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UNC:

Coaching: Unprepared to say the least, i think our guys overlooked them with the relatively high expectations we have. Losing Chuck Pagano might be worse than i thought.

QB Yates-Looked solid but made some dumb decisions early. Redeemed himself to close out the game.

RB-Draughn looked good, the rest not so much

WR-Nicks is his solid dependable self. Brandon Tate combine over 350 all purpose yards via KR, PR, Rushing, Receiving. Brooks Foster had a receiving TD as well.

OL/TE-Bad. If you can't open up running lanes you are going to look bad. And your going to look that way all season.

DL: Awful. How do you let Mcneese States RB gather almost 100 yards on the ground?

LBs: Did with what they could from the DL IMO. Sturdivant reminded me or Brooking more or less (despite the lack of play around him still made plays)

Secondary: Did somewhat above average. Should be better vs McNeese State...Then again this goes back to the DL.

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Michigan 23 - Utah 25

Michigan had 7 first time starters and 15 players that made there college football debuts.

Michigan received no production from Backfield which was suppose to be the strength of the offense.

QB play from Sheridan was horrible as he made several bad passes abd tried to force things that were not there, Threet look a little better if that is saying anything.

Defense give up way to many yards although in there defense they were on the field for majority of the game because the offense could not get anything going.

Defense did get good pressure in the second half and took advantage of a few mistake Utah made.

Speical Teams was speical for Michigan as they blocked a punt, forced a fumble and blocked a PAT.

All in all I am happy with the effort and that this team did not quite, the score was 25-10 going into the fourth quarter and to score 13 answered points is something to build on for next week. Utah was not in anyway an easy opponent to start the season with as a few have them breaking into the BCS.

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QB - Tebow will no longer be the same Tebow, and Florida fans couldn't be happier. I'll take 9-14 for 137 and a TD and no turnovers every week if our ground game is as good as it was yesterday.

RB - The most impressive group by far. Florida used all 5 running backs. Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey, Kestahn Moore, Brandon James, and Emmanuel Moody combined for 20 carries, 185 yards and 3 TDs. Tebow also added 37 yards on the ground.

WR - Not really impressive but then again they didn't get a whole lot of opportunities. Murphy led with 51 yards and a TD.

OL - Opened up holes ALL DAY long for the running backs, very impressed by the o-line, achored by the Pouncey brothers.

Front 7 - Overall they played well. Gave up some pretty good runs and a few screen passes and shovel passes had them fooled a few times, but other than that they played a big role in forcing all the turnovers.

Secondary - Most improved award goes to the secondary, accounting for 3 INTs and 2 TDs. The starting secondary held pass-happy Hawaii to just 71 yards passing.

Special Teams - Brandon James is the best kick and punt returner in the country, hands down.

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Offense- It's time to get rid of the pathetic OC. Shouldn't have redshirted Tyrod Taylor. Running game started off good but they didn't stick to it.

Defense - Run defense is horrible but didn't give up a lot of points, still need to improve on the run Defense. Allowed to many big plays.

Special Teams - Made a big play but cost us a game at the end. <_<

Overall - Pissed

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Michigan 23 - Utah 25

Michigan had 7 first time starters and 15 players that made there college football debuts.

Michigan received no production from Backfield which was suppose to be the strength of the offense.

QB play from Sheridan was horrible as he made several bad passes abd tried to force things that were not there, Threet look a little better if that is saying anything.

Defense give up way to many yards although in there defense they were on the field for majority of the game because the offense could not get anything going.

Defense did get good pressure in the second half and took advantage of a few mistake Utah made.

Speical Teams was speical for Michigan as they blocked a punt, forced a fumble and blocked a PAT.

All in all I am happy with the effort and that this team did not quite, the score was 25-10 going into the fourth quarter and to score 13 answered points is something to build on for next week. Utah was not in anyway an easy opponent to start the season with as a few have them breaking into the BCS.

That D shut it down in the 2nd half and it looked really impressive. I think the only problem they really have is QB play. You can't run the ball if you don't have some sort of passing game to go along with it. Threet at the end of the game looked like he had never played quarterback before in his entire life. Seriously the worst performance I have ever seen. Worse than Beecher.

