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1.05.2010

Schedule update

Hey everyone. Sorry for the lack of posts yesterday. I made a (rare) trip into Advertiser headquarters to handle some business. That generally results in me talking at length with people in there, I lose track of time, 2 o'clock turns into 5 o'clock and then I'm done.

You know what I mean?

We'll pick up the annual Auburn Season Review project this afternoon.

I'm thinking it should be a position-by-position look: How did players perform at each position, who will play those positions next season and which newcomers could become a factor?

I'll start with quarterback. See you around 2 p.m. CST.

A STEP FORWARD: In our thirst for pushing the envelope here at the HABOTN, we probably will have a HABOTN Technological Breakthrough® to share with you this afternoon. As such, we encourage you to be here around 2 if possible.

AS FOR THE PICTURE: That's Matt Kemp. He's one of my favorite baseball players (outfielder for the Dodgers) and now the boyfriend of Rihanna. I am very proud. Well done, young man.

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Blogger Jay 'W. not Tate' said...

Good morning War Eagle nation! Boy it's COLD OUT THERE!!!

7:43 AM  
Blogger easyedwin said...

Substance, JW

7:45 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Yes it is.

I gotta take The Protege to school momentarily ... and I'm not happy about it.

7:45 AM  
Blogger easyedwin said...

We were out in the cold yesterday. When your water/diet coke freezes on the back of the truck, you know it is time to go someplace and warm - up.

7:47 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Jay i was watching ESPN and saw on the bottom crawler thingy That Texas Tech is going to interview Tommy Tuberville. Also that Rich Brook did retire.

7:48 AM  
Blogger scottie durden said...

HABOTN technological breakthrough!!!! i'm riveted JG!!!!!!

7:50 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I don't see TT hiring TT.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Jay 'W. not Tate' said...

my off the top review/opreview:

Newton and Dyer will be big factors next season.

Speaking of Newton, Malzahan has someone he believes in: that makes this offense VERY good. You thought this year was nice, wait til next!

Gayden will start on the OL. Ziemba returns also, giving us a very solid line.

McCalebb will be back to his "normal self"...which was very good this year. All I anticipated...other than the ankle problem.

The D will be much better. I think Roof will be able to use the schemes he likes due to the added depth and having just an overall more skilled/experienced team.

Lutzenkirchen gives Newton an excellent dump off target--much more sure handed than Trott.

Adams made a huge leap forward this year. Could really be that big time receiver AU needs.

Fannin will continue to be a beast, and his healthy will get better and better, making him a more sure thing.

Our Special Teams get better...no way they could get worse. Better special teams wins 2 of those ball games we lost by 7 or less--Bama and Kentucky.

I could go on and on, but that's enough to get us started.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Yeah. Brooks did retire.

He was good for one of my alma maters, so he gets my respect.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I think Tuberville would be a good hire. He's fun ... and he's a totally different guy than Leach. Tuberville won't make an ass out of you.

Might make some questionable staffing decisions ... but he won't destroy you.

7:54 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

Jay 'W. not Tate' said...Speaking of Newton, Malzahan has someone he believes in: that makes this offense VERY good. You thought this year was nice, wait til next!

After the 46-yd TD pass in the Outback Bowl, I said, "As exciting as AU has been this year, can you imagine how exciting they will be when they have a really good QB?!" And, since the D will have some depth, opposing teams won't be scoring like they did this season.

7:56 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Technological breakthroughs are nice on an otherwise slow Tuesday.

I don't see why Texas Tech wouldn't hire The Tub.

Cold weather is nice.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

I'm not a fan of walking outside and having my nose start burning and eyes watering...unless I'm on a mountain with skis strapped to my feet, then it's ok.

8:00 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

I think Tuberville would do well at TT.
Rich Brooks did a great job at Kentucky I always liked him and think they will have a tough time replacing him
Looking forward to 2:00 pm
Mighty cold on the banks of the Coosa River.

8:00 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

What the heck was the deal with Benton this year?

