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9.23.2009

Gabe McKenzie headed to defense?

Hey everyone. I know you love blog titles that begin with a question mark.

Gene Chizik told reporters tonight that senior Gabe McKenzie (again) has been experimenting at defense end this week. He may become an option on third downs ... possibly taking snaps away from freshman Dee Ford.

McKenzie played end to begin the 2008 season, but finished the season at tight end. He's been playing "3" in Gus Malzahn's offense. That's what I call the utility back position and it's one typically handled by Mario Fannin.

McKenzie sightings have been few and far between this season.

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

181 Comments:

Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I am a Hottie in bed

8:17 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

TMI THT

8:17 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

with a bowl of ice cream!

8:17 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm going to have to share some with Molly dog; she's been waiting so patiently.

8:19 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

He did have a pick 6 vs LSU last year.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

in a game we lost :-(

I thought he did real well last year on D. I hope he has great success just for his own sake.

8:20 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Pat Sullivan

8:21 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Jay. Mckenzie is one of our better athletes. He's been held out for injury supposedly, but I don't beleive that. What in the world did he do to be sitting on the bench this long.

8:23 PM  
Blogger IV said...

I am glad Gabe will get a chance to play somewhere. He deserves a chance.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

your kids assessment is spot on, Kristina. They're even better before they are cooked (the cookies, not the kids).

And what exactly are you withholding comment on from the last thread? I'm confused.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

wassup Tar. Enjoying the season so far? I have to admit that I'm very suprised at our offense. Defense, it's about what I expected.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

The toilet games

8:26 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

I agree, especially with Trott going down earlier this year. What in the world did McKenzie do?

8:26 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Kristina,

That was me asking for your take on toilet ball toss and elevator putting.

8:27 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Kristina,

Oh and Michael said qun6kls0"[[}+nvest xypwjk-i. Was he joking?

8:29 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

I'm hoping Gabe can be another Jay Ratliff, who also came to Auburn as a TE and has turned into one of the better defensive lineman in the NFL.

Very strange situation regarding Gabe and his status. I don't remember seeing him on the field in a game this season.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Sorry IV and THT, I must be a little distracted this evening.

8:29 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OnB_jalI4U

Greatest lottery commercial ever?

8:30 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Kristina

Are the zoo animals restless?

8:30 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

I'm taking my socks off. It's too hot for this.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Craig Miller said...

I'm a hottie drinking in bed. We need to unleash this beast. He just needs some "disci-pwin"

8:30 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

yo sponge! I think the D is what I should have expected. Unfortunately, I had unrealistic expectations for at least a top 25 D.

8:31 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Jay Ratliff had more time on D including a full season as a starter, Gabe isn't going to get that opportunity.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

They are in bed now, so I should be able to focus a little more on important HABOTN business.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Tar, the D could have been better without all the injuries. Pybus could have helped, and will help. Freeman with his injuries. McNeil with the broken leg, and don't forget the guys that were kicked off the team. Hot Carter hasn't played either, and I don't know if he will be full speed all year. But I'm really happy w/ Malzan. He can call a game. It will get tougher though.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Hoopie-sittin' on G said...

Gabe seems to be a heck of an athlete that is so much of a tweener that he can't find a home. Strangely enuff...those type guys find a place in the pros.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Hey Hoop. You happy with the team so far? Silly question I know. They have exceeded my expectations.

8:37 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

RK, you are probably correct in regards to Gabe and his pro shot. I wish he had been moved to DE early in his career, I think he could have been a really good player there.

8:39 PM  
Blogger IV said...

I guess Tommy Trott must be a better blocker than Gabe. Otherwise, I thought his pass catching skills were better.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

I'm actually pretty upset with the D. I'm happy about the adjustments that are being made in-game, but I guess I expected more from Chiz and TRR. Guz is using what he's got on offense (which isn't all-country,imho, as some here have touted), why can't they?

8:41 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I still don't know about Pybus, he has a lot of heart, but he did struggle at times last year too...then again he was a freshman.

8:41 PM  
Blogger IV said...

I just don't think they have found that third linebacker yet. Maybe the bull will settle down and be the answer.

8:43 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

The majority of the offense the D has given up this year was against Miss State in the late first and 2nd quarter when they were on the field for pretty much three straight drives due to a blocked punt and Coleman's pick 6 and in the 1st quarter to West Virginia when they could do nothing right.

