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10.04.2009

Players speak, 10/4

Hey everyone. Here is a smattering of comments players who were interviewed this evening. They seemed tired. Of course, they didn't arrive on campus until 3 a.m.

Maybe that had something to do with it.

  • TB Ben Tate said he is taking the Tigers' five OL starters (and other selected players like Eric Smith) out to dinner on Monday night. ``I always told them before if I ran for 150 or 200 yards in certain games, but I never got to it. This time I just told them if I hit about the 130 mark that I would take them out to eat."

  • The crew won't be dining on haute cuisine. It's Golden Corral night. ``They all like to eat … that’s too much money."

  • Ted Roof on the defense's fourth-quarter performance: ``In the fourth quarter, when you start managing the game, which the situation dictates, they moved the ball and scored some points through the air. The last play, that’s something doesn’t leave a great taste in your mouth. You have to go back to work. The good news is all those mistakes are correctable, and we’ve got to get them eliminated before we go to Arkansas."

  • LB Adam Herring, who played high-school ball in Fayetteville, on his return to Arkansas: ``That period of my life, it was half my sophomore year and my junior and senior year of high school. So that's where I really developed some friendships and graduated from high school there. It's a big part of my home. I've moved around quite a bit, but I was there two-and-a-half years."

  • Kodi Burns on the rankings: ``I had no idea that we're ranked. We just really weren't getting that much respect. That's something that we've all realized on this team and something that we all really stopped worrying about it. We leave it up to those guys who make those decisions. We just go out there and play football, and we're 5-0 at this point and hopefully we'll be 6-0 next week."

172 Comments:

Blogger Peter "Poll Defender" Frankenschmidt said...

I'm listening.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Peter "Poll Defender" Frankenschmidt said...

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9:40 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

PPDF is on a roll!

9:42 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Sweet orange and blue dreams everyone. Be thinking about beating Arkansas!!

9:46 PM  
Blogger Peter "Poll Defender" Frankenschmidt said...

Polls are done. I'm going back to being a Mike Berry tribute band.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

I'd like a sau-SAGE' McBiscuit.

9:48 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Are there any Auburn fans on this blog? I am so relaxed right now thinking about and enjoying our win over the East Tenn. hound dogs. Tomorrow about this time, I will be anything but relaxed thinking about the team's trip to the Arky pig sty. I truly feel that we have a chance next Sat. and I know that this team is on the way to being special. That is not surprising when you think about it. After all it is Auburn, a very special place.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

I meant dumb...I just got a grilled cheese sandwich. Someone loves me.

9:51 PM  
Blogger scottie b defeated UT said...

you've had a full day JGT. thanks. hope you enjoyed your day on the banks of the Tennessee River. the hotties had it on lock all day!

9:52 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Cincy,

If you are still lurking, have you got a condo yet?

9:53 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

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9:57 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Regarding Eltoro: "I don’t know if I want to get into what’s holding kids back, but he just needs to keep working," Roof said. "It’s a tough position, and because of the depth situation, there is no learning curve, or time for you to season. You’ve got to come play. So, we’ll just keep working him and I’m sure things will work out."

9:58 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Very smart move by Mr. Tate... paying a little respect to his blockers...

Todd may want to think about doing something similar as well... they have done a decent job of keeping his jersey clean thus far.

10:00 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

ElToro has gotten away with relying strictly on his talent to get him by up til this point. At this level it takes talent, and technique and a little preparation... he'll learn.

10:02 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

I was perusing one of the UT message boards this afternoon. They are a whiny little bunch! They were even complaining about our band playing too loudly. They were complaining that our fans cheered too loud.

It is quite humorous. Kiffin better start wining... the hillbillies are very restless.

10:05 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

j-z,

Please explain something to me... What is the deal with Flat Molly?

10:21 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Travis Williams got the game ball after the TN victory. He gave a speech to the team before the game which will be on the Auburn Every Day show. Watching the Auburn Review now.

