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Blogging Home of the Alabama Crimson Tide Football Team
Preseason Recruiting Update:
Coach Easy and his staff are out on the road making a last minute push for recruits. Several 4 star caliber players are "close" to committing to the tide following the first week of open recruiting. However, despite Coach's attempts to lure new recruits he has stated that those already committed under the previous staff could rest at ease. "We intend to honor as many of those scholarships offers as is feasible," Coach Easy said.
The newest targets include:
4* Nick McKinney, CB Saraland, Alabama
4* Paul Rush, OLB Ocoee, Florida
4* Drew Carter, DE North Olmstead, OH
Week 1 Recap: Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The Alabama Crimson kicked off the new season under the leadership of coach Easy with a 38-28 victory over the Texas Longhorns. It was a very physical hard fought game, that left all involved bruised, and tired. The play of the game occured with about 2 minutes left to play in the game and the Tide had the ball 4th and 1 from the Longhorn 28 yardline, nursing a 24-21 lead. The Tide called a qb sneak and converted the first down and a few plays later scored the ultimate game winning touchdown. "It was a tough spot to be in down there on the +28 and only holding a 3 point lead. I felt tgat a 6 ooint lead wouldn't hold with their proven firepower so we gambles a bit" said Coach Easy. When asked if Bama fans should expect a few gambles out of the longtime coach he gave his best poker face and replied: "I wouldn't bet against it."
Alabama Offensive Preview Starting QB: Brian Hammond - JR 90 overall
91 Throw Power
Back-up QB: Alex Fuller - FR 83 overall
89 Throw Power
Synopsis: With Hammond at the helm the Tide feel rather confident he can make the necessary throws in coach Easy's down field attack. The question is can he effectively run the zone read that is a staple of the offense and take the beating it entails? Losing Hammond for any period of time could be devastating to the Tide's SEC west hopes.
Starting HB: Charlie Ross - SR 95 overall
97 Break Tackle
92 Juke Move
Number 2 HB: Jason McDowell - SOPH 88 overall
96 Break Tackle
91 Juke Move
Number 3 HB: Chis Hill - JR 85 overall
93 Spin Move
Synopsis: Any team that Coach Easy has command of will be an effective running team. The blocking concepts and formations dictate that success. With a stable of great running backs it looks like that trend will continue this year as well. Ross and McDowell are more traditional downhill runners while Hill figures to get more spread carries. Look for this unit to be the backbone of all Tide offensive success this year.
Starting FB: Casey Lucas - SOPH 79 overall
86 Run Block
82 Pass Block
Synopsis: A position that is disappearing from many offenses is doing the same in Tuscaloosa. Look for Lucas in short yardage sets, or in specialty sets where he will tend to be a lead blocker.
Number 1 WR: Travis Mitchell - JR - 90 overall
94 Route Running
88 Spectacular Catch
Number 2 WR: Paul Bush - SR - 86 overall
92 Route Running
Number 3 WR: Macrus Leslie - SR - 85 overall
91 Route Running
Synopsis: Big, somewhat speedy and able to stretch the field vertically. That is what Coach Easy wants, that is what he has in these three. The top end speed is lacking, but the ability to catch in traffic and make big time catches should help offset that. What is missing is the tough, speedy wr who can run the underneath routes.
TE: Barry Harris - SR - 93
84 Run Block
80 Route Running
Synopsis: With a tough underneath target missing, Harris looks to figure into the Tide offense heavily. Decent hands and a big frame should help him there.
Offensive Line Synopsis: Big, Ugly, and Earth Movers. Coach Easy is pleased with his starters but is beating the bushes of the South East looking for suitable replacements.
This team has the pieces to win games in Coach Easy's offense. However, it does lack the receivers to make this a dynamite offense. Look for them to average in the mid to high 30s, and to be a run first offense using multiple backs.
Safe Prediction: Charlie Ross has a 1,000 yard season and garners all SEC honors.
Insane Prediction: Hammond becomes a Heisman favorite.
Alabama Defensive Preview
The key to the Tide's season will be the play of this unit. Historically Coach Easy's teams are built around stingy defenses that limit their opponents in big games. He has proven over the years that he is just as comfortable playing field position and winning a game 7-3 as he is running it up on a weak opponent. In order to play that field position style of play in a big game, you need a big time defense. The Tide will use a 3-4 base alignment, but they will also mix in a few 4 man sets in nickle and dime situations. Here is a quick look at the Tide's defensive unit.
