+ Murray was most effective in the hurry up when able to get a rhythm. Scrambling to extend the play. Leading long drives, specifically the 97 yard drive to answer Clemson.
- Early game jitters and accuracy issues. Time management. Continuing the perception that he can't handle big games. Oh, and for the love of all that is holy hold onto the damn ball.
+ Scott-Wesley played a great game with 5-55 and came up with some big catches to keep drives alive. Conley and Wooten both played big averaging over 20 yards a reception.
- Bennett was quiet. He had a few catches early on but failed to separate from defenders. Conley and Wooten are explosive. Bobo didn't do enough to get them the ball in space. Malcolm Mitchell reinjuring his patella during a TD celebration. Really?
+ Quayvon Hicks is an animal. At 6-2 262 he's a guard with running back speed. Scary. Gurley continues to impress. That 75 yard TD showcased his speed and power to explode through the line. His 3rd quarter 12 yard TD run was sheer willpower.
- Keith Marshall. Yes, he had a redone TD but averaging a paltry 2.7 YPC on 16 carries is asinine for such a talent.
+ I guess the blocking
- Did they make the trip? Rome got open once and Lynch looked mediocre at best running routes. For a TE that allegedly supposed to be a great pro prospect he certainly didn't show anything to indicate as much.
+ Run blocking. At times? Maybe.
- The entire left side was pathetic. Clemson's D shifted to their side early and often. Andrews, Lee, and Gaites were overmatched throughout the game. In run blocking they were slow to react. In pass blocking they appeared lost in the sauce. Houston is a great story. I'm happy for him but whenever he was in the game he whiffed and whiffed badly.
+ Penetration on pass plays.
- Could not own the line of scrimmage at all. They seemed over powered seemingly every snap.
+ Jenkins was fantastic rushing the passer and clogging up passing lanes. Herrera was surprisingly good in pass coverage coupling with his run support. Overall the unit was effective blitzing.
- 197 rushing yards. That's what Clemson had. I get that the DL didn't do their job but they weren't that stellar when McDowell reached them.
+ Overall Mathews played pretty well. He was in on run support when unfortunately McDowell reached their level. He wasn't a liability which is what you would hope for out of a true freshman. The other freshman Langley was targeted early and often and held his own from what I saw. Swann was good in pass coverage.
- Wrap up. That shoulder bump lazy tackle they do irritate me to no end and led to a few big gains by McDowell. Mathews' pass interference wasn't a game killer but it was a big penalty nonetheless. Josh Harvey Clemons can't get back soon enough.
Special Teams: D
+ Not giving up any big return plays and Scott-Wesley's fumble recovery.
- Suprisingly it wasn't Beless's fault we lost. He was money on xp's but that botched hold killed us. Botched field goal. Lost by a field goal.
+ Bold call going for it on 4th down early and a fake punt. New haircut, new attitude?
- I can't ridicule the offensive line enough. They looked like they just got the playbook 30 mins before the game. As typical of a Bobo offense they looked ill-prepared and they failed to utilize playmakers in space.
+ Dialing up the blitz.
- Dialing up the blitz. Boyd and McDowell burned us big a few times after breaking the initial tackler. New year, same inability to stop the run. 197 yards on the ground isn't going to win you a lot of ball games.
Overall it was a tough loss. It's easy to continue to hate Bobo with a burning fiery passion but he can't be on the field and block. The OL was absolutely atrocious. The defense honestly didn't look that bad against one of the best offenses in the country.
Edited by Chainsaw Massaquoi, 01 September 2013 - 10:01 AM.