10:21 PM  
Blogger GulfShoresTiger said...

Kiffin is recruiting just fine. The question is how well he will do with his top 5 class. Personally, I think Chizik and co. were the best hires in the SEC.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr2MOiEnnF8

When they showed this video in the stadium, my sister's friend asked who he was! The TN fans around her said it was someone that would be harrassing your QB all night, or something to that affect. They weren't impressed! She said that after one tackle, he got up and did that dance. How come he wasn't flagged?

10:31 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

Golden Corral? Hopefully, the players will recover by 11 AM Saturday.

Seriously, it's great to see Tate having such success his senior year. You could really hear the suffering in his voice during interviews last season.

10:32 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Dusty,

Flat Stanley

Flat Molly is a flattened travel version of a friend of mine's daughter. She's digging the Auburn games so far.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Good night, Hotties! Sweet dreams, filled with hate ;-)

I'll be reporting for a day of incarceration tomorrow morning. Hopefully, I want have to see Bammer Bernie while I'm there.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

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11:04 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I am going to buy all the Hotties dinner at Golden Corral if they can get me to post 130 times tomorrow.

11:33 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Michael, that sounds like a challenge.

I think we HOTTIEs are "man enough". What say you?

12:04 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

I've got something to say before I call it a night:

Ben Tate is a bad man.

That is all. Goodnight Hotties!

12:50 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Less than 3 weeks until I leave for L.A./Vegas to celebrate the 28 years that were my bachelorhood. I'm browsing through the Bill Simmons archives to get pumped up.

1:18 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Golden Corral spells class.

1:20 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Good morning, Hot Ones!! It is going to be a wonderful day. My daughter works for the TN legislature and she is so excited to go to work today. She said she wouldn't say a word, won't need to! :)

5:26 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Just did 30 mins on the elliptical and watched part of replay of Ark & TX A&M. Ark's defense was good, but I don't think as good as TN's. They got the A&M QB rattled pretty early, did get good pressure on him. A&M made lots of mistakes, yes Ark forced them into some. Ark QB is good and very tall! Will have to pressure him. I think we can make bacon :)

6:15 AM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

Good morning all! Great win this weekend!!!

AU opens as a 2-1/2 point favorite over the pigs.....MMmmmm I don't know about that....

6:16 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Ryan Mallett is a good QB, but Bama showed that he can be rattled.

6:17 AM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

The Adam Herring story seems to be pretty fascinating. I didn't see him as a starter. There was such excitement over Eltoro, but Herring has stepped up. By any chance did Eltoro work out with Tray Blackmon?

6:19 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Tray Blackmon was a really good player when he wasn't suspended.

I haven't seen anything from The Bull that would say he is going to be a good player yet.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Hopefully Eltoro will take this as a challenge and practice hard to learn the system. This is when you separate the men from the boys.

Off to work, have a great orange and blue day. War Eagle!

6:45 AM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Blackmon rarely impressed me. He did have a good game pressuring Florida's QB one season, but the wasn't good in pass protection and was too inconsistent. Josh Bynes and Craig Stevens have turned into great linebackers. Now we just need the third to emerge, and Herring seems to be closer than anyone else.

6:50 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

"Josh Bynes and Craig Stevens have turned into great linebackers."

Steve, if there is only one thing we disagree on it would be your definition of the word "great".

Bynes and Stevens are good LB's who are very active and seem to be near the ball. I wouldn't go so far as to say they are great.

6:56 AM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

Just took a look at the Legends poll.....

Dooley voted us 14
Dye voted us 25.....No love from Patrick....

Highest rank is 6 by John Robinson (WAY to high)
Lowest is a No Rank by Fisher Deberry (who is he?) & RC Slocum.

I personally think somewhere between 20 & 25 is appropriate.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

More proof that the Legends poll is no better/different than the AP.

6:58 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Fisher DeBerry was the long time Air Force coach.

Speaking of Air Force does anyone remember late 80's Air Force QB Dee Dowis?