8:00 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Hard to say ehyou he messed up on some routes early on and then didn't see much action. Maybe they didn't think he was ready to play in the SEC

8:03 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

McCalebb- I want to believe he will be better next season, but i'm not convinced that he will not be an injury proned player due to his size. He needs to get bigger. I don't think he can take getting the ball 10-15 times a week in the SEC. I assume that is always why he runs to the sideline, to avoid the hit, but I'm not sold that he can be consistently counted on to make big plays all year long. I hope i'm wrong.

8:03 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

FAH sure talked big at the start of practice. Said something like "don't worry about my size I love contact". Well that didn't last long

8:07 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

According to their rosters, McCalebb is about the same size as McCluster. McCluster didn't seem to have a problem being successful in the SEC.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Re: McCalebb, I'm not so sure it's the contact that will wear him out, he picked up the dreaded high ankle sprain on a play where there wasn't much contact.

Look at McCluster, Ole Miss rode him into the ground and he's not much, if any bigger than McCalebb.

8:08 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I think Tubs would be a good hire for Texas Tech, but I don't think they will make that hire.

8:08 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Luv and I on the same page!

8:08 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

But, Eddie, I do agree with as to why he always runs to the sideline. And, I don't think we have to count solely on him. AU has several good RB's.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Luv- McCalebb did. McCalebb and McCluster may be the same size, but their running styles are completely different IMO.

8:09 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

We usually are, Sean!

8:10 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Maybe it was the high ankle injury but he sure loved that side line. I hope he gets back to where he was early last year. I am pulling for him.

8:11 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

McCalebb dances a lot more than McCluster. McCluster hits the hole and is gone, plus he's a better reciever out of the backfield.

McCalebb should be better once he's not afraid to hurt his ankle again.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Auburn had Markeith Cooper who rarely got hurt and he may be the smallest, skinniest RB i've ever seen. McCalebb did get a high ankle sprain on a stupid play call I might add, but he always runs for the sideline, even before the injury. I don't think he likes contact whereas I think McCluster embraces it and thrives on making you miss. It's just my opinion and I hope that I'm wrong. Regardless of anything, McCalebb is only designed to get 10-15 touches a game when completely healthy in this offense.

8:12 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

"McCalebb did get a high ankle sprain on a stupid play call I might add"

What? A fake punt up by 30 vs Ball State is a stupid play call?

8:13 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

WERK simple answer


yes

8:14 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

LOL, WERK.

McCluster was very exciting to watch. Ole Miss is gonna miss him.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Jet the Dancin' Gopher said...

That play call was the angriest I had been all year, and that was before McCalebb got hit on the play.

It was like the 1987 Florida State game, down 34-7 on the final play, with Tracy Rocker on the field. Rock blows out his knee and misses the UAT game and the bowl game with Syracuse.

Stupid. No other explanation required.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

I really hope the coaching staff gets together for a pow-wow this year on game planning and play calling. I like the system and I like Gus, but seriously, someone needs to get a handle on the lapses this offense goes through.

8:19 AM  
Blogger scottie durden said...

i want my HABOTN tv!!!!!!!!!

8:21 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

I realize I'm asking to slapped by Hoopie with this, but I have a request.

Jay G. Tate wrote that a player for Auburn "changed geometry" with his play. Who was that?

I realize it may have been "changes geometry" or something like that, but I think you all know what I mean.

8:22 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

If the players executed the plays properly there wouldn't be lapses.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I hope the staff gets together and works on how to use time outs effectively and figure how a no-huddle team cannot run a 2 minute offense. That is what I want solved in the off season.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Eddie, can't agree with you more on the 2 minute offense.

Also, why the heck are we running play-action, see Outback Bowl 3rd Quarter, repeatedly in these slow developing plays, WHEN WE HAVEN'T RUN THE BALL EFFECTIVELY AT ALL? Ok, I'm done.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Jet the Dancin' Gopher said...

Kodi changed Geometry. It used to be that people wanted to see him on the field with the ball in his hands.

Now it's a GIVEN that we all scream when he lines up at Wildcat or attempts a pass.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Jet, now you're just being obtuse.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Kodi- I sigh every single time I see him line up in the wildcat. It literally fits the definition of insane, in continuing to run the same thing and expecting different results IMO.