8:43 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Snacks. We are woefully thin on D, and lack talent as well, IMO. I think that will become more obvious as the season progresses.

Did anyone think we had better skill people on offense than West Virginia?

8:43 PM  
Blogger IV said...

I also think that losing Aaron Savage hurt alot. But overall, I think that they have done well considering all things.

8:46 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

There was a lot of hope that Eltoro Freeman would come in and be a force early on to help out on D, and unfortunately that just hasn't happened yet.

8:47 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Yes, except at QB.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Unusually Optimistic jhag said...

Ole Miss tomorrow?

8:48 PM  
Blogger IV said...

The Bull appears to be confused out there. He almost looks like he is unsure of his assignment on each play.

8:48 PM  
Blogger IV said...

I do think that Gabe can help the defense and I hope that he gets to play soon.

8:49 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

He also doesn't seem to wrap up when he tries to tackle...but he's not the only guilty party there.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

I thought West Virginia was overall more talented. It really shows up on special teams. Not a big difference, but noticable Just my observation. I thought we out coached them, and certainly played just as hard. Can't wait until we stock back up.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Our tackling was horrid, but that can be fixed.

Do you guys/gals think McNeal will return this year, and if so, will he be effective? I would like to see them go ahead and redshirt him.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I don't think Game McKenzie's issue is physical.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I just don't see how McKenzie is going to accomplish anything this season. I'll be shocked. Stupefied.

8:56 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

I am digging this Man vs Food Challenge

8:58 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

In general, we had better offensive players than West Virginia. Todd definitely looked better than Brown. Noel Devine is a great RB, but so is Tate, McCalleb, and Fannin. At wide receiver, we looked a little better, mainly because of Adams.

8:59 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Jay will Gabe play on D or will he just be on D

9:00 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Jay, do you think this move is because of what Gulley has shown? When you consider Fannin doesn't leave the field often and he is already backed up by Eric Smith, John Doughlas, and Anthony Gully; I just don't see room for McKenzie at the H-back position. My guess is he doesn't have the speed to play talent for the slot receiver position.

9:01 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

SFC I really appreciate what our WR's are doing this year. I do think we have come miles from where we were. However, have not seen the explosiveness that I think it will take to win big games in the SEC. That could be our down fall.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Jet says Save the Couches! said...

Once Lutzenkirchen played, this was an obvious move.

Having said that, good night HOT ONES.

9:02 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I am already fairly happy with our depth on the defensive line. This makes me wonder if we may see some linemen playing linebacker, especially some of the faster ones, like Hot Carter. When we run into these run first teams like Tennesse, Alabama, and LSU; it could be a big help.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm with you, Steve. There's just no spot for McKenzie on offense.

We have to start any real examination here: What in the world happened to Gabe McKenzie to make him miss all of spring ball? And is it still a problem?

I have not received answers to those questions.

9:04 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

JD, I haven't seen a wide enough group of receivers making catches. So far Fannin, Zachery, and Adams are responsible for most of our catches. Hopefully that will change and we will see Hawthorne get more touches. Also, Blake and Benton are bound to start participating at some point.

9:05 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Found an obscure cable station that plays 4 hours of Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere every night.

I'm enrapt.

9:06 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

ooooh jay pick me ooooh ooooh

(JD RAISING HIS HAND)

Gabe refused to adhere to the "NO DROPS" policy?

9:07 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Many folks make careers of being rush-ends on passing downs. Looks like where McKenzie is headed. Success is attainable IMO.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I think it was a little more serious than that.

9:08 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

By the way, from what I saw Saturday, I would say Herring should start, not Eltoro.

9:09 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

SFC,

My biggest concern is majority of our catches have seemed to be in traffic. That is something that I would think Benton, Hawthorne, or Blake could cure. My question would then be, Why in the world have they not seen the throws and playing time for that matter? ***Note we know why we havent from #13***

9:09 PM  
Blogger IV said...

SFC,

I agree but I don't think Herring is the answer to our third LB problem.

9:10 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Benton and Blake have been seeing the playing time, just not the touches. Stalworth has also been out there.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Herring will start.

9:11 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I haven't seen much in Eltoro or Herring as of yet.

Stevens and Bynes yes, but the other two not so much.

I'm also not so sure about Bates starting against the good SEC offenses.

9:11 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Herring played a good second half against La. Tech, but that was La. Tech.