7:02 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Air Force leads the NCAA in yards on the ground.

7:05 AM  
Blogger AUfan said...

Eltoro's lack of production would be easier to understand if he had came into the season with nothing but fall practice under his belt, but he went through spring practice and I don't remember hearing any of these questions about his play.

I'm not saying the coaches started the hype, but they didn't seem to downplay his ability. Were weaknesses in his play just not evident until the games began?

7:08 AM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

AUFan, I think Eltoro's play has to be due to a failure to fit in with the scheme, as RK brought up. He was a successful JUCO. I suppose he could also be one of those players that takes a while to get comfortable on the field.

7:16 AM  
Blogger scottie b defeated UT said...

mornin' hotties. feels good driving to work in knoxville with the Auburn flags flying. :)

got another big one this weekend. whooooooo pig fooie!

7:33 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Still climbing, Auburn #4 in Chris Low's SEC Power Rankings.

7:38 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Scottie,

Sorry I missed out on your pre-game festivities...I didn't get to Knoxville until late so it was pretty much find a place to park and get to the stadium for me.

7:42 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

"The good news is all those mistakes are correctable, and we’ve got to get them eliminated before we go to Arkansas." - Ted Roof

The unsaid coda to that is "Ryan Mallett will eat our lunch and take our milk money if we don't."

7:45 AM  
Blogger scottie b defeated UT said...

it's all good RK. UT's campus isn't really tailgate friendly. if you didn't park down by the river it would've been a heckuva walk.

the tennessee river hosted several hotties. that river may never be the same!

7:47 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

I can't understand Dye ranking us so low after a win at TN. We should take his name off the field and rename it Tommy Tub Field. The CFN guys still have us at #5, and included a little dig at the other polls for finally including AU. TN still #50 and ARK now #42.

I hate a prevent defense. We should have kept playing them the way we had the 1st 3 quarters. Without Mc's kickoff return, we well might have lost the game.

That was somewhat Tubbervillian in their approach to playing with a lead. I hope they learned a lesson.

OK, anybody new willing to drink the Coosa-aid now? If not, what will it take?

7:50 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

A guess:

Mallett's relative lack of mobility will result in more snipers coming from the Roof.

Eltoro, Eltoro, wherefore art thou, Eltoro?!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

My former co-host, Alan (a big Alabama fan), asked me last night why I wasn't drinking the Auburn kool-aid.

I can't explain it, but something tells me to be very cautious.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Coosa-Aid has replaced blood. I'm convinced we're on the way to beating the Gaytors in Atlanta.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Coosa,

Ask me again in three weeks. Don't misunderstand me: I love this team. It's a good team. I'm thoroughly enjoying this, but I'm keeping my expectations in check.

I'll let you continue to be out front on the 10 win, BCS parade.

7:55 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Coosa,

I'm glad someone else said it. I'm not complaining at all about a win, but the getting a big lead then giving up late scores to make the game look a lot closer than it was did remind me of Tubs.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Sensi- Time to enjoy the rollar coaster ride instead of worrying about whether there is an inverted loop coming up. This is a good football team that should compete in each game it plays in. That's all we can ask for and i'm proud of what they got going on.

7:57 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

OK Jet, I'm putting you down for a big jug of Coosa-aid after we beat LSU. For Sensi, looks like he doesn't want any until we win the BCS championship. Can't you at least promise to drink up if we beat AL and finish 12-0? We need you on board in Atlanta. ;)

8:02 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Eddie - I respectfulyl disagree.

This team is now good enough to soundly beat the mediocre and chump teams on the schedule. A marked improvement from last year, but nowhere near enough to compete with the big boys in the conference.

8:02 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

Changing form the polls for a moment:

If you watch the replay, notice how mny WR's are downfield blocking. Many plays showed them locking up a BD and at least getting between them and the RB. And Tate blasting Berry was an awesome play.

