Category Archives: Wo-oh Alabama

When life imitates a Squidbillies lyric

Harvey Updyke doesn’t care for Auburn.

“I just don’t like Auburn,” added Updyke, who is banned from Auburn’s campus for life. “You know, there are several things in this world that I really and truly don’t like, and Auburn is one of them.


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Bless your heart,

Trollin’, trollin’, trollin‘…

But what really caught my eye was that among the 13 quarterbacks ranked, Tagovailoa and Stidham came in 12th and 11th, respectively. Washington’s Jake Browning was No. 92 overall, with Tagovailoa No. 84 and Stidham No. 83.

The other quarterbacks on the list were Michigan’s Shea Patterson (80), Ole Miss’ Jordan Ta’amu (76), Georgia’s Jake Fromm (65), Oregon’s Justin Herbert (61), Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald (41), Missouri’s Drew Lock (33), West Virginia’s Will Grier (22), Penn State’s Trace McSorley (15), Central Florida’s McKenzie Milton (13) and Arizona’s Khalil Tate (4). Tagovailoa and Stidham don’t even rank in the Top 4 in the SEC according to SI (and if you count former SEC quarterbacks Patterson and Grier, they’re not in the Top 6).

That seems extremely conservative to me. I might take a fully healthy Fitzgerald over Tagovailoa and Stidham, and might go with Lock, who is a gifted passer.

But no way would I choose Fromm or Ta’amu over either the Alabama or Auburn quarterback…

So what do you think? Am I overrating our in-state quarterbacks, or is SI underrating them?


I love how Hurts no longer even rates a mention.  How quickly they forget.

By the way, I don’t understand why some people are prone to dismiss Jordan Ta’amu.  He played in eight games last season and finished with a passer rating of 164.50, a number that beat every SEC quarterback not named Drew Lock.  (For comparison, Shea Patterson compiled a 151.49 passer rating before his injury.)  Kid can ball.



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Save her a good seat at the presser!

Boy, talk about your sucking up from the Alabama press corps:

An argument can be made that Saban, Kiffin and Smart are the top head coach, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator in college football. Not only does Alabama have the SEC’s best coaching staff, but led by those three, it has the most impressive collection of coaches in college football.

Throw in the Tide’s recruiting, and it’s a wonder Alabama lost a game last season.  Or ever, for that matter.

Of course, an argument could be made that she’s exaggerating.


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“I was just told to stay away from this.”

At the time, I found it a little strange that Garrick McGee chose to abandon a head coaching position at UAB to reunite with Bobby Petrino as his offensive coordinator and to make the move without telling his players first.

I don’t find it strange anymore(h/t)


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The incredible shrinking ‘Bama backfield

Man, so how bad is it at running back at Alabama, with Bo Scarborough going down with an ACL injury?  This bad:

Three of the five remaining running backs behind Henry and Kenyan Drake on Alabama’s spring roster are walk-ons. Another — DeSherrius Flowers is a true freshman. The other — redshirt freshman Ronnie Clark — has rotated between defensive back and running back during his Tide career and is coming off of an Achilles tendon injury he suffered last year.

No, that’s not as dire a situation as Aaron Murray faced handing off at mid-season in 2013.  But it’s still amazing to consider how much of the incredible depth at the position Saban had built has melted away… without resorting to roster management.


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