I'm not trying to diss you or MIchigan in any way, I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for them because my best friend is a superfan of theirs. So don't take that the wrong way.

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USC

QB: Mark Sanchez played a heckuva game, and if you saw it, you know that his knee isn't bothering him in the last. All the QBs got some playing time.

RB: They were all impressive. Our top 4 RB's (McKnight, Johnson, Gable & Bradford) had a considerable amount of play time and did well when given their chance. Had 5, yes 5 RBs score TDs yesterday. (McKnight, Johnson, Gable, Bradford & Tyler)

FB: Stanley Havili didn't touch the ball as much as I thought he would but he is our X factor and if you don't account for him, you're going to be in trouble.

WR: Like the RB's, they had a great game when given the chance. They were getting open and holding on the balls when they were thrown at. Damian Williams is the real deal, he was such a huge pick up for USC. He's probably our top WR right now, follow by Ronald Johnson, Patrick Turner and Vidal Hazelton.

TE: They did a good job blocking but didn't get thrown too very often. McCoy did catch the two balls that I remember were intended for him. Our TE's can put up monster numbers if given the opprotunity and tFR TE Blake Ayles seemed to be the #2 TE out there.

OL: The biggest question mark coming into the game, they played OUTSTANDING. They were busting open holes all around and gave Sanchez plenty of time. They already look liked a seasoned squad even though there's new starters at the LT, RG & RT positions.

DL: Isn't quite as good as it has been in the past but this group isn't a bunch of nobodies either. They did a good job of applying pressure on the QB, and this paired with the well timed blitz's, can lead to a long day for opposing QB's and offenses in general.

LB: This group is easily our strongest group. Maualuga & Cushing are two of college footballs finest and Kaluka Maiava is an up-and-comer. The guy who stood out the most to me from this very talented group yesterday had to be Clay Matthews. In the NFL Draft & FA forum I made a sleepers thread around May and had this guy in there but the thread was lost in the transition from the boards. Someone else made it more recently and again I added Matthews, the guy is a good football player. He's always around the football and has a non-stop motor. From what I remember he had 3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 ff & 1 fr in yesterdays game.

DB: They played well and stuck on their man for the most part, it's going to be tough to pass on USC. Kevin Ellison almost came up with two picks and Taylor Mays had one just about plucked from his hands by Kevin Thomas.

All in all it was a very good game on all 3 phases but there's still room for improvement. If USC doesn't have 4 penalties on one drive, Virginia gets shut out.

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Alabama

Basically it was like old Bama football. They dominated the line of scrimmage and played great defense.

Offense - Mark Ingram looked great last night. The running game obviously set up the passing game and that helped JP Wilson. JP had one of the better games I've seen from him. He didn't force any passes and basically controlled the game. Julio Jones caught his first TD last night! He looked good and I can't wait to see what he becomes. Their offensive line is very good this year. Andre Smith went down with an injury but i don't think it's too serious. Overall I was VERY surprised with Bama's offense last night.

Defense - Once again they dominated the line of scrimmage. Bama's blitz game was great and our LB's looked good. The defense was what scarred me the most coming into the season. Obviously the coaching staff has found the right mix of players. Overall I'm pumped!

Bama represented the SEC very well last night. I honestly don't know how they shut down Davis & Spiller but they did. Bama "should" be undefeated going into the Georgia game. Roll Tide Roll!!!!

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SC Gamecocks.

Offense: Start Chris Smelley. The guy was 4-2 for you last year. Why would an untested junior be any better? Four picks by Beecher in three quarters of football. Offense did little to nothing with Beecher under center. Mike Davis gets a hundred yards, solid game by him. Rank is a good change of pace back. Receivers looks very good.

Defense: NC State's RB got 101 yards, not real happy with that but pitched a shutout on a team that just isn't very good offensively. Front four looks stout. The real test will come next week over an improved Vandy team.

State of the team: A big question mark. Better SEC defenses will give SC trouble. Defense looks good but can it carry the team for an entire game? If Smelley is under center maybe they won't have to do so. The offense suddenly seemed to click with him under center. Go with the hot hand.