9:13 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

IV, Herring is okay, but we have a bigger issue than finding a 3rd linebacker. You typically play more than 3 linebackers. Heck, you typically see 6 or more linebackers get playing time. At present we can play 4 or 5, but not feel real good about it. Pybus will be coming back, which should help, but we are one injury away from big time trouble at linebacker. If Stevens or Bynes go down, there isn't another LB I would feel good about playing 50 to 60 snaps a game.

9:13 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

"undisclosed medical reasons" I hate those...

9:16 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I am loving Darin Bates, although he is young. I see him involved a lot. I am sure he isn't immune from freshman mistakes, but because of him, Etheridge has been able to be very aggressive in run support. I will be glad to see McNeil come back.

Also, Demond Washington and Harry Adams seem to have done at corner, although I must admit I haven't followed them specifically.

9:17 PM  
Blogger IV said...

I agree with all of that SFC. But right now, we need to find that third starting LB. We don't have one and sure, we have a depth problem at LB but good grief, we have to have 3 good ones just to start.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

thin or not,they have two defensive gurus. I just expected more. Maybe I'm asking too much. I'm just scared we're gonna get to the national championship riding the billion point offense, then pull and Oklahoma and get dominated by a good D, and not be able stop the opposition from putting up their own offensive fireworks.

9:18 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

I have been more impressed with Adams although I think that Washington absolutely has the bigger upside. Washington just plays super agressive at times and it gets him out of position.

9:18 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I think Eltoro will eventually come around, but Herring seems to play smart, so we should be okay for now. I do think this move has something to do with preparation for Tennessee and trying to figure out how we can deal with a run heavy football team.

9:19 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

What I said about Adams and Washington can also be said for Herring and Freeman. The more consertative guys seem to help us more now but the agressive guys will be incredible once they get it all going.

9:21 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Well, we have got what we have got for now. We will just have to do the best we can with what we have. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

9:21 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Don't forget that we have seen Hawthorne at a different position too. I wonder if they will allow him to hit receivers in the head with a big pad during a game?

9:22 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

JD, I like that thought. I think aggression is why we had issues early against WV.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

ehyou - what station has St. Elsewhere?

9:24 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

What gave us fits early on vs WVU was Brown's mobility and a wet field...

The more time Brown could create the more likely a WR is going to shake a DB especially on a wet field.

9:28 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

a'ight holla holla balla.

JD OUT!

9:33 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Sensi saw Herring with a missed tackle on Devine. I saw the same thing from Stevens. A wet field didn't help, but it was poor tackling.

9:36 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I think the wet field hurt us more in the passing game defense early on for the reasons I stated above.

The WR knows where he's running, the DB has to guess and when you are guessing on a slick surface sometimes you slip.

9:39 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

The 71 yard TD run by Devine he ran straight through I believe it was Eltoro's arms.

9:39 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Hey, wasn't the field just as wet for WVU? I did not see them miss near as many tackles on our RBs as we did theirs.

9:40 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Herring stood and looked at Devine on one play as he went by him.

9:40 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

IV,

I didn't blame the missed tackles on the wet field, did I?

9:40 PM  
Blogger IV said...

No and I wasn't calling you out WERK. Just stating facts.

9:41 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Early in the game Brown created a lot of offense on plays our D busted then would take advantage of a missed tackle or bad pursuit angles.

His creativity allowed the WR's to get free.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Jay. No one bit on the McKenzie. I will. What the heck happened. Possible explanations:
1. He made a pass at Chiziks wife.
2. He wasn't sittin on G, waiting on O.
3. He rolls his own. Not talkin prince albert here.
4. He said "I think Tony Franklin was brilliant".
5. Complained about Kodi Burns being demoted from QB

9:43 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

It can't be # 5 as McKenzie's issues started before fall practice started.

9:45 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

It can't be # 4, because even Tony Franklin doesn't think Tony Franklin is brilliant.

So it has to be 1, 2 or 3 or a combination of them.

9:48 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Word on campus was that Gabe had mental health issues (perhaps depression not sure) that caused him to miss practice. I'm just glad he has made it back to the field regardless of the side of the ball he is playing

9:50 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Jay what's the deal with Aubrey Phillips? Is he still on campus? Is he practicing?

9:50 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Whatever is keeping McKenzie out, he sure knows what it is. So why is he still around? Just sayin.. I think if I had his talent and wasn't playing, I would move on. I do think he has possible NFL talent in the right position.

