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Aubrey Bloom 8 months ago
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Alright fellas, here we go again.
Only notes on the depth chart are that Michael Lamothe is ahead and Nehemiah Hicks (not sure what that was last week), and Deshazor Everett is still listed at corner this week but with Steven Campbell and Steven Terrell listed as the starting safeties.
This post was edited by Aubrey Bloom on 10/2/2012 at 10:59 AM
Coach G is here talking about Soccer, the A&M girls finally allowed a goal the other night (hadn't in like five games) in a tie with Kentucky, but they remain the only unbeaten team in the SEC and their lead in the SEC West is hilariously huge.
I thought Lamothe has been the starter for awhile?
- Not much they can do except play and execute. As long as they do those things the rest will take care of itself, just have to keep practicing hard. Admits he notices it and uses it for motivation and inspiration. Just one of those things you have to keep working and it will come.
-Takes pride in blocking, all the receivers do. Coach Beatty really emphasizes just playing the best game possible and that involves blocking. Blocking gets him fired up and it's a good way to start the game and set the tone.
- They have a "knockout sheet" that keeps track of blocks and body blows and things like that. The receivers had a really good week.
- Expects Ole Miss to be a crazy atmosphere and real loud. Going to be special though, this is what he signed up for when he came back to play, the road games at SEC schools. Getting to see how they do things and how loud the stadiums are is going to be special to see from here on out.
- Continue to emphasize that they have to be a smarter football team and working on not committing penalties in practice. They realize they can't beat themselves, have to play Texas A&M football and play smart. If they have penalties in practice they pay for it at the end of practice with up downs.
I thought Lamothe has been the starter for awhile?
I thought Lamothe has been the starter for awhile?
I think so also, but i wasn't sure if that was actually on the depth chart.
- Doesn't care about not being ranked, a lot of season still to play. No important right now.
- Haven't gone deep into Ole Miss film yet, have a very good offense. Similar to what A&M does running the ball. Have to fit their gaps and have to prepare. Guys have to know responsibilities.
- It's fun, there are a lot of guys making plays. When it's third and long you never know who's going to make the play. It could be Damontre or Spencer or a DB, it's fun and exciting and fresh guys bring energy.
- Great to have interchangeable players in the secondary, all of the guys are versatile and bring different things to the table.
- Always loves playing at Kyle Field so he doesn't look forward to playing somewhere else, but excited about it. Have to have positive energy.
- As a defense they don't go out each week to prove themselves as an SEC defense, just try to play their game. Goal isn't to be put into a category, just play.
- Defense doesn't have crazy punishment for penalties like the offense, but it's mostly just focus in practice.
- Guys maturing has helped guys realize it's just one bad play and it's on to the next one. You're as good as your next play so you can always redeem yourself on the next play.
- Look at each game as one season. Only opponent worried about is Ole Miss. Can't be worried about LSU or Alabama or those games will be insignificant because they didn't take of business when they had an opportunity to.
- Always joking with Johnny that he's only as good as his next game. Done great things this season but he tells me to stay consistent and keep climbing that mountain. This is where good teams become great or good teams become average. They trust him though and know he's going to do great things out there.
- As a senior class they've had one real winning season so they don't care who gets the success, just want to win games. Redshirt senior, redshirt freshman or true freshman, just a bunch of unselfish guys on this team. Just looking to have fun and win games.
- Learned from last year that you can't go by expectations. They expected to win a lot of games last year and compete for a national championship, but maybe weren't attentive to details because of it. Now they know it's their last time to do this as a senior class and they've been focused on the details. Have to keep getting better and stay attentive.
- Want to be a great team so they don't care who gets all of the attention.
- Identity of the offense is going on the field expecting to score. Want to get touchdowns and score as much as they can. Every play they run they expect to get in the endzone.
- Think they're a talented group that can compete with anybody but Kingsbury had a good plan for last week and able to exploit a few things.
- It's going to be crazy, you have a quarterback who's relaxing and sitting in the pocket and going through his reads, the offensive line is gelling together and getting used to the system. If they continue to get better every day it's an offense you have to reckon with.
- Know that to make the next step they have to keep getting better, had a good couple of games and put up points, but have to keep going. Have to play this month the way you want to end your season. Have to keep getting better.
- You see Manziel a lot more relaxed. He's not as jumpy, he knows what's going on in certain situations. He's more relaxed back there and that's helped. He's seeing what the defense gives him and pulls the trigger.