8:02 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Just enjoy the moment instead of waiting for the doom that may or may not come.

8:04 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

ESPN is showing the LSU game starting at 8 pm Eastern, but I haven't seen any announcement about it? Has anyone? I'd rather that be a morning game.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Night games in Baton Rouge

Weird things occur

8:05 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

I was puzzled as to why it seemed Au slowed down a couple of times when UT was out of gas. It did seem the refs were trying to 'fix' the clock at odd times. That seemed to give UT a breather.

I like the coaches game plan though. W's mean more than stats. Not a dig, but Air Force can lead the nation in rushing all it wants. I will take wins and a good bowl game anytime,as this will set Au up for 2010.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Speaking on the military school front, what are your thoughts about Vanderbilt @ Army this week?

8:07 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

The refs slowed the game down a couple of times, but I never really could figure out what the conferences were about.


Coosa,

ESPN selected that game before the season, so the LSU game will be at night.

8:09 AM  
Blogger AUfan said...

wtc- Darvin Adams didn't catch many passes Saturday, but I noticed his blocking several times on big runs, and he also hustled to cover Tate's fumble near the goal line.

Has Tate ever looked as quick as he did against the Vols?

8:09 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

I've got to get serious with the HABOTN pick'em. I've got a Saturday in Vegas coming up in a few weeks, and need to figure this out before I get to the sportsbook counter.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Sensi- Big boy's of the conference......Can you please identify those to me?

Coosa- ESPN gets the right to select some games before the season started and the LSU / Auburn game was one of those that they selected before the season started. Hope that helps.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Morning Hotties - I know we all enjoyed the game this weekend and look forward to this weekend. I was able to catch a good bit of the LSU/UGA game and that was the most non-AU football I've seen so far this year. I must say that I was thoroughly underwhelmed with each team.

Sensi - I don't care about it, that's my thought.

8:11 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Are we talking Ben Tate or Jay G. Tate?

8:11 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Eddie

Big Boys - Florida, LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia

Younger Brothers - Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina

Also Rans - Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Mississippi State

8:13 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Go Army!

8:13 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

LOL at Ole Miss and Georgia on that list. Ok, I feel better now.

Time to go to Arky and smoke the hogs.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Big Boys- Florida? Looks beatable if they were on our schedule. Bama? Yeah, but.. LSU? Luckiest Mofo = big? UGA? Not so big. OleMiss? Ummmmm... Arkansas? Ryan Mallet is big-time. Defense is Div-II. Kentucky? I'll just skip that one.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Just remember - we still haven't beaten a top 25 team yet.

Let's not act like Bammers and promote ourselves to championships we haven't earned.

8:15 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

I'll throw this out as I leave for the office:

Not to discuss former staff as I liked most of them, but I think this group has done a great job and AU is not at this level if AU doesn't make some type of change, whatever it was to be. Now don't go bashing the other coaches. This is meant to be a HIGH compliment to the ones we have. This team was good last year but had no confidence and therefore not much production.

8:16 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Some Ark stuff...

The Razorbacks are seventh in the nation in passing offense (329.3), 17th in scoring offense (35.8) and 18th in total offense (441.0) ... Ryan Mallett leads the SEC in passing yards per game (287.0) and total offense (279.0) ... Joe Adams (79.0) and Jarius Wright (74.3) are second and third in the SEC, respectively, in receiving yards per game ... While Arkansas leads the SEC in passing offense, the Razorbacks are last in passing defense (283.5), total defense (404.5) and scoring defense (29.0)

8:16 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Florida - recent national championships

8:16 AM  
Blogger scottie b defeated UT said...

after Tiger Walk saturday we went to UT's student center. we stumbled into a lecture room with the UGA-LSU game on a huge movie screen. it was a pretty cool surprise. i didn't realize exactly how much UT fans dislike UGA.

8:16 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Sensi,

Please tell me that you are at least enjoying the season so far and not just waiting on something to go wrong.