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QB - Tebow will no longer be the same Tebow, and Florida fans couldn't be happier. I'll take 9-14 for 137 and a TD and no turnovers every week if our ground game is as good as it was yesterday.

RB - The most impressive group by far. Florida used all 5 running backs. Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey, Kestahn Moore, Brandon James, and Emmanuel Moody combined for 20 carries, 185 yards and 3 TDs. Tebow also added 37 yards on the ground.

WR - Not really impressive but then again they didn't get a whole lot of opportunities. Murphy led with 51 yards and a TD.

OL - Opened up holes ALL DAY long for the running backs, very impressed by the o-line, achored by the Pouncey brothers.

Front 7 - Overall they played well. Gave up some pretty good runs and a few screen passes and shovel passes had them fooled a few times, but other than that they played a big role in forcing all the turnovers.

Secondary - Most improved award goes to the secondary, accounting for 3 INTs and 2 TDs. The starting secondary held pass-happy Hawaii to just 71 yards passing.

Special Teams - Brandon James is the best kick and punt returner in the country, hands down.

Can't say that I disagree with any of that at all. Great job!

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Georgia Southern

Offense: Catch the **** ball.......catch the **** ball. I know your Div 1aa players and Georgia is pretty intimidating but recivers could have done alot better. I was impressed with Antonio Henton (the Ohio St tranfer) and I can't wait to see what he can do against div 1aa defenses and our running backs looked decent at times esppecially when you consider who yesterdays opponett was.

Defense: Hard to tell cause thier was some suspensions there and I'm really surprised UGA didn't take more advantage of this than they did. The d-line is supposed to be the bread and butter of this team but with the many of its standouts absent they were simply no match for UGA in the early going. As the game went on there were some Defensive backs who stepped up but at the end of the day you can't expect them to run with the Dawgs.

So overall they did alright and I'm proud of them.

GO EAGLES FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!!

Now for Georgia (gezz Sac get on the ball man your slacking. :D)

UGA

Offense: I'm glad to see A.J Green and Caleb King stepping up early and making plays, which I think is a good sign for the future when they get more gametime experience under thier belt. Also was intially impressed with Stafford although I still haven't seen that consistent QB he was supposed to become. Missed some passes here and there but I think he'll improve. What more can you say about Knowshawn, I means dudes a stud...nuff said

Defense: Sucks that they lost Jeff Owens but if you wanna be a champion you'll overcome these kind of injuries and the rest of the players will step up. They looked pretty good and held the eagles scoreless (although i believe that play was still a touchdown :P) thorugh almost three quaters. There was some missed assingments here and there but nothing glaring.

Overall I liked what I saw, alot of people are upset they didn't run up the score but I rather them just get the win now and against C Michigan than wear themselves out against easy win opponetts and be exausted for USC.

Goooooooo Dwags sic em wooof woof wooof

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Alabama

Basically it was like old Bama football. They dominated the line of scrimmage and played great defense.

Offense - Mark Ingram looked great last night. The running game obviously set up the passing game and that helped JP Wilson. JP had one of the better games I've seen from him. He didn't force any passes and basically controlled the game. Julio Jones caught his first TD last night! He looked good and I can't wait to see what he becomes. Their offensive line is very good this year. Andre Smith went down with an injury but i don't think it's too serious. Overall I was VERY surprised with Bama's offense last night.

Defense - Once again they dominated the line of scrimmage. Bama's blitz game was great and our LB's looked good. The defense was what scarred me the most coming into the season. Obviously the coaching staff has found the right mix of players. Overall I'm pumped!

Bama represented the SEC very well last night. I honestly don't know how they shut down Davis & Spiller but they did. Bama "should" be undefeated going into the Georgia game. Roll Tide Roll!!!!

[b ] I agree. We might have some depth issues that hurt us down the road but it looked like old Alabama football out there last night ( I was there and loving every min of it)

and I have not doubt we are on the right track.Its not exciting football to everybody but for me there is nothing like watching the big uglies just dominate in the trenches and run the ball up the gut like that.....good old fashioned SEC football !

