I think it's safe to say, we're all pretty upset with performance of our boys this past weekend. There were moments we looked like a Top 5 team, and then there were moments we looked like a 6-6 team. Lack of experience is one of those contributing factors, so you have to look at the positives. Hopefully, the team takes this game and uses it as motivation.
If I did this post Saturday night, I wouldn't have given anyone the toast. I was beyond disappointed with our guys, and contemplated even spending the time to do a write up. If they didn't care enough to even try to play the game, why should I care enough to do a write up? Then the sun came up Sunday, Earth kept spinning, and I was reminded of the guys that actually put some effort into the game.
THIS WEEK'S, CACK'S TOAST OF THE GAME AGAINST GEORGIA IS ... MIKE DAVIS
In back to back weeks, Mike has busted some huge runs when we've needed them most. We needed a big response Saturday, and on a sweep Davis nearly took it to the house. If I had one small issues with his running, I wish he'd get the ball and take off. On his big plays he's done that, but there are times that we gets the ball and starts dancing around a little. Mike could have easily pick up the honors last week as well. I have a feeling this won't be his last.
- Or Nickie as Coach calls him. He made play after play after play after play Saturday. If the ball was in the air, Jones was the target and it was probably going for 6. He's starting to show himself as our #2 guy.
- When Brandon was in he took full advance of his opportunities. He didn't blow away the numbers, but he made great runs when it mattered.
- For the 2nd straight week, the Oline has looked pretty good. They looked great on the long Davis run and on Wilds' TD run. If these guys continue to gel and improve, they could be a very solid part of our team.
- Probably because I'm running out of options ... Shaw had a good game, but we saw his flaw show it's ugly face time and time again Saturday. There were a few QB sneaks in there, but too many times Connor looked 1 and MAYBE 2 then pulled down and took off. There were a few plays that I saw where a player was coming open as Shaw pulled the ball down. If his #1 target isn't open he looked for the check down guy, and if that's not open he runs. Some games/plays that works, but if he's going to do that he has to take care of the ball.
- Clowney won't have the stats this year, but that doesn't mean he's not doing his part. For 2 weeks I've heard all the talk about how he's a 1 hit wonder or how he shouldn't have opened his mouth at media day or this and that blah blah blah. The fact of the matter is, Clowney is going to take every's best effor week in and week out. However, he's not going to be taking 1 persons best effort, he's going to be taking 2 or 3 guys best effort on every single play of every single game. He's going to be chipped, hes goign to be chopped, he's going to be held, and they're going to do every possible to "contain" him. This year we need him to make Offenses pay when they forget him, but we need him to keep taking those 2-3 guys out of a play so the rest of the Defense can have the advantage. The Defense looked piss poor, but if you watch the film you'll notice it was NOT because of #7. On 3rd and China, Clowney busts through the line and forces Murray out of the pocket ... he finds a receiver WIDE OPEN just before Clowney puts him in his grave.
This wasn't the game we were all hoping for, but it's a long season ...
EVERYONE RAISE YOUR GLASS TO THE TOAST OF THE GAME ... MIKE DAVIS ... HERE'S TO YOU
Week 1 - Offensive Line
Week 2 - Mike Davis