Notes from a scrimmage

So the first 2015 scrimmage is in the books.  Contrary to my jokey post yesterday, Richt did release a fair amount of information about it and where things stand in many areas at this point.

First, here’s a stats summary.  So there’s that.  It should be obvious that the stats from any scrimmage that ended without Nick Chubb generating any yardage – or touches, for that matter – should be taken with a grain of salt. And it’s clear if you listen to what Richt had to say yesterday about the scrimmage, that he took the numbers in context.

Still, there was more to take away from yesterday than I expected.  On to the bullet points:

  • Richt’s demeanor.  He’s almost always laid back in these settings (except when he’s responding to a Chuck Oliver question), but there was a certain sense of calm in how things are progressing that emerges as you watch him answer media questions.  It’s not that he was blowing smoke; he acknowledged there are several areas of concern.  What comes across to me, though, is a feeling that there haven’t been any big surprises so far. When you consider the overhaul of the offensive staff, that’s not a bad thing.
  • The offense.  Evidently it’s been going through growing pains through the first week of spring practice, but smoothed out some of the rough edges in the scrimmage.   Per Richt, “We looked more like an offensive unit today.”
  • Center.  It’s not as high-profile as the battle for the starting quarterback position, but the search to replace David Andrews is important in its own right.  Yesterday, Isaiah Wynn received the first-team snaps at center, followed by Hunter Long.  This is pure speculation on my part, but my guess is that the coaches would prefer for Wynn to emerge as the starter, simply because Long is a senior and if he winds up as the first-teamer, it means they have to go through the same shuffle at the position next year.
  • Injuries on offense.  They’ve made something of a mess at running back and wide receiver, which is why Quayvon Hicks is not getting training at yet another position, tailback.  There are only seven or eight healthy receivers right now, which makes the math kinda shaky when the coaches are trying to run three teams out there.  On the other hand, it’s kind of nice to see some serious production out of Justin Scott-Wesley.
  • The quarterbacks.  Basically, no surprises at this point:  “There were flashes by all of them at certain times,” Richt said of three quarterbacks, who are competing to succeed Hutson Mason. “Sometimes they’d drop back and do exactly what they were supposed to do and throw beautiful strikes. … And then there were some times where you shake your head a little bit. They all have to learn that every play is not going to be successful and sometimes you’ve got to throw the ball away.” Gee, where have we heard that before?
  • The defense.  Obviously the big statistical story was Jake Ganus’ day, but keep in mind he was working second-team.  More interesting to me is that Jarvis Wilson, an early enrollee at defensive back, keeps doing enough to get attention (although Richt makes a point of talking some of that down).  With the job Pruitt did with Sanders last season, any db who steps up early is worth keeping an eye on.
  • Isaiah McKenzie.  The one surprise from Richt’s presser was the way he gushed about McKenzie – as a receiver.  We all saw a lot of promise from him last season – he ran routes pretty well and did a good job with separation – that was tempered by a case of the dropsies at certain key moments.  So to hear Richt say “He’s got good hands” makes me hope he’s about to step up and become a key contributor on offense.  Sure would be good timing for that.

Anyway, that’s what I saw.  What about you guys?

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Name that caption: scene from a scrimmage edition

Guess who came back for a look.

I figure they’re either swapping ACL stories, or trying to figure out who had the best QBR.

Of course, your observations are welcomed in the comments.

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“So don’t let that new guy tell you he ain’t got any players.”

If Jim McElwain actually starts a full-blown pissing match with Boom, he will immediately become my favorite Florida coach of all time.

And, yes, that’s a very short list.

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See you in 2020.

Honest, non-snarky question for you:  does this fourteen-year old kid really believe he’d play for Steve Spurrier?

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Is there a Fourth Chance U out there?

If ever there’s a moment when Mark Richt says to himself, “there but for the grace of God go I”, it’s probably about now.

Alabama defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor was arrested Saturday night and charged with domestic violence third degree assault and domestic violence third degree criminal mischief, according to the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

This time, it’s somebody else who’s lost control.  (I eagerly await Kirk Herbstreit’s condemnation.)

“We recruited this young man out of high school,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said in February. “We felt that what we knew about him, what his high school coaches said about him, from what people at the school he was at said about him and where he came from in junior college that he was the kind of guy that deserved a second chance. “But with that chance we also have stipulations and things that he needs to do from a personal-development standpoint so that he won’t make any kind of mistake like this again. That’s an on-going process with him. That’s something that we continue to monitor, and it’s something he’s done a very good job with.”

So much for the Process. You can assume Taylor’s gone, because Saban doesn’t have time for that shit. But tomorrow’s presser ought to be epic.

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UPDATE:  PAWWWLLL!!!

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UPDATE #2:  The deed is done.

Zero-tolerance for some who was already in trouble with the law? Hokay.

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UPDATE #3: Mark Schlabach rips Saban and ‘Bama a new one. And here’s a great quote:

Make no mistake: Alabama’s decision wasn’t about rehabilitation and second chances. It was about winning, and now the Crimson Tide look like big losers — from the top down. It’s not like Alabama is Louisville, where Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino seems to take any SEC reject as he tries to build his program. The Crimson Tide have the pick of the litter when it comes to recruiting. For whatever reason, they chose a troubled prospect with fleas.

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UPDATE #4:  The AD’s statement.

First Rule of Holes, dude.

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The best compliment I can pay Jeremy Pruitt.

A couple of seasons ago, this tidbit would have generated a certain sense of dread in me.

Those practice reps are allowing Carter to feel more comfortable in dropping into coverage, something he didn’t do much in high school. Coaches are cross-training outside linebackers to pick up the concepts to allow them to play inside linebacker, defensive end or even free safety, Carter said.

Now?  I just wanna see how it works out.

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Great moments in bureaucracy

I’m guessing it’s not a good thing when the head of a task force you authorized to get your ass out of a crack for making a very unpopular decision sends out an email to the other members confirming you lied.

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