9:51 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

THT...
It's called Goodlife. I'm in heaven.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Cat, I haven't heard that. Interesting. Not only is Tony Franklin a Dumb A, he drove his players batty too.

9:53 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

As far as the missed tackles against WV, It looked like they were just misjudging Brown/Devine's speed and shiftiness. Yea the techniques weren't great but there were alot of times that defenders were in position but just missed everything.

9:54 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Sponge I commend the staff and reporters for really keeping that out of the headlines. Those are serious issues if accurate.

9:57 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

The picks are hard this week.

9:58 PM  
Blogger scottie burns runs the wildcat! said...

whattup hotties.

not suprised about Gabe's move. i just wish it had been earlier. i wish the best for him.

9:59 PM  
Blogger IV said...

C'mon Cincy, you can do it.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

WVA's speed was a real problem, but they really ran their offense well. They, like AU, have a lot of motion, quick screens and flares. Very difficult to defend.

10:01 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

What do yall think about FL KY? Think FL will win by 21.5?

10:01 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

I agree Cincy!

I sucked last week..I'll just be suckier this week.

I may resort to eany, meany, miny, moe this week!

10:02 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

It seemed easier last week than this week.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Yeah Cat. It would have been the right thing to do. I hope if true, he's gotten good help and is recovering. Thats a hard one for me to believe however. We had a lot of bad apples that Chizik sent on their way. I really think it was related to that group and what some of them were doing. That's pure speculation on my part.

10:04 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

There were some missed tackles for sure, but Devine is very hard to get a good angle on. He has to be one of the smoothest RB's I have seen play. He just seems to glide through the line and explode downfield.

No doubt the tackling has to improve, though. There were missed tackles on several players not as skilled as Devine.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Aubrey is another that I never heard what the issue was. I do remember that Chizik said it was something he could come back from.

10:07 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

Left ATL last night after helping my son try to salvage his basement with all the rain.

Guess what I came home to...rain!

GRRR!

10:07 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

AU. You recall the play Herring flat out missed Devine. Herring filled the gap perfectly and Devine juked one way, left Herring standing there holding air. That was a clowning right there. it would have been sweet if you were a WVA fan.

10:10 PM  
Blogger IV said...

This has been one of the most interesting nights of discussion since I have been posting here. I have enjoyed it very much. I have a feeling that next week about this time, we will be into many more interesting discussions.

10:11 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

On this weeks picks I probably had about 6 games I could go either way on. I am going to review them again later, but I had more trouble with this week than previous weeks.

10:11 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Missinit,

I hope and pray everything is okay in your world.

10:12 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

Sponge, that was one sweet move by Devine. I know the tackling was not very good for AU, but Devine is one special player. And for the record, the AU D had trouble stopping the run last year as well, see Arkansas, WV, and Bama from 08.

10:16 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Stopping the run against WV and Arkansas was completely different than stopping Bama. Bama was and is a power running team. Glenn Coffee and that Bama offensive line just plain bullied us around.

10:19 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

We aren't very good against the run. That's what I've been saying regarding talent. Rocker was shocked when he got here at the lack of big time players on the line. Not that we are bad, but we don't have anyone that can dominate his opponent. But, they are doing the best they can, and I really like the coaching so far. Who knows. Lightning in a bottle?

10:19 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

Thanks IV,

I posted on an earlier thread this morning about our episode in ATL.

Long story short, he lives in the valley part of his neighborhood of hills and valleys so the 12 inches of rain plus being at the bottom didn't fare so well with his finished basement. Saved most everything but unfortunately some things were too damaged to salvage. All the flooring was lost and will have to be replaced.

It was bad but it could have been much, much worse. They are safe and alive. We are thankful to God, through the good and the bad.

FYI, hydraulic cement is some good stuff.

And I am tired of rain!

10:22 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Steve, and the tide will bully us again this year I'm afraid. They really have some good size for what they are trying to do, and good speed too. Not that I'm conceding the game or anything.

I'm just hoping for a win aginst the Vols. That would be big.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Unusually Optimistic jhag said...

College choices..ahhhhhhhhhh

10:25 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

There is only one choice.

10:28 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

Sooooooooo what is the latest Jhag??????

Whose campus will you grace with your presence????

10:28 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Nite all. May your picks bring you great riches.