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That D shut it down in the 2nd half and it looked really impressive. I think the only problem they really have is QB play. You can't run the ball if you don't have some sort of passing game to go along with it. Threet at the end of the game looked like he had never played quarterback before in his entire life. Seriously the worst performance I have ever seen. Worse than Beecher.

I'm not trying to diss you or MIchigan in any way, I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for them because my best friend is a superfan of theirs. So don't take that the wrong way.

It is not a diss when it is the truth, no worries man. :D:D:D:D

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It's always hard to get an opinion of your team when you play inferior competition, but here goes what I saaw taking into account we won't truly see what the Dawgs are about til we get to South Carolina:

QB - Stafford was very accurate and crisp already. Made a number of very good audible calls at the line based on the Defense positioning on the field. His throw to AJ Green and his side arm throw to moreno on the screen were terrific passes. He has room for improvement, but it was great to see how ready he looks right now. Joe Cox did a good job running the team after Stafford was pulled. The throw to AJ Green in the end was put right where only he could catch it.

RB - UGA's group of rbs may be the best in the country. Knowshon was elusive and we saw how they are going to use him in the passing game more with a great screen pass call that is a taste of things to come. Caleb King was terrific. He is more elusive than Moreno IMO and richard samuel showed a lot after that initial exchange issue with joe cox. He is a hammer and will be great this year

WR - No drops and some great separation. Made tough catches as well. It was great to get AJ Green some work and get him a TD in his first game. That first catch from stafford was a great route he ran and nice finish. MoMass and Durham were great. Durham is going to be much more of a factor this year. He had 11 catches all last year, but already has 3 with a TD. Mike Moore had a great spring and fall camp and it carried over to yesterday's game. Kenneth Harris was hurt with a sprain ankle. The one thing we never talk about is blocking and this group of wrs put a lot of effort into blocking on running plays.

OL - One of the biggest question marks and the only 2 sacks allowed were coverage sacks. They open up running lanes for all the backs. Yes they had a size advantage, but even when gsu blitzed they gave cox and stafford time to throw.

DL - Losing jeff owens hurts, but Irvin had a great game. They got pressure on the end and end up with 3 sacks. We need more of a push inside, but uga still got pressure just not as much without jeff owens in there. Geno Atkins did great inside and battle and houston did very well on the outside. Lomax was a big disappointing at one point going offsides 2x in a row and was pulled after doing that. We saw some good play out of brandon wood and ricardo crawford and got DeAngelo Tyson work as well.

LB - Curran was pretty quiet. He had a few plays, but that was it and Ellerbe had a nice interception in the end zone, but he was out due to cramps early in the game. Marcus Dowtin is a name you need to remember. He was a man possessed and all over the place. This true frosh is going to be another great lb for UGA. Dent played very well also.

Secondary - Reshad Jones was great. He had some very nice hits one was a jacked up hit and he almost had a pick 6 (he started to run without finishing catching the ball he needs to not make that mistake again). Plus he had a nice 32 yard punt return. Vance Cuff had a nice pass breakup in the end zone. A lot of our top guys sat most of the game and guys like Brandon Boykin (true frosh) a few walkons were in there at the end.

Special Teams - Asher Allen is one of the best return men in the country. he had a nice 37 yard return and even after a bobble had a nice return to get into gsu's territory. R Brown is very capable at return kicks. Our coverage was fine (a few great jacked up hits by dobbs on kick returns). Mimbs was his usual self. It was nice to see Walsh's first kick ever as a dawg was just a 52 yarder that would have been good from much further away. Walsh was working on his kickoffs so his first one was 5 yards deep in the end zone and he did a few pooch kicks and one almost ended in a uga recovery. We won't know how great of a kicker walsh is until we have 3 seconds to go in a big sec contest; however he showed a lot already.