8:33 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

That comment'll cost you 30 days in the hole Sean.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Warden Jet said...

What did you call me, Sean?

8:34 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Yeah it was kind of lame in hindsight.

8:34 AM  
Blogger scottie durden said...

#44 LLOYD NIX

8:34 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Sensi,

I believe it was McCalebb who changes geometry and he did do that when he was healthy.

Eddie,

Hopefully next year Kodi will be a full time WR and someone else will be running the wildcat.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Jet, from dictionary.com

ob⋅tuse
  /əbˈtus, -ˈtyus/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [uhb-toos, -tyoos]
–adjective
1. not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; not sensitive or observant; dull.
2. not sharp, acute, or pointed; blunt in form.
3. (of a leaf, petal, etc.) rounded at the extremity.
4. indistinctly felt or perceived, as pain or sound.

You may take it however you'd like.

8:37 AM  
Blogger scottie durden said...

i agree with Eddie on FAH. i think he'll be a combo with Dyer but no way he carries the load. he always runs like he doesn't want to get hit.

8:38 AM  
Blogger scottie durden said...

i meant to say i think he'll be a 'good' combo with Dyer.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

What if Dyer is so good you could put Eddie (or any other Hottie) out there with him and it'd be a good combo?

That's what I'm excited about.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

So, Auburn's Backfield could look like this in the 2-Deep Roster:

QB- Newton / Rollison
RB- Dyer / Lattimore

with Seastrunk / McCalebb in the other TB role.

Could be interesting for sure. I think there is more to Seastrunk and Auburn than meets the eye, but i'm sure WTC will correct me on that one :).

8:44 AM  
Blogger scottie durden said...

doesn't look bad at all does it E-money. :)

8:52 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

work is seriously taking up all my HABOTN comment posting time. im still alive, now relocated to dallas. holla!

8:54 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

DL and DB (especially CB) are my big concerns for next year. Offensively with just consisetent play from the QB spot we should be fine.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

RK- I'm more concerned with CB than anything right now. I like who we are recruiting and have committed on the DL, but CB is concerning.

8:58 AM  
Blogger scottie durden said...

HOLLA TAYLOR!

9:00 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

scottie hooked me up with a friggin sweet vintage hat

9:02 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Taylor hope all is going well with your relocation and I assume new job.

9:02 AM  
Blogger scottie durden said...

i'm assuming that cap has helped you hone your photography skills, eh?

9:04 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

all is well. it is a new "job", but not how you think. I work for a GC as a project manager. it is a new hospital project

9:08 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Talk about taking one for the team, Taylor hates bama so much that he moved to Texas to root for the Longhorns this week. That is some straight hate there!

9:08 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Taylor- Which GC you work for?

9:09 AM  
Blogger scottie durden said...

that is some straight up old-fashioned HATE. gotta love it.

9:10 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Got ya, good luck with the project
Hope it comes in on time and under budget.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

haha ive actually come to hate Texas. I was up in Sherman for the last 15 months. but id rather them win than bammer anyday of the week. i hope bamas womens underwater basket weaving team loses every game.

im with Brasfield & Gorrie

scottie - that photo was taken a couple years ago actually, at a christmas party of all places. my girlfriend did give me a sweet slr camera fro Christmas though

9:12 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Taylor- I need some help getting some jobs with Brasfield in the Atlanta area :)!!

Actually, we are working for B&G at the Aquarium right now. Didn't realize B&G had a health care wing. My old company, Skanska was big in the health care side.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Re: changing geometry.

That was about McCalebb, right?

9:16 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I hope Tech kills Iowa tonight.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Warden Jet said...

Sean ...

Nothing changes! NOTHING!
And the blog? Gone! Sealed off brick by brick! We'll have us a little blog-barbecue in the yard! They'll see the flames for miles! We'll dance around it like wild Indians! Do you understand me? Or am I being obtuse?

9:16 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

re: McCalebb vs. McCluster.