10:30 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I like our defensive line and the talent we have had. It seems we send at least one to the NFL every year. I just think we are geared more to dealing with speed, rather than power. Our linebackers have typically been a bit smaller and faster. Now we have issues with linebacker depth, which means issues with power running teams.

10:31 PM  
Blogger Unusually Optimistic jhag said...

No CLUE! My parents are bribing me to stay in state thought (FSU)

10:32 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

jhag,

Mine did too....they lost!

It was Auburn. Final choice.

10:34 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Okay HOTTIES, I am off to bed. I will leave you and the coaching staff to figure out the answers to our problems. Hate UAT, love Auburn more.

10:34 PM  
Blogger Unusually Optimistic jhag said...

They are bribing me with a new Ford F150 King Ranch...I mean have you seen that damn truck?

10:35 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

jhag, do you have any experience playing linebacker?

10:38 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

King Ranch's are too nice Jhag, its overboard.

I like a truck to have a little more truck in it. Its very possible I will be able to take a hose to my next truck interior... I tend to get them dirty.

Or maybe I'm just jealous.

10:40 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

I know, I know, mine did the same back in the day. I ended up at Auburn in a beat up old red Volkswagen hatchback....ugly as hell!

It was only a temporary setback, after all the object was to get from A to B. It had four wheels and it rolled. It did the job. Do not be enticed by such bribery.

10:45 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Not sure what to make of the defense these days. They are surely giving up more than I thought they would, but being under sized and undermanned will do that to you. If you watch closely, their is not much subbing on the defense. How many times did Au get WVU in 3rd and long and give up a 1st down (10 of 15). unless you get turnovers that stat will get you beat most everytime.

10:57 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Did anyone hear why FAH did not play much in the 2nd half last weke. I had heard the coaches thought he ran too much east-west for that game so they did not give him the ball.

10:59 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

We didn't run that much in the 2nd half anyway, and if we are going to run late in a close game, I think it's almost a guarantee they are going to run Tate.

11:01 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

We played 22 different players on defense against MSU. I am not sure what the numbers were against WV. Rocker has said he will play every lineman he has. Now, the linebackers were a different story. Although I read where we played 7, I can't even name 7 linebackers on this team.

11:01 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

WVU put 9 in the box to take the run away so when you do run, you stick with the guy who has proven he can find the holes and follow his blockers and take the abuse.

11:02 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

RK, we are a bit different in philosophy. I would run Tate late if we were trying to run the clock, but any time the defense looks to be worn down, I would give McCalebb some caries. I had hoped to see him on the last drive of the first half against WV and in the second half of the fourth quarter.

11:03 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Speaking of 8-9 men in the box. Last year that combo killed us. I was glad to see another team dare our B to beat them with his arm, and we had one that could answer the bell.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Unusually Optimistic jhag said...

King Ranch has a whole lot of truck in it man

11:04 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

West Virginia's defense is similar to ours. It is better at handling speed than power. I think Tennessee will be more vulnerable to speed, so I think we will see more McCalebb. Against WV, I go with a little bit of everyone.

11:05 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I mean against Ball State I go with a little bit of everyone.

11:05 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Steve,

I've said all along you use McCalebb to wear the D out chasing him, then use Tate to knock them over with the power game to finish them off and work the clock later in games.

That seems to be the way the coaches are using them.

When the games on the line, I want the veteran Tate with the rock.

11:06 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I wish we had run Tate a bit more in the second and third quarters to take the pressure off of Todd, but Todd ended up surprising me. I did see him make some bad throws, but more of them were good and only one was a pick.

11:07 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I disagree Steve, UT's D is fast and can handle the speed. I'm pretty sure they showed that against a speedy Florida team last week.

11:07 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

If Tate or McCalebb are on the field much of the 2nd half this week I'll be really shocked.

11:08 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Yea, RK, that is the difference in our philosophy, although it also depends upon the defense you are facing.

11:08 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I am with you. Eric Smith could end up getting a lot of carries. I would like to see Todd, Tate, McCalebb, Fannin, and Adams get a lot of rest this game.

11:09 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

"West Virginia's defense is similar to ours. It is better at handling speed than power."

I'm not sure our D is better at handling speed than power.

Against the power of Miss State's offense we did well, against the speed of WVU's offense we really struggled.

11:10 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I wouldn't even mind seeing the RFYLK offense for a good bit of the game.

11:10 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I just want John Douglas to get a TD.

