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UAdan

UAdan

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In Topic: 3 up, 3 down for 2016

Today, 04:00 PM

 Mizzou_Fan, on 30 July 2016 - 02:32 PM, said:

Strengths
DL
Linebackers
Secondary
Honorable mention: kicking game

Weaknesses
OL
WR
RB
Honorable mention:QB

So basically

Strengths:

Defense,  defense,  defense

Weaknesses:

Offense, offense,  offense

In Topic: 3 up, 3 down for 2016

Today, 10:26 AM

Bo has every physical tool in the world to be an All-American player.

What is unproven are all the other factors. Ball security,  pass protection, decision-making,  vision, the durability to be counted on as a Workhorse and carry the ball 25 times a game if need be (injuries have been a problem for him).

So many will be quick to just compare him to Henry and say we will be fine, but the fact of the matter is Henry did a lot of things that Bo hasn't yet proven. That's why I use the word "uncertainty". It doesn't mean he can't, just that we haven't seen it.

In Topic: 3 up, 3 down for 2016

Today, 10:09 AM

3 UP for Bama:

1. WRs and TEs - we return essentially every receiver who caught a meaningful pass last year. The talent here is as good as its ever been, with NFL talent in Calvin Ridley and OJ Howard leading the way.

2. Defense as a whole - the contributors we lose from last year will be replaced by guys who saw plenty of playing time in reserve roles a season ago. We have led the conference in Total Defense every year since Saban's arrival, and I expect that to be the same this year.

3. Specialists - our kicker and punter both return for their third season as starters, and both should be on one of the better ones at their respective positions in the conference. With some uncertainty in the backfield on offense, good specialists will be key in getting field goals in determining field position.

3 DOWN for Bama:

1. RB uncertainty - this is probably the one aspect of our team that bothers me the most coming into the season. We've never had a year under Saban where we didn't have an established running back coming back to start the year. Bo could be good, but he just played so sparingly last year. Harris never really jumped onto the scene the way other freshmen RBs have done for us.

2. QB uncertainty - before somebody throws out the stat that Saban has won 3 national championships with first-year starters at QB, let me remind you once again that we had a Heisman Trophy caliber running back for those QBs to lean on.  We don't appear to have that coming into this season...yet. Which puts pressure squarely on the QB.

3. Depth at corner - the only real aspect of the defense that I feel any amount of concern would be at cornerback, given that we lose two recent transfers and the fact that we lose Cyrus Jones from last year. There is talk of Fitzpatrick moving to corner from nickel, but I honestly feel nickel is where he excels at. We're going to need an unproven player to emerge as a top dog at the CB2 spot opposite of Humphrey.


In Topic: 2016 "No Way In Hell" Thread

Yesterday, 03:09 PM

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In Topic: Basketball noncon schedule

28 July 2016 - 11:19 AM

 PuddingTime, on 28 July 2016 - 11:06 AM, said:

Who's Oregon returning? Any idea?  They won the Pac 12 last year IIRC.

Their two best players.  This site has them at no. 3. They were a no-1 seed in March and went undefeated at home last year....

http://thebiglead.co...p-25-2016-2017/

...and we should've beaten them in Birmingham. We blew it at the end. That one would've punched our ticket.