- They've upped the punishment for penalties and the big guys don't want to be doing up downs after practice so they've honed in on that. To be a winning team you can't have penalties and hurt yourself. Coaching staff has done a great job getting focused on that.
- Doesn't remember the punishment last year, but this year it's rough. It's a mistake you might think was little but after practice you have up downs and all of the big guys get mad. Rough process.
- Expects it to be "all that the Big 12 was" when you went to Lubbock or Austin you had to keep your helmet on. Will tell the younger guys the same thing.
- Ole Miss defense is very athletic. They run to the ball well, have a lot of fast guys, big physical guys, combination of their athleticism and effort on every play. They're going to be a good defense to test them.
JStew has really stepped up from a year ago
could you please ask if there have been any discussions about replacing "Manziel" with "Football" on the back of his jersey? Thanks.
- Hope they're an SEC defense, but it's just one game. Have a lot more to go. Want to prove they're an SEC defense.
- Have to be fundamentally sound against Wallace. this week it's going to be important for everyone to do their job. If you make a wrong read and somebody goes down they could be "out of the gate."
- It's great to have Hurd and Everett being able to move around. Good to have different people at different spots. The players know the roles and know what each other are doing so that helps everyone. Nickels play safety and know what each other are doing.
- They can be a dangerous team. Speed on the outside and a quarterback that can run is always a problem for a defense. Just have to worry about their responsibilities and what they can do. Especially on the back end.
- Felt good to get interceptions, always do turnover circuits in practice so seeing it transfer over is really good.
- Receivers block hard every play. you can tell in practice that it's a big emphasis is blocking. They've been doing a great job on that. When they block like that it also helps give the defense a better look on teams that are good at blocking downfield.
- Coach Price has been everything, they hang on his every word. Has coached in the SEC so they're like "little sponges" soaking it all up. He's seen what they want to see, done what they want to do, just trying to get to those goals.
- Wallace is a talented quarterback. He's agile. They run a true zone read and will be the first time they've seen that. Puts more of an emphasis on the defensive line to play fundamentally sound.
- Confident in the guys behind them on the defensive line. Have guys that can come in and play multiple positions and it's really good for them and the coaching staff to have that kind of flexibility.
- Chasing Johnny is going to help, Wallace is a runner who can throw on the run. Johnny is simiilar to him, have to be fundamentally sound and Johnny makes you understand that in practice.
- Matt Davis gives them a good look at quarterback on Scout team also. He's similar. He's mobile and has a good arm.
- Penalty switch for him was when he got tired of losing. Doesn't want to be the reason the team loses a game. The team had a talk about assets and liabilities and he wants to be an asset, just trying to help the team and put them in the best situation possible.
- Brian Polian said that each penalty is a point. Against Florida they lost be three and had 8 or 9 penalties. It's something everyone has taken to heart.
- He and Freeze have talked a bunch. Freeze asked him about media days, they've known each other for a while. Excitement at Ole Miss is high, Nick Saban said it's a team that plays hard and is well coached. At high school, Arkansas State, he's won wherever he's been. You turn the video on and this is a well coached bunch that plays extremely hard.
- If you're conscious about what you're doing then you realize it's hurting the team. Also talking about Polian coming and speaking to the team earlier this year. When you talk in terms of what it costs, guys understand that. There's always going to be situations where a guys' aggressive but five yard penalties are controlled by the players, not by the coaches, you're responsible for lining up correctly and not jumping offsides. You have a responsibility to everybody to do your job, and that's it. You hold people accountable for that.
- Knew Price for a while but he had SEC experience, is a former player at A&M so understands culture and traditions and he's a tremendous recruiter. He's a guy who when you start checking off the boxes for a d-line coach at Texas A&M all the boxes are checked. Great teacher, important for him to be here. Said it helped the day they got serious about hiring him it was snowing in Lubbock.
- Team is where they thought they'd be at this time.
- Trying to be consistent in what they do. Hard to say they are because they're four games in, but improved every week. Everyone's always waiting for the other shoe to drop around here. Things they've talked about from day one, reducing penalties and turnover margin, guys are listening. That's what they wanted to accomplish while keeping intensity and effort up, those two areas are biggest improvements. But only four games into the season. Key to championship football is consistency. With midterms, guys have a lot going on.