One is 19. One is 22.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

May His judgment cometh; and that right soon.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Eddie & Taylor - MY company is really big on the healthcare side. Well, that's all we do so I guess we should be focused on it. There's no one bigger doing what we do. We're the king. So, by extension, that makes me royalty I think.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

King Norm presiding.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Thanks, RK and Jay G. Tate for the memory jog.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

eddie - B&G has been ranked 1st or 2nd in healthcare volume for the last several years. and its only 38% of all our work. we do it all

who are you with norm

9:22 AM  
Blogger Warden Jet said...

I'll defend FAH a bit here.

A lot of times when he was avoiding contact it was on the sideline with FAH seeking missiles in the neighborhood.

In the middle of the field, he has the ability to juke either way and make people miss. On the sideline he doesn't, and it be contact for contact's sake.

Put simply, it would be foolish for him to take on a safety who may have 50-70 pounds on him with no place to juke.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Taylor - McKesson. Healthcare software & technology developer & provider.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Warden Jet said...

Taylor, what he didn't tell you ... his real name is Norm McKesson, founder and CEO.

He's loaded. Worth billions. Spends his days on the HABOTN. Has thousands of employees to do his bidding.

Known as cheapskate. Doesn't leave tips. Fires people on Christmas Even for fun.

9:27 AM  
Blogger scottie durden said...

i'm off to Comcast to pick up another HD box in anticipation of HABOTN tv this afternoon.

get ready hotties!

it's coming.

later.

9:28 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

digger,

You available for a Pruetts run tomorrow at lunch?

9:28 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Jet says that like there's something wrong with it.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Warden Jet said...

I last night where WSFA in the Gump had discontinued Retro TV on one of its digital stations.

It can only mean one thing.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Taylor- When you need structural demo help, give me a shout :)!

HABOTN TV- What am I missing here? Someone inform me since I haven't the time to read the 15,000 posts over the holidays.

Jet- McCalebb seems to run to the sidelines as fast as he can IMO.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Jet - it means Coaches Corner is coming back and will host Birdman's Talent Cavalcade with your favorite recurring guest being The Arrington Twins.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

no wonder he thinks he is royalty!

norm - never worked with mckesson. i imagine you work for the hospitals, not the contractors

9:34 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

we have some on this job in dallas. its is currently underway though

9:37 AM  
Blogger Warden Jet said...

Norm ...

Everybody's heard about the Bird. Unfortunately, so has the Grim Reaper. He died several years ago.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Did you see where someone is trying to get Usain Bolt and Dude From The Titans to race?

Bad idea. It won't be close.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Taylor - pretty much, yes. You build them, we equip them with everything to operate.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

HABOTN TV may or may not be the Technological Breakthrough® discussed earlier on the blog front.

HABOTN TV may or may not be a reference to UStream, which would be akin to a Video Campfire®.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Warden Jet said...

Actually, we could put old episodes of Young World and Weekend Workout on the TV station.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Just because he's dead doesn't mean the show can't make a comeback. Monty Hall's no longer with us but that's not holding CBS from resurrecting Let's Make a Deal. However, I don't know the life or death status of The Arrington Twins.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

I know that CJ finished behind the dude Usain Bolt smoked at the Olympics at a high school track meet.

To be fair the high school guy did win the bronze medal.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Usain Bolt > any other bipedal being

It'll have to be a cheetah.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Put Pads on Bolt and then have him race Johnson...may make it a little more competitive.

9:47 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Video campfire?

Hmmm.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

HABOTN TV- Interesting theory, maybe or maybe not.

9:47 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Video campfire? I guess I should change into my Hefner pjs....

9:48 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Bolt running forward vs Eric Berry backward in a 5 yard Dash...Bolt at full speed, Berry after he tried to shoulder tackle Ben Tate.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm just saying ... could be what Scottie B. Durden was discussing.

I'm not him so I don't know for certain.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I saw a big McKesson sign in Alexandria, LA a few days ago and thought of Norm...reminds me, cities I have had to stop in between Dec 23rd and January 1st: Naples, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Savannah, Mobile, Montgomery, Biloxi, Baton Rouge, and Alexandria. Holy buncha driving, Batman. I'm pooped.

