeing him," Malzahn said. "He was an Auburn fan way back when. So it's pretty neat, and I'm really looking forward to seeing him and his family." For more on information on Josh and his story, click here. Greg Ostendorf is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greg_ostendorf
  15. 15 points
    Game #4 Statistical Evaluation (Arkansas Game) Offensive Report Card 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: [3.79] fail 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: [30.8%] fail 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: [2.5] fail 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: [35.7%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: [42.9%] fail 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: [6.1 yds] fail 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: [83.3%] pass 08) TD red zone above 60%: [50.0%] fail 09) Avg at least 30-yards per possession: [17.3 yds] fail 10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [43.1%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: [3/0] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps: [19.3] fail 13) At least 8 impact plays: (3) fail 14) At least 2 big plays: (1) fail 15) Pass rating of at least 126.3: [119.3] fail 16) Yards to Point Ratio of 14.0 or under: [6.6] pass Score: 5 of 16 (31.2%) Fail Defensive Report Card: 01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: [4.00] pass 02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs: [17.6%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush or less: [3.9] pass 04) Score 1/3 of possessions or below: [7.1%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%: [50.0%] pass 06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: [4.4 yds] pass 07) Score below 75% inside red zone: [50.0%] pass 08) TD red zone below 60%: [0.0%] pass 09) Avg under 30-yards per possession: [20.7 yds] pass 10) 40% or less of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [12.8%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: [0/2] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps: [70.0] pass 13) Less than 8 impact plays: (6) pass 14) No more than 2 big plays allowed: (3) fail 15) Pass rating below 125.0: [71.4] pass 16) Yards to point ratio of 18.0 or higher: [96.7] pass Score: 15 of 16 (93.7%) Pass Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): [47.2] pass 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): [13.0] fail 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): [31.7] pass 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): [20.0] pass 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): [96.0] pass 6) PAT’s (100%): [3 / 3] pass 7) FG Pct (75% or above): [50.0%] fail *Bonus point for blocked punt and kick return for TD Score: 6 of 7 (85.7%) Pass * 50% is a passing score. If not for a gritty performance by the Auburn defense and an explosive outing by special teams, this game would have been much closer than the score reflected. The offensive line continued to struggle, and the pass offense was pedestrian at best. During his last six games, Jarrett Stidham has an overall pass rating of 125.5, averaging only 6.9 yards per pass attempt. During Auburn's last six FBS games, the Tigers have averaged just 123 yards rushing per game. Take away the 42-yard screen pass to Anthony Schwartz, Jarrett Stidham finished 14 of 21 passing for only 92-yards. Of his 22 pass attempts, 18 were within 5-yards of the line of scrimmage, showing a lack of imagination in the passing game against a secondary that has struggled this season. Chip Lindsey did set Stidham up for two deep balls that should have been touchdowns, but he threw poorly on both deep balls. Except for the two missed field goals, Auburn's special teams played very well tonight and were critical in setting up a short field for the offense. The long returns in the punting and kick game were needed on a night the Auburn offense could only generate 225-yards on 58 plays. If not for an extremely weak block in the back call, Auburn's defense would have joined in the non-offensive scoring. Auburn finished with 248-yards in the return game, which is why the Tigers were able to dominate on the scoreboard. The offense allowed a season-high, nine tackles for loss, while the defense generated seven negative plays against the Razorbacks. During their three FBS games, nearly 58 percent of Jarrett Stidham's pass attempts have come within 5-yards of the line of scrimmage. With only 122-yards rushing per game against FBS competition, the 2018 offense has become easy to defend. The offensive line continues to be a thorn in the side of the offense, but it isn't the only reason why the offense has struggled. When 82 percent of your passes are within 5-yards of the line of scrimmage, you're automatically conceding the vertical passing game, making it even more challenging to run the football. Except for the two deep balls, there was no imagination to the play-calling. Of the 22 pass attempts, only three went towards someone outside the wide receiver corps. Moving forward, if Auburn cannot address their inability to run the football, they will lose to every quality team remaining on their schedule. Under the Malzahn era of offense, Auburn has won only 31 percent of their games when held to under 130-yards rushing, scoring an average of 19 points per game. That stretch of games includes a 3-10 record in conference play. War Eagle!