Overall Game View:

UGA had a 38 to 0 lead and they unloaded the bench. it was great to see guys get in there who i haven't seen play before. Our defense allowed just 80 yards total in the first half and 0 points. As i said we won't truly know if the above I saw is going to be the case week in and week out, but it's a nice way to start the season. We won't know how much we miss owens until we face a team like tennessee or bama who are more power running teams, but that is a ways away. UGA has to improve on the penalties. It was way too sloppy in that area. That was really the one big negative in the game.

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QB- Harper did not look good. His first pass should have been picked off, but it's hard to pick on Harper considering the rest of the team offered little to no support. It's difficult to have a good game when you're getting crushed by d linemen on 3 step drops

RB- Bowden already has the excuse machine running with his statement about not getting Spiller the ball enough. I fail to see how that explains Spiller getting one carry in the first half. It was obvious to everyone outside of Spence and Bowden that running Davis up the middle simply was not going to work, yet they kept trying it. Davis spent more time running around his o-linemen in the backfield than he did past the line of scrimmage. Of course, Davis had his faults as well. Did he break one tackle all night? Honestly, did anyone from Clemson break a tackle period?

WR- Other than Ford's quick slant up the middle for 45-50 yards, there is nothing to say really. I hate to pick on an individual player, but #83 Nelson Faerber sure had an awful night. I didn't see the personal foul (kinda hard from the upper deck), and his silly illegal substitution penalty really killed two drives. Then, he gets the chance to make a catch and redeem himself a bit, but he drops a pass that hit him in the numbers.

O-line- Well, I guess this unit couldn't possibly play any worse than last night. If they do, that would be a monumental feat. They were about as effective as the turnstiles at the Dome, and a lot of this obviously due to Bama's toughness (and our softness). There were no holes for the RB's to run, and they also spent more having to run around the linemen who were pushed back into them off the snap.

D-line- It doesn't matter how "good" your pass rushers are when the other team can just ram it right down the middle. Losing Rashad Jackson was obviously a lot worse than I thought. The DT's were consistently pushed around by Bama's linemen. Of course, Cumbie and Chavis are converted DE's, and they still look more like DE's. Ricky Sapp got hurt on the first series. I do not recall if he came back at all, or how he is doing. Bowers did come close to pressure a few times, but Bama neutralized the rush with quick underneath passes.

LB- Maye and Conner had a lot of tackles 5-6 yards behind the LOS. Bama consistently had guys wide open underneath on pretty much the exact same routes over and over.

DB- Supposed to be a position of talent and depth, and it is never good to see both of your safeties with 12+ tackles.

Coaching. Coaching. Coaching.

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Alabama

Basically it was like old Bama football. They dominated the line of scrimmage and played great defense.

Offense - Mark Ingram looked great last night. The running game obviously set up the passing game and that helped JP Wilson. JP had one of the better games I've seen from him. He didn't force any passes and basically controlled the game. Julio Jones caught his first TD last night! He looked good and I can't wait to see what he becomes. Their offensive line is very good this year. Andre Smith went down with an injury but i don't think it's too serious. Overall I was VERY surprised with Bama's offense last night.

Defense - Once again they dominated the line of scrimmage. Bama's blitz game was great and our LB's looked good. The defense was what scarred me the most coming into the season. Obviously the coaching staff has found the right mix of players. Overall I'm pumped!

Bama represented the SEC very well last night. I honestly don't know how they shut down Davis & Spiller but they did. Bama "should" be undefeated going into the Georgia game. Roll Tide Roll!!!!

I think Bama played a helluva game too; but they didn't shut down Spiller and Davis. Bowden and the Clemson OC did that for Bama. They had 8 carries between them last night and that's inexcusable. I'm a Gamecock fan, so I am predisposed to enjoy Clemson getting beat down. But even with my disdain for the TIgers in full force I can agree that they have brought some fantastic talent in to play. I have even stood up for Tommy Bowden in the past. But that game last night was clearly an example of a group being outcoached. No way you let those guys run the ball only 8 times. And two of those carries were in the formation where Davis was lined up at tailback.

What were the Clemson coaches thinking; if they were thinking at all?

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Offense was terrible; I expected much more from our run game. Hartline looked like a first year QB... Didn't make too many mistakes but had one terrible decision resulting in a safety. Gotta work on the deep ball; it looks like he's out there throwing mortars. Receivers were equally unimpressive with several drops.