8:16 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

I agree with FSJ from last night. Right now Chizik gets a lot of votes for coach of the year. There are a lot of games left, but 5 games in, he gets a lot of votes.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

nobody's doing that Sensi (well, maybe me and Coosa), but they're not giving away championships to ole miss, lsu, and UGa, who haven't come close to earning them, either.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

A word of advice ...

Don't confuse using more clock with sitting on the lead ... the play-calling still had creativity. And we still had 80 plays.

The bottom line is that we will likely manage things a tad differently on the road than we will at home.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Florida- recently beaten by Ole Miss and Auburn on the way to those crystal trophies.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

RK,

I am more than happy and surprised with this team so far.

I'm not waiting on the other shoe to fall but I'm not drunk on the kool-aid either.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Sensi- Should I cancel my order for the replica championship ring that I just placed yesterday along with the banners, car magnets and hats?????

8:19 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Crystal trophies are still crystal trophies

8:20 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

I'd put a hold on that order, Eddie, unless your crystal ball is showing something you need to share with us.

Are you certain you weren't reading Alabama's 2009 future?

8:21 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Jet- I would be surprised if we take that same tactic this week. I think the tempo picks up big time.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Bama is shaping up to be a great Sugar Bowl team. I really feel good about them in that spot.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

They are going to Pasadena, Eddie.

I'm almost certain of it.

8:23 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

Thanks, RK and Eddie. Guess I forgot that espn selected that game before the season. Strange that Auburn still has it listed as TBA on their web site. Guess they can't afford to hire anyone to update it.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Who's up for Shreveport?

We could have a heck of a Hottie section at that bowl!

8:23 AM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I was very surprised that Tate got as many carries as he did. I thought we would see more of FAH against Tennessee. Arkansas should get another big helping of Tate with FAH, Fannin, and Smith sprinkled in.

This Arkansas game is the second of the two games I considered crucial for this season. Tennessee was the first. If we beat Arkansas, I consider the season a success.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Proration Coosa - it's a son of a...

8:24 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I hated that we held UT under 200 yards for 3 quarters then go into protect the lead mode and give up over 200 yards in the 4th quarter alone.

It reminded me of a couple of games vs Bama during the streak where we knew we were going to win and we just wanted not to give up the big play.

I know we played for the FG to put us up by 10 at the end of the 4th, but we could have been a bit more creative then just running it up the gut to set up the FG.

However, a win is a win.

8:24 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Never going to Shreveport again...the one time I went there was enough.

8:25 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Steve,

Tate is probably going to get the majority of big time carries against the big teams. McCalebb will be a change of pace guy, but Tate is the guy who has seen it all and won't be controlled by emotion.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Whatever. You were talking about being able to compete. Those loses point out the competition is there. Auburn's ready to compete. The depth may not be there to win it all quite yet, but there's not a game left where I don't see the starting 11 on each side of the ball is on the field competing and holding their own.


P.S. I'm still pissed at you for your WV pick.:-P

8:26 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

$25 says Bama is not in the BCSMNC game.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Peter - remove the emotion.

Our starting 11 on offense are a mostly good match against all but maybe one of the teams left on the schedule. Agree with you there, I do. (Yoda voice)

Our starting D is a sieve. Sorry, just where they are right now.

Problem is we run an up-tempo offense which puts the defense on the field a lot. The means the defense needs depth to stay with it for four quarters. Depth we have not yet. (Yoda voice)

So, we gear the offense down a little and it sputters from time to time.

It's the trade off we must make at this time.

Brighter the future seems though. (Yoda voice)

8:31 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

On you are with that bet, Peter.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Yoda always makes me more confused than before he talked. So, are you saying Auburn can compete (I'm not talking raw wins or championships here) or not?


You're a Bammer witch and should be burned for sending positive thoughts their way, btw.

8:33 AM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

What players concern you on defense, Sensi?

8:35 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

deal, I'll FB you my address on December 6th.

8:38 AM  
Blogger martini35504 said...