DT: Bryan Hodges - SR- 85 overall
Hit Power 93
Backup DT:Martin Pruitt - JR- 82 overall
Power Moves 91
Block Shedding 88
Synopsis:With a position that requires the Defensive tackle to command double teams and suck up blockers, it is important that you have a tough, strong player there. Neither of these guys are prototypical 3-4 nose tackles, but they are both servicable. Hodges is big, no actually he is REALLY big, but Coach Easy has expressed concern with his strength and conditioning. Look for back-up Martin Pruitt to usurp him at times and become a situational starter.
Left DE: Patrick Williams -SR- 90 overall
Block Shedding 89
Right DE:Kyle Butler -JR- 86 overall
Finesse Moves 91
Power Moves 89
Synopsis:The defensive ends in the 3-4 are supposed to be big, strong, and able to suck up the blocks of the tackles and tightends. These guys hit that description to a T. Look for left DE Patrick Williams to command a lot of backfield attention off the edge.
Sam Linebacker: Jeff Rogers -SR- 85 overall
Will Linebacker:Lavarr Arrington Jr. -SOPH- 85 overall
Hit Power 88
Block Shedding 86
Mike Linebacker:Tiger Moss -FR- 82 overall
Jack Linebacker:Lance Brown -FR- 81 overall
Hit Power 91
Synopsis:The core of any 3-4 defense is the linebackers and to be successful they need to be fast, athletic, and strong. This group is just that. The speed and quickness of this group is what jumps out at you. However it is the youth of this unit that should strike fear into the hearts of those who have Bama on the schedule. The only upperclassman in the group is SR Jeff Rogers. Lavarr Arrington Jr.(who shunned Penn State to come to Alabama and wear his daddy's #11 in crimson) is an all-conference level performer who is only a sophomore, while the inside backers Moss, and Brown are both freshman. This group has all the makings of a championship level group.
#1 Cornerback: Clifford Blanco -JR- 90 overall
96 Man Coverage
92 Zone Coverage
#2 Cornerback:Cory Wheeler -JR- 85 overall
92 Zone Coverage
91 Play Recognition
Strong Safety:Patrick Brooks -FR- 77 overall
Free Safety:Zach Gray -SR- 90 overall
97 Zone Coverage
98 Play Recognition
Synopsis:Other than the strong safety Brooks, this unit is experienced, athletic, and capable of taking care of the back end of the defense. With the great zone coverage skills these guys have the Tide will be able to afford to dial up some exotic zone blitzes, and to keep things on the front end hot for opposing offenses.
This group has all the markings of a great defensive unit. They are young in some critical areas, but they are also very athletic there. Coach Easy has been raving about his young linebacking core since spring time and it will be interesting to see if the typically reserved coach is on the mark here, or if he has been eating too much at the famous Dreamland BBQ.
Safe Prediction: Lavarr Arrington Jr. is an all-SEC performer while pacing the Tide defense in tackles.
Insane Prediction: The Tide defense will lead the nation in total defense.
Tide Off to a Great 3-0 StartWins over Texas and Southern Cal Highlight Early Season Swing
The Alabama Crimson Tide are off to a fantastic start this season. A week 1 win at home over a ranked Texas team was followed by a tune-up game against a weak opponent. Then the real test came. #3 ranked Southern California on the road. Coach Easy expected it to be tough battle but that never materialized. The Tide were able to open up a 28-0 lead in the waning moments of the first half when some really bizarre moments occurred. The Southern Cal kickoff return men fumbled two straight kickoffs and that lead to 14 points for the Tide. This put the Tide up 42-0 and that was basically it for the remainder of the game. The final score was 42-7 in favor of the Tide.
Coming into week 3 the Tide were ranked number 20 in the Polls. With a big win over the number 3 ranked team a huge jump can be expected. Up next for the Tide are the Arkansas Razorbacks.
And the SEC continues to dominate all challengers. Nice win Easy.
Yeah except for the Eastern Michigans of the world! lol florida.