9:49 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

FSJ yes I will sit out front on the benches at 12:00 noon if that suites you. You may recognize me by the picture shown on here, I will not be able to recognize you.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

CJ vs Bolt:

I think it's close in a 40yd, not close in a 50yd. Not on the same continent in a 100m.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

digger, look for the goofy/angry dude in the bammer cap.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Warden Jet said...

Digger ...

FSJ has a greasy mullet, is missing a few teeth, wears a 1979 national championship T-shirt that doesn't cover his gut, and wears a mesh hat.

That oughta narrow him down in Gadsden.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I think they were talking about a 100m.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Where does Bolt rank in terms of athletes of the decade?

9:55 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

That works. I'll see you at noon tomorrow.

9:56 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Great looking forward to it

9:57 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

CJ runs a sub 10 100m. Bolt runs a sub 9. He's serious about wanting to race at that distance? C'mon!


Chris Johnson's challenging everyone to a race thing is pretty amusing, though. He did it to Ted Ginn recently at a party in Miami. Ginn watched him walk to the street and put on his sneakers, then slipped out the back door.

9:58 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

LOL at Jet and PF....

I actually look like Nick Saban... except shorter.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

100m isn't even fair. CJ has elite acceleration, very good top end speed.

Bolt has very good acceleration, self-admitted slow starter, but world-record top end. If you did the splits he can run 50 in less than 5 seconds. CJ runs the 40 in 4.2. Anything beyond 40 and it's done.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

*that sub 9 has never been timed, but I believe.

9:59 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Usain Bolt - the greatest living testament of what HGH can do for an athlete.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Jay 'W. not Tate' said...

I agree on the Bolt/CJ deal somewhat.

I don't think it's close if it's anything over 30 yards. A professional runner is much faster than people think. BOLT IS FAST...PERIOD...no second guessing the fact.

A 100 yard dash between him and CJ would be a full on laugher. I could see Bolt high-stepping the last 20+ yards.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

FSJ starred in the wizard of oz????


Well, to take CJ serious, he first needs to challenge a horse like Chad Johnson.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

ESPN reported they were trying to negotiate a 60m dash - which CJ wanted

10:04 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

give CJ a break, though. He's fast. He could qualify for the olympics in many countries (not the US, of course, as he still can't beat Tyson Gay or Walter Dix but he'd probably be numero uno in Kazakhstan).

10:05 AM  
Blogger API said...

Norm - my sources tell me that you and Cerner are having good financial years. Now do well in your 4th quarter and keep the price of the stock up.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I like you. Do you like me? (Kazahkstani reporter voice)

10:07 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Actually, it's a very smart move by Johnson. If he did well in the race, then i'm sure that helps him come contract time.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

I'm sure his 2k rushing will help him more than a silly race against Usain Bolt.

He also broke Earl Campbell's franchise rushing record for a single season and bested Marshall Faulk's yards from scrimmage.

He's the first RB to have 500 yards receiving as well as 2k rushing in a single season.

10:13 AM  
Blogger michael said...

If he is already sub 10 seconds in the 100 m, CJ might be able to beat Bolt if he practiced for a year and took whatever Bolt was taking. Bolt went from 10.03 to 9.69 in one year. Jamaica doesn't have a random testing program. A few Jamaican track athletes were busted for HGH the same year Bolt got his record... but not through testing, through discovering they received shipments of it. HGH doesn't show up in urine tests. Just saying.

Of course, some people say a majority of NFL players are already on HGH, so maybe Chris is already juiced up.

10:16 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Thanks jet and PF that helps alot.
You just descibed 80% of the Bama fans in GADROCK

10:16 AM  
Blogger michael said...

U S A!
U S A!
U S A!
U S A!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

give me your tears gypsy!

10:19 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Once they develop a non-blood test for HGH, there will be a lot of smaller, slower athletes in all levels of sports.

10:23 AM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

Hopefully I will be here for the 2pm chat but in case I'm not. Who will be the starting RB? E. Smith, M. Fannin, or M. Dyer, Aycock?

