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|10-07-2013, 07:33 PM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Rock Hill, SC
Acock's Wrap Up: Kenucky
Whoo Ha. This is going to be a fun one. I've stayed off the internet and CockyTalk (for the most part) after the game because I wanted to write my unfiltered views, not responses to things people have already written. Judging by the appearance of the front page of the Cock Pit, I have a lot of catching up to do.
Let's dive in, shall we?
Hello bright spot! Connor is a grown man, and someone who clearly leads by example. I think his shoulder started bothering him during the second half and it showed during his throws, but he played one hell of a game. Dylan didn't look quite as good in his one series as I expected, but I'm still not too worried about him coming in when we need him.
Davis is just a beast. He can get yards on his own, catches the ball well out of the backfield, and handles his blocking assignments really well. He's among the top 3 RB in the entire SEC and has evolved into a complete back. He carried the rock 21 times on Sat and caught 3 more passes. 25 - 30 touches for him should be ideal. On the other hand...until Wilds comes back we have nothing behind him. Williams still has his shirt for now, but Shon doesn't look comfortable out there. We may have found something in Cooper though. Yes, he's a WR, but running the wildcat he looked great.
We're still seeing a problem with WR getting separation or finding the soft spots in zones. This results in either the QB having to throw it away, take a sack, or take off, so we need to keep working on it. Nice to see Byrd emerge as the guy in this game, and nice to see the TE get so much work. However, seeing Bruce drop off again for the second straight week has me concerned. We need him.
Another great night. Gave up a little interior penetration, but is having the best season of a Gamecock OL that I can remember.
Good thing grades are cumulative. Looked GREAT for 2 1/2 quarters, then lost all push. Once UK started double-teaming the interior guys our DE couldn't make them pay. Sutton is a gifted athlete but he lacks the technique necessary to shed a lineman once engaged. He needs to learn some hand techniques fast.
Better angles in this game, and did a great job on the blitz when it was dialed up. Run gap support was better, but they did a horrible contain job on Kentucky's QB. Still not getting into positions instinctively.
Oi. There seems to be ZERO communication between these guys. During the last UK TD I pointed to the wide out after they moved the inside wideout over and said they were going to run a pick. They didn't need to, both our guys covered the same guy and left the WR alone in the end zone. This unit's in trouble.
Yay! 2 FGs, the one time we punted it went well...
The fumbled kickoff return.
Kentucky is a team that we should kill, and we're up 27-7 at the end of 3. The worst this game should have gotten to is 35-14 instead of a 7 point win. The game plan was sound, especially offensively, but we still fail to make adjustments on defense. Kentucky's QB was running all over us, but we made no steps to contain him...AT ALL. I was happy to see us bring some blitzes. Given how our defensive line hasn't brought a lot of pressure it was a welcome change and caught UK off guard. The main reason the grade is so low is that we don't seem to have a way to stop our late game slides. The coaches have to get control over this team, and they don't have it right now.
I'm tired of feeling like I've lost after a win. Our guys have got to develop a killer instinct instead of letting up off the gas once they get a lead. You think that the guys would have learned from previous weeks, but no, there they are celebrating on the sidelines as UK is fighting back. That has to stop. Good job by the crowd and yes students, I saw you staying for the whole game. Well done.
I'll talk about Clowney in a moment. Look, we don't have the team we thought we would. We almost do. For 3 and a half quarters we did what we were supposed to do, beat the brakes off a bad team. Make no mistake, Kentucky is a bad football team, and we let them back in the game time and time again.
Now that we've almost reached the halfway point in the season here are some things that I know:
1. The OL questions have been answered, the unit's fantastic.
2. Yes, Davis should be starting.
3. No leaders have stepped up on D.
4. Our secondary is not the strength I thought it would be.
5. Team conditioning is a problem.
I was a little concerned after the UNC game, but I've become more and more concerned as the season has gone on. At the end of the game, we're not the fresher team, especially on defense. During the off season everyone says all the right things, but it's obvious this team didn't work as hard at conditioning as previous teams. That has to change.
Our fourth quarter meltdowns will cost us one of these three road games coming up. I'm fairly confident that we match up well with Arkansas, even though we never really play well there, but UT showed me in the UGA game that they're coming to play, and Missouri's offense against our secondary is keeping me up nights.
After that we have Florida and Clemson to worry about. We could easily lose 4 games this year unless the coaches and players get control over this team and play like we're capable of. If we string 4 quarters together, we can beat anyone. However right now our troubles aren't with ability, they're with personnel, discipline, and leadership.
If we don't see changes soon I expect very big changes in the off season in terms of coaches and players. Spurrier will not tolerate this, although much of the blame falls on him.
Fix it guys.
OK, one extra this week to deal with Clowney. What Clowney did this week was, to me, inexcusable. You don't call out players on the team the week before and then take yourself out of a game that everyone expects you to play.
Connor sent a not so subtle message to Clowney when he discussed playing with a strained shoulder. I'm afraid that Jadeveon might have too many people whispering into his ear at this point. What he doesn't realize is that alarm bells are going off all over the NFL right now. Yes, his combine numbers will be record breakers, but general managers will hesitate to spend a 1st round pick that won't put out effort for the team. Unless he turns this around he's not only going to be NOT the number one pick, but fall to the late 1st round/ 2nd round if he's not careful.
This team needs leaders and it need Clowney to be one of them.
Right now, he's not.
Comment away, but please don't make this a JD thread, from the looks of things we already have one.
Always remember... stay Feisty.