Let me preface this by saying I am happy to hear that Brandon Deaderick is going to be ok. A million BCS Championships aren't worth the life of any young man on our team. However, this incident, along with Upshaw's arrest, the "fishing trip", and the practices being missed by multiple players due to sickness (flu) has me worried about our mental focus. I hope I am wrong, but this feels a lot like it did before the Sugar Bowl. (A favorite to win but dealing with off the field distractions) Against Clemson, we were focused and were given no respect and our players had something to prove.
Again, I hope I am wrong, but I would rest easier knowing we were 100% focused on the task at hand. I believe there is a good possiblity that we are somewhere below 100%.