- Everything works hand in hand. It's not like Swope hasn't been open, key was to keep playing and keep working and let the offense progress. Both blocking and the quarterback playing in the pocket, got the ball down the field last week.
- Staff is doing a good job with the pieces they have, and they have quality pieces just not a lot of them. Yates and the defensive staff have moved some guys around and made things work. Everett has been a big part of doing that. You're playing different kinds of offenses.
- Steven Campbell still hasn't practiced. Another reason they have interchangable starts, don't have a choice.
- David Beatty has done an excellent job with receivers blocking downfield. Guys understand, maybe they didn't in the spring, that if you dont' block you don't play here at any position on offense. Whether you're a receiver or a running back or a lineman. It's how you play without the ball that defines you and they point that out positive and negatively to the team, that's your job. You never know when a ten or fifteen yard run could be an 80 yard run, you have to take care of business on the perimeter and you get rewarded down the line. If you're able to run the ball, teams bring more people in the box, and that's less people for you to deal with when you're trying to get open.
- You see a lot of spread offenses now, 7 on 7 has a lot to do with quarterbacks being better prepared. Two biggest changes in offensive football have been 7 on 7 in high school growing and the summer bridge program which allows freshman to come immediately after graduation. Instead of in the old days where it was in the fall, you get guys in in June and they have the ability to go through offseason workouts, they have eight weeks to work on conditioning. Quarterbacks and receivers organize 7 on 7s in the summer, players are acclimated to what's going on. When you get to two-a-days there's no time wasted on getting people in shape, they're in shape. They know the players. Number of coaches throwing the football in high school. A number of coaches all over the country and this state, they move on to be coaches and coordinators at the division one level basically running the same offense that they did at the high school level.
- You see Manziel getting better. As a young guy you have to handle success at all positions but moreso at quarterback. Get too much credit and blame, when you figure out how to deal with it as a quarterback, it's important. That comes through experience. I think the thing that he's doing right now, he wants to be really really good. Not just a guy that's playing and doing some things, but he wants to develop into a complete quarterback. In order to do that you have to be honest and critical with yourself about your limitations and strengths, and that takes time. Not four days from game to game, it takes a long time. Small steps are important, not going backward is important, being able to more forward in mechanics, knowledge of the game, things you have to work on daily as a quarterback. Continuing to improve is a daily routine.
- At places that win you don't see players jealous of younger plays. In a culture of "the best players play" you don't have that. An understanding of how they practice and play, watching film and pointing out plusses and minuses together. Haven't had that issue. If you can execute with effort and they can trust you, you're going on the field whether you're on scholarship or not.
- Wallace is a tough guy, he's bigger than he though. You get glimpses on television, so busy with what they're doing. Saw a little bit of Texas and Ole Miss a few weeks ago. But looking at film he's bigger than he thought. No wonder he's throwing it around in there. He won't hesitate to run it, has taken some shots. Been impressed with their team speed. You look at what they do offensively, they're 23rd in the country in rushing the football and played two top ten teams with good defenses and been able to move the football and score points on everybody. Thinks they've done a nice job. Jeff Scott is fast, anyone who can run away from Alabama and Texas is pretty fast. they do a great job offensively in their schemes and they have home run hitters. Have some weapons, have a great scheme. Biggest difference for them, looking at them, the combination of their scheme with the speed.
- Good players understand value in any system and the system can be improved when them in it. Guys are excited to play in this system. Going to play a number of running backs, a number of receivers, guys understand they're going to get the ball. On defense they've played about every front you can run in first four games. Not plugging guys in, it's making it fit what you have. People understand that. The more talented they are the more flexible they'll be across the board.
- You never know when a guy is going to have to play meaningful minutes so the more you can get him out there and not dirsupt the flow of the game the better off you are. Been fortunate the last couple of weeks to play a lot of people and be able to evaluate them. One thing to be able to evaluate guys at practice, another to be able to analyze them in the game and get a grade sheet just like Sean Porter is. You can see what you're doing and not doing. Can't put a price on that.
- Football is a funny game, told his team that there are players that you might not even know their name who you're going to be relying on to win games down the road. Nobody thought Julien Obioha would be starting four games. You have to get guys ready.
- Bertolet was a little nicked up and didn't practice for a couple of days. If you don't practice you probably don't perform at your best even as a kicker. Wasn't even sure he was going to play.
- asked when the injury happened he said "I don't know, and if I did I wouldn't tell you." Pretty funny moment.