10:30 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Dyer / Lattimore

10:31 AM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

So an all freshman rb tandem? How successful will that be?

10:32 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

There'd be some bumps in the road, that's for sure.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Tell that to the guy from Pitt. True Freshman, broke records.

10:37 AM  
Blogger scottie durden said...

UT had to stud frosh RB's this year but they still couldn't touch Hardesty. it takes a little time to learn the ropes. i'll take Super Mario to lead the rookies.

10:37 AM  
Blogger scottie durden said...

ESPN radio was reporting a few minutes ago that Tubs was going to be interviewed by Texas Tech.

10:38 AM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

Also, why do they not run some type of sweep/ option play with FAH more often? It seems he was successful on those types of plays.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I say Super Mario meaningful playing role is over at Auburn. He will be used just like this year, sparingly. The guy is a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. Just doesn't fit. Ben Tate wasn't a round peg either IMO, more of a hexagon :).

Auburn doesn't have any reliable back like UT did going into this season. Our true freshman RB's will play and play alot.

10:40 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Sean...that (true freshman RB exploding on to the scene) happens, what, once a year?

Lac didn't get going in 2001 until the eighth or ninth game of the year.

What do we do the first five, six, or seven games while we're waiting on these guys to develop?

10:41 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Why not Super Mario for 20 carries a game? Yeah he used to fumble a lot but that was a long time ago. He is also a good receiver out of the backfield. It would make no sense to limit his role at this point.

10:42 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

They may play, but it doesn't mean they'll play well.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

I never said I wanted a freshman to tote the rock or be the main guys and I don't think they will.

10:42 AM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

That is my thinking also Scottie. That Mario will be the best option at starter, at least early. The freshman will be behind in knowledge of the offense and experience.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I never said the 2 freshman RB's would be steller to begin with, but I think they will play out of necessity. Who do we really have to take that spot? Not Aycock, Smith or Fannin IMO.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Fannin is not a TB, am I the only one that thinks this? I mean, he barely got any snaps when Tate was out.

10:47 AM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

I don't know if its possible to teach Mario to stop dancing so much and run upfield. If they can I think he would be effective. Less Reggie Bush more A. Peterson.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Warden Jet said...

I concur with Eduardo. Mario is Wario, and doesn't fit in as the TB.

It will be one of the youngsters.

I dissent with his characterization of Ben Tate as a hexagon. He was decidedly an octagon.

11:07 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Clay Travis says Boise St. are legit national title contenders after last night's win. Anybody else convinced?

That's why I hated this matchup to begin with. It doesn't clarify anything. Put one of these teams against Florida and then we'll figure something out. Cincy certainly didn't pass the eye test.

11:28 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

E-Bro,

For the 1st 8 games, we see if Casinious Moore can fill in like he did in 2001.

Actually I'd like to see Fannin get a chance to be the feature RB early on next year.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Oh boy ...QB discussions at 2pm.

Any bets that an interweb switchbox somewhere in Columbia, SC will overload?

I see it's time to start predicting all of the incoming freshmen to be world beaters from day one. Well let's see ...that 2 star DB, Mr. Bates did alright for us this year. The others ...they progressed like 99.5% of all first year freshmen.

Look around, there are probably only 1 or 2 true frosh in the SEC that "star" in their first season. There are +250 freshmen recruits each season in the SEC(=+/- 99.5%).

The JUCO guys could seriously help the first year. A bunch of this large freshmen class will redshirt, some will provide needed help on special teams and a few will play. Will any star? ....odds are greatly against it.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Sorry guys. I have to vent a little, I have been insulated from Alabama football for 15 years as I have live in Los Angeles. But for Christ sake, the LA Times has run a story on Alabama for 5 days in a row, I am about to loose my mind.

Yesterday it was a McElroy piece, damn it, he is a Dodger fan to boot and can name the starting line up, today it is Ingram and how He deserved the Heisman.

Hopefully I see some Alabama fans and give them directions to Pasadena via Long Beach.

This BCS game can't end quick enough.