O-Line looked good in pass protection but couldn't open any holes whatsoever in the run game. Hopefully the next three games will allow the entire offense to gel a little and get into a groove before SEC play starts.

On the other hand, the defense was spectacular on all levels... D-line was creating havoc in the backfield all by themselves with several stops behind the line, batted balls, and a couple sacks... Linebackers were getting to the ball carrier from one side of the field to the other with great quickness and were bringing the lumber on their hits... Secondary provided great coverage downfield and did well in run support.

Three picks, two fumble recoveries for TD's... Great great job by the defense...

Special teams was also a major bright spot... Tim Masthay is a beast on kickoffs; only one of his six kicks was returnable, and even kicking from the 20 after the safety he kicked it to the 2 yardline... Punt coverage was great and Dicky Lyons showed admirable skills in returning kicks... Also had a blocked FG which added to the overall great play of the special teams units...

We got the win, so I'm not gonna complain, but the offense needs work if we're gonna make any noise this year in SEC play.

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I think Bama played a helluva game too; but they didn't shut down Spiller and Davis. Bowden and the Clemson OC did that for Bama. They had 8 carries between them last night and that's inexcusable. I'm a Gamecock fan, so I am predisposed to enjoy Clemson getting beat down. But even with my disdain for the TIgers in full force I can agree that they have brought some fantastic talent in to play. I have even stood up for Tommy Bowden in the past. But that game last night was clearly an example of a group being outcoached. No way you let those guys run the ball only 8 times. And two of those carries were in the formation where Davis was lined up at tailback.

What were the Clemson coaches thinking; if they were thinking at all?

You are exactly right. They should have be given more carries but I think the way Bama's D was playing was a reason for the limited carries they got.

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DL - Losing jeff owens hurts, but Irvin had a great game. They got pressure on the end and end up with 3 sacks. We need more of a push inside, but uga still got pressure just not as much without jeff owens in there. Geno Atkins did great inside and battle and houston did very well on the outside. Lomax was a big disappointing at one point going offsides 2x in a row and was pulled after doing that. We saw some good play out of brandon wood and ricardo crawford and got DeAngelo Tyson work as well.

Something to be added to this. Georgia Southern has several transfers on their o-line from SEC schools. So while those guys obviously weren't the elite. They were once good enough to get major D-1 scholarships which says something. So while we didn't get incredible push at times it was because there were some atypical players on GSU's O-line.

LB - Curran was pretty quiet. He had a few plays, but that was it and Ellerbe had a nice interception in the end zone, but he was out due to cramps early in the game. Marcus Dowtin is a name you need to remember. He was a man possessed and all over the place. This true frosh is going to be another great lb for UGA. Dent played very well also.

Don't forget Gamble... His name was called several times. Nice to see him show up some as well.

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QB for half the game was an OSU transfer so there some talent there too.

Intresting about the other tansfers, I didn't know that. They don't really hype the players down here so much as they hype the team as a whole. But thanks for the info this could come in handy in football debates and it makes me feel just a little bit better about our season.

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You are exactly right. They should have be given more carries but I think the way Bama's D was playing was a reason for the limited carries they got.

You're likely correct, but at some point the Clemson staff should have taken a deep breath, realized that Bama wasn't routing them to the point that they had to change gameplans (in the 1st half anyway) and decided to run the ball more. If for no other reason than to give the tiggers defense a rest. The tactics of the tigers offense actually made it worse for the team.

Like I said in another thread, losing to Bama shouldn't be suprising. Saban is withouot a doubt, in my opinion, one of the top 1-6 coaches in the NCAA. But Clemson was just horrible. The showed no fire, no pride, no cohesiveness, and the coaches demonstrated zero forethought or ability to adjust to what Alabama was doing to them. Then again maybe there is NO WAY to adjust to someone stomping a mudd hole in your azz and walking it dry.

I was totally disgusted with what Carolina showed me in the first half Thursday night. They looked like they couldn't open a hole against a junior college team. I'm still not certain that they actually have an OL coach based on their performance. But Clemson was an embarrassment. They looked like the worst college team in the country; like a team other teams want to come in for the homecoming weekend.