Arkansas' "D" is 113/120 in pass defense. I think that will change up our strategy a little. Has the makings of a career day for Todd. Just have to keep the piggies out of the end zone a few times.

8:38 AM  
Blogger John in AU said...

Is there any truth to the league office looking at Blanc's roughing the passer penalty? A writer on Bleacher Report had something about that in his SEC power rankings this morning.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

Sensi, I thought the offense did a great job keeping our defense off the field. They did a much better job on third down and did a bang-up job against the SEC's leading rusher. Yeah, they took the last half of the fourth quarter off a big but I think that's where the depth gets us but if you're up 17 and still moving the ball then I'll take it. Sieve is not an appropriate word, just my 2 cents.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Peter - the fact that we have an offense makes us competitive. The problem is our defense is good enough to stop people 1/2 the time. As long as we keep scoring touchdowns, we are in the mix.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

I also feel like this offense can go all Dr. Pepper on a team and slow things down with the running game if they need to control the ball longer and still be effective. It's not their primary style and there's work to be done on that front, but the framework is there.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Look, the important thing is we are a bowl team (I feel confident of that) and that will give us more practice.

We will need it to prepare Rollison for his attack run.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

John,

I remember hearing one of the announcers on ESPN speculate that the SEC would be looking at that. I have a feeling a writer heard that and jumped on it (haven't seen it anywhere else, don't think the SEC would've started that process yesterday, anyway, and those guys are just getting in to work today).

8:44 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Offense controlled the clock the first half and the 3rd quarter I believe. I think they just got sloppy in the 4th and stayed on the field too long when they should have forced the punt.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

I'm happy again. Sensi is happy with our ability to compete.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Ok, got stuff to do. Keep it real, hotties!!!!

8:47 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

In my worthless opinion,

For sure losses: LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama

Could be losses or wins: Georgia, Arkansas

For sure wins: Furman, Kentucky

8:48 AM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I wouldn't say our defense is as good as it has been recently, but I like the starting line up. Yes, there are concerns such as Eltoro or Herring. I really like our corners. The tackles are solid, but nobody has been spectacular. The ends are above average, but have certainly not been dominating. Bates has done a great job considering his level of experience. I am more comfortable with Etheridge in run support than in pass coverage. Overall I would rate this defense a B and definitely not a seive.

As far as depth, we have done a pretty good job of developing it on the line and in the secondary. We are still a bit weak at the number of linebackers were are playing. We are playing some players who normally would not play due to the lack of depth.

The most notable area where we are playing players that wouldn't normally play is special teams. So far I think we have gotten by with it. Hopefully they have been learning from experience. I do hope we stick with PPL returning kicks.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

People ... WE ARE 5-0. It don't get no better than that.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

Sensi, either you haven't been watching or you are just tempering your own expecations. Ole Miss is not unbeatable. We have them at home and I think it's a game we can win.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

I agree Phred...5-0 for the first time in a long time.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Steve,

We need linebackers - big ones that can tackle and run.

Many teams have them. One will be playing at 2:30 pm CDT this week. Check it out if you have the chance.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Sensi - I'm glad you realize the value of your opinion. :-)

8:52 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Sean,

Houston Nutt's teams always play better once the first loss is out of the way.

8:52 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

"Is there any truth to the league office looking at Blanc's roughing the passer penalty?"

They probably should, it was a stupid play. A late hit leading with his hat.

It also was pretty directly responsible for their final TD.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Kristina said...

I think some of you complained less last year when we truly sucked.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Phred,

My wife assigned that value. LOL

(Inside joke, people).

8:53 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'm just glad this place brightened up a little bit.

When I got home from the game, I thought we had lost by all the complaining that was on here about our D. Most of that came from one person, but it was like people just didn't want to enjoy a win.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports is drinking the kool-aid.

8:55 AM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I like Bynes and Stevens and Herring to some degree. After that, there isn't much. Names like Wade Christopher and Chris Humphries come to mind. Until this season, names like that would have never been on the field.