11:39 AM  
Blogger CousinHumpers=Bammers said...

Two things I would like to see next year. 1st on 3rd and short (<4 yrds) lets run the ball. I think we out thought ourselves on some of these short plays. Just run it. 2nd I want to see a different wildcat QB if we continue to run the wildcat.

11:40 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Ah, Casinious Moore. Like him. Good guy. Talented guy.

Aside from the 2001 Mississippi St. game, just not a football player.

I don't mean that in a bad way. He's similar to Tim Hawthorne in that vein. Football seemed like a hobby to him. Nothing more.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Jimmy, your situation is terminal. Sorry about that. You can find shelter here.

I still remember Phil Snow calling him "cuh-NEESH-us-ness" for a solid year.

11:57 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

The High-techest Auburn Blog On the Net?

12:03 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I can definitely see why Texas Tech would hire Tuberville. How often do they get to hire one of the winningest SEC coaches?

I can also see why they would, which would be several reasons, primarily conservative style and age. He is no longer one of the young up and comers like he was when he came to Auburn.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Thanks Jay, also check out Simmers calling out USC AD Mike Jarret

http://www.latimes.com/sports/college/usc/la-sp-simers5-2010jan05,0,1460390,full.column

12:10 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

If it's down to Art Briles and the Arizona offensive coordinator, I'd think Tuberville has a great shot.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

You don't have to link me to TJ Simers.

I read him every day.

But thanks for the link anyway. Everyone should read TJ Simers.

12:11 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Okay, I say we all chip in and get Jay a new icon. Somehow that thing is going horribly wrong.

12:16 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Speaking of calling out USC AD Mike Jarret, Jay Bilas absolutely shredded him to pieces last night while calling the Pitt-Cincy game on ESPN.

Asked what he thought about the USC situation, Bilas said straight up that Jarret should be fired.

I couldn't really argue the point given what has occurred with the basketball and football programs in recent years.

12:27 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

If we are having video camp fires, DL has to cover up.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Warden Jet said...

So it's Tuberville vs. the coach the No. 1 booster wants, but said coach as a hefty buyout vs. the son of the beloved former coach.

12:45 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

If those are the three candidates, Tech is crazy if they don't hire Tuberville.

12:49 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I am thinking Tuberville has a shot, but an up and comer may show up. My guess is Tuberville lands there. It seems like a pretty good fit, although I don't know about the climate there.

12:57 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I hope that Tubs gets the job there, because I like him. However there is going to be some pressure on TT to hire their interim coach.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Bill Stewart, Part II.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Most of the TTU fans would prefer Tubs. Probably b/c it's a chance to get a big name. Not sure I can picture Tubs thriving in that incessant W.Texas wind.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Warden Jet said...

Ain't no ducks near Lubbock.

1:10 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

If TT wants to step up and play big boy ball, they should hire The Tub.

If they want to be where they've always been, hire the interim.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

If I remember correctly, there was talk on the HABOTN surrounding a bet whether Tubs would end up coaching in a BSC conference.

This deal is not done, but just the fact that TTU is seriously considering him is counter to the chances some folks gave Tubs.

Did anyone shake on that bet?

1:13 PM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

I don't see the big deal around Tech having to hire an AirRaid guy. With that system they will never be able to compete year in and year out against the big boys.

They would do well to implement something closer to Gus's scheme.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Is it too early to buy a Cam Newton jersey?

1:18 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Sean, watch Tuberville. I see him getting a more open offense. He will never be the pass happy type, but I think he realized when Texas knocked off USC for the BCSNC that offenses are changing and he must adapt, hence the TF Experiment. I would expect him to do something similar, but hopefully he will give the OC more control and choice of his assistants.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Warden Jet said...

We never reached terms, Hoopie, and I'm still not convinced he'll be a head coach at a BCS conference school, but South Florida does stand out in my mind as a possibility should Leavitt crumble. Tubs has a better case to make as the potentially coach there, having recruited Florida extensively.

