I'm hopeful Collins can give a huge boost to our athleticism/man-to-man coverage ability at safety. Lester/Perry/Sunseri were all able to be picked on when matched up in man.
I think sometimes HaHa has thought he could undercut the receiver for an interception when a simple tackle or contest was the best play. He's got natural ability but perhaps he's a little overconfident at times. He was all over the field Monday and demonstrated the kind of player he could be. It's no small thing that he played his best two games in two championships.
HaHa and Geno gave the secondary a big lift down the stretch after the troubles in early November.
NT is the position I am most concerned about. I noticed a dropoff when Ivory came in. Hopefully Lake can make a big jump in his second year. We must have a dominant NT to stop the run. I am a little surprised we are not going after a JUCO to fill the need for at least competition here. I hate to say it, but AU just picked up a good looking JUCO NT type player and I watched his tape. Looked very good to me.
Personally, I thought Ivory handled NT very well this season. I feel good about what we have in Pettway, Pagan, and Ivory. Stinson will be the veteran of the front but I think Pagan and Pettway will get A LOT of snaps. One of them will start and the other is going to spell in quite a bit. Potentially, we could see a more effective push from the DEs next season. The LBs will end up making most of the sacks but a good pocket pinch can't be underrated in this scheme.
Lake isn't one of those guys right now, but he could be next season. And who else is there? I don't think Ball's that big right now, and might not ever be.
This is for next years team.
Bama 2013 Offense.
Here is what I am seeing for next year.
What I feel good about. I think our OLINE will be fine. Even if I am wrong about 1 or 2 guys, there are guys on the roster thatís been thru offseason workouts and spring ball. They will gel and be ready for Va Tech and then a week off to improve before the showdown with Jonny football.
Receivers are experienced and talented. They have some great depth.
Running backs should I say any more, wow unbelievable on what has gone on here since 2008.
HB and TE. This is what bothers me. Yes I saw where Volger was more involved and Jones played a little but this could be a problem. We need that flex person at HB with the traditional big TE.
RT C Kourandjio
LT Brown, Shepard
G A Steen
G A Kourandjio, A Taylor?
C R Kelly
QB AJ McCarron
RB TJ Yeldon, , Drake, Hart?, Henry, A Tenpenny
WRX A Cooper, White
WRZ K Norwood, Bell
WRH C Jones, C Black, Shinn
TE B Vogler, M Ficane
TE/H Fowler, O Howard : Who can fill Smelleys shoes at this position. We missed him in at least 3 games this past season. There are options here. Who knew Kelly Johnson would start, I sure did not.
Bama 2013 Defense
The strength of this D will be the back 4 plus the Star. At safety there is depth and talent.
For linebacker, having CJ return is simply awesome. Plus there are some young guys that will make some noise.
Dlineman are very young. Ivory came on this season and should be the guy next season unless one of the young guys steps up. D Lake, Ball or Paige at NG.
CB J Fulton
CB D Belue
CB G Smith
FS H Clinton Dix, N Perry
SS V Sunseri, L Collins, J Williams
Mike T DePriest
WILL CJ or R Ragland
Jack X Dickson, D Devall
SAM A Hubbard, J Atchison
DE E Stinson, Pettway,
DE J Pagan, K Kirven
NG B Ivory, D Lake
I did not go over special teams. But if someone wants to look at that I am sure no one would complain.
The good news is the guys on the roster and EEs will have 30 + plus practices before Va Tech. . Mix that with offseason workouts and Va Tech better fasten their chin straps a little tighter. Then offseason for Coach to go over the no huddle, Jonny Football, canít wait people!!!!
April is just around the corner to see who is where and the Spring game should be awesome!!
Roll Tide and enjoy the ride
Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
- General George Patton
What about Bradley Sylve? I haven't heard much about him. He is certainly one of the fastest players on the team.
I thought Clinton-Dix deserved the defensive MVP on Monday. If he plays to that standard - and keeps on improving - then he's a legit All-American candidate next year. Our secondary could really do with him stepping up and taking on a leadership role too.