11:11 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

RK, that is a very good point, although I think Devine was a special player. I am not just talking the running game. Our defense is more geared toward stopping spread type offenses, rather than pure power, such as MSU. MSU just didn't have the linemen to run over us.

11:12 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

John Douglas would be a cool option. He is one of those players who's contributions go unnoticed. I do think the coaches like him a lot, though. He is primarily a blocker, but there is no rule against him carrying the ball.

11:13 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Douglas got hurt last week. had his pads off in the 2nd half.

UT handled FL's rush becasue Fl had very little in the passing game. FL lost Harvin and the other WR and Tebow has yet to find a go to guy. UT took advantage of that. AU can throw the ball and I think the WVU game showed some teams that the 'load the box' scheme might not work this year. Still early but after WVU, the film now shows Todd can at least manage the throws.

11:19 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Anyone hear about Lutz having an MRI Thursday?

11:20 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I haven't heard anything about Lutz having an MRI. I didn't realize he was injured.

11:26 PM  
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12:53 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Got to love Feng's daily thoughts on the Auburn situation.

6:41 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Feng is trying to tell us something is going to happen at the teams "motel" on Friday night.

7:16 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Re: NC educational lottery scratch off ticket.

wow ... I mean woo.

Ya know a state with the likes of Duke and NC and the research triangle, I wonder how the education system feels about this commercial. Ofcourse if they're gettin' paid, I have a feeling they don't mind one bit.

7:22 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Morning everyone, glad to see I could show up and kill the thread for ya!!

7:41 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

The only big question I have about this weekend is whether i'm going to get wet at the game or not. That is really the big question.

7:42 AM  
Blogger scottie burns runs the wildcat! said...

Lutz got hurt too? man, i need to go review some film. b/c of the delay my DVR missed most the 2nd half. ggrrrr.

Eddie, i enjoyed listening to your random caller giving probs to his high school buddy. hilarious. oh, and SFC is a solid call. nice work.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Thanks Scottie. I'm on the lookout for D Money!

7:50 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Eddie when is the radio show getting updated on your Auburn Insider site?

7:52 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I haven't heard anything about Lutzenkirchen being injured.

7:53 AM  
Blogger scottie burns runs the wildcat! said...

D-MONEY!!!!!!!

i thought someone said they saw Lutz with his pads off in the 2nd half. maybe i read that wrong. sorry homie.

7:56 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Precautionary knee situation, is what I'm told. Lingering soreness.

7:56 AM  
Blogger scottie burns runs the wildcat! said...

whew. thanks JGT.

7:57 AM  
Blogger IV said...

Mornin' Jay G. and Hotties. Will be here off and on today. I

8:00 AM  
Blogger IV said...

Hit the send button to fast. I am looking forward to tonight's SC-Ole Miss game.

8:01 AM  
Blogger IV said...

How is your day looking Jay?

8:02 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Mytommy- It's updated now. Thanks for the reminder.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

I don't think coaches would allow Gabe to play on defense if anything was wrong with lutz.

However thats just an opinion.

8:03 AM  
Blogger scottie burns runs the wildcat! said...

SEC football tonite. what a great way to start the weekend. got a high school game to hit tomorrow nite, then all day tailgate at the crib saturday. it's going to be weird not driving to AU. :(

8:05 AM  
Blogger scottie burns runs the wildcat! said...

duh, that's a good point Aeronaut.

has Gabe actually played a snap on O yet? if so, when? i missed it.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Ole Miss at South Carolina should be very entertaining. See if Ole Miss can handle the pressure and not stumble out of the gate in SEC play.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I don't believee Gabe as played a snap of football all season.

8:07 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Not sure why, but I've got a feeling that SC pulls the upset, It's be just like Spurrier to pop Nutt's bubble.

8:08 AM  
Blogger IV said...

Aero,

According to the depth chart I am looking at, Gabe is listed in the FB position behind Mario Fannin and John Dopuglas. Jay Wisner is the third TE. But, you could be right, the coaches could adjust everything due to an injury to a backup TE.

8:08 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Cincy- I think too many people feel that way about USC tonight. I will stick with Ole Miss to pull it out in a very tight one.

8:09 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Thanks Eddie!!

8:11 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

8:12 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Did cincy just say what I thought she said about the Ole ball coach poppin a ... oh no nevermind she didn't.

8:13 AM  

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