I've read that the uber-booster really wants Briles, who was a HS coaching legend in Texas.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

The only surface water near Lubbock is in the buffalo wallows. Back in the day, we developed a retail deal there and I flew or drove in/out of there around 10 times. Hardly any trees ...and occasional small depressions in the land that were wallowed out by buffalo and hold water.

1:20 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I had guessed that the Big12 was the most likely destination for Tuberville. Looks like that guess has a chance. The ACC was my second choice.

As for Newton, I would name him the starter yet, but I think he is the leading candidate. I would break it down like this.

Newton: 50%
Moseley: 20%
Rollison: 20%
Other: 10%

1:22 PM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Without the BBQ gang Tubs will pick an offensive Coordinator and let him run the show. He will pick good coaches all around. For the most part he picked some good ones at Auburn. He learned a lesson that you don't let your buddies run things YOU DO. I believe he would do well at TT.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Warden Jet said...

I don't see Texas Tech as a major player for the long haul. They are better off with an unconventional approach, given the schools in their division and the unkind geography of Lubbock.

1:26 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

It wouldn't surprise me to see Nall follow Tuberville, but most of the other coaches seem pretty set. Some like Price might also show up, although they all seem to have found pretty sweat gigs.

1:26 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I can't see Texas Tech as a major power. They will could be similar to Arkansas or Ole Nutt and occasionally contend. I don't think they have the cash to compete with Texas A&M and certainly not Texas. There are also a ton of other colleges in Texas, including SMU which seems to be improving.

1:28 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I personally think Tubs is a very good coach....especially when he has good coordinators.

I personally thought Tubs made a bad decision getting rid of Borges.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Warden Jet said...

Lubbock newspaper reports Houston's Kevin Sumlin and Tommy Bowden are in the mix, too.

1:33 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Tommy Bowden? Good grief.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

I heard about the other Tommy. They haven't called him yet last time I had checked.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

So WTC, how do we get all these super recruits in with maybe only 3 spots remaining?

Who isn't going to qualify?

1:36 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

uber-boosters usually win, especially if they're the kind that help but to meddle, exert ....see AU.

If this uber-booster possesses that paranoid instinct that only allows him to hire someone he knows, then Briles will fit nicely. Briles should be able to initially recruit W Texas well and would be stable. Then, after a short while, TTU would sink back into CFB mediocrity.

1:37 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

FSJ, I agree Tuberville made a mistake getting rid of Borges. I do think the issues we had were more related to an assistance rather than the OC, while also compounded to some degree by the poor 2003 and 2004 recruiting classes resulting from Jetgate. There is a lot that went on that contributed to the problem, but I think CTT could have saved himself a lot of grief by letting his OC pick his coaches. Most of the assistants would have likely stayed. I hope he has learned his lesson.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

By the way, 2 pm CST is coming quick, we need to flip this bad boy.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

No enthusiasm for the flip? Where's Norm when you need him?

1:41 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

Tuberville's biggest mistake was not getting rid of Borges. It was not hiring him a year earlier.

1:43 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Sir Sean- AU has 22 for 2009. They can sign a total of 28 with hopefully getting 25 into class. I can think of 2 that may or may not qualify right now. There is probably one in the group that will greyshirt.

That is my take on it for now.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Thanks, WTC. That is about what I was thinking.

1:47 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Flip this bad boy..

1:47 PM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Let's do it.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Warden Jet said...

Hoopie ... not agreeing or disagreeing with your premise, I think that's where Texas Tech is going regardless -- back toward average to mediocre.

I'll offer a different take on the Son of Bill Stewart opinions on McNeill. It's an apples-oranges type of situation.

Rodriguez left on his own. There was no reason to try to keep continuity. Stewart wasn't even a coordinator. It was a silly move.

Texas Tech is in a different spot. Continuity to the current system makes more sense given the circumstances of the departure. It makes more sense to me to turn to McNeill, though I agree with Jay G is that Sumlin would be the guy I'd try to hire.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Johnny Walker, Neat. Do it.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Are we there yet?

1:49 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Can Norm be trusted to flip anymore?

1:49 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Who is with me?

1:49 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I mean seriously?

1:49 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

How 'bout now?

1:49 PM  
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