- Bertolet has been "fabulous" this year in practice.
- The offensive line has taken steps. There's a lot of things going on in the new offense. Seeing some new looks based on formations and what Johnny has been doing. Made some strides last week. It's not just the quarterback that's in a growth process, it's the whole offense that's in a growth process.
- Conditioning really showed Saturday. They played a lot of snaps. They're playing longer and harder and that's a credit to Larry. When you see defensive lineman running the ball in the fourth quarter that's a great sign.
- Price is doing well, you're seeing guys buy in.
- Interchangeable pieces is good, but you'd like to have players in one spot so they can get better at it. But that's what you have to do. It's hard to get them the looks in practice during the week.
- Too early to say they're an SEC caliber defense. Guys are doing the things they're asking them week in and week out. But need to tackle better.
- De'Vante is coming. He played a good game but he has to tackle. In this league they're going to make corners tackle, that's the bottom line. You have to be able to cover and tackle good backs. He trusts Harris and he has to have a short memory at corner, the tackling part is the part that he can't deal with.
- Moore is really enjoying himself right now and is loving playing the game.
- Moore's come "light years" from his first meeting with him. Price brings toughness to the line, demands technique. First step, hand placement, base fundamental things you have to have to play in a league like this.
- Talked a few weeks ago, the twos didn't perform as well, just him and Larry Jackson and he was drawing similarities when they played back here. He said one thing they did was hold the two's accountable, and the starters did that. When they got their opportunity it was good to see them make a stop and everybody enjoy it.
- It's a very good offense, they're very talented. They're into that part of the season where it's good offense after good offense. They can run the football when they get in the redzone. Going to see both quarterbacks.
- Not happy about 500 yards, that goes back to tackling. But that's a good offensive team. Players bought in, put up a wall in the redzone. Missed ten tackles in the secondary, second level tackling was not very good.
- Ole Miss hangs on to the ball pretty well. You don't see balls on the ground a bunch. Going to have to tackle the ball again, have to give the offense back the ball as much as they can.
- Moving on as if Campbell isn't playing.
- Manziel's done well, he's a football player. He's shown up eager to learn and get better.
- Just looks at improvements they've made each week. Still feel they left points out there.
- Receivers blocking has been huge, they've made it a competition in that room on who can make the biggest blocks and the most blocks. When Manziel comes out it's those guys doing work down the field.
- As the season goes on you can put more in that he feels comfortable with. It looked like things slowed down for Manziel on Saturday, hopefully that continues.
- Knowing what Swope has done in the past they wanted to give him a shot at that position, want to get him the ball more and more.
- He and EZ are team players. Never said a foul word about anybody and kept working hard and knew it was going to come.
- Running backs all played well Saturday. Teams wanted to see if Johnny could throw it so they put numbers in the box. Saturday his ability to throw the ball down the field loosened up the run defense a little bit.
- He says he needs to slide every time, but that's how Johnny plays the game, he hasn't been hit that hard yet.
- Ole Miss is getting better and better each week defensively. To hold Alabama to really 24 points is impressive. Have energy and enthusiasm.
*** Y'all need to listen to the end of this today and hear him talk about rolling down the field. It's pretty funny.
Is Ole Miss really gona be a close game? At the beginning of the season (or before the season) I looked at them like I do Rice, but now I'm starting to wonder.
This is the team the sips beat by 30 points and scored 60 on or am I imagining that?
Ole Miss looked pretty good against Bama. Didn't see the Texas game, so I don't know what happened there. Our offense looks a lot more like the sips' than bama's, so hopefully they will struggle with us too.
When Campbell first got here I used to think he'd play at the next level. He has flashes of brilliance, but he's a knucklehead sometimes and is just way too fragile. What does he have now? It's a concussion, right? Or is it a "concussion?" Man, I hope he finishes the season stronger than he's started it. He's too good of a player to end his career like this.
Also, love that KK wants Johnny to slide. That's a must.
Thanks for the write up, Aubrey.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by JeffAggie04 on 10/2/2012 at 3:59 PM
The margin between alabama and everyone else is greatly overstated because they played teams early who had no run defense. They are not a great passing team. And if u can stop their running game on early downs, they aren't going to convert a high percentage of third downs throwing it. ole miss stopped their running game and kept it close. On the contrary ole miss didn't stop davi ash from throwing all over them. this might be a long night for ole miss.
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