Minus the opening drive, we finally play a complete game. There was a lot of talk about some Defensive starters losing their starting position, and starting out on the bench. I think we saw what this Defense can do with a little light under their tails. Every game this season, our guys would be out of position or be in position and miss the tackle. Minus a very few plays Saturday, they were where they were supposed to be, and brought the ball carrier down when they got a hand on them.
Another thing I saw Saturday that we hadn't in other games. When one guy hit the ball carrier ... 2-3 others were quickly there helping on the play. We've been used to seeing gang tackles in recent past from guys flying to the ball. This season everyone would just watch the play and not help out. I saw a lot of help on Defense bringing the carriers down.
It was a great Defensive showing, but the toast is going back to the Offensive side of the ball this week ...
THIS WEEK'S CACK'S TOAST OF THE GAME ... AGAINST ARKANSAS IS ... CONNOR SHAW
Connor has really opened up the Offense this year, and it has blown up. I have been one of the fans that hasn't been 100% sold on Shaw, but the kid is beasting it this year and deserves some recognition. He went 19 for 28, and from what I can remember, not a lot of those were dump off passes. He fired it into 3 man coverage to complete a first down to Byrd, he read the play perfectly on the first Ellington TD when he went outside and was left wide open, and he hit Byrd in stride on another bomb play. Connor is starting to trust his eyes and arms and it's really showing what time of a QB he can be. Mix that in with his tremendous running ability (3rd and 17 pick up and TD run) ... and I don't see any Defense stopping this Offense. If he's on his game ... the Atlanta Dome is still in the picture.
- I believe it's been enough for me to start saying ... Davis being Davis
- The broadcasting crew (although they were completely clueless about MOST of everything else) finally pointed out the impact that Clowney REALLY has on the game, even if he's not making every tackle.
- I think the whole group deserves some love this week. They stayed full speed ahead the entire game. We don't expect keeping every team to 7 points, and shut out after the opening drive ... but we'll take it. We have to have a performance close to this the next few weeks if we want to win these next 2 road games.
- Wow, just wow. So many plays show the amazing job these guys are doing. With just 1 senior on the team, we can only hope and pray all of these guys come back next year. If they return, there's no doubt we'll have the #1 Oline in the nation next year. These guys force their will on any and everybody they're matched up against. Whether it's giving Shaw tons of time on 3rd and 17 before he decides to just take off, or if it's 4th and 2 and Shell gets behind Davis and throws him 5 yards down field. This group is a bunch of BEASTS!!!!!
Pharoh Cooper - Soon, Williams Brice Stadium will adopt the "Cooooooop" cry that we grew to love at Carolina Stadium for Blake Cooper. Pharoh is a PLAY MAKER! He doesn't look that fast, but you just can't take him down ... unless you're the punter
EVERYONE RAISE YOUR GLASS ... HERE'S TO YOU CONNOR SHAW
Week 1 - Offensive Line
Week 2 - Mike Davis
Week 3 - The Receivers
Week 4 - Mike Davis
Week 5 - JT Surratt
Week 6 - Connor Shaw