Alabama Makes Quick Work of the RazorbacksCrimson Tide Improve to 4-0 Jumping out on opponents early has become a bit of a hallmark of the Crimson Tide under Coach Easy's short tenure. They did it against USC and they did it again against Arkansas in a match-up of top 25 teams moving in different directions. Early on it seemed as if the Razorbacks were going to be a stiff competition, despite two great opportunities in the red zone Alabama had to settle for field goals. But near the end of the first quarter QB Brian Hammond pulled the ball from the belly of Charlie Ross and barreled into the end zone for a touchdown to make it 13-0. The Tide would never look back. Before half time it was 27-7 on the back of two more Hammond touchdowns both of these passing. Then in the second half it was the Tide defense that went to work behind the awesome athleticism of OLB Lavarr Arrington Jr. who was making plays sideline to sideline to stymie any hopes of a Razorback comeback. With 7 recruits in attendance this was a big win for the Tide in multiple aspects.
Up next for the Crimson Tide is a visit from the Florida Gators who are still reeling from their loss to Eastern Michigan two weeks ago. Notables:
QB Brian Hammond 20/31 passing 417 yards and 4 touchdowns (3 passing, 1 rushing)HB Charlie Ross 19 carries for 95 yards rushing and 1 touchdownWR Paul Bush 4 catches 140 yards, long of 51WR Tim Mitchell 5 catches for 123 yards, 3 touchdownsTE Tim Hall 5 catches for 103 yards
Tide QB Looking to Elevate His GameRecent Play Has Gained Him National Attention Brian Hammond is finding himself in rare air these days. The junior signal caller from the Crimson Tide expected to be a "ball jockey" when Coach Easy took over the team this off-season. "With his past teams (at USC) they didn't throw the ball short a whole lot" said Hammond. "I figured to be doing a lot of hand offs and read option stuff, and to be honest with you I wasn't thrilled by it either." Boy has he been surprised with the play calling. In the Tide's two most recent games Hammond has thrown for over 800 yards, and it hasn't been deep down field either. Against Arkansas he was 20-31 passing for a 65% completion percentage. Many of his throws are short slants that his talented receiving corp is converting into big yards. Right now Hammond is considered a "dark horse" for the Heisman trophy but with an NCAA leading 1400 yards passing, and 15 touchdowns and a 68% completion percentage it won't be long before he garners much more attention. Especially if the Tide keep winning. The significance of this is not lost on Hammond either "It would be cool to win it as a QB at Alabama, no one has done that before here and we have had some good quarterbacks here." It was this blog that made an "insane" prediction back in the pre-season that Hammond would be a Heisman favorite. I guess while Hammond is getting fitted for a suit in New York, we can go get fitted for a jacket in the state mental ward.
Alabama Unloads on Hapless Gators
Sometimes the games are just duds. Coming into this week 6 matchup many around the nation were hoping to see a good ole' fashion SEC blood bath. With the stunning success, and sudden return to prominence that the Tide are experiencing under Coach Easy many coaches around the country were cursing under their breath when Alabama unloaded for 55 points in their rivalry match-up against Florida. "We have nothing to be ashamed about, our boys played hard and we went after them until the 3rd quarter when it became apparent that they were simply hapless" said coach Easy. The day was highlighted by the strong play of defensive end Patrick Williams (90 rating overall) who finished the day with 7 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and the establishment of nightmares for offensive lineman around the SEC. "Patrick went off today playing base defense, he simply destroyed his man all day and it lead to some big plays for our defense" noted Coach Easy. Offensively Brian Hammond was the star as he completed 15 passes for 341 yards. The performance reminded many in attendance of the classic Joe Montana games when he would just get the ball to a receiver short and watch him take it from there. "When this game became firmly entrenched in our favor, we decided to open up the playbook," added the coach "we were able to work on some new plays, the middle screen, and the mesh route were two of these that payed off big time for us". With the win Alabama improves to 6-0 with impressive victories over Texas, Southern Cal, and now Florida. This team is going to enjoy the rest and prepare for their next match-up after the bye week.
Bama Adds New Recruits to their 2016 class
Three 4 star recruits commited to Alabama this past week. They are:
Edwin Simmons (ATH) Westumpka, Alabama: B+ Speed, A Agility, B- Man and Zone Coverage
William Siegel (CB) Hoover, Alabama: A- Speed, B Zone Coverage, B- Man Coverage
Kevin Brown (DE) Yazoo City, Mississippi: C+ across most DE categories.
These three young men look to add depth to the Alabama defense. The two cornerbacks will be much needed after this season so they are huge gets. Look for some more defensive recruits to commit after this next week.
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