  16. 14 points
    Auburn QB stan White drops back to pass....
  17. 14 points
    Sorry, but I've got to do some bragging. If any of you were there early enough before the game you got to see my grandfather, Don Machen, receive the Walter Gilbert award. He played football from 58-61.
  18. 13 points
    If anyone needs a laugh
  19. 13 points
    I think he is too. That said, why won't we use him in the OMac role? Seriously, not just the jet sweeps, but motioning in and out of the back field, catching passes off the fake jet, as well as running the full O when he was in. He was always able to get 3 to 4 by attacking the edge. You know what really helped open things up for Cam? The threat of OMac. You know what really caused defenses to be a step slow reacting? Misdirection with OMac You know who could trip over his own shadow? Yep, still OMac. You know what helped open up the IZ for Tre in 2013? Nope, Jet motions with Corey Grant. Why won't we run any misdirection anymore? Hell, any motions besides our twin receivers switching spots with each other would help. Why are we litteraly only trying to run in either A gap. Why don't we attack the edges with any other runs beside Schwartz's sweep. Seriously, how about a simple off tackle run. Better yet a Stretch to widen the DL and create cut back lanes a la Terrell Davis in Denver. How about a buck sweep with Shivers. Get him outside behind some beef and let the D try to find him. How about a reverse every once in a while to keep the D honest. I'm pretty sure Schwartz could easily repilicated what TZach and Ricardo were able to do. How about some RB screens. Not the throw back kind like KJ scored on vs UGA, but a real, invite the rush dump off screen. You know who would be deadly on a RB screen? KMart or Shivers. Why is it that all of these plays that, not only have been Staples of Gus' O but been very effective plays, are no longer seen...ever.
  20. 13 points
  21. 13 points
    So defense is fantastic, but sometimes lacks the final sack/int/3rd down stop to get off the field. Hard to complain though about the D. So the offensive line is down right puny. They don't push forward and they don't complete blocks. The center is continually pushed into the backfield. And since we don't have more than 3 seconds in the pocket, we still find the need for intermediate and long WR routes...no 3 step drop and get rid of the ball...no slants, no easy throws. We don't have any push between the tackles on our run game. Our QB is inaccurate and getting worse by the week, even on simple throws. When the pocket breaks down, the QB looks at his feet. And finally, when we do pass short, it's a screen. We ask for our oline to be super athletic and get outside the tackles often to help block-- all of this sets up to a perfect storm of bad offense. just my opinion.
  22. 13 points
    For anyone inclined to pray for 72 but not sure exactly how to do that, I hope this helps. I know he is a man who loves God and more than that, God loves him. A Short Prayer for Healing for Friends Lord, your Word speaks promises of healing and restoration and I thank you for the miracles you still perform today. Today I claim those promises over my friend. I believe in the healing power of faith and prayer and I ask you to begin your mighty work in the life of my friend. Please reach down and surround my friend with supernatural peace and strength and give him the faith to believe that all things are possible for you. Protect him from Satan's lies and discouragement and let his miraculous healing begin. Amen.
  23. 12 points
    Look man we went a solid three hours with absolutely zero offensive mistakes last night...
  24. 12 points
    Starting QB - Skittish Stidham Backup QB’s - dear God let’s hope it doesn’t come to them RB - lol who knows the roulette will spin and darts will be thrown HB - Cox and then Joiner WR - Ryan Davis the Screen King WR 2-4 irrelevant blockers for the Screen King OL - Tega Driscoll and Brahms with two guards that look like turnstiles DL - the Greek Gods of run stopping looking for a demigod pass rusher that hasn’t risen up yet LB - 3 beautiful seniors who we will sorely miss next year CB - Iggy the Work in Progress and a slew of talented guys I really hope return next year and continue to grow. S - Daniel prove everyone wrong Thomas and the trusty Dinson lol but in all seriousness I’m not sure. I could probably craft a relatively accurate one.
  25. 12 points
    I don't think fans are waiting on something negative to pounce on Gus. I think they're waiting on a reason not to.