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It's always hard to get an opinion of your team when you play inferior competition, but here goes what I saaw taking into account we won't truly see what the Dawgs are about til we get to South Carolina:

QB - Stafford was very accurate and crisp already. Made a number of very good audible calls at the line based on the Defense positioning on the field. His throw to AJ Green and his side arm throw to moreno on the screen were terrific passes. He has room for improvement, but it was great to see how ready he looks right now. Joe Cox did a good job running the team after Stafford was pulled. The throw to AJ Green in the end was put right where only he could catch it.

RB - UGA's group of rbs may be the best in the country. Knowshon was elusive and we saw how they are going to use him in the passing game more with a great screen pass call that is a taste of things to come. Caleb King was terrific. He is more elusive than Moreno IMO and richard samuel showed a lot after that initial exchange issue with joe cox. He is a hammer and will be great this year

WR - No drops and some great separation. Made tough catches as well. It was great to get AJ Green some work and get him a TD in his first game. That first catch from stafford was a great route he ran and nice finish. MoMass and Durham were great. Durham is going to be much more of a factor this year. He had 11 catches all last year, but already has 3 with a TD. Mike Moore had a great spring and fall camp and it carried over to yesterday's game. Kenneth Harris was hurt with a sprain ankle. The one thing we never talk about is blocking and this group of wrs put a lot of effort into blocking on running plays.

OL - One of the biggest question marks and the only 2 sacks allowed were coverage sacks. They open up running lanes for all the backs. Yes they had a size advantage, but even when gsu blitzed they gave cox and stafford time to throw.

DL - Losing jeff owens hurts, but Irvin had a great game. They got pressure on the end and end up with 3 sacks. We need more of a push inside, but uga still got pressure just not as much without jeff owens in there. Geno Atkins did great inside and battle and houston did very well on the outside. Lomax was a big disappointing at one point going offsides 2x in a row and was pulled after doing that. We saw some good play out of brandon wood and ricardo crawford and got DeAngelo Tyson work as well.

LB - Curran was pretty quiet. He had a few plays, but that was it and Ellerbe had a nice interception in the end zone, but he was out due to cramps early in the game. Marcus Dowtin is a name you need to remember. He was a man possessed and all over the place. This true frosh is going to be another great lb for UGA. Dent played very well also.

Secondary - Reshad Jones was great. He had some very nice hits one was a jacked up hit and he almost had a pick 6 (he started to run without finishing catching the ball he needs to not make that mistake again). Plus he had a nice 32 yard punt return. Vance Cuff had a nice pass breakup in the end zone. A lot of our top guys sat most of the game and guys like Brandon Boykin (true frosh) a few walkons were in there at the end.

Special Teams - Asher Allen is one of the best return men in the country. he had a nice 37 yard return and even after a bobble had a nice return to get into gsu's territory. R Brown is very capable at return kicks. Our coverage was fine (a few great jacked up hits by dobbs on kick returns). Mimbs was his usual self. It was nice to see Walsh's first kick ever as a dawg was just a 52 yarder that would have been good from much further away. Walsh was working on his kickoffs so his first one was 5 yards deep in the end zone and he did a few pooch kicks and one almost ended in a uga recovery. We won't know how great of a kicker walsh is until we have 3 seconds to go in a big sec contest; however he showed a lot already.

Overall Game View:

UGA had a 38 to 0 lead and they unloaded the bench. it was great to see guys get in there who i haven't seen play before. Our defense allowed just 80 yards total in the first half and 0 points. As i said we won't truly know if the above I saw is going to be the case week in and week out, but it's a nice way to start the season. We won't know how much we miss owens until we face a team like tennessee or bama who are more power running teams, but that is a ways away. UGA has to improve on the penalties. It was way too sloppy in that area. That was really the one big negative in the game.

Hey Sac, did UGA still throw the ball on occassion after getting an insurmountable lead? Did they keep trying to execute their offense in an effort to allow the substitute players to get some real experience?

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