Eltoro is definitely the most questionable. The way he plays in games hasn't matched up with the descriptions I have read from practices. He looks hesitant.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Eltoro Freeman = Trey Blackmon minus actual tackling ability and off-the-field issues.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

But tons of upside.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

So saith Rivals

8:57 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Amen Kristina.


For all those that are lining up to take your shot at Sensi, please call into the show on Tuesday where I will take him to task for his actions today.....

8:57 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Cuss out Sensi this Tuesday on the Auburn Football Insider Podcast.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Sorry, anytime we beat Tennessee I feel great. That is close to nirvana for me.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

I would put Ole Miss in with UGA & Ark for games we could possibly win Sensi. I want to put LSWho there too - but I just can't at the moment - though they may have used up there Last Play Luck to Win they usually save for the Tigers on the 'Dawgs & Miss St.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Bammer query of the day on radio:
If McElroy was the QB last year - would we have played for the NC?

Give me a break.

9:00 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Why limit cussing out Sensi on Tuesdays?

Nothing makes you feel better about yourself then demeaning someone else.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

Sensi, no need to cuss you out, but I'll listen.

The Rebs didn't exactly play great against Vandy.

9:01 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Sensi,

The answer to that question is no. However if Tim Tebow was Bama's QB last year, they would have on it all.

I'll go on a limb and say it.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Loganville,

Miss. State screwed that up for them so they didn't waste any mojo there.

The refs get an assist in last week's game.

LSU still has loads of talent. It's just unfocused right now or it seems that way to me.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

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9:03 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Good point, RK.

Cussing me out can occur any day.

Many have done it. Even some from here.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Also, speaking of the classless nation. I noticed two proudly dressed bama fans that made their way into my (Auburn) section this week. That takes some real nerve to show up with all that crappy garb on in a place where both teams absolutely despise you.

9:04 AM  
Blogger scottie b defeated UT said...

i had a UT lady cuss me under her breath saturday nite at the game. i was most amused by it. ;) and i was even on my best behavior. i really was.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Kristina said...

I saw a few bammers too. Well obviously we saw the same guy considering you were only a row or so in front of us. At first I was a little embarrassed that an Auburn fan was cussing him out, but then I realized if the dude is gonna show up completely decked out in Crimson to an Auburn-Tenn game, he wanted the attention.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

Eddie, I saw some rogue Bammers running around on Saturday. I agree, why show up? Only bammer fans.

Scottie, I got chewed by some older woman at Vol Walk...couldn't even believe it. All I was doing was standing there taking pictures.

9:07 AM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Ole Miss is very beatable - SC exposes a multitude of problems including a hesitant, indecisive QB and a suspect defense. Oklahoma is the normal Oklahoma, beating up weak opposition and falling to quality teams. (Jay, you gotta fix your ballot). Mike Berry is a great player, but he's a contender for this week's cockroach award - on his back with this feet straight up.

9:09 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

The Bama fans probably had a group discussion and said we need to make our presence known at our two biggest rivals game just to remind them there is something bigger to hate than each other.

It worked.

9:10 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

Sensi - I understand your concerns, but don't see how you can put LSU and Ole Miss into the unbeatable category. We may lose both games, but I think we are better than either of those teams. Ask Miss St if we are better than LSU.

Lots of good analysis on the HABOTN this morning. I think our defense is an average SEC defense, at best. But an average SEC defense if still pretty good compared to other leagues. Special teams look to have improved; the younger guys are getting better.

But it is our offense that causes the CFN guys to put us in the top 5. I believe that our offense is good enough to score points on anyone, and give us a chance on anyone. Yes, even in game 12.

However, the shortcomings of our defense also mean we could get blown out in a game or 2. If we do, I think we will bounce back. I still think the WV game was the most important of the season. If we had lost it, our confidence would have collapsed. Being 4-0 going to TN put us in great mental shape to win the game. Now we could lose a game without it destroying our confidence and cause our players to think it was 2008 all over.

