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  1. Hspoprn

    Receivers...what we know and what we don't

    Truer words were never spoken.
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    pat dye: offensive line key for 2018

    If history is any indicator, Gus will play all three of them the first few games.
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    could be easiest home slate in years

    Seriously, why does #butgus even have fall practice ? The first few games look like a rec team where everybody on the squad is required to play.
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    Receivers...what we know and what we don't

    Also, we have a WR who is 5' 8" tall committed for 2019. WTH ?
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    2019 softball recruiting thread

    No pitchers ?
  6. Thanks for posting. Situation with Dean could get interesting.
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    Women's College World Series

    Sort of off-topic: I didn't watch all of the games this weekend, but watched a good bit. Did not see one slapper make a contribution. Power hitting was abundant. Is the era of slappers over? I personally hope so.
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    Softball: The Future

    The main strength of Draper was her speed on the bases. If she got a base on balls, odds were highly in favor of her stealing second, resulting in a RISP. With power hitters, sure you give them the green light occasionally with a 3-0 count. Doesn't make much sense to do it with slappers/speed players though. They have one mission -- get on base.
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    Softball: The Future

    Thanks. Wish we had gotten her. As noted in a previous post somewhere on the forum, it is almost impossible to teach a player how to swing the bat at this stage of their career. It is, however, the responsibility of the coach to instruct them WHEN to swing the bat, and when NOT to swing the bat. Draper getting the go-ahead to swing at pitches with a 3-0 count is the coaches responsibility., and was simply foolish. If she ignored a "take" sign from a coach, she should have been on the bench. Teaching batters to not swing at pitches that bounce in the dirt before the pitch reaches home plate is also the coaches responsibility - Practice sessions and a little bench time works wonders for this ( see post re: Rivera -- If she is taught plate discipline, she will be an All-American). Will be watching with interest how well Dean recruits, and what the off-season brings.
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    Softball: The Future

    Since we are discussing the future of the program, does anyone know if Savanna Sikes is still going to sign with us for the 2019 class? I can only find 3 players so far who are definite commits, and she is not among them. Supposedly she (Sikes) hit 2 homers against Barnhill in High School.
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    Softball: The Future

    Never coached at the college level, but coached many years of travel ball and H.S. ball. Athletes, like all humans, resist change, particularly if there is turmoil associated with change. Clint came into a program that previously had low expectations and rapidly taught the players how to win. He EXPECTED them to win, and convinced THEM to expect to win. He was a genius, the players immediately bought in to his coaching style, and the players were hungry for success. Dean came into a program that had become accustomed to winning, and winning big games. There was turmoil on the team because of the situation with Corey and the departure of Clint. Dean has a different approach to the game, does not have the name recognition or the "it" factor of Myers in the sport, and has not yet shown the ability to "connect" with the players. He may turn into a great asset for the program, or he may not. Let's face it, JMU is not in the same universe as the SEC in sports competition Hopefully he is a fast learner and a better communicator than he has shown so far. Unless/until he gets the support of the players by demonstrating that he knows what he is doing, and having them trust that he knows what he is doing, the program will continue to spiral into mediocrity. Examples: Carlson often shaking her head at Dean's pitch calling sequence during the regionals. Martin seemed, via her body language, lost and frustrated by the end of the season. Both are premiere pitchers, and Dean is supposed to be a pitching guru. The point is, I don't think that he ever gained their trust, regardless of what they may have said in interviews or what commentators might have said. If players don't trust and respect the knowledge of their coaches, seasons seldom turn out well.
  12. Thanks, WarTiger, for the play-by play. Maybe we can get a hitting coach and some power-hitting recruits for next year. Thank you, Kaylee Carlson, for your wonderful years at Auburn !
  13. Come on Taylon !
  14. Surely there is someone with some pop in their bat that could pinch hit for Draper........
  15. Seems like this team went on auto-loop at the end of the season.