Mano a mano

Over at UGASports.com, Dayne Young has a post with some cuts from G-Day that focus on the offensive line, the receiver blocking, and the defensive rush.  It may not be as sexy as QBR, but it’s certainly revealing.  The o-line, as you might guess, tends to have its way in grind ’em scenarios, but the defense gets its licks in when speed matters more than strength.

The unanswered question is whether each group is facing as talented an opponent as it will see during the regular season, or not.  (Although I can already say the defense won’t see another D’Andre Swift in 2019.)

What do y’all see in those clips?

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6 responses to “Mano a mano

  1. “The defense gets its licks in when speed matters more than strength.”

    That statement scares the hell out of me if we play Bama in Atlanta. We are their equal on the offensive line, but we still aren’t close on the defensive line. If ND, Auburn, A&M or Bama can line up and run it at us successfully, I’m nervous about whether this team can get where we think they should be.

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  2. Derek

    On the play 7 bounces outside, 10 passes on 3 block opportunities.

    On the last clip, 4 does a tremendous job in space against 7.

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  3. ugafidelis

    I’m looking forward to watching Dean develop.

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  4. Benny D

    It’s a good thought experiment. The good news is that “line up and grind” will likely work most of the time. But that always works most of the time when your line is bigger and stronger. So, get ready to see lots of exotic blitz packages. The problem is that our D isn’t gonna be able or isn’t going to spend much time repping blitzes that our D isn’t likely gonna use. It’s like we’re a fiddler crab with a Dolly Parton-esque massive left caw for an O-line. We DON’T even have a starting D that can emulate what is needed to prepare them in practice for those situations which are not “most games”, but rather “THE” games.

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  5. Hobnail_Boot

    We don’t have a national title-caliber DL.

    Crowder/Rice/Dean are gonna have to ball out to beat the likes of Alabama and Clemson.

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  6. whb209

    As secretly taped by FBI, big talk by Steve Smith a BB coach from Clemson:
    Alabama was also mentioned in the FBI recordings:

    “That’s why football is so successful, is if you do it and use resources at Clemson, like you can really keep everything tight,” Smith said in the video.

    “It’s a small college town,” he later said. “You can come to a game one night, after the game, you see a dude out there in a nice looking suit, you like, ‘wait a minute now.'”

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