I don't like the way we match up with the hogs. We will have to score a lot of points to win.

9:10 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Did you mean Eric Berry?

9:10 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

RK,

You mean "just to remind them there is something bigger than each other," don't you?

9:11 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

By the way...the UT seating is the worst in the SEC. It is a pain in the butt to get up and down the row and you have knees in your back along with your knees in the person in front back as well. I would also like to think the guy directly in front of me that showed up almost passed out to the game that kept letting the nastiest farts rip thru out the game. Really great that he showed up to the game.

9:11 AM  
Blogger scottie b defeated UT said...

we had two fussy older women (apparently UT faculty) sitting in front of us that complained about everything from the time we sat down. i accidentally dropped my coke and spilled 75% of it. the woman may have had 2 or 3 drops (at most) on her but you would've thought i dumped it on her face. she missed an entire quarter of the game after she stomped off like a pissed off toddler. it was quite amusing. i wanted her to say something to my face SOOOOOOOO bad.

9:11 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

We had improved special teams in the UT game...except for kickoff coverage.

We gave up almost 200 yards in kick returns which set UT up with good field position.

If we can get our kickoff coverage down, then it would help our D greatly.

9:12 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Eddie,

I didn't realize i was sitting in front of you...sorry about that.

9:13 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I watched the game on TV yesterday and it was funny, after the Blanc hit on the last drive you could hear some UT fan scream "YOU DON'T START THE CLOCK BACK AFTER A PERSONAL FOUL".

Actually you do, however great job projecting your redneck voice out over national TV.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Good point RK and I agree.

Scottie B- That's funny.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Kristina said...

The rudest UT guy I ran into held the door open for me at a restaurant and said I won't be this polite if we lose. So all in all, I have to say the fans up there were fine. Our section at the game was strictly Auburn (plus the Bammer), so maybe that's why I didn't have any problems. They don't seem to like their team all that much though.

9:15 AM  
Blogger michael said...

This is my first post. 129 more and you all get a free Golden Corral dinner.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

UT fans have many things to complain about for now.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Yeah don't get me started on Crapland Stadium...that place was awful.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

RK- I would hate to think you just parked and walked to the game in that shape. This dude was slumped over the whole damn game. He tried to drink some water once but missed by about half a foot when he lifted the bottle.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

By the way, what happened to my Titans?

0-4 from a team that returned a ton starters from a 13-3 team?

9:17 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Kristina,

I have that in common with them as well, I don't like their team that much either.

9:17 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Eddie - I may have seen you before the game... were you walking away from the stadium in front of Gus' Deli about an hour and a half before kickoff?

9:18 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Kerry Collins was a one year wonder in that offense.

9:18 AM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Duh, yeah - Eric Berry.

BTW I go to Bentonville, AR a lot (had to pay Arkansas income tax one year). Fly to NWA and drive SLOWLY - heavily patrolled - to Fayetteville. I really like the fans in Arkansas. Great people. My favorite promotion by a phone company in Arkansas - advertised the red blackberry as Hog Red, created impression made specifically for Arky and sold a ton. They don't get out much.

9:19 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Eddie,

I was completely sober on Saturday, so I guess it wasn't me.

Plus I was surrounded by UT people.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Michael- That would have been me. Were you standing outside? If so, you should have said something man...now if you were Jan Terri, I would have felt obliged to say something ;)!

9:20 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

RK- I had no doubts, just surprised the people actually show up to the game in that state. I've seen plenty leave the game that way, but hardly ever show up.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Brethren, a few thoughts to guide your day. The task at hand is Arkansas, and nothing else.

Remember the admonition from Matthew 6:34.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (NKJV)"

And remember the vision of Peter from Acts 10:9-13, it's good to eat bacon.

"The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice came to him, 'Rise, Peter; kill and eat